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Jun 6, 2016

Consadole's Inamoto out for season with torn ACL

Three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto will miss the rest of the J. League second-division season after being ruled out for eight months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Consadole Sapporo announced on Monday. Inamoto, 36, suffered the injury on ...

Jun 2, 2016

Avispa, Grampus settle for scoreless draw

Avispa Fukuoka played out a goalless draw at home to Nagoya Grumpus on Thursday to remain at the foot of the J. League standings. The game was postponed in mid-April when massive earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture in central Kyushu. Another Kyushu side, Sagan Tosu, ...

May 27, 2016

Vissel Kobe's Iwanami sidelined with knee injury

Japan Under-23 defender Takuya Iwanami has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a left-knee injury during the Toulon Tournament, his club Vissel Kobe announced Friday. The center-half came off on the half hour in Japan’s 2-1 loss to Paraguay on Saturday. On ...

Frontale stay afloat in Nabisco Cup

May 25, 2016

Frontale stay afloat in Nabisco Cup

A brace from little-used Shohei Otsuka just kept Kawasaki alive in the Nabisco Cup as Frontale defeated Group B leaders Vegalta Sendai 2-1 on Wednesday. Otsuka opened the scoring in the 43rd minute before doubling Kawasaki’s lead early in the second half. Substitute Ramon ...

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

May 21, 2016

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

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Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reysol looked to be in complete control after Kosuke Taketomi had given them a sixth-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, only for Avispa to stun the ...

Holders Antlers crash out of Nabsico Cup

May 18, 2016

Holders Antlers crash out of Nabsico Cup

Holders Kashima Antlers were knocked out of the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday after going down 3-2 at home to Shonan Bellmare. Kashima’s defeat was its third of the group phase and left it eight points behind Group A leaders Omiya Ardija and seven behind ...

May 18, 2016

Jubilo sign Greece defender Papadopoulos

Jubilo Iwata have signed Australia-born Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos, the J. League first-division club announced Wednesday. The 184-cm 31-year-old played in the World Cup in 2010 and European Championship in 2012 for Greece while at Olympiakos. He was with China’s Shanghai Shenhua last year. ...

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

May 14, 2016

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

In-form striker Yoshito Okubo scored twice to help fire Kawasaki Frontale back to the top of the J. League first division with a 3-1 come-from-behind win at home against 10-man Vissel Kobe on Saturday. Okubo, the all-time leading scorer in the Japanese top flight ...

Endo leads Gamba past Jubilo

May 13, 2016

Endo leads Gamba past Jubilo

Veteran Yasuhito Endo scored the winner with his first goal of the season as Gamba Osaka came from behind to secure a 2-1 home win over Jubilo Iwata on Friday in the J. League. Gamba, who had lost their last five games in all ...