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Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Apr 12, 2014

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

by Gus Fielding

Kengo Kawamata strengthened his case for inclusion in Japan’s World Cup squad with a fabulous strike as Albirex Niigata knocked Kashima Antlers off the J. League summit with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Kawamata opened the scoring midway through the first half with a ...

Kawasaki chokes on Kashiwa's defense

Apr 11, 2014

Kawasaki chokes on Kashiwa's defense

Kawasaki Frontale, the J. League’s top scoring side, were stifled by Kashiwa Reysol, settling for a 1-1 draw that ended their three-game win streak on Friday. Frontale, who lead J1 with 16 goals from seven games, failed to overcome Leandro’s early strike at Todoroki ...

Arnold out at Vegalta after six J. League games

Apr 9, 2014

Arnold out at Vegalta after six J. League games

Manager Graham Arnold has left Vegalta Sendai by “mutual consent” on Wednesday, becoming the J. League’s first coaching casualty of the season. Assistant Susumu Watanabe has replaced former Australia coach Arnold, whose side was winless in eight league and league cup games combined in ...

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

Apr 6, 2014

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

by Andrew Mckirdy

Kashiwa Reysol gave Cerezo Osaka’s much-vaunted strike force a lesson in clinical finishing with a 2-1 win over the preseason J. League title favorites on Sunday. Cerezo made global headlines when they signed star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan in January for a reported $5.9 ...

Apr 5, 2014

Urawa allows fans to bring banners

Urawa Reds have lifted their ban on banners and will allow them back from Sunday — but only with advance permission from the club. The J. League giants on Saturday said they will approve selected banners starting with the game against Vegalta Sendai at ...

Urawa beats Omiya as home fans return

Apr 2, 2014

Urawa beats Omiya as home fans return

Out-of-favor Japan international Tadanari Lee scored his first goal in Urawa colors as Reds welcomed back their supporters with a 2-1 victory over derby rivals Omiya Ardija in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday. Winter signing Lee netted midway through the opening half and set ...

Antlers rally for win

Mar 29, 2014

Antlers rally for win

by Andrew Mckirdy

Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat Yokohama F . Marinos 3-1 on Saturday as the J. League’s early front-runners went head to head. Yuzo Kurihara put Marinos in front three minutes before halftime at Nissan Stadium with a bullet header, only for Shoma ...

Frontale edge Grampus on Okubo goal

Mar 28, 2014

Frontale edge Grampus on Okubo goal

Nagoya Grampus spurned the chance to go top of the J.League — for 24 hours at least — as Akira Nishino’s men crashed to their first defeat since the opening day of the season with a 1-0 reverse at Kawasaki Frontale on Friday night. ...

Forlan feels United's Kagawa misused during tough season

Mar 28, 2014

Forlan feels United's Kagawa misused during tough season

Cerezo Osaka’s Diego Forlan believes Shinji Kagawa is not at fault for his disappointing season at Manchester United, with the 2010 World Cup MVP and top scorer attributing the Japan international’s struggles to circumstances beyond his control at Old Trafford. Forlan, a former United ...