Leandro Domingues named J. League MVP

Dec 6, 2011

Leandro Domingues named J. League MVP

Attacking midfielder Leandro Domingues, one of the driving forces behind Kashiwa Reysol’s historic championship triumph, was named J. League Player of the Year on Monday. The 28-year-old Brazilian averaged a goal every other game as Kashiwa became the first team to win the title ...

Reysol move closer to J. League title

Nov 21, 2011

Reysol move closer to J. League title

Kashiwa Reysol returned to the J. League summit against a stunning backdrop of Mt. Fuji on Sunday as second-half goals from Masato Kudo and Leandro Domingues earned them a gritty 2-1 win at Shimizu S-Pulse. Champions Nagoya Grampus started the day top on goal ...

Lee notches winner for Japan against Vietnam

Oct 8, 2011

Lee notches winner for Japan against Vietnam

Asian Cup hero Tadanari Lee was on target as Japan warmed up for next week’s World Cup qualifier against Tajikistan with a comfortable but uninspiring 1-0 win over Vietnam on Friday night. Lee swept home in the 24th minute but the Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker’s ...

Zvonareva eliminates Wimbledon champion Kvitova

Oct 1, 2011

Zvonareva eliminates Wimbledon champion Kvitova

Russian fourth seed Vera Zvonareva overpowered Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in straight sets to advance to the final of the Pan Pacific Open on Friday. Zvonareva overcame a 5-1 deficit to win the first set in a tiebreak and never ...

Ardija keep Reysol off top of J. League table

Sep 26, 2011

Ardija keep Reysol off top of J. League table

Rafael grabbed a superb brace and goalkeeper Takashi Kitano saved a second-half penalty as relegation-threatened Omiya Ardija denied Kashiwa Reysol the chance to return to the top of the table with a surprise 3-1 win away in the J. League on Sunday. Gamba Osaka’s ...

Sep 19, 2011

Gamba, Marinos draw to keep title race simmering

Yokohama F. Marinos held leaders Gamba Osaka to a 1-1 draw to keep the J. League title race finely balanced as champions Nagoya Grampus also shared the spoils with Kashima Antlers on Sunday night. Shingo Hyodo broke the deadlock with a blistering strike midway ...

Zaccheroni praises Japan's spirit after draw

Sep 8, 2011

Zaccheroni praises Japan's spirit after draw

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni hailed his players’ determination to try and finish off Uzbekistan after the Asian champions came from behind to earn a share of the spoils in a World Cup qualifying 1-1 draw in Tashkent on Tuesday. Japan was outplayed on a ...

Hasebe motivated for rematch with Uzbeks

Sep 6, 2011

Hasebe motivated for rematch with Uzbeks

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe is relishing the prospect of putting one over on Uzbekistan when the joint Group C leaders lock horns in the third round of Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday. Japan clinched a berth at last summer’s World ...