Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

Mar 19, 2015

Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic called up Kensuke Nagai and Takashi Usami, but appeared to bring the curtain down on record cap-holder Yasuhito Endo’s Japan career as he named his first squad on Thursday. Bosnian Halilhodzic, who arrived in Japan last Friday to ...

Abe strikes late as Reds top Montedio

Mar 14, 2015

Abe strikes late as Reds top Montedio

Captain Yuki Abe slammed home an 83rd-minute piledriver to give Urawa Reds maximum points from their opening two games of the J. League season with a 1-0 win over Montedio Yamagata on Saturday. Reds, who blew a five-point lead with three games remaining to ...

Halilhodzic confident of getting Japan back on track

Mar 13, 2015

Halilhodzic confident of getting Japan back on track

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes he is the man to revive Japan’s flagging fortunes, but warns the transformation from Asian Cup flops to World Cup hopefuls will not happen overnight. Bosnian Halilhodzic arrived in Japan on Friday, a day after being named ...

JFA confirms Halilhodzic as new national team manager

Mar 12, 2015

JFA confirms Halilhodzic as new national team manager

The Japan Football Association officially named Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic as Japan’s new national team manager on Thursday. The 62-year-old, who led Algeria to the last 16 of last summer’s World Cup in Brazil, succeeds Mexican Javier Aguirre, who was fired in February after a ...

Frontale dominate opener against F. Marinos

Mar 7, 2015

Frontale dominate opener against F. Marinos

J. League Frontale 3 Marinos 1 Kawasaki Frontale turned on the style to open the new J. League season with a 3-1 win over local rivals Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. New Brazilian signing Elsinho gave Frontale the lead after just three minutes in ...

Gamba looking for more success after glittering 2014

Mar 4, 2015

Gamba looking for more success after glittering 2014

Gamba Osaka surpassed all expectations by winning the treble last season, but manager Kenta Hasegawa believes there is still room for improvement in 2015. Gamba returned to the top flight last year after a season in the second division, but their stay among the ...

Goal hero Yamagishi determined to keep Montedio up

Mar 3, 2015

Goal hero Yamagishi determined to keep Montedio up

Norihiro Yamagishi is happy to keep talking about the goal he scored to put Montedio Yamagata into last season’s J. League promotion playoff final, but the goalkeeper would rather discuss what his team can achieve in its return to the first division. Yamagishi produced ...

Dethroned Sanfrecce looking to reclaim J. League title

Mar 2, 2015

Dethroned Sanfrecce looking to reclaim J. League title

Sanfrecce Hiroshima manager Hajime Moriyasu believes his team paid the price for its own success in failing to land a third straight J. League title last season, but the 46-year-old insists that this year will be different. Sanfrecce went into last season riding an ...