Frontale beat Gamba in thriller to stay in title contention

Oct 4, 2015

Frontale beat Gamba in thriller to stay in title contention

Yoshito Okubo scored twice and Kawasaki Frontale kept alive their hopes of winning the second-stage title with a thrilling 5-3 win over defending champions Gamba Osaka in the J. League first division on Sunday. Okubo gave Frontale an early lead and a peach from ...

Guangzhou Evergrande clobber Kashiwa Reysol

Aug 25, 2015

Guangzhou Evergrande clobber Kashiwa Reysol

China’s Guangzhou Evergrande inflicted more Asian Champions League misery on Kashiwa Reysol with a resounding 3-1 win in the first leg of their quarterfinal on Tuesday night. Daisuke Suzuki gifted Guangzhou the lead when he headed into his own net after five minutes and ...

Taketomi, Suzuki steer Reysol past Yamaga

Aug 20, 2015

Taketomi, Suzuki steer Reysol past Yamaga

Goals in each half from Kosuke Taketomi and Daisuke Suzuki fired Kashiwa Reysol to the top of the J. League second-stage standings with a 2-0 win at home to Matsumoto Yamagata on Thursday night. A blockbuster from Taketomi opened the scoring late in the ...

Sanfrecce halt Reds' season-long unbeaten streak

Jul 19, 2015

Sanfrecce halt Reds' season-long unbeaten streak

World Cup midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama completed a smash-and-grab raid as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Urawa Reds 2-1 away on Sunday, condemning the first-stage title winners to their first defeat of the season in the process. Takahiro Sekine fired Reds in front on 35 minutes after ...

Elsinho, Renato lift Frontale past FC Tokyo

Jul 11, 2015

Elsinho, Renato lift Frontale past FC Tokyo

Superb second-half goals from midfielder Elsinho and Brazilian compatriot Renato lit up the Tamagawa Classico on Saturday as Kawasaki Frontale kicked off the J. League second stage with a 2-0 win over FC Tokyo. Elsinho opened the scoring seven minutes into the second half ...

Defender Sakai aims to make impact in Uchida's absence

Jun 13, 2015

Defender Sakai aims to make impact in Uchida's absence

Japan defender Hiroki Sakai is determined to capitalize on the injury-enforced absence of Atsuto Uchida and also cement his place in the team at right-back at the expense of his namesake after a solid performance in Thursday’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying warm-up win over ...

Yoshida finds silver lining in tough practices

Jun 8, 2015

Yoshida finds silver lining in tough practices

As Japan’s weeklong training camp wrapped up in Chiba on Sunday, Maya Yoshida felt he had been pushed to the max by new coach Vahid Halilhodzic. But the Southampton center back reckons he will reap the benefits and be in tip-top shape for next ...

Honda feels Japan's elite can learn from Blatter's 'manly spirit'

Jun 7, 2015

Honda feels Japan's elite can learn from Blatter's 'manly spirit'

Outspoken AC Milan attacker Keisuke Honda took a dig at Japan’s corporate elite on Friday and reckons they could learn from the “manly spirit” Sepp Blatter showed in resigning as the president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA earlier this week. Blatter on Tuesday ...