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Frontale edge Grampus on Okubo goal

Mar 28, 2014

Frontale edge Grampus on Okubo goal

Nagoya Grampus spurned the chance to go top of the J.League — for 24 hours at least — as Akira Nishino’s men crashed to their first defeat since the opening day of the season with a 1-0 reverse at Kawasaki Frontale on Friday night. ...

Forlan feels United's Kagawa misused during tough season

Mar 28, 2014

Forlan feels United's Kagawa misused during tough season

Cerezo Osaka’s Diego Forlan believes Shinji Kagawa is not at fault for his disappointing season at Manchester United, with the 2010 World Cup MVP and top scorer attributing the Japan international’s struggles to circumstances beyond his control at Old Trafford. Forlan, a former United ...

Urawa prepares for darkest day

Mar 22, 2014

Urawa prepares for darkest day

by Andrew Mckirdy

Urawa Reds will make unwanted J. League history when they take on Shimizu S-Pulse at an empty Saitama Stadium on Sunday, and S-Pulse manager Afshin Ghotbi knows from experience that it will not be an occasion to savor. Reds became the first team to ...

Mar 20, 2014

Arsenal's Miyaichi to miss remainder of season

English Premier League club Arsenal revealed Thursday that Japan forward Ryo Miyaichi will be out of action for the remainder of this season. According to the club, it will be impossible for the 21-year-old Miyaichi to return to duty this season due to a ...

Mar 18, 2014

No evidence of Sanfrecce-Frontale match-fixing: J.League

The J.League said Tuesday it found no evidence of match-fixing in the March 8 game between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Kawasaki Frontale after receiving an alert about the match from FIFA. While all relevant parties have been cleared, it was Japanese soccer’s first suspected case ...

Marinos handle Vortis

Mar 15, 2014

Marinos handle Vortis

by Andrew Mckirdy

Yokohama F. Marinos maintained their perfect start to the J. League season with a comfortable 3-0 win over promoted Tokushima Vortis on Saturday. Seitaro Tomisawa broke the deadlock with a 14th-minute header at Mitsuzawa Stadium before Sho Ito added a second 15 minutes into ...

Mar 12, 2014

J. League chariman calls Urawa banner 'racist'

New J.League chairman Mitsuru Murai said Wednesday that he considered a banner displayed by Urawa Reds fans on Saturday to be racist. Regarding the banner at Reds’ home game against first-division rivals Sagan Tosu that read, “Japanese only,” Murai said, “I recognize it as ...

Usual suspects top the table early

Mar 12, 2014

Usual suspects top the table early

by Andrew Mckirdy

The new J. League season is just two weeks old, but already there is a familiar look about the top of the table. Of the four teams that have taken maximum points from their opening two games, three finished in the top five last ...

Mar 9, 2014

Reds remove banner seen as racist

Urawa Reds said they removed a banner that could be construed as racist from an entrance gate to spectator seats at a J. League match Saturday between Reds and Sagan Tosu. The banner in question had the words “Japanese Only” written on and club ...