Jun 24, 2014

Gamba defender Kaji to join MLS club Chivas USA

Former Japan defender Akira Kaji will transfer to Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA, his J. League first-division club Gamba Osaka announced on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Kaji, who appeared in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, will speak at a news conference on Thursday. A ...

Jun 9, 2014

Cerezo fire manager Popovic

Cerezo Osaka have fired their manager, Serb Ranko Popovic, due to the club’s poor results, the J. League first-division side announced Monday. The club is in 13th place in Popovic’s first season in Osaka. He managed FC Tokyo the past two years and also ...

Vissel reach Nabisco Cup quarters

Jun 1, 2014

Vissel reach Nabisco Cup quarters

Pedro Junior’s goal in the final seconds lifted Vissel Kobe to a 2-1 home win over Vegalta Sendai on Sunday and into the Nabisco Cup quarterfinals for the first time. On the final day of first-round action, defending champions Kashiwa Reysol reached the final ...

May 30, 2014

J3 player handed three-game ban for racist comments

Defender Sunao Hozaki, who plays for Kanazawa Zweigen in the J. League’s lower-tier J3 division, will be suspended for three games due to racist comments he made to an opposing player in a match against FC Machida last Saturday in Ishikawa Prefecture, his club ...

Umesaki sends Reds into Nabisco Cup quarters

May 28, 2014

Umesaki sends Reds into Nabisco Cup quarters

Urawa Reds secured their place in the last eight of the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday after a 2-1 win away to Ventforet Kofu. Daisuke Nasu put Reds in front after eight minutes at Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium before Cristiano leveled in the 53rd for ...

Kobe halts Shimizu's perfect Nabisco Cup run

May 24, 2014

Kobe halts Shimizu's perfect Nabisco Cup run

Vissel Kobe ended Shimizu S-Pulse’s perfect start to the Nabisco Cup campaign with a 2-1 away win on Saturday. Jung Woo-young opened the scoring for Kobe shortly after the half hour. Milivoje Novakovic equalized on the other side of halftime in the 63rd minute, ...

Solid base puts Urawa top at break

May 21, 2014

Solid base puts Urawa top at break

by Andrew Mckirdy

There is no prize for heading into the J. League’s World Cup shutdown in first place, but Urawa Reds can at least savor the view from the top of the table for the next two months. Urawa beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 on Saturday to ...

May 20, 2014

Manchester City reveals plan to invest in Yokohama F. Marinos

Manchester City’s holding company, City Football Group (CFG), will become a minority shareholder in Yokohama F. Marinos in the first significant foreign investment in a J.League club, officials said Tuesday. Nissan Motor Co., the main shareholder, said in a statement the partnership has been ...

Okubo falls flat as Frontale lose to Marinos

May 18, 2014

Okubo falls flat as Frontale lose to Marinos

Japan striker Yoshito Okubo fired blanks in his final J. League game before the World Cup as Kawasaki Frontale were soundly beaten 3-0 by Yokohama F. Marinos in the Kanagawa derby on Sunday. The J. League heads into the break for the June 12-July ...

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

May 17, 2014

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

by Andrew Mckirdy

Teenager Takahiro Sekine scored seven minutes after coming on as a substitute to send Urawa Reds into the J. League summer break on top of the table after a 1-0 win over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. A crowd of 54,350 showed up at Saitama ...

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

May 10, 2014

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

by Gus Fielding

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 ...

May 10, 2014

Tosu beats Marinos to stay top of table

Sagan Tosu maintained their lead in the J. League with a 2-1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday, with Kim Min-woo and Kei Ikeda scoring first-half goals. Kim opened the scoring in the ninth minute and Ikeda doubled the lead six minutes later ...