Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

May 25, 2014

Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Sunday urged the whole country to get behind the team at the World Cup finals in Brazil as the Blue Samurai wrapped up their training camp in Kagoshima on Sunday. Speaking in front of over 7,000 fans at a ...

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

May 10, 2014

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

First-half goals from Kim Min-woo and Kei Ikeda ensured surprise leaders Sagan Tosu retained top spot in the J. League with a 2-1 win at Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. Kim and Ikeda gave Tosu a two-goal cushion after 16 minutes and Yoon Jong-hwan’s ...

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Apr 12, 2014

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Kengo Kawamata strengthened his case for inclusion in Japan’s World Cup squad with a fabulous strike as Albirex Niigata knocked Kashima Antlers off the J. League summit with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Kawamata opened the scoring midway through the first half with a ...

World Cup hopeful Kawamata eager to impress Zaccheroni

Apr 7, 2014

World Cup hopeful Kawamata eager to impress Zaccheroni

Albirex Niigata striker Kengo Kawamata has played down his chances of making Japan’s World Cup squad, and says he just wants to focus on making an impression on coach Alberto Zaccheroni at the national team’s training camp in Chiba Prefecture. Kawamata has until now ...

Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

Apr 3, 2014

Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

VVV Venlo may have taken its eye off the ball when it opted not to sign Shinji Kagawa. But the Dutch second-division side cashed in on the sale of both Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida, and chairman Hai Berden says the club is happy ...

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

Mar 8, 2014

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

A stunning second-half strike from Yoshizumi Ogawa provided Akira Nishino with his first win as Nagoya Grampus manager as the 2010 J. League champions edged Omiya Ardija 2-1 away on Saturday. Ex-Japan striker Keiji Tamada finished with aplomb in the 53rd minute and Ogawa ...

Kagawa looking to prove Moyes wrong in New Zealand friendly

Mar 3, 2014

Kagawa looking to prove Moyes wrong in New Zealand friendly

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is hoping to send manager David Moyes a message with a key performance when Japan plays New Zealand in a World Cup warmup in Tokyo on Wednesday night. Kagawa has hardly figured under Moyes since he took over the ...

Tokushima reaches J1 with playoff final victory

Dec 8, 2013

Tokushima reaches J1 with playoff final victory

Two goals in the space of four first-half minutes from Mitsuru Chiyotanda and Tomohiro Tsuda fire Tokushima Vortis into the J. League first division with a 2-0 win over Kyoto Sanga in the promotion playoff final on Sunday.

Dec 1, 2013

Kyoto books place in J1 playoff final

Kyoto Sanga got the result they needed to advance to the playoff final for promotion to the J. League first division after a 0-0 draw at home to V-Varen Nagasaki on Sunday. Kyoto, who finished third in J2 this season, only had to avoid ...