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/ Jul 7, 2017

Podolski impresses Kobe teammates in first training session

Former German international striker Lukas Podolski impressed his new teammates on Friday as he began training with Vissel Kobe following his high-profile move to the J. League first-division club. The 32-year-old Podolski, who was introduced by the club on Thursday, looked sharp during the light ...

/ Jul 7, 2017

Lee ruled out for four weeks with injury

Urawa Reds striker Tadanari Lee will be out for up to four weeks with a knee injury, the J. League first-division side said Friday. The former Southampton forward damaged ligaments in his left knee after coming on as a late substitute in Wednesday night's 4-1 ...

Podolski arrives with promise to boost Japan game

/ Jul 6, 2017

Podolski arrives with promise to boost Japan game

German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski on Thursday vowed to bolster enthusiasm for Japanese soccerl after arriving to join Vissel Kobe, bucking a trend of big-name players moving to cash-rich China. "I know the J. League is the strongest in Asia and I am determined ...

/ Jul 4, 2017

Hiroshima manager Moriyasu resigns

Sanfrecce Hiroshima coach Hajime Moriyasu has resigned to take responsibility for his side's poor performance this season, the J. League first-division club said Tuesday. Moriyasu, 48, offered to step down after Hiroshima's 4-3 away defeat to Urawa Reds on Saturday and the club could not ...

Antlers end Reysol's 10-game unbeaten streak

/ Jul 2, 2017

Antlers end Reysol's 10-game unbeaten streak

Brazilian striker Pedro Junior struck a superb winner as reigning champions Kashima Antlers smashed Kashiwa Reysol's 10-match unbeaten streak with a 3-2 away victory in the J. League on Sunday night. Kashima benefited from two costly errors by Kashiwa goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura to take a ...

Former Japan forward Havenaar to join Vissel

/ Jun 28, 2017

Former Japan forward Havenaar to join Vissel

Vissel Kobe are set to sign former Japan striker Mike Havenaar from Dutch side ADO Den Haag, a source with the J. League first-division club said Wednesday. The 30-year-old, whose parents are from the Netherlands, scored 27 goals in 59 games in his two seasons ...

/ Jun 27, 2017

FC Tokyo's Okubo sidelined with foot injury

FC Tokyo striker Yoshito Okubo has been diagnosed with a right-foot ligament injury and will need four to six weeks for a full recovery, team officials announced Tuesday. Okubo, the J1 career scoring leader with 177 goals, was hurt in Sunday's game against Jubilo Iwata ...