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Marinos re-sign coach Mombaerts for third season

Nov 21, 2016

Marinos re-sign coach Mombaerts for third season

Yokohama F. Marinos said Monday they have re-signed manager Erick Mombaerts for his third season with the J. League club. As there are views against the 61-year-old Frenchman staying at the helm, Toru Hasegawa, the club president, explained the situation to players after their ...

Nov 21, 2016

Grampus announce striker Sato's arrival

Relegated Nagoya Grampus on Monday announced the signing of Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the all-time second-highest goalscorer in the J. League top flight with 161 goals. “I’ll give my heart and soul to get Nagoya back to where they should be,” said the ...

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

Nov 20, 2016

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the second-highest goalscorer in J. League top-flight history with 161 goals, will join relegated Nagoya Grampus, Sanfrecce’s president said Sunday. “We can do nothing but accept his decision,” said Hidekazu Orita, who had been asking the 34-year-old Sato to ...

Nov 20, 2016

Jubilo make multi-year offer for veteran Nakamura

Yokohama F. Marinos have received an offer for playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura from J. League first division rivals Jubilo Iwata, sources said Sunday. Jubilo’s offer for the 38-year-old former Japan international and Celtic player is for more than one year, according to the sources. Nakamura ...

Consadole, S-Pulse gain promotion to J1

Nov 20, 2016

Consadole, S-Pulse gain promotion to J1

Consadole Sapporo and Shimizu S-Pulse finished one-two in the J. League second division, clinching promotion back to the top flight on Sunday. Consadole’s 0-0 home draw to Zweigen Kanazawa was enough to keep them on top of the table with 85 points from the ...

Nov 19, 2016

Vegalta's Watanabe to remain in charge for 2017 season

Vegalta Sendai announced on Saturday that Susumu Watanabe will manage the club for another season in 2017. Watanabe, who has been in charge of Sendai since April 2014, kept his team afloat in top-flight soccer as Vegalta finished 12th in the overall standings this ...

Nov 19, 2016

Kazama to take over at Grampus

Kawasaki Frontale manager Yahiro Kazama will coach relegated Nagoya Grampus next season, sources said Saturday. The 55-year-old Kazama has steered Kawasaki into the J. League Championship playoff semifinal after the club finished second in the overall standings this season. He is stepping down at ...

Nov 15, 2016

Yoshida takes over as new Ventforet Kofu manager

Tatsuma Yoshida has been named Ventforet Kofu’s new manager, the J-League first-division team said Tuesday. The 42-year-old Yoshida, who has had managed Kashiwa Reysol and Albirex Niigata, will replace Satoru Sakuma, who announced earlier this month his intention to focus on his role as ...

Nov 11, 2016

Grampus clean house after drop

Relegated Nagoya Grampus released nine players, including long-serving No. 10 Yoshizumi Ogawa and Michihiro Yasuda, on Thursday, while tentatively appointing vice chairman Shinichi Sasaki as the new president. Nagoya, which a week ago dropped to the second tier for the first time on goal ...

Nov 9, 2016

J. League season to open Feb. 25

The J. League executive committee on Tuesday decided to open the 2017 J1 season Feb. 25 and end it Dec. 2. The J. League first division is going back to a single stage next year, abandoning the hugely unpopular two-stage system after just two ...

Nov 7, 2016

Oniki to take over as Frontale manager

Kawasaki Frontale announced on Monday they have promoted Toru Oniki to manage the team next season. The move was waiting to be rubber-stamped after Frontale said last week that Oniki, 42, would inherit the club from Yahiro Kazama, who will step down at season’s ...

Tulio to follow Djurovski through Grampus exit door

Nov 6, 2016

Tulio to follow Djurovski through Grampus exit door

Relegated J. League side Nagoya Grampus informed former Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka he will not receive a contract offer for next season, a club source said Sunday when the club also confirmed the departure of manager Bosko Djurovski. The Brazil-born Tulio, one of ...