Soccer Topics

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 ...

Dec 8, 2015

Sanfrecce's Asano earns Best Young Player award

Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward Takuma Asano was named the J. League’s Best Young Player for the 2015 season on Tuesday. The three-time Japan international was instrumental in Sanfrecce’s third league title win in four years on Saturday. It is the fourth straight year a Hiroshima ...

2002 World Cup hero Suzuki hangs up boots

Dec 7, 2015

2002 World Cup hero Suzuki hangs up boots

Former Japan forward Takayuki Suzuki said he wants go into coaching as he announced his retirement on Monday. “I need to study so I can get my badge,” said the 39-year-old Suzuki, who finished his 21-year career with JEF United Chiba in the J. ...

Avispa Fukuoka earn promotion back to J1

Dec 6, 2015

Avispa Fukuoka earn promotion back to J1

Avispa Fukuoka returned to the J. League first division for the first time since 2011 with a 1-1 draw to Cerezo Osaka in the promotion playoff final on Sunday. Fukuoka, which was 14th last season, became the first third-place team to be promoted through ...

Sanfrecce complete title quest against Gamba

Dec 5, 2015

Sanfrecce complete title quest against Gamba

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima claimed their third J. League title in four years with a 4-3 aggregate win over Gamba Osaka after a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the championship final on Saturday night. Sanfrecce went into the match at Edion Stadium protecting a ...

Gamba's Usami aims to end scoring drought at critical time

Dec 4, 2015

Gamba's Usami aims to end scoring drought at critical time

Gamba Osaka manager Kenta Hasegawa is counting on his top scorer Takashi Usami to end a personal dry spell and key a fight-back in the J. League Championship Final against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday. Going into the away leg at Edion Stadium, the champions ...

Dec 2, 2015

Yoshida hired as next Albirex manager

Albirex Niigata have named exiting Kashiwa Reysol manager Tatsuma Yoshida as their manager for the new season on Wednesday. Yoshida took the helm at Reysol ahead of this season and guided his side to the quarterfinals in the Asian Champions League, bu t Kashiwa ...

Dec 2, 2015

Ex-Japan striker Suzuki retiring at end of season

Former Japan striker and World Cup goal scorer Takayuki Suzuki will retire at the end of the season, his J. League second-division club JEF United Chiba announced Wednesday. The 39-year-old, who toe-poked an equalizer in a 2-2 draw against Belgium in the 2002 World ...

Bundesliga-winner Magath set to take over at Tosu

Dec 2, 2015

Bundesliga-winner Magath set to take over at Tosu

Three-time Bundesliga-winning manager Felix Magath is set to become the new manager of Sagan Tosu, the J. League first-division club revealed Wednesday. The 62-year-old, who won top-flight German titles twice with Bayern Munich in the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons as well as another with ...

Gamba, Sanfrecce put title aspirations on the line

Dec 1, 2015

Gamba, Sanfrecce put title aspirations on the line

Gamba Osaka manager Kenta Hasegawa hopes his players will get a second wind when the defending champions take on Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the first leg of the J. League Championship final on Wednesday at Expo Stadium. While Hiroshima, which advanced directly to the final ...