Kagawa invigorated by performance against New Zealand

Mar 6, 2014

Kagawa invigorated by performance against New Zealand

Shinji Kagawa believes he can rescue his Manchester United career after starring in Japan’s 4-2 friendly win over New Zealand on Wednesday night. Kagawa set up Shinji Okazaki for Japan’s opener before winning and converting a penalty himself at National Stadium, and also had ...

Japan overwhelms New Zealand in National Stadium finale

Mar 5, 2014

Japan overwhelms New Zealand in National Stadium finale

Japan came out with all guns blazing to beat New Zealand 4-2 and say farewell to National Stadium in style in a friendly on Wednesday night. Two goals from Shinji Okazaki and one each from Shinji Kagawa and Masato Morishige gave Japan a four-goal ...

Antlers wallop Ventforet in season-opening match

Mar 1, 2014

Antlers wallop Ventforet in season-opening match

Kashima Antlers made a barnstorming start to the new J.League season with a 4-0 demolition of Ventforet Kofu on Saturday. Davi gave Kashima the lead in the 11th minute before Yasushi Endo made it two midway through the first half, and Gen Shoji added ...

Gamba looking for payback

| Feb 27, 2014

Gamba looking for payback

The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranked teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Last season was a huge disappointment for Reysol, who began ...

Popovic trying to keep lid on Forlan hype as Cerezo eye title

Feb 26, 2014

Popovic trying to keep lid on Forlan hype as Cerezo eye title

The arrival of star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan has transformed Cerezo Osaka into runaway favorites for the J. League title in the minds of many, but if manager Ranko Popovic agrees with them, he is keeping quiet. Former Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Inter ...

Arnold still getting used to life at Vegalta

Feb 24, 2014

Arnold still getting used to life at Vegalta

New Vegalta Sendai manager Graham Arnold admits to being overwhelmed by the job so far, but the Australian is quietly confident of finding his feet over the coming J. League season. Former Australia boss Arnold was the surprise choice to replace Makoto Teguramori after ...

Sanfrecce open with win

Feb 22, 2014

Sanfrecce open with win

Teenage strikers Gakuto Notsuda and Takuma Asano put Yokohama F. Marinos to the sword as Sanfrecce Hiroshima opened the new soccer season with a 2-0 victory in the Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Notsuda got the two-time defending J. League champions off the mark ...