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FC Tokyo to fire manager Jofuku again

FC Tokyo will sack manager Hiroshi Jofuku for the second time with the 55-year-old struggling in his first year back at the club, the J. League first-division side announced Sunday. Jofuku coached the side from 2008 and won the Nabisco Cup in 2009 before he was fired for the first ...

Jul 22, 2016

FC Gifu boss Ramos fired

FC Gifu on Friday fired manager and Brazilian-born former Japan midfielder Ruy Ramos after a string of poor results, the J. League second-division team announced. The 59-year-old Ramos, who was in the final year of his three-year contract, will be replaced by Megumu Yoshida, ...

Omiya draws with Urawa in Saitama derby

Jul 18, 2016

Omiya draws with Urawa in Saitama derby

Omiya Ardija won their first point in the Saitama derby in more than three years in a sweltering 2-2 draw at Urawa Reds in the J. League on Sunday. Before a bumper crowd of 53,951 at Saitama Stadium, Brazilian Mateus’ equalizer midway through the ...

Jul 18, 2016

Sagan's Kusukami transfers to Western Sydney

Sagan Tosu announced on Monday that midfielder Jumpei Kusukami has signed a full transfer deal with former Asian champion Western Sydney Wanderers. Kusukami has not been the preferred choice of manager Massimo Ficcadenti since joining Tosu this season from Cerezo Osaka, appearing in just ...

Kobayashi helps Frontale remain perfect in second stage

Jul 13, 2016

Kobayashi helps Frontale remain perfect in second stage

Yu Kobayashi struck the winner deep into injury time as Kawasaki Frontale twice came from behind to beat Albirex Niigata 3-2 at home and make it three wins from three in the J. League second stage on Wednesday night. Missing influential midfielder and captain ...

Jul 10, 2016

Brazilian striker Lopes to join Sanfrecce

Sanfrecce Hiroshima have agreed to sign Brazilian striker Anderson Lopes on loan from Tombense, the J. League champions announced on Sunday. Lopes will be counted on to plug the hole that will be left by Arsenal-bound Takuma Asano, who plays his final game for ...

Scorers Saito, Togashi, Ito guide Marinos past Avispa

Jul 9, 2016

Scorers Saito, Togashi, Ito guide Marinos past Avispa

Yokohama F. Marinos eased past struggling Avispa Fukuoka 3-0 to make it two wins out of two in the J. League second stage on Saturday night. Manabu Saito opened the scoring with a trademark strike late in the first half, before Cayman Togashi stood ...

Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Asano

Jul 3, 2016

Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Asano

Japan forward Takuma Asano is set for a move to Arsenal after the Premier League club agreed a deal in principle with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the clubs announced Sunday. The 21-year-old, who last week was named in the 18-man squad for the Rio de Janeiro ...

Gamba rout Antlers in opening week of second stage

Jul 2, 2016

Gamba rout Antlers in opening week of second stage

No Takashi Usami, no problem. Gamba Osaka laid down the gauntlet to the J. League first-stage champions with a controlled 3-1 victory at Kashima Antlers as the second stage got underway on Saturday. Kotaro Omori, Yasuyuki Konno and Kim Jungya scored for the 2014 ...

Jul 2, 2016

Antlers' Caio to depart for Al Ain: source

Kashima Antlers forward Caio is set for a move to Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates, a source close to the matter said Friday. The 22-year-old Brazilian, who joined Kashima in 2014 after attending high school in Chiba Prefecture, went on to be ...

Jul 1, 2016

Grampus announce acquisition of midfielder Ogihara

Nagoya Grampus have signed midfielder Takahiro Ogihara on a full transfer from J2 Cerezo Osaka, his new J. League first-division side announced Friday. Ogihara, 24, was part of the Olympic team squad that finished fourth in London four years ago. He came through the ...

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Jun 29, 2016

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s Japan striker Takuma Asano has received an offer from Premier League giant Arsenal, sources told Kyodo News on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Asano, who on Friday is widely expected to be named to Makoto Teguramori’s Under-23 squad for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro ...