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Murai presented as next J. League chairman

Jan 17, 2014

Murai presented as next J. League chairman

Mitsuru Murai, who is set to be approved as the J. League’s next chairman on Jan. 31, said Friday the league has come to a “huge turning point.” “The league is at a huge turning point, but I will accept the challenge and do ...

Jan 16, 2014

Former Japan star Ono to join Consadole

Former Japan midfielder Shinji Ono will join Consadole Sapporo in June after playing out the remainder of the current A-League season with Western Sydney Wanderers, the J. League second-division club said Thursday. “I want to focus on the rest of the season and get ...

Lee joins Urawa after leaving Southampton

Jan 16, 2014

Lee joins Urawa after leaving Southampton

Former Japan striker Tadanari Lee has joined Urawa Reds just days after having his contract terminated by English Premier League club Southampton, Reds said Thursday. The 28-year-old striker will sign with Reds after undergoing a medical on his return to Japan. Southampton announced Tuesday ...

World Cup star Forlan to join Cerezo Osaka: source

Jan 14, 2014

World Cup star Forlan to join Cerezo Osaka: source

J. League first-division side Cerezo Osaka appears likely to acquire Uruguay international Diego Forlan for the 2014 season, an informed source said Tuesday. The 34-year-old Forlan won the Golden Ball Award as the most valuable player at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, ...

Jan 7, 2014

Forward Osako joins Munich squad

German second-division club TSV 1860 Munich on Tuesday unveiled Japan forward Yuya Osako, who has joined the team from J.League first-division side Kashima Antlers. “In order to improve, you need to change your environment,” the 23-year-old told a news conference. “The biggest thing is ...

Veteran Iwamasa to join Thai club

Jan 6, 2014

Veteran Iwamasa to join Thai club

Former Japan defender Daiki Iwamasa will continue his playing career in Thailand, J. League first-division side Kashima Antlers announced Monday. The 31-year-old Iwamasa played in 18 games for Antlers last season but rarely appeared on the pitch in the second half of the season ...

Jan 5, 2014

Reds lure Nishikawa from Sanfrecce

Urawa Reds on Sunday announced the acquisition of Japan reserve goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa from J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The 27-year-old Nishikawa helped Sanfrecce retain their championship on the final day of this season, playing in all but one of their 34 league games. ...

Marinos capture Emperor's Cup

Jan 2, 2014

Marinos capture Emperor's Cup

Yokohama F. Marinos got payback for their heartbreaking defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J. League title race with a 2-0 victory in the last Emperor’s Cup final at the existing National Stadium on Wednesday. First-half goals from Manabu Saito and Yuji Nakazawa in ...

Zaccheroni leaving door to World Cup squad open

Jan 1, 2014

Zaccheroni leaving door to World Cup squad open

JEF United Chiba’s Seiichiro Maki was Japan’s surprise pick for the 2006 World Cup, Jubilo Iwata’s Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi for 2010. Alberto Zaccheroni has been largely conservative in his squad selection since taking over for Takeshi Okada four years ago but now, with six months ...