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Goal hero Yamagishi determined to keep Montedio up

by Andrew Mckirdy

Norihiro Yamagishi is happy to keep talking about the goal he scored to put Montedio Yamagata into last season’s J. League promotion playoff final, but the goalkeeper would rather discuss what his team can achieve in its return to the first division. Yamagishi produced one of the moments of last ...

Reds, Gamba to renew rivalry in Fuji Xerox Super Cup

Feb 27, 2015

Reds, Gamba to renew rivalry in Fuji Xerox Super Cup

Urawa Reds will have revenge on their minds when they resume their bitter rivalry with treble winners Gamba Osaka on Saturday in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup, the curtain raiser for the new J. League season. Urawa spurned the chance to win the J. ...

Feb 26, 2015

'King Kazu' not considering retirement

Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura insisted he had no plans to slink off into retirement as he turned 48 on Thursday, ahead of his 30th year as a professional soccer player. Dressed in a dapper wine-red suit as he celebrated his birthday with ...

Gamba drop Asian Champions League opener

Feb 24, 2015

Gamba drop Asian Champions League opener

Gamba Osaka received a rude welcome back to the Asian Champions League as the Japanese treble winners were dealt a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Guangzhou R&F in their start to the campaign on Tuesday. The 2008 champions, back in the ACL for ...

Feb 23, 2015

Japan's new manager may come from free-agent pool

The Japan Football Association is leaning toward picking the new national team manager from a list of unsigned managers, Kyodo News learned through multiple sources as of Monday. The JFA’s technical committee was briefed Sunday night by its director Masahiro Shimoda, who returned from ...

Laudrup puts Japan interest on back burner

Feb 18, 2015

Laudrup puts Japan interest on back burner

Former Barcelona star and current Qatari club Lekhwiya manager Michael Laudrup has said he knows the Japan Football Association is targeting him for the Japan national team job and will make a decision on his future at the season’s end. In an email to ...

Feb 10, 2015

Striker Bothroyd joins Jubilo Iwata

Former England international striker Jay Bothroyd has signed for Jubilo Iwata, the J2 club said on Tuesday. The much-traveled forward had been without a team since leaving Thai side Muangthong United last year. No terms or contract length were revealed by the three-time J. ...

Feb 9, 2015

Antlers set to sign former international Kanazaki

Kashima Antlers are set to sign former Japan midfielder Mu Kanazaki on loan from Portuguese second-tier side Portimonense, Antlers president Shigeru Ibata said Monday. The 25-year-old Kanazaki will join seven-time J. League champion Kashima on a deal running through January 2016. He could finalize ...

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

Feb 3, 2015

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

by Andrew Mckirdy

Javier Aguirre was fired as Japan’s national team manager on Tuesday after a match-fixing case naming him as a defendant was accepted by a Spanish court. The Japan Football Association dismissed Aguirre, who had only been in the job since August, after judging that ...