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New Urawa signing Endo eyes trophy-laden season

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Urawa Reds and manager Mihailo Petrovic will be under immense pressure from the fans to win a title this season. And that’s exactly the way Wataru Endo wants it. “It’s nice to be in a position where people get on you for not winning trophies,” Endo said Sunday at Saitama ...

Sanfrecce get back to work after stellar 2015

Jan 21, 2016

Sanfrecce get back to work after stellar 2015

Reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima started preseason training on Thursday, with manager Hajime Moriyasu warning there are no guarantees his team will replicate its success from last season. Sanfrecce deservedly won their third J. League championship title in four seasons and also finished ...

Jan 17, 2016

Gamba gunning for trophy galore

Gamba Osaka will look to replicate the treble-winning feat from two years ago as the J. League runnersup settled for a single title of the Emperor’s Cup in 2015. “We are going into this challenging year resolved to push ourselves. For the team as ...

Defender Suzuki quits Reysol

Jan 15, 2016

Defender Suzuki quits Reysol

Kashiwa Reysol defender Daisuke Suzuki, linked with Spanish side Rayo Vallecano in November, has left the J. League first-division club, the team announced Friday. “I have a strong desire to face a new challenge in a new environment and thus reached this decision,” Suzuki ...

Iwaki FC owners aiming for the stars with new club

Jan 15, 2016

Iwaki FC owners aiming for the stars with new club

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Dome Corporation president Shuichi Yasuda has the vision, Satoshi Okura the know-how and former Dutch international and Rangers player Pieter Huistra the experience. The goal now is to combine their respective talents as they embark on the task of building a professional soccer club ...

Jan 15, 2016

Kanazaki returning to Portugal from Antlers

Japan international striker Mu Kanazaki will return to Portuguese second-division club Portimonense after spending last season on loan in the J. League top flight with Kashima Antlers, Portimonense said Thursday. Portimonense said it had received offers for the 26-year-old’s services from several clubs both ...

Jan 14, 2016

Returning Kakitani looks ahead to new season with Cerezo Osaka

Yoichiro Kakitani kicked off his preseason training on Thursday and said he was relishing the prospect of playing again for his boyhood club after rejoining J. League second-division side Cerezo Osaka from Basel on a full transfer. “I don’t have any particular targets, but ...

Jan 13, 2016

Striker Douglas to leave J. League for Al Ain

Brazilian striker Douglas, who played a pivotal role in helping Sanfrecce Hiroshima win the J. League championship with 21 goals on loan from second-division Tokushima Vortis last season, will move to the United Arab Emirates to play for Al Ain, Tokushima said Wednesday. Hiroshima ...

Jan 12, 2016

Sanfrecce to lose Douglas, acquire Utaka

Brazilian forward Douglas, whose 21 goals in 2015 were second in the J. League first division, will leave league champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The club announced the move, along with the acquisition of Nigerian striker Utaka, on Tuesday. Douglas had been on loan with Hiroshima ...

Jan 12, 2016

Former Japan defender Yamaguchi retires

Kyoto Sanga defender Satoshi Yamaguchi, whose 448 J1 games are 10th all-time, has retired, the J. League second-division side said Tuesday. The 37-year-old native of Kochi Prefecture, played in the top flight with JEF United Ichihara Chiba and Gamba Osaka between 1999 and 2011. ...

Jan 11, 2016

Fujimoto joins Gamba from Marinos

Gamba Osaka have signed former Japan international midfielder Jungo Fujimoto from Yokohama F Marinos, the J. League first-division side said Monday. The 31-year-old scored three goals in 19 league games for Marinos last year, his second with the club. Fujimoto played six seasons for ...