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Apr 22, 2014

Shimizu forward Nagasawa to undergo knee surgery

J.League first-division side Shimizu S-Pulse announced Tuesday that forward Shun Nagasawa will have knee surgery and be out for eight months. The 25-year-old Nagasawa has three goals in eight league games this season and two more in the Nabisco Cup. Nagasawa snapped the ACL ...

Vissel edge Antlers

Apr 19, 2014

Vissel edge Antlers

by Andrew Mckirdy

Vissel Kobe went top of the J. League for at least 24 hours after an incident-packed 3-2 win over Kashima Antlers on Saturday. Both sides went into the game at Kashima Stadium knowing that a win would be enough to claim first place with ...

Cerezo falls against Pohang in ACL

Apr 16, 2014

Cerezo falls against Pohang in ACL

Cerezo Osaka’s hopes of progressing to the knockout phase of the Asian Champions suffered a blow after they were beaten 2-0 at home to 2009 champions Pohang Steelers in their penultimate Group E game on Wednesday. In China, Naoki Ishihara scored twice in the ...

Urawa narrowly survives scare from Tokushima in Nabisco Cup

Apr 16, 2014

Urawa narrowly survives scare from Tokushima in Nabisco Cup

Urawa Reds barely avoided what would’ve been the embarrassment of the season as Mihailo Petrovic’s men came back in the nick of time to defeat Tokushima Vortis 4-3 in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday. Mizuki Hamada’s stoppage-time header allowed Urawa to escape with all ...

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Apr 12, 2014

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

by Gus Fielding

Kengo Kawamata strengthened his case for inclusion in Japan’s World Cup squad with a fabulous strike as Albirex Niigata knocked Kashima Antlers off the J. League summit with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Kawamata opened the scoring midway through the first half with a ...

Kawasaki chokes on Kashiwa's defense

Apr 11, 2014

Kawasaki chokes on Kashiwa's defense

Kawasaki Frontale, the J. League’s top scoring side, were stifled by Kashiwa Reysol, settling for a 1-1 draw that ended their three-game win streak on Friday. Frontale, who lead J1 with 16 goals from seven games, failed to overcome Leandro’s early strike at Todoroki ...

Arnold out at Vegalta after six J. League games

Apr 9, 2014

Arnold out at Vegalta after six J. League games

Manager Graham Arnold has left Vegalta Sendai by “mutual consent” on Wednesday, becoming the J. League’s first coaching casualty of the season. Assistant Susumu Watanabe has replaced former Australia coach Arnold, whose side was winless in eight league and league cup games combined in ...

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

Apr 6, 2014

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

by Andrew Mckirdy

Kashiwa Reysol gave Cerezo Osaka’s much-vaunted strike force a lesson in clinical finishing with a 2-1 win over the preseason J. League title favorites on Sunday. Cerezo made global headlines when they signed star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan in January for a reported $5.9 ...

Apr 5, 2014

Urawa allows fans to bring banners

Urawa Reds have lifted their ban on banners and will allow them back from Sunday — but only with advance permission from the club. The J. League giants on Saturday said they will approve selected banners starting with the game against Vegalta Sendai at ...

Urawa beats Omiya as home fans return

Apr 2, 2014

Urawa beats Omiya as home fans return

Out-of-favor Japan international Tadanari Lee scored his first goal in Urawa colors as Reds welcomed back their supporters with a 2-1 victory over derby rivals Omiya Ardija in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday. Winter signing Lee netted midway through the opening half and set ...