Soccer Topics

Nov 15, 2016

Yoshida takes over as new Ventforet Kofu manager

Tatsuma Yoshida has been named Ventforet Kofu’s new manager, the J-League first-division team said Tuesday. The 42-year-old Yoshida, who has had managed Kashiwa Reysol and Albirex Niigata, will replace Satoru Sakuma, who announced earlier this month his intention to focus on his role as ...

Nov 11, 2016

Grampus clean house after drop

Relegated Nagoya Grampus released nine players, including long-serving No. 10 Yoshizumi Ogawa and Michihiro Yasuda, on Thursday, while tentatively appointing vice chairman Shinichi Sasaki as the new president. Nagoya, which a week ago dropped to the second tier for the first time on goal ...

Nov 9, 2016

J. League season to open Feb. 25

The J. League executive committee on Tuesday decided to open the 2017 J1 season Feb. 25 and end it Dec. 2. The J. League first division is going back to a single stage next year, abandoning the hugely unpopular two-stage system after just two ...

Nov 7, 2016

Oniki to take over as Frontale manager

Kawasaki Frontale announced on Monday they have promoted Toru Oniki to manage the team next season. The move was waiting to be rubber-stamped after Frontale said last week that Oniki, 42, would inherit the club from Yahiro Kazama, who will step down at season’s ...

Tulio to follow Djurovski through Grampus exit door

Nov 6, 2016

Tulio to follow Djurovski through Grampus exit door

Relegated J. League side Nagoya Grampus informed former Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka he will not receive a contract offer for next season, a club source said Sunday when the club also confirmed the departure of manager Bosko Djurovski. The Brazil-born Tulio, one of ...

Nov 4, 2016

Striker Okubo to join FC Tokyo: source

Kawasaki Frontale striker Yoshito Okubo, the all-time leading scorer in the J. League first division with 171 goals, will join FC Tokyo next season, a source close to the move said Friday. Okubo’s contract with Frontale expires this year and several clubs had made ...

Nov 3, 2016

Ventforet's Sakuma to relinquish coaching duties

Moments after his club defied relegation for a fourth consecutive season on Thursday, Ventforet Kofu manager Satoru Sakuma stated he will no longer serve as the J. League first-division club’s manager. “Next season will be entrusted to a new coach,” said the 53-year-old Sakuma, ...

Frontale keep pressure on Reds

Oct 29, 2016

Frontale keep pressure on Reds


Kawasaki Frontale ensured that the race for the J. League Championship top seed will go down to the final day of the regular season after a 1-0 win over Kashima Antlers on Saturday. Urawa Reds beat Jubilo Iwata 1-0 to stay top of the ...

Sanfrecce defender Chiba receives tentative ban for doping

Oct 27, 2016

Sanfrecce defender Chiba receives tentative ban for doping

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Kazuhiko Chiba has been tentatively banned from playing due to a positive test for doping, the reigning J. League champions announced on Thursday. The 31-year-old Chiba tested positive for methylhexanamine, an energy-boosting stimulant that is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. ...