Soccer Topics

Jan 4, 2016

Forward Kakitani returns to Cerezo Osaka

Swiss champion Basel on Monday announced that Japan forward Yoichiro Kakitani has returned home to rejoin former club Cerezo Ozaka. Basel confirmed the move on its website without disclosing details of the transfer. The 26-year-old Kakitani failed to establish himself at Basel in an ...

Dec 31, 2015

Magath declines Tosu offer

Felix Magath has rejected Sagan Tosu’s offer to coach the J. League first division club. “I was drawn by the prospect of working in Japan but after careful consideration I have decided to turn down their offer,” Magath said on Thursday in a statement ...

Dec 29, 2015

Reds earn automatic qualification for Asian Champions League

Urawa Reds have clinched their automatic qualification for next season’s Asian Champions League after advancing to the Emperor’s Cup final on Tuesday, the Japan Football Association announced. The J. League championship winners Sanfrecce Hiroshima and runners-up Gamba Osaka had already booked the two automatic ...

Reds, Gamba advance to Emperor's Cup final

Dec 29, 2015

Reds, Gamba advance to Emperor's Cup final

Substitute Tadanari Lee headed an extra-time winner as Urawa Reds edged Kashiwa Reysol 1-0 on Tuesday to advance to the Emperor’s Cup final. On target in the previous two rounds, Lee struck in the 117th minute of a tightly contested match to set Reds ...

Dec 24, 2015

Ex-Catania striker Morimoto moving to Frontale

Former Serie A striker Takayuki Morimoto will join Kawasaki Frontale on a two-year deal starting Feb.1, the J. League first-division side announced Thursday. Morimoto, 27, scored five goals in 27 games in J2 this season, his third year with JEF United Chiba. He will ...

Hiroshima's Aoyama named J. League MVP

Dec 21, 2015

Hiroshima's Aoyama named J. League MVP


Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama was named Player of the Year at this season’s J. League Awards on Monday. The 29-year-old Aoyama appeared in 33 games and netted three goals for Hiroshima, which won its third league title in four years in 2015. Aoyama ...

Dec 15, 2015

FC Tokyo's Ota moving to Vitesse Arnhem

Defender Kosuke Ota will move to Dutch first-division side Vitesse Arnhem on a full transfer, his J. League first-division club FC Tokyo announced Tuesday. The 28-year-old Ota, who has played seven times for Japan, will be on contract with the Dutch side through the ...

Dec 8, 2015

Sanfrecce's Asano earns Best Young Player award

Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward Takuma Asano was named the J. League’s Best Young Player for the 2015 season on Tuesday. The three-time Japan international was instrumental in Sanfrecce’s third league title win in four years on Saturday. It is the fourth straight year a Hiroshima ...

2002 World Cup hero Suzuki hangs up boots

Dec 7, 2015

2002 World Cup hero Suzuki hangs up boots

Former Japan forward Takayuki Suzuki said he wants go into coaching as he announced his retirement on Monday. “I need to study so I can get my badge,” said the 39-year-old Suzuki, who finished his 21-year career with JEF United Chiba in the J. ...

Avispa Fukuoka earn promotion back to J1

Dec 6, 2015

Avispa Fukuoka earn promotion back to J1

Avispa Fukuoka returned to the J. League first division for the first time since 2011 with a 1-1 draw to Cerezo Osaka in the promotion playoff final on Sunday. Fukuoka, which was 14th last season, became the first third-place team to be promoted through ...