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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 ...

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Feb 5, 2017

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Hiroshi Kiyotake hopes the lessons he learned in Europe will help him win a title with Cerezo Osaka as the Japan midfielder returns to the J. League after a 4½-year absence. “I learned the mentality and attitude to fight,” Kiyotake said Sunday, a day ...

Ex-JFA chief, IOC member Okano dies at 85

Feb 3, 2017

Ex-JFA chief, IOC member Okano dies at 85

Shunichiro Okano, former president of the Japan Football Association and member of the International Olympic Committee, died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, sources close to the situation said Friday. He was 85. Okano, who won one cap during his playing days, ...

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Feb 1, 2017

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Sevilla midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has re-signed with former club Cerezo Osaka, an official of the J. League first-division side said Wednesday. Cerezo team director Kiyoshi Okuma said Kiyotake will return on a full transfer as the winter transfer market closed Tuesday. Cerezo have been ...

Jan 30, 2017

Marinos agree to deals for Degenek, Babunski

Yokohama F. Marinos have agreed to deals for defender Milos Degenek and midfielder David Babunski pending medical, the J. League first-division side announced Monday. Degenek, 22, joins from 1860 Munich in the German second tier. He represented Serbia at youth level before making his ...

Jan 22, 2017

Sagan bring forward Ono back from Belgium

Former Standard Liege forward Yuji Ono has signed for Sagan Tosu after five seasons in Belgium, the J. League first-division club announced Sunday. The 24-year-old moved to Sint-Truiden from Standard in July 2015 but the club agreed to terminate his contract last Sunday. Ono ...

Jan 17, 2017

Vissel want to acquire Podolski: report

J. League first-division side Vissel Kobe is trying to acquire former Germany striker Lukas Podolski, according to a report in Germany. Citing a club official, German newspaper Bild reported Monday that Vissel is in talks with the 31-year-old Podolski, who scored 48 times in ...

Former J. League director Kinomoto dies

Jan 17, 2017

Former J. League director Kinomoto dies

Kozo Kinomoto, an administrator who contributed to the development of Japanese pro soccer has died, the J. League announced Monday. He was 68. Kinomoto, who stopped playing at the age of 26 when he had a kidney removed, functioned as an administrator with the ...

Jan 14, 2017

Antlers' Shibasaki linked with move to Las Palmas in Spain

Spanish first-division side Las Palmas is considering signing midfielder Gaku Shibasaki, the online edition of AS newspaper reported Friday. The 24-year-old, who last month grabbed worldwide attention with a brace against Real Madrid in the Club World Cup final, has not extended his contract ...

Jan 12, 2017

Antlers to face FC Tokyo in season opener

The reigning champion Kashima Antlers will open the upcoming soccer season at home against FC Tokyo next month, the J. League announced on Thursday. The Antlers, who were runners-up to Real Madrid in December’s Club World Cup held in Japan, will start the new ...

Evergreen Miura extends Yokohama FC contract

Jan 11, 2017

Evergreen Miura extends Yokohama FC contract

Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, the oldest active player in the J. League at 49, has renewed his contract with Yokohama FC for this season, the second-division club said Wednesday. “I hope to keep fighting with all my might together with people involved with ...