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Okubo strikes as Kawasaki keeps pressure on Urawa

May 8, 2016

Okubo strikes as Kawasaki keeps pressure on Urawa

Yoshito Okubo scored one goal and assisted another as Kawasaki Frontale stayed right on the tail of J. League leaders Urawa Reds with a 3-1 victory at red-hot Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday. Eduardo Neto netted his first goal in Japan for Kawasaki, which improved ...

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

May 7, 2016

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

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Urawa Reds defender Wataru Endo is expecting a feisty atmosphere in his first Saitama derby against Omiya Ardija on Sunday. But the Japan Under-23 captain knows the stakes will be even higher at the Rio Olympics this summer. Urawa takes on Omiya with both ...

May 3, 2016

Albirex forward Silva sidelined with muscle strain

Brazilian forward Rafael Silva is expected to miss six weeks due to a muscle strain, J. League first-division side Albirex Niigata said Tuesday. The 24-year-old Silva strained his left calf muscle in Saturday’s 2-2 home draw against Ventforet Kofu and left the game in ...

May 2, 2016

Japan, Australia deepen soccer ties

Australia and Japan on Monday pledged closer ties between the A-League and the J. League, inking an agreement to share technical, marketing and administrative expertise. The deal paves the way for matches at elite youth level between Australian and Japanese clubs and encourages loan ...

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

Apr 29, 2016

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

The high-flying Urawa Reds maintained their grip on top spot in the J. League first division with a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Nagoya Grampus on Friday. Nagoya’s Swedish striker Robin Simovic canceled out Yosuke Kashiwagi’s opener with a blistering effort shortly before ...

Apr 28, 2016

Antlers, Colombian squad to square off in Suruga Bank Championship

Kashima Antlers will take on Copa Sudamericana champion Santa Fe of Colombia in the Suruga Bank Championship this summer, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Santa Fe defeated Argentina’s Huracan on penalties after a 0-0 aggregate draw over two legs in December, setting up ...

Apr 28, 2016

Iwata's Bothroyd injures left ankle

Jubilo Iwata striker Jay Bothroyd has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and is expected to rejoin his teammates for training early next month, the J. League first-division side said on Thursday. The former Cardiff City forward, who is the second-top scorer in ...

Apr 25, 2016

FC Tokyo's Nakajima out with ligament damage

FC Tokyo midfielder Shoya Nakajima has injured his right knee and will need five to six weeks to recover, the J. League first division side said Monday. Nakajima, who is expected to play a key role on the Japan squad at the Rio de ...