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Usual suspects top the table early

Mar 12, 2014

Usual suspects top the table early

by Andrew Mckirdy

The new J. League season is just two weeks old, but already there is a familiar look about the top of the table. Of the four teams that have taken maximum points from their opening two games, three finished in the top five last ...

Mar 9, 2014

Reds remove banner seen as racist

Urawa Reds said they removed a banner that could be construed as racist from an entrance gate to spectator seats at a J. League match Saturday between Reds and Sagan Tosu. The banner in question had the words “Japanese Only” written on and club ...

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

Mar 8, 2014

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

by Gus Fielding

A stunning second-half strike from Yoshizumi Ogawa provided Akira Nishino with his first win as Nagoya Grampus manager as the 2010 J. League champions edged Omiya Ardija 2-1 away on Saturday. Ex-Japan striker Keiji Tamada finished with aplomb in the 53rd minute and Ogawa ...

Mar 5, 2014

Cerezo's Fujimoto out four weeks

J. League first-division side Cerezo Osaka announced Wednesday that defender Kota Fujimoto will be out of action for four weeks after suffering an injury in training. The 27-year-old Fujimoto suffered damage to the triceps muscle in his left calf during practice on Tuesday. Three ...

New signings get Marinos off to winning start

Mar 2, 2014

New signings get Marinos off to winning start

Jungo Fujimoto and Sho Ito both opened their Yokohama F. Marinos accounts as the Emperor’s Cup holders beat Omiya Ardija 2-0 in their J. League season opener on Sunday. Fujimoto netted in the first half at a rain-lashed Nissan Stadium and Ito added a ...

J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

Mar 1, 2014

J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

by Kaz Nagatsuka

As two decades have now elapsed since its inception, the J. League is entering a new era. And as one of its most conspicuous projects for the next decade and beyond, the Japanese professional soccer circuit is looking to expand its presence in Asia, ...

Sanfrecce spoil Forlan's league debut

Mar 1, 2014

Sanfrecce spoil Forlan's league debut

Tsukasa Shiotani stole Diego Forlan’s thunder with a second-half winner as Sanfrecce Hiroshima launched their bid for a third straight J. League title with a 1-0 victory away to Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. Shiotani buried his shot in the 71st minute to give Hiroshima ...

Gamba looking for payback

| Feb 27, 2014

Gamba looking for payback

by Andrew Mckirdy

The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranked teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Last season was a huge disappointment for Reysol, who began ...

Honda, Kagawa selected for World Cup tuneup against New Zealand

Feb 27, 2014

Honda, Kagawa selected for World Cup tuneup against New Zealand

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Thursday named AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa to a 23-man squad for the Asian champions’ upcoming World Cup warmup at home to New Zealand. With Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida and captain Makoto Hasebe of ...

Jeonbuk Motors picks apart Marinos in pivotal stretch

Feb 26, 2014

Jeonbuk Motors picks apart Marinos in pivotal stretch

Three goals in 10 second-half minutes condemned Emperor’s Cup holders Yokohama F. Marinos to a 3-0 defeat away to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in their Group G opener in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. A superb double from Lee Seung-gi and a ...