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Own goal lifts FC Tokyo

Yuto Misao scored a freak own goal to gift FC Tokyo a shock 1-0 win away against the defending champion Kashima Antlers on the opening day of the J. League season on Saturday. Misao, a preseason signing from Shonan Bellmare, bundled over the line with eight minutes left on a ...

Antlers enter new campaign hungry for more success

Feb 22, 2017

Antlers enter new campaign hungry for more success

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Kashima Antlers’ phenomenal end to last season has whetted, not sated, their appetite for more success, insists manager Masatada Ishii. Antlers rose from the ashes of an inconsistent J. League campaign that saw them finish third in the overall table — 15 points behind ...

Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

Feb 20, 2017

Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

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Vissel Kobe’s reported summer move for former Germany striker Lukas Podolski has made global headlines, but manager Nelsinho believes the players already at the club can lay the foundations for a J. League title challenge this season. Turkish media last week reported that World ...

Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Feb 18, 2017

Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Stadium are more than just places to play. They also have the potential to revitalize communities. The J. League understands this and has encouraged its domestic professional clubs and local administrations to build better, more attractive venues. Last year, Suita City Football Stadium, widely ...

Feb 16, 2017

Emperor's Cup final to be staged at Saitama Stadium

This season’s Emperor’s Cup final will be held at Saitama Stadium and there will be an increase in prize money for the winners, the Japan Football Association said on Thursday. In a bid to improve the competition, prize money for the champions of the ...

Turkish report says Podolski has agreed to join Vissel in June

Feb 15, 2017

Turkish report says Podolski has agreed to join Vissel in June

Germany’s former star striker Lukas Podolski has agreed to a move from Turkish giants Galatasaray to J. League side Vissel Kobe, a report said Wednesday. The Hurriyet daily said Podolski had agreed to a three-year deal with Vissel worth €15 million ($15.8 million) and ...

Feb 9, 2017

J. League reveals breakdown of prize money, funds

The J. League on Thursday announced the breakdown in prize money and funds it will distribute to clubs this season following its 10-year, ¥210 billion (about $2 billion) deal to sell digital online broadcasting rights to British-based Perform Group. The J. League championship winner ...

Feb 6, 2017

Sagan acquire goalkeeper Gonda

Sagan Tosu have signed former FC Tokyo goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda, the J. League first-division side announced Monday. The 27-year-old, who was diagnosed with overtraining syndrome in the summer of 2015, moved last January to Austrian side SV Horn, which is part-owned by Japan and ...