JEF blow chance to seal playoff spot

Nov 17, 2013

JEF blow chance to seal playoff spot

JEF United Chiba squandered the chance to reach the playoffs for promotion to the J. League first division with one game of the regular season to spare on Sunday after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Tochigi. A win would ...

Kashiwagi guides Reds past J.League rival Reysol

Oct 27, 2013

Kashiwagi guides Reds past J.League rival Reysol

Yosuke Kashiwagi scored a brace on Sunday to keep Urawa Reds in the hunt for a league and cup double with a 2-1 win over next weekend’s Nabisco Cup final opponents Kashiwa Reysol. Kashiwagi struck twice in six first-half minutes to complete a league ...

Cleo strike propels Reysol past J2 Fagiano

Oct 16, 2013

Cleo strike propels Reysol past J2 Fagiano

A late penalty from Brazilian striker Cleo put holders Kashiwa Reysol into Sunday’s draw for the fourth round of the Emperor’s Cup with a 1-0 win over second-division Fagiano Okayama on Wednesday night. Referee Nobutsugu Murakami pointed to the spot after Keita Goto handled ...

Kashiwa held in first leg of ACL quarterfinal

Aug 21, 2013

Kashiwa held in first leg of ACL quarterfinal

Kashiwa Reysol kept their unbeaten record in tact, but the Emperor’s Cup holders face a tough trip to Saudi Arabia next month after being held 1-1 by Al Shabab in the first leg of their Asian Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday. Masato Kudo fired ...

Uruguay too much for Japan in friendly

Aug 14, 2013

Uruguay too much for Japan in friendly

Diego Forlan gave Yoichiro Kakitani a lesson in the art of finishing as the veteran Internacional striker scored a quick-fire double to help Uruguay outclass Japan 4-2 in a friendly in Miyagi on Wednesday night. All Japanese eyes were on Kakitani aiming to become ...

Aug 13, 2013

Kakitani aims for piece of history against Uruguay

Rising star Cerezo Osaka striker Yoichiro Kakitani is relishing the prospect of making Japanese soccer history in Wednesday’s friendly with South American champion Uruguay. Kakitani earned his first call-up last month and responded by scoring three goals in two games at the East Asian ...

Kawashima eager to atone for error against Australia

Jun 3, 2013

Kawashima eager to atone for error against Australia

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima will be looking to make amends for a rare blunder and help guarantee Japan’s World Cup qualification for Brazil 2014 with a clean sheet in Tuesday’s Group B clash with Australia. Kawashima, one of the stars of Japan’s run to ...

Jun 3, 2013

Socceroo Kennedy relishing battle with former teammate Yoshida

Towering striker Josh Kennedy said Sunday he is relishing the prospect of a battle with former Nagoya Grampus teammate Maya Yoshida when Australia goes toe to toe with Japan in Tuesday’s high-stakes World Cup qualifier in Saitama. Kennedy has not played for Australia since ...