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Mar 11, 2016

Omiya Ardija president hopes Sasaki rejoins team's coaching staff

Omiya Ardija want departing Japan women’s team coach Norio Sasaki to rejoin the club’s coaching staff, the J. League first-division side’s president said Friday. “He (Sasaki) is someone who has always been at Omiya, and has great achievements,” club president Shigeru Suzuki said. “We’ll ...

Mar 10, 2016

Albirex players Suzuki, Matsubara sidelined with injuries

Japan Under-23 internationals Musashi Suzuki and Ken Matsubara will both be out of action for three months due to injury, their J. League first-division club Albirex Niigata said on Thursday. Striker Suzuki has strained quad muscles in his left leg, while Matsubara is sidelined ...

Bothroyd strikes to lead Jubilo past Urawa

Mar 6, 2016

Bothroyd strikes to lead Jubilo past Urawa

Former Queens Park Rangers striker Jay Bothroyd scored the winner as J. League first-division returnees Jubilo Iwata claimed their first win after two seasons in the second tier with a 2-1 away victory at Urawa Reds on Sunday. Reds midfielder Yosuke Kashiwagi canceled out ...

Sanfrecce striker Sato breaks all-time J1 scoring record

Mar 6, 2016

Sanfrecce striker Sato breaks all-time J1 scoring record

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato scored his 158th career goal on Sunday to become the all-time leading scorer in the J. League first division. The 33-year-old Sato netted a 43rd-minute equalizer to give reigning champion Hiroshima a 1-1 draw at Nagoya Grampus, moving to ...

Mrdja double carries Ardija past Reysol

Mar 5, 2016

Mrdja double carries Ardija past Reysol

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J. League second-division champions Omiya Ardija made it two wins out of two in their return to the top flight with a 2-0 victory over Kashiwa Reysol on Saturday. Serbian striker Dragan Mrdja scored a quickfire early double to put Omiya, which opened the ...

Mar 4, 2016

Defender Patrick joins Reysol on loan from Brazilian team

Kashiwa Reysol have signed defender Patrick on loan from Brazilian club Ferroviaria, the J. League first-division club announced Friday. The 22-year-old, 189-cm center back will join Reysol, who lost former Japan defender Daisuke Suzuki to Gimnastic de Tarragona in the Spanish second division last ...

Sanfrecce looking to change fortunes in ACL

Feb 29, 2016

Sanfrecce looking to change fortunes in ACL

Sanfrecce Hiroshima will be looking to recover from a spluttering start to the season when the Japanese champions take on FC Seoul on Tuesday in their second group stage match in the Asian Champions League. Hiroshima lost 2-1 at home to China’s Shandong Luneng ...

Sanfrecce start defense with loss

Feb 27, 2016

Sanfrecce start defense with loss

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J. League Frontale 1 Sanfrecce 0 Yu Kobayashi stole the show from Hisato Sato and Yoshito Okubo as champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima went down 1-0 at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale in their J. League season opener on Saturday. With a stalemate looming on the ...

Gamba, Reds seeking revenge on Sanfrecce

Feb 26, 2016

Gamba, Reds seeking revenge on Sanfrecce

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The following is the second of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine highest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA Last season: champions There could be no doubting Sanfrecce’s worth as champions last ...

Ardija looking to keep rising

Feb 25, 2016

Ardija looking to keep rising

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The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Kashiwa was mediocrity personified on the way to a midtable ...