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Late Kobayashi winner sends Frontale into playoffs

Yu Kobayashi struck in the 105th minute as Kawasaki Frontale qualified for their first J. League Championship Playoff with a dramatic 3-2 win over Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday. Kenta Kano and Koji Miyoshi had given Kawasaki a two-goal lead going into injury time but with nine minutes added on ...

Sep 13, 2016

Kubo, 15, poised to become youngest player in J. League history

Fifteen-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo will be cleared to play for FC Tokyo’s top-flight team, which could make him the youngest ever to appear in the J. League’s first division, a club source said. Kubo is currently 15 years, 3 months old. Former ...

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

Sep 10, 2016

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers


Kashiwa Reysol heaped further pressure on Kashima Antlers and beleaguered manager Masatada Ishii with a 2-0 win over the first-stage champions on Saturday. Ishii returned to the Antlers bench at Hitachi Stadium for his first J. League match since missing Kashima’s 2-2 draw with ...

Sep 9, 2016

JFA makes ¥30 million donation to quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture

The Japan Football Association on Thursday donated over ¥30 million ($295,000) to Kumamoto Prefecture after it has been struck by two massive earthquakes in April, leaving about 50 dead. Money from the JFA has been presented, along with donations from the Japan national team ...

J. League mulls return to single-stage system

Sep 8, 2016

J. League mulls return to single-stage system

The J. League is considering returning to the single-stage system that had been in place for 10 years through the 2014 season for the first division, soccer sources said Wednesday. The change may be implemented starting next season, they said. The J. League has ...

Gamba overpower Sanfrecce to reach League Cup semifinals

Sep 4, 2016

Gamba overpower Sanfrecce to reach League Cup semifinals

Shun Nagasawa and Ademilson each scored a brace as Gamba Osaka powered past Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6-3 on Sunday in the second leg of their League Cup quarterfinal for a 7-4 aggregate win. After Gamba salvaged a late 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s first leg, Nagasawa ...

Tulio returns to help Grampus' survival bid

Aug 28, 2016

Tulio returns to help Grampus' survival bid

Marcus Tulio Tanaka signed a contract through next January with his old club Nagoya Grampus on Sunday, promising to give his utmost to rescue the side from relegation to the J. League’s second division. The 35-year-old was let go by new manager Takafumi Ogura ...

Oliveira's rapid-fire hat trick powers Reysol past Frontale

Aug 27, 2016

Oliveira's rapid-fire hat trick powers Reysol past Frontale

Brazilian striker Diego Oliveira scored a first-half hat trick as Kashiwa Reysol clipped high-flying Kawasaki Frontale’s wings with a 5-2 win in the J. League first division on Saturday. Oliveira struck twice in the first five minutes and Akimi Barada grabbed a third for ...

Aug 24, 2016

Jubilo rallies past Avispa for first victory in second stage

Jubilo Iwata secured its first win in the second stage by coming from behind to beat J. League bottom side Avispa Fukuoka 3-2 away in Wednesday’s only fixture. Greek defender Avraam Papadopoulos provided the 69th-minute winner with a header for Jubilo, who went into ...

Aug 14, 2016

Antlers top Avispa to end three-game slide

J. League first-stage champion Kashima Antlers claimed a 2-1 win at struggling Avispa Fukuoka on Sunday, ending their three-game losing run in the second stage. Shuhei Akasaki chipped over goalkeeper Ryuichi Kamiyama for the opener in the 27th minute after being played through by ...

Reds heap more misery on Grampus

Aug 13, 2016

Reds heap more misery on Grampus

Urawa Reds downed relegation-threatened Nagoya Grampus 2-0 on Saturday in the J. League and moved top of the second-stage standings with their seventh win in eight games. Yuki Muto’s low effort opened the scoring a minute before intermission and Zlatan Ljubijankic added the second ...