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Veteran midfielder Fujimoto to transfer to Marinos

Kyodo

Jungo Fujimoto, a midfielder with national team experience, will move from Nagoya Grampus to Yokohama F. Marinos, it was learned Thursday.

The 29-year-old native of Kanagawa Prefecture, moved from J.League club Shimizu S-Pulse to Grampus in 2011. Fujimoto scored three goals in 28 games for the Nagoya-based club this season.

Also Thursday, J.League first-division side Sagan Tosu on Thursday announced the acquisition of defender Michihiro Yasuda from demoted Jubilo Iwata.

Yasuda, who has one goal in seven international games for Japan, had been with Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem since January 2011 until he returned to Japan this past September with Jubilo. He did not score in seven games for the club from Shizuoka Prefecture, which will compete in the second division J2 next season.

Sagan were 12th in the J1 this past season, but allowed 63 goals — a total exceeded by only last-place Oita Trinita.