Soccer Topics

Jan 14, 2017

Antlers' Shibasaki linked with move to Las Palmas in Spain

Spanish first-division side Las Palmas is considering signing midfielder Gaku Shibasaki, the online edition of AS newspaper reported Friday. The 24-year-old, who last month grabbed worldwide attention with a brace against Real Madrid in the Club World Cup final, has not extended his contract ...

Jan 12, 2017

Antlers to face FC Tokyo in season opener

The reigning champion Kashima Antlers will open the upcoming soccer season at home against FC Tokyo next month, the J. League announced on Thursday. The Antlers, who were runners-up to Real Madrid in December’s Club World Cup held in Japan, will start the new ...

Evergreen Miura extends Yokohama FC contract

Jan 11, 2017

Evergreen Miura extends Yokohama FC contract

Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, the oldest active player in the J. League at 49, has renewed his contract with Yokohama FC for this season, the second-division club said Wednesday. “I hope to keep fighting with all my might together with people involved with ...

Nakamura leaves Marinos to join Jubilo

Jan 8, 2017

Nakamura leaves Marinos to join Jubilo

Jubilo Iwata have signed former Japan international and Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura from Yokohama F. Marinos, the J. League first-division sides announced Sunday. The 38-year-old playmaker will continue to wear the No. 10 shirt at his new club Jubilo, who will be Nakamura’s second ...

Jan 7, 2017

Marinos acquire Ogihara, Vieira

Yokohama F. Marinos have signed midfielder Takahiro Ogihara from relegated Nagoya Grampus and Portuguese forward Hugo Vieira from Serbian side Red Star Belgrade, the J.League first-division side announced on Saturday. The 25-year-old Ogihara, who played for Japan in the 2012 London Olympics, made his ...

Jan 6, 2017

Kyoto Sanga finalize deal with Tulio

Former Japan international defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka will join Kyoto Sanga, the J.League second-division side announced Friday. The 35-year-old helped Urawa Reds and Nagoya Grampus win their first and only J1 titles in 2006 and 2010, respectively, and was also an integral part of ...

Jan 5, 2017

Frontale acquire midfielder Ienaga

Kawasaki Frontale have signed former Japan midfielder Akihiro Ienaga from Omiya Ardija, the J. League first-division club said on Thursday. The 30-year-old Ienaga had spells on loan from Spanish side Mallorca at South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai and his former club Gamba Osaka before joining ...

FC Tokyo announces Okubo signing

Jan 4, 2017

FC Tokyo announces Okubo signing

FC Tokyo on Wednesday announced the acquisition of former Japan striker Yoshito Okubo, the all-time leading scorer in the J. League first division with 171 goals. The 34-year-old Okubo joins Tokyo after four years with Frontale. “In order (for FC Tokyo) to win the ...

Jan 4, 2017

Grampus announce appointment of new boss Kazama

Relegated Nagoya Grampus on Wednesday announced the appointment of Yahiro Kazama as the club’s new head coach. Kazama, 55, stepped down as boss of Kawasaki Frontale at the end of this past campaign after leading the team to second in the overall J. League ...

Kashima takes league and Emperor's Cup with 2-1 win over Kawasaki

Jan 1, 2017

Kashima takes league and Emperor's Cup with 2-1 win over Kawasaki

Brazilian substitute Fabricio struck an extra-time winner as J-League champions Kashima Antlers completed a league and cup double with a 2-1 victory over Kawasaki Frontale in the Emperor’s Cup final on Sunday. Shuto Yamamoto headed Kashima into a 42nd-minute lead before Kawasaki hit back ...

Former Japan midfielder Ramos suffers stroke

Dec 31, 2016

Former Japan midfielder Ramos suffers stroke

Brazilian-born former Japan international midfielder Ruy Ramos revealed Friday that he has suffered a stroke. The 59-year-old said on his official website that he was diagnosed with a cerebral infarction after undergoing tests at a medical facility on Thursday. Ramos said in the post ...