Soccer Topics

Nov 26, 2015

Motoyama leaving Antlers after 18 seasons

Former Japan midfielder Masashi Motoyama will not be back season with his club of 18 seasons, Kashima Antlers, the J. League first-division club announced Thursday. The 36-year-old, who has scored 38 goals in 365 J1 games, will seek to move to another club. In ...

Nov 26, 2015

J2 Kanazawa signs Romario's son

Zweigen Kanazawa has signed Romarinho, the son of former Brazil World Cup winner Romario, the J. League second-division club announced Thursday. “I’m thankful to the club for giving me the offer,” said Romarinho on the club’s website upon joining from Vasco da Gama. “I’ll ...

New Grampus boss Ogura seeking winning mentality

Nov 25, 2015

New Grampus boss Ogura seeking winning mentality

New Nagoya Grampus coach and general manager Takafumi Ogura vowed to restore his old club’s winning ways on Wednesday. “I’ll establish the style of the team. On top of that, we have to fixate on winning,” the 42-year-old told a press conference a day ...

Nov 25, 2015

Relegated S-Pulse to appoint Kobayashi as new boss

Relegated Shimizu S-Pulse said Wednesday they will appoint Tokushima Vortis manager Shinji Kobayashi as the club’s new boss for next season. S-Pulse had been looking chiefly for a Japanese manager who has experience in both J1 and J2. The 55-year-old Kobayashi, who takes over ...

Nov 24, 2015

J. League sets attendance record of 9.1 million

Total J. League attendance surpassed 9 million this season for the first time, the league announced Tuesday. The three divisions combined for a total of 9,178,812 fans, an increase of 4.7 percent over last year. The league, which announces a “full house” if 80 ...

Nov 24, 2015

Grampus hire Ogura as new coach, general manager

Former Japan international Takafumi Ogura was named coach and general manager of Nagoya Grampus on Tuesday. Ogura, 42, served as an assistant to general manager Kazumasa Kume this season. Ogura, who will hold a news conference on Wednesday, will replace Akira Nishino in what ...

Nov 23, 2015

Jubilo earn promotion to J1

Yuki Kobayashi scored an injury-time winner as Jubilo Iwata beat Oita Trinita 2-1 to clinch automatic promotion to the J. League first division on Sunday. Jubilo, who will be back in the top flight in 2016 after a one-year absence, finished second in J2 ...

Nov 23, 2015

Marinos give manager Mombaerts contract extension

Yokohama F. Marinos have extended the contract of their manager Erick Mombaerts to the end of 2016, the J. League club said Monday. In his first year in Japan, the former France youth coach guided Marinos to seventh on the overall standings. The season ...

FC Tokyo eliminated  from title contention

Nov 22, 2015

FC Tokyo eliminated from title contention


FC Tokyo crashed out of J. League title contention after a 0-0 home draw with Sagan Tosu on Sunday that put defending champions Gamba Osaka into the championship playoffs instead. Tokyo went into the final day of the regular season third in the table ...

Nov 17, 2015

Cerezo part ways with manager Autuori

Cerezo Osaka fired manager Paulo Autuori on Tuesday ahead of the last weekend of the J. League second division season as they attempt to regain their momentum for the promotion playoffs. Autuori has been drastically replaced by Cerezo’s head of development Kiyoshi Okuma, who ...

Nov 14, 2015

Ardija claim J2 title, earn promotion

Omiya Ardija won promotion back to the J. League first division by clinching the second-division title in a 3-2 comeback win at Oita Trinita on Saturday. Omiya, which was relegated last season following 10 years in J1, went down to two early second-half goals ...