Soccer Topics

Dec 1, 2015

Albirex close to hiring Yoshida

Former Kashiwa Reysol manager Tatsuma Yoshida is in the final stages of discussions with Albirex Niigata to become their new manager for next season, sources said Tuesday. Yoshida recently stepped down as manager of Kashiwa Reysol after leading the Chiba-based club to the quarterfinals ...

Avispa, Cerezo advance to promotion playoff final

Nov 29, 2015

Avispa, Cerezo advance to promotion playoff final

Avispa Fukuoka defeated V-Varen Nagasaki 1-0 in the semifinals of the J1 promotion playoffs on Sunday, booking a meeting with Cerezo Osaka in the final for a place in the top flight next season. Striker Wellington scored the only goal of the game for ...

Urawa supporter tweets racial abuse against Gamba striker Patric

Nov 29, 2015

Urawa supporter tweets racial abuse against Gamba striker Patric

A Twitter user who directed racially abusive messages Saturday at Gamba Osaka’s black Brazilian striker Patric claims to be a supporter of Urawa Reds, according to the poster’s profile on the social networking service. The messages were posted following Gamba’s 3-1 away win in ...

Nov 28, 2015

Sakuma not leaving Ventforet

Satoru Sakuma will remain the manager of Ventforet Kofu next season, the J. League first-division club announced Saturday. The 52-year-old took over in May from Yasuhiro Higuchi with Ventforet languishing at the bottom of the J. League table, eventually propelling the team to 13th ...

Gamba beat Reds to book place in J. League title game

Nov 28, 2015

Gamba beat Reds to book place in J. League title game

Late goals from Hiroki Fujiharu and Brazilian striker Patric sent defending champions Gamba Osaka into the J. League Championship final with a 3-1 extra-time win away to first-stage winners Urawa Reds in the playoff semifinal on Saturday. Former Japan international Yasuyuki Konno fired Gamba ...

Nov 27, 2015

Ficcadenti won't return to FC Tokyo

FC Tokyo manager Massimo Ficcadenti will leave the club at the end of the season following two years in charge, the J. League first-division side announced Friday. The Italian propelled the Gasmen to a second-place finish in the first stage this year, but finished ...

Nov 26, 2015

Motoyama leaving Antlers after 18 seasons

Former Japan midfielder Masashi Motoyama will not be back season with his club of 18 seasons, Kashima Antlers, the J. League first-division club announced Thursday. The 36-year-old, who has scored 38 goals in 365 J1 games, will seek to move to another club. In ...

Nov 26, 2015

J2 Kanazawa signs Romario's son

Zweigen Kanazawa has signed Romarinho, the son of former Brazil World Cup winner Romario, the J. League second-division club announced Thursday. “I’m thankful to the club for giving me the offer,” said Romarinho on the club’s website upon joining from Vasco da Gama. “I’ll ...

New Grampus boss Ogura seeking winning mentality

Nov 25, 2015

New Grampus boss Ogura seeking winning mentality

New Nagoya Grampus coach and general manager Takafumi Ogura vowed to restore his old club’s winning ways on Wednesday. “I’ll establish the style of the team. On top of that, we have to fixate on winning,” the 42-year-old told a press conference a day ...

Nov 25, 2015

Relegated S-Pulse to appoint Kobayashi as new boss

Relegated Shimizu S-Pulse said Wednesday they will appoint Tokushima Vortis manager Shinji Kobayashi as the club’s new boss for next season. S-Pulse had been looking chiefly for a Japanese manager who has experience in both J1 and J2. The 55-year-old Kobayashi, who takes over ...

Nov 24, 2015

J. League sets attendance record of 9.1 million

Total J. League attendance surpassed 9 million this season for the first time, the league announced Tuesday. The three divisions combined for a total of 9,178,812 fans, an increase of 4.7 percent over last year. The league, which announces a “full house” if 80 ...

Nov 24, 2015

Grampus hire Ogura as new coach, general manager

Former Japan international Takafumi Ogura was named coach and general manager of Nagoya Grampus on Tuesday. Ogura, 42, served as an assistant to general manager Kazumasa Kume this season. Ogura, who will hold a news conference on Wednesday, will replace Akira Nishino in what ...