Soccer Topics

Feb 9, 2015

Antlers set to sign former international Kanazaki

Kashima Antlers are set to sign former Japan midfielder Mu Kanazaki on loan from Portuguese second-tier side Portimonense, Antlers president Shigeru Ibata said Monday. The 25-year-old Kanazaki will join seven-time J. League champion Kashima on a deal running through January 2016. He could finalize ...

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

Feb 3, 2015

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

by Andrew Mckirdy

Javier Aguirre was fired as Japan’s national team manager on Tuesday after a match-fixing case naming him as a defendant was accepted by a Spanish court. The Japan Football Association dismissed Aguirre, who had only been in the job since August, after judging that ...

Nishikawa motivated by past failures

Jan 31, 2015

Nishikawa motivated by past failures

by Andrew Mckirdy

Urawa Reds and Japan goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa has urged his teammates to seize the moment over the year ahead after suffering disappointment for both club and country in the last two months. Nishikawa was outstanding as Urawa led the J. League for the majority ...

Aguirre says no contact from authorities in match-fixing case

Jan 25, 2015

Aguirre says no contact from authorities in match-fixing case

Japan manager Javier Aguirre said Sunday that he has yet to be contacted by Spanish authorities over the match-fixing scandal implicating him in a reportedly staged La Liga match in 2011. Aguirre, upon returning from Sydney where Japan was eliminated in the Asian Cup ...

Minamino to leave Cerezo for Salzburg

Jan 5, 2015

Minamino to leave Cerezo for Salzburg

Cerezo Osaka have agreed in principle to transfer terms that will send forward Takumi Minamino to Austrian first-division club Salzburg, a source with the J. League second-division club said Monday. Minamino scored five times in the 2013 season, when he won the J. League’s ...

Dec 31, 2014

Source: Man City group looking to increase Marinos stake

The City Football Group is looking to set up a Japanese subsidiary by next summer with an eye on eventually owning a controlling stake in the J. League’s Yokohama F. Marinos, sources have told Kyodo News through Wednesday. CFG, which owns Premier League champion ...

Dec 27, 2014

Minamino seeks overseas move

Striker Takumi Minamino has informed relegated Cerezo Osaka that he wants to leave the club and move overseas, team director Isao Miyamoto said Friday. Miyamoto said the club does not want Minamino to leave but admitted it may have trouble trying to keep him. ...

Dec 23, 2014

Players should maintain trust in Aguirre, says Nagatomo

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo says he is unconcerned over the alleged involvement of Japan coach Javier Aguirre in a match-fixing scandal in Spain and says all the players can do is keep their faith in him. “All we have to do is trust ...