Soccer Topics

Jan 15, 2016

Kanazaki returning to Portugal from Antlers

Japan international striker Mu Kanazaki will return to Portuguese second-division club Portimonense after spending last season on loan in the J. League top flight with Kashima Antlers, Portimonense said Thursday. Portimonense said it had received offers for the 26-year-old’s services from several clubs both ...

Jan 14, 2016

Returning Kakitani looks ahead to new season with Cerezo Osaka

Yoichiro Kakitani kicked off his preseason training on Thursday and said he was relishing the prospect of playing again for his boyhood club after rejoining J. League second-division side Cerezo Osaka from Basel on a full transfer. “I don’t have any particular targets, but ...

Jan 13, 2016

Striker Douglas to leave J. League for Al Ain

Brazilian striker Douglas, who played a pivotal role in helping Sanfrecce Hiroshima win the J. League championship with 21 goals on loan from second-division Tokushima Vortis last season, will move to the United Arab Emirates to play for Al Ain, Tokushima said Wednesday. Hiroshima ...

Jan 12, 2016

Sanfrecce to lose Douglas, acquire Utaka

Brazilian forward Douglas, whose 21 goals in 2015 were second in the J. League first division, will leave league champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The club announced the move, along with the acquisition of Nigerian striker Utaka, on Tuesday. Douglas had been on loan with Hiroshima ...

Jan 12, 2016

Former Japan defender Yamaguchi retires

Kyoto Sanga defender Satoshi Yamaguchi, whose 448 J1 games are 10th all-time, has retired, the J. League second-division side said Tuesday. The 37-year-old native of Kochi Prefecture, played in the top flight with JEF United Ichihara Chiba and Gamba Osaka between 1999 and 2011. ...

Jan 11, 2016

Fujimoto joins Gamba from Marinos

Gamba Osaka have signed former Japan international midfielder Jungo Fujimoto from Yokohama F Marinos, the J. League first-division side said Monday. The 31-year-old scored three goals in 19 league games for Marinos last year, his second with the club. Fujimoto played six seasons for ...

Retiring Reds midfielder Suzuki reflects on career

Jan 10, 2016

Retiring Reds midfielder Suzuki reflects on career

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Long-serving Urawa Reds midfielder Keita Suzuki won every domestic title on offer in the Japanese game before recently deciding to call time on his 16-year playing career. But the 34-year-old former Japan international says that helping Reds avoid relegation to the second tier in ...

Jan 9, 2016

Tanaka planning to leave Grampus

Former Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka is leaving Nagoya Grampus, a source close to the matter said Saturday. According to the source, Tulio’s agent told Grampus president Kazumasa Kume that he would not be accepting the offer of a new contract. The 34-year-old Tulio ...

Gamba's Patric considering Japanese citizenship

Jan 9, 2016

Gamba's Patric considering Japanese citizenship

Gamba Osaka’s Brazilian striker Patric is considering applying for Japanese citizenship with an eye on playing for Japan at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, Brazilian media reported Friday. The 28-year-old Patric joined Gamba in July 2014 and played a pivotal role in ...

Jan 8, 2016

Striker Marquinhos to leave Vissel

Brazilian striker Marquinhos, fourth in the all-time J. League first-division scoring charts with 152 goals, is leaving Vissel Kobe with the expiration of his current contract, the J1 club announced Friday. The 39-year-old, who won the J. League MVP award in 2008 while at ...

Jan 8, 2016

Ademilson swaps Marinos for Gamba

Gamba Osaka said Friday they will sign Brazilian striker Ademilson on loan from Brazilian powerhouse Sao Paulo. The 21-year-old Ademilson, who has represented Brazil at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 level, played for Yokohama F. Marinos last season, scoring eight goals in 33 league matches. ...