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Aug 14, 2016

Antlers top Avispa to end three-game slide

J. League first-stage champion Kashima Antlers claimed a 2-1 win at struggling Avispa Fukuoka on Sunday, ending their three-game losing run in the second stage. Shuhei Akasaki chipped over goalkeeper Ryuichi Kamiyama for the opener in the 27th minute after being played through by ...

Reds heap more misery on Grampus

Aug 13, 2016

Reds heap more misery on Grampus

Urawa Reds downed relegation-threatened Nagoya Grampus 2-0 on Saturday in the J. League and moved top of the second-stage standings with their seventh win in eight games. Yuki Muto’s low effort opened the scoring a minute before intermission and Zlatan Ljubijankic added the second ...

Aug 12, 2016

Iwata's Kobayashi set for Netherlands move

Jubilo Iwata midfielder Yuki Kobayashi, who won his first cap for Japan in June, will move to Dutch club Heerenveen, the J. League first-division side announced on Friday. Kobayashi played for Tokyo Verdy after coming through the youth ranks and moved to Iwata during ...

49-year-old 'King Kazu' rewrites scoring record

Aug 7, 2016

49-year-old 'King Kazu' rewrites scoring record

Kazuyoshi Miura broke his record as the J. League’s oldest scorer on Sunday in stunning fashion, belting home an unstoppable effort from inside the box to kick start Yokohama FC’s 3-2 comeback win at Cerezo Osaka in their second-division game. The 49-year-old came on ...

Frontale rout Kofu, stretch unbeaten streak to 16 matches

Aug 6, 2016

Frontale rout Kofu, stretch unbeaten streak to 16 matches

Kawasaki Frontale hammered Ventforet Kofu 4-0 to remain top of the J. League second stage on Saturday, extending their unbeaten run to 16 matches. Yoshito Okubo headed home a minute to the break before an own goal and strikes from Yu Kobayashi and Elsinho ...

Aug 5, 2016

Bellmare acquire ex-Antlers striker Dinei

Shonan Bellmare have signed former Kashima Antlers forward Dinei, the J. League first-division team announced Friday. The 32-year-old Brazilian scored one goal in four league games for Kashima last year and had one goal in six games this se ason before the club decided ...

Aug 4, 2016

Sagan Tosu finalize deal with midfielder Tahar

Sagan Tosu have signed midfielder Aymen Tahar, the J. League first-division side announced Thursday. The 26-year-old, who holds a British passport and played for Algeria’s U-20 side, started his career at Sheffield United in 2008 and spent last season at Portugal’s Boavista on loan ...

Aug 1, 2016

Former Japan coach Zico elected to Hall of Fame

Former Japan coach and Brazil midfielder Zico has been elected to Japanese soccer’s Hall of Fame along with Japan’s 1936 Berlin Olympic team, the Japan Football Association announced Monday. An induction ceremony will be held at the Japan Football Museum at the JFA’s headquarters ...

Jul 28, 2016

FC Tokyo's Yonemoto likely to undergo surgery for torn ACL

FC Tokyo midfielder Takuji Yonemoto has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming days, the J. League first-division club said on Thursday. Yonemoto also suffered medial ligament damage in the knee in Tokyo’s ...

Jul 27, 2016

Antlers acquire Brazilian Fabricio

Kashima Antlers have acquired 26-year-old Fabricio dos Santos Messias, a Brazilian midfielder and forward, the J. League first-division side announced Wednesday. Fabricio, who is on loan from Portuguese side Portimonense, will wear the No. 11 shirt with Antlers. He had previously played in the ...