Soccer Topics

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. ...

Jan 6, 2016

Veteran midfielder Myojin joins Grampus

Nagoya Grampus announced Wednesday that they will sign veteran midfielder Tomokazu Myojin from Gamba Osaka. The 37-year-old Myojin joined Gamba from Kashiwa Reysol in 2006 and helped them win the Asian Champions League in 2008 and a domestic treble in 2014. The former Japan ...

Jan 6, 2016

Urawa to sign Slovenia defender Ilic

Urawa Reds are to sign Slovenia international defender Branko Ilic from Kazakhstan club Astana, the J. League first-division club said on Wednesday. The 32-year-old Ilic has played in 64 internationals, scoring once. Astana became the first Kazakh team to appear in the UEFA Champions ...

Jan 4, 2016

Sagan Tosu to hire Ficcadenti: source

J. League first-division side Sagan Tosu will name former FC Tokyo boss Massimo Ficcadenti as their next manager, a team official said Monday. The 48-year-old Italian’s hiring is expected to be announced officially on Tuesday. The news comes after Sagan failed to come to ...

Jan 4, 2016

Forward Kakitani returns to Cerezo Osaka

Swiss champion Basel on Monday announced that Japan forward Yoichiro Kakitani has returned home to rejoin former club Cerezo Ozaka. Basel confirmed the move on its website without disclosing details of the transfer. The 26-year-old Kakitani failed to establish himself at Basel in an ...

Dec 31, 2015

Magath declines Tosu offer

Felix Magath has rejected Sagan Tosu’s offer to coach the J. League first division club. “I was drawn by the prospect of working in Japan but after careful consideration I have decided to turn down their offer,” Magath said on Thursday in a statement ...

Dec 29, 2015

Reds earn automatic qualification for Asian Champions League

Urawa Reds have clinched their automatic qualification for next season’s Asian Champions League after advancing to the Emperor’s Cup final on Tuesday, the Japan Football Association announced. The J. League championship winners Sanfrecce Hiroshima and runners-up Gamba Osaka had already booked the two automatic ...

Reds, Gamba advance to Emperor's Cup final

Dec 29, 2015

Reds, Gamba advance to Emperor's Cup final

Substitute Tadanari Lee headed an extra-time winner as Urawa Reds edged Kashiwa Reysol 1-0 on Tuesday to advance to the Emperor’s Cup final. On target in the previous two rounds, Lee struck in the 117th minute of a tightly contested match to set Reds ...

Dec 24, 2015

Ex-Catania striker Morimoto moving to Frontale

Former Serie A striker Takayuki Morimoto will join Kawasaki Frontale on a two-year deal starting Feb.1, the J. League first-division side announced Thursday. Morimoto, 27, scored five goals in 27 games in J2 this season, his third year with JEF United Chiba. He will ...

Hiroshima's Aoyama named J. League MVP

Dec 21, 2015

Hiroshima's Aoyama named J. League MVP

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama was named Player of the Year at this season’s J. League Awards on Monday. The 29-year-old Aoyama appeared in 33 games and netted three goals for Hiroshima, which won its third league title in four years in 2015. Aoyama ...

Dec 15, 2015

FC Tokyo's Ota moving to Vitesse Arnhem

Defender Kosuke Ota will move to Dutch first-division side Vitesse Arnhem on a full transfer, his J. League first-division club FC Tokyo announced Tuesday. The 28-year-old Ota, who has played seven times for Japan, will be on contract with the Dutch side through the ...