Soccer Topics

Jul 30, 2014

S-Pulse fire manager Ghotbi

Shimizu S-Pulse have fired Afshin Ghotbi as manager of the first-division J. League club due to his team’s lackluster first half to the season, a source familiar with the situation said late on Tuesday. Ghotbi, 50, will be replaced by former S-Pulse player Katsumi ...

Urawa sets successive shutout record with win at Tokushima

Jul 23, 2014

Urawa sets successive shutout record with win at Tokushima

Former Asian club champions Urawa Reds tightened their grip on top spot in the first division on Wednesday with a 2-0 win away to rock-bottom Tokushima Vortis, setting a J. League record in the process with a seventh consecutive clean sheet. Defender Tomoaki Makino ...

Reds resume winning ways as J. League returns from break

Jul 19, 2014

Reds resume winning ways as J. League returns from break

Urawa Reds scraped a 1-0 win over visiting Albirex Niigata as top-flight action in the J. League resumed in full on Saturday after a two-month break for the World Cup finals in Brazil. Topping the table heading into the summer recess, Reds were the ...

Jul 13, 2014

JEF United Chiba reach Emperor's Cup third round

Forward Takayuki Morimoto scored a brace as JEF United Chiba downed AC Nagano Parceiro 3-2 in newly appointed J. League second-division club manager Takashi Sekizuka’s first match in the second round of the Emperor’s Cup on Sunday. J1 clubs Sagan Tosu and Albirex Niigata ...

Kakitani leaves Cerezo for Basel

Jul 7, 2014

Kakitani leaves Cerezo for Basel

Japan and Cerezo Osaka striker Yoichiro Kakitani will move to Swiss club Basel on July 16, his J. League first-division club announced Monday. “I thought this through carefully, while dealing with bad memories of the World Cup, and I have decided to challenge myself ...

Jul 1, 2014

Marinos sign Rafinha from Ulsan

Yokohama F. Marinos said Tuesday they have acquired Brazilian-born forward Rafael dos Santos de Oliveira from K-League squad Ulsan Hyundai. The 27-year-old, commonly known as Rafinha, joined Gamba Osaka during the 2011 season after stints with Avispa Fukuoka and Thespa Kusatsu in J2. He ...

Jun 30, 2014

Tanaka leaving Reysol for Sporting

A deal for Kashiwa Reysol forward Junya Tanaka to move to Portuguese club Sporting has been reached, his J. League first division club announced late on Sunday. The details on the contract for Tanaka have not been revealed, but according to Portuguese media reports ...

Jun 24, 2014

Gamba defender Kaji to join MLS club Chivas USA

Former Japan defender Akira Kaji will transfer to Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA, his J. League first-division club Gamba Osaka announced on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Kaji, who appeared in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, will speak at a news conference on Thursday. A ...

Jun 9, 2014

Cerezo fire manager Popovic

Cerezo Osaka have fired their manager, Serb Ranko Popovic, due to the club’s poor results, the J. League first-division side announced Monday. The club is in 13th place in Popovic’s first season in Osaka. He managed FC Tokyo the past two years and also ...