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Saito called up for World Cup qualifiers

Oct 2, 2016

Saito called up for World Cup qualifiers

Winger Manabu Saito of Yokohama F. Marinos was called up by Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic on Saturday for two upcoming World Cup final qualifying matches after Mainz forward Yoshinori Muto and Augsburg’s Takashi Usami pulled out with injuries. Japan, which fell to a shock ...

Reds stroll past Gamba

Oct 2, 2016

Reds stroll past Gamba

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Urawa Reds moved top of the overall J. League table and exorcized a few demons along the way with a 4-0 win over Gamba Osaka on Saturday. Reds, who had lost their last four games against Gamba, took a sixth-minute lead at Saitama Stadium ...

Sep 27, 2016

Struggling Albirex fire Yoshida

Tatsuma Yoshida has been let go as manager of relegation-haunted Niigata Albirex, the J. League first-division team announced Tuesday. The 42-year-old Yoshida will be replaced by coach Koichiro Katafuchi after four straight defeats have left Niigata 15th in the overall J1 table with seven ...

Late Kobayashi winner sends Frontale into playoffs

Sep 25, 2016

Late Kobayashi winner sends Frontale into playoffs

Yu Kobayashi struck in the 105th minute as Kawasaki Frontale qualified for their first J. League Championship Playoff with a dramatic 3-2 win over Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday. Kenta Kano and Koji Miyoshi had given Kawasaki a two-goal lead going into injury time ...

Sep 13, 2016

Kubo, 15, poised to become youngest player in J. League history

Fifteen-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo will be cleared to play for FC Tokyo’s top-flight team, which could make him the youngest ever to appear in the J. League’s first division, a club source said. Kubo is currently 15 years, 3 months old. Former ...

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

Sep 10, 2016

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

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Kashiwa Reysol heaped further pressure on Kashima Antlers and beleaguered manager Masatada Ishii with a 2-0 win over the first-stage champions on Saturday. Ishii returned to the Antlers bench at Hitachi Stadium for his first J. League match since missing Kashima’s 2-2 draw with ...

Sep 9, 2016

JFA makes ¥30 million donation to quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture

The Japan Football Association on Thursday donated over ¥30 million ($295,000) to Kumamoto Prefecture after it has been struck by two massive earthquakes in April, leaving about 50 dead. Money from the JFA has been presented, along with donations from the Japan national team ...

J. League mulls return to single-stage system

Sep 8, 2016

J. League mulls return to single-stage system

The J. League is considering returning to the single-stage system that had been in place for 10 years through the 2014 season for the first division, soccer sources said Wednesday. The change may be implemented starting next season, they said. The J. League has ...

Gamba overpower Sanfrecce to reach League Cup semifinals

Sep 4, 2016

Gamba overpower Sanfrecce to reach League Cup semifinals

Shun Nagasawa and Ademilson each scored a brace as Gamba Osaka powered past Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6-3 on Sunday in the second leg of their League Cup quarterfinal for a 7-4 aggregate win. After Gamba salvaged a late 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s first leg, Nagasawa ...