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Koroki sparks title-chasing Reds past Albirex

Oct 22, 2016

Koroki sparks title-chasing Reds past Albirex

Shinzo Koroki struck twice to keep leaders Urawa Reds in contention for a league and cup double after a last-gasp 2-1 win away to Albirex Niigata in the J. League first division on Saturday. Koroki opened the scoring early in the first half with ...

Oct 21, 2016

Ardija's Shibuya to stay in charge

Hiroki Shibuya will stay on as manager of Omiya Ardija next year after a solid first season back in the J. League top flight with the Squirrels, the club announced on Friday. The 49-year old steered the team to a fifth-place finish in the ...

Oct 20, 2016

Sanfrecce's Koji Morisaki to retire at end of season

Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Koji Morisaki will retire at the end of this season, the reigning J. League champions announced on Thursday. The 35-year-old Morisaki has spent his entire career with Hiroshima since joining them in 2000 and was a member of Japan’s Olympic team ...

Reds capture J. League Cup

Oct 15, 2016

Reds capture J. League Cup

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Urawa Reds claimed their first trophy since 2007 after beating Gamba Osaka 5-4 on penalties to lift the J. League Cup following a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s final. Brazilian striker Ademilson staked Gamba to a 17th-minute lead at Saitama Stadium after dribbling more than ...

Kawasaki manager Kazama to step down after season

Oct 12, 2016

Kawasaki manager Kazama to step down after season

Kawasaki Frontale manager Yahiro Kazama will step down at the end of the season when his five-year contract expires, the J. League first-division club announced Wednesday. The 54-year-old, who assumed the role from Naoki Soma early in the 2012 season, was asked to stay ...

Oct 6, 2016

Urawa rallies to win first leg of League Cup semis

Urawa Reds came from behind late in the match to win 2-1 at FC Tokyo on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal. FC Tokyo grabbed an early lead through a header from midfielder Keigo Higashi in the fourth minute at ...

Saito called up for World Cup qualifiers

Oct 2, 2016

Saito called up for World Cup qualifiers

Winger Manabu Saito of Yokohama F. Marinos was called up by Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic on Saturday for two upcoming World Cup final qualifying matches after Mainz forward Yoshinori Muto and Augsburg’s Takashi Usami pulled out with injuries. Japan, which fell to a shock ...

Reds stroll past Gamba

Oct 2, 2016

Reds stroll past Gamba

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Urawa Reds moved top of the overall J. League table and exorcized a few demons along the way with a 4-0 win over Gamba Osaka on Saturday. Reds, who had lost their last four games against Gamba, took a sixth-minute lead at Saitama Stadium ...

Sep 27, 2016

Struggling Albirex fire Yoshida

Tatsuma Yoshida has been let go as manager of relegation-haunted Niigata Albirex, the J. League first-division team announced Tuesday. The 42-year-old Yoshida will be replaced by coach Koichiro Katafuchi after four straight defeats have left Niigata 15th in the overall J1 table with seven ...