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Douglas scores twice as Sanfrecce whip Vissel

Brazilian midfielder Douglas bagged his second double in as many games as Sanfrecce Hiroshima crushed Vissel Kobe 4-0 away on Wednesday night to maintain their perfect start to the second stage of the J. League. Hisato Sato set up Douglas for the opener and then got on the scoresheet himself ...

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

Jul 25, 2015

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

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Yoshito Okubo scored twice as Kawasaki Frontale came through a wild, swinging encounter with Shimizu S-Pulse with a 3-2 win on Saturday night. World Cup striker Okubo got Frontale off to a flying start at Todoroki Stadium with a goal in the 11th minute, ...

Jul 24, 2015

Ventforet part ways with striker Adriano

Ventforet Kofu’s Brazilian striker Adriano has had his contract terminated, the J. League club announced Friday. The 33-year-old joined Ventforet from Tokushima Vortis this season and will leave after scoring one goal in 12 league appearances. Adriano scored 14 in 27 league games for ...

Kamada strike helps Tosu earn draw against Gamba

Jul 22, 2015

Kamada strike helps Tosu earn draw against Gamba

Daichi Kamada struck a second-half equalizer to earn Sagan Tosu a 1-1 draw away to treble winners Gamba Osaka in the J. League first division on Wednesday night. Former Japan international Yasuhito Endo put Gamba in front from the penalty spot late in the ...

Sanfrecce halt Reds' season-long unbeaten streak

Jul 19, 2015

Sanfrecce halt Reds' season-long unbeaten streak

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World Cup midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama completed a smash-and-grab raid as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Urawa Reds 2-1 away on Sunday, condemning the first-stage title winners to their first defeat of the season in the process. Takahiro Sekine fired Reds in front on 35 minutes after ...

Jul 17, 2015

Albirex striker Silva sidelined with hamstring strain

Albirex Niigata striker Rafael Silva has been ruled out for six weeks with a right hamstring strain, the J. League club said Friday. The 23-year-old, who has bagged seven goals in 12 games so far this season, hurt his hamstring while training on July ...

Reysol's Kudo notches lone goal in triumph over Marinos

Jul 15, 2015

Reysol's Kudo notches lone goal in triumph over Marinos

Masato Kudo scored the lone goal midway through the first half as Kashiwa Reysol beat Yokohama F. Marinos 1-0 for their first win of the J. League second stage on Wednesday. Asian Champions League quarterfinalist Kashiwa successfully rebounded from a 3-2 defeat at home ...

Jul 15, 2015

Renato expected to leave Kawasaki for Chinese club

Brazilian striker Renato is expected to leave Kawasaki Frontale and join Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F, a source with the J. League club said Wednesday. The 26-year-old Renato will fly to China this week and is set to sign with Guangzhou pending a ...

Jul 12, 2015

Burns hoping to fill Muto void for FC Tokyo

Socceroos striker Nathan Burns has admitted he has a tough act to follow but hopes his arrival at FC Tokyo from Wellington Phoenix will help fill the void left by the departure of golden boy Yoshinori Muto to Bundesliga club Mainz. Burns came off ...

Elsinho, Renato lift Frontale past FC Tokyo

Jul 11, 2015

Elsinho, Renato lift Frontale past FC Tokyo

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Superb second-half goals from midfielder Elsinho and Brazilian compatriot Renato lit up the Tamagawa Classico on Saturday as Kawasaki Frontale kicked off the J. League second stage with a 2-0 win over FC Tokyo. Elsinho opened the scoring seven minutes into the second half ...

North Korean Chong returning to J. League with S-Pulse

Jul 9, 2015

North Korean Chong returning to J. League with S-Pulse

Former North Korea international striker Chong Tese will return to the J. League to join Shimizu S-Pulse from South Korean K-League club Suwon Bluewings, S-Pulse said Thursday. The 31-year-old Chong, who played in the J. League with Kawasaki Frontale from 2006-10 before moving to ...

Kagawa leads Borussia Dortmund in rout of Kawasaki Frontale

Jul 7, 2015

Kagawa leads Borussia Dortmund in rout of Kawasaki Frontale

Shinji Kagawa netted a brace and teenage compatriot Mitsuru Maruoka also found the net as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Kawasaki Frontale 6-0 on Tuesday in a friendly. Starting in his familiar central attacking-midfield role, Kagawa opened the scoring at Todoroki Stadium in the fifth minute ...