Soccer Topics

Mar 20, 2014

Arsenal's Miyaichi to miss remainder of season

English Premier League club Arsenal revealed Thursday that Japan forward Ryo Miyaichi will be out of action for the remainder of this season. According to the club, it will be impossible for the 21-year-old Miyaichi to return to duty this season due to a ...

Mar 18, 2014

No evidence of Sanfrecce-Frontale match-fixing: J.League

The J.League said Tuesday it found no evidence of match-fixing in the March 8 game between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Kawasaki Frontale after receiving an alert about the match from FIFA. While all relevant parties have been cleared, it was Japanese soccer’s first suspected case ...

Marinos handle Vortis

Mar 15, 2014

Marinos handle Vortis

by Andrew Mckirdy

Yokohama F. Marinos maintained their perfect start to the J. League season with a comfortable 3-0 win over promoted Tokushima Vortis on Saturday. Seitaro Tomisawa broke the deadlock with a 14th-minute header at Mitsuzawa Stadium before Sho Ito added a second 15 minutes into ...

Mar 12, 2014

J. League chariman calls Urawa banner 'racist'

New J.League chairman Mitsuru Murai said Wednesday that he considered a banner displayed by Urawa Reds fans on Saturday to be racist. Regarding the banner at Reds’ home game against first-division rivals Sagan Tosu that read, “Japanese only,” Murai said, “I recognize it as ...

Usual suspects top the table early

Mar 12, 2014

Usual suspects top the table early

by Andrew Mckirdy

The new J. League season is just two weeks old, but already there is a familiar look about the top of the table. Of the four teams that have taken maximum points from their opening two games, three finished in the top five last ...

Mar 9, 2014

Reds remove banner seen as racist

Urawa Reds said they removed a banner that could be construed as racist from an entrance gate to spectator seats at a J. League match Saturday between Reds and Sagan Tosu. The banner in question had the words “Japanese Only” written on and club ...

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

Mar 8, 2014

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

by Gus Fielding

A stunning second-half strike from Yoshizumi Ogawa provided Akira Nishino with his first win as Nagoya Grampus manager as the 2010 J. League champions edged Omiya Ardija 2-1 away on Saturday. Ex-Japan striker Keiji Tamada finished with aplomb in the 53rd minute and Ogawa ...

Mar 5, 2014

Cerezo's Fujimoto out four weeks

J. League first-division side Cerezo Osaka announced Wednesday that defender Kota Fujimoto will be out of action for four weeks after suffering an injury in training. The 27-year-old Fujimoto suffered damage to the triceps muscle in his left calf during practice on Tuesday. Three ...

New signings get Marinos off to winning start

Mar 2, 2014

New signings get Marinos off to winning start

Jungo Fujimoto and Sho Ito both opened their Yokohama F. Marinos accounts as the Emperor’s Cup holders beat Omiya Ardija 2-0 in their J. League season opener on Sunday. Fujimoto netted in the first half at a rain-lashed Nissan Stadium and Ito added a ...

J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

Mar 1, 2014

J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

by Kaz Nagatsuka

As two decades have now elapsed since its inception, the J. League is entering a new era. And as one of its most conspicuous projects for the next decade and beyond, the Japanese professional soccer circuit is looking to expand its presence in Asia, ...