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 ...

Kimura eyes World Cup place

Jan 18, 2014

Kimura eyes World Cup place

Kosuke Kimura may be Japanese soccer’s best-kept secret, but the New York Red Bulls right back is hoping to announce himself on the biggest stage at this summer’s World Cup. Kimura remains a relative unknown in his home country despite carving out a successful ...

Zaccheroni aiming for stars with World Cup ambitions

Dec 16, 2013

Zaccheroni aiming for stars with World Cup ambitions

National team manager Alberto Zaccheroni on Monday refused to put a limit on Japan’s ambitions at next summer’s World Cup, but stopped short of claiming his team can win the trophy. Japan became the first side to qualify for the 32-team tournament in Brazil ...