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Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

Jun 17, 2016

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

With the J. League first-stage title firmly in their sights, Kawasaki Frontale’s players were in a relaxed mood on Friday as they prepared for Saturday’s trip to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka. Victory for Kawasaki, the league leader, in the second-to-last round of matches, coupled with ...

Jun 16, 2016

Hiroshima's Mizumoto expected to miss two months

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Hiroki Mizumoto is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a foot injury, the reigning J. League champions said on Thursday. Mizumoto has been diagnosed with a fracture to the third metatarsal bone in his right foot and ...

Urawa's first-stage title hopes fade with defeat at Gamba

Jun 15, 2016

Urawa's first-stage title hopes fade with defeat at Gamba

Urawa Reds’ faltering first-stage title hopes suffered another major blow with a 1-0 defeat away to bitter rivals Gamba Osaka in the J. League first division on Wednesday night. Takashi Usami did the damage with the only goal of the game on a breakaway ...

Reds mull legal options over tweets

Jun 14, 2016

Reds mull legal options over tweets

The Urawa Reds may consider legal action against the person who taunted Kashima Antlers Brazilian midfielder Caio with racist tweets, the J. League first-division club announced on its website Monday. The tweets were made after Antlers defeated Reds 2-0 on Saturday. Urawa said that ...

Jun 13, 2016

Albirex defender Hayakawa fighting leukemia

Albirex Niigata defender Fumiya Hayakawa is undergoing treatment for acute leukemia, the J. League first-division club said on Monday. The 22-year-old Hayakawa was diagnosed with the disease after tests following an April 25 game against Nagoya Grampus. He played at the 2011 Under-17 World ...

Jun 13, 2016

Cerezo seeking to reacquire Yamaguchi: report

Cerezo Osaka have asked relegated Hannover about reacquiring Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, the German tabloid Bild reported on Monday. Yamaguchi has told Hannover he wants to return to his old club, and the two teams are expected to agree on terms, according to the ...

Jun 6, 2016

Consadole's Inamoto out for season with torn ACL

Three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto will miss the rest of the J. League second-division season after being ruled out for eight months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Consadole Sapporo announced on Monday. Inamoto, 36, suffered the injury on ...

Jun 2, 2016

Avispa, Grampus settle for scoreless draw

Avispa Fukuoka played out a goalless draw at home to Nagoya Grumpus on Thursday to remain at the foot of the J. League standings. The game was postponed in mid-April when massive earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture in central Kyushu. Another Kyushu side, Sagan Tosu, ...

May 27, 2016

Vissel Kobe's Iwanami sidelined with knee injury

Japan Under-23 defender Takuya Iwanami has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a left-knee injury during the Toulon Tournament, his club Vissel Kobe announced Friday. The center-half came off on the half hour in Japan’s 2-1 loss to Paraguay on Saturday. On ...