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Gamba's Usami aims to end scoring drought at critical time

Dec 4, 2015

Gamba's Usami aims to end scoring drought at critical time

Gamba Osaka manager Kenta Hasegawa is counting on his top scorer Takashi Usami to end a personal dry spell and key a fight-back in the J. League Championship Final against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday. Going into the away leg at Edion Stadium, the champions ...

Dec 2, 2015

Yoshida hired as next Albirex manager

Albirex Niigata have named exiting Kashiwa Reysol manager Tatsuma Yoshida as their manager for the new season on Wednesday. Yoshida took the helm at Reysol ahead of this season and guided his side to the quarterfinals in the Asian Champions League, bu t Kashiwa ...

Dec 2, 2015

Ex-Japan striker Suzuki retiring at end of season

Former Japan striker and World Cup goal scorer Takayuki Suzuki will retire at the end of the season, his J. League second-division club JEF United Chiba announced Wednesday. The 39-year-old, who toe-poked an equalizer in a 2-2 draw against Belgium in the 2002 World ...

Bundesliga-winner Magath set to take over at Tosu

Dec 2, 2015

Bundesliga-winner Magath set to take over at Tosu

Three-time Bundesliga-winning manager Felix Magath is set to become the new manager of Sagan Tosu, the J. League first-division club revealed Wednesday. The 62-year-old, who won top-flight German titles twice with Bayern Munich in the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons as well as another with ...

Gamba, Sanfrecce put title aspirations on the line

Dec 1, 2015

Gamba, Sanfrecce put title aspirations on the line

Gamba Osaka manager Kenta Hasegawa hopes his players will get a second wind when the defending champions take on Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the first leg of the J. League Championship final on Wednesday at Expo Stadium. While Hiroshima, which advanced directly to the final ...

Dec 1, 2015

Albirex close to hiring Yoshida

Former Kashiwa Reysol manager Tatsuma Yoshida is in the final stages of discussions with Albirex Niigata to become their new manager for next season, sources said Tuesday. Yoshida recently stepped down as manager of Kashiwa Reysol after leading the Chiba-based club to the quarterfinals ...

Avispa, Cerezo advance to promotion playoff final

Nov 29, 2015

Avispa, Cerezo advance to promotion playoff final

Avispa Fukuoka defeated V-Varen Nagasaki 1-0 in the semifinals of the J1 promotion playoffs on Sunday, booking a meeting with Cerezo Osaka in the final for a place in the top flight next season. Striker Wellington scored the only goal of the game for ...

Urawa supporter tweets racial abuse against Gamba striker Patric

Nov 29, 2015

Urawa supporter tweets racial abuse against Gamba striker Patric

A Twitter user who directed racially abusive messages Saturday at Gamba Osaka’s black Brazilian striker Patric claims to be a supporter of Urawa Reds, according to the poster’s profile on the social networking service. The messages were posted following Gamba’s 3-1 away win in ...

Nov 28, 2015

Sakuma not leaving Ventforet

Satoru Sakuma will remain the manager of Ventforet Kofu next season, the J. League first-division club announced Saturday. The 52-year-old took over in May from Yasuhiro Higuchi with Ventforet languishing at the bottom of the J. League table, eventually propelling the team to 13th ...

Gamba beat Reds to book place in J. League title game

Nov 28, 2015

Gamba beat Reds to book place in J. League title game

Late goals from Hiroki Fujiharu and Brazilian striker Patric sent defending champions Gamba Osaka into the J. League Championship final with a 3-1 extra-time win away to first-stage winners Urawa Reds in the playoff semifinal on Saturday. Former Japan international Yasuyuki Konno fired Gamba ...

Nov 27, 2015

Ficcadenti won't return to FC Tokyo

FC Tokyo manager Massimo Ficcadenti will leave the club at the end of the season following two years in charge, the J. League first-division side announced Friday. The Italian propelled the Gasmen to a second-place finish in the first stage this year, but finished ...