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Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

Feb 23, 2016

Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

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The Rio Olympics are just over five months away, but with the new J. League season about to begin, Japan’s soccer medal hopefuls have no time to sit back and dream of glory in Brazil. Japan booked its ticket to the 16-team men’s tournament ...

Sanfrecce keep hold on Gamba

Feb 20, 2016

Sanfrecce keep hold on Gamba

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J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima picked up from where they left off last year with a 3-1 win over Gamba Osaka in the season curtain-raising Fuji Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Sanfrecce beat Gamba in a two-legged playoff to claim the league title last ...

New Tokyo defender Muroya out with foot fracture

Feb 15, 2016

New Tokyo defender Muroya out with foot fracture

FC Tokyo’s newly signed right-back Sei Muroya has suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot with no timetable set for his return, the J. League first division club announced Monday. The 21-year-old Muroya only joined Tokyo earlier this month from Meiji University, after ...

Tanaka stays positive about return

Feb 15, 2016

Tanaka stays positive about return

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Jesus may not love him, but striker Junya Tanaka is not looking back in anger. Frozen out at Portuguese powerhouse Sporting Lisbon by coach Jorge Jesus, Tanaka has instead vowed to reproduce the kind of form that got him a move to Europe in ...

Gamba open new stadium with preseason victory

Feb 14, 2016

Gamba open new stadium with preseason victory

Gamba Osaka celebrated the first game of their new home ground Suita City Football Stadium with a 3-1 win over Nagoya Grampus on Sunday in front of more than 35,000 spectators. The 40,000-seater stadium, a 15-minute walk away from their old Expo Stadium across ...

Feb 2, 2016

Veteran striker Tanaka rejoins Reysol

Former Japan international Junya Tanaka will return to Kashiwa Reysol, his Portuguese club Sporting announced on Monday. Tanaka, who was limited to just three league appearances this season, will be on loan to Kashiwa until July 2017, Sporting said. The deal includes an option ...

Jan 29, 2016

Avispa acquire midfielder Danilson

Avispa Fukuoka have signed Colombian midfielder Danilson Cordoba, the J. League first-division club announced Friday. The 29-year-old, who plays under the name Danilson, joined Consadole Sapporo in the second-tier J2 in 2009 and moved to Nagoya Grampus a year later, initially on loan. He ...

Sanfrecce get back to work after stellar 2015

Jan 21, 2016

Sanfrecce get back to work after stellar 2015

Reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima started preseason training on Thursday, with manager Hajime Moriyasu warning there are no guarantees his team will replicate its success from last season. Sanfrecce deservedly won their third J. League championship title in four seasons and also finished ...

Jan 17, 2016

Gamba gunning for trophy galore

Gamba Osaka will look to replicate the treble-winning feat from two years ago as the J. League runnersup settled for a single title of the Emperor’s Cup in 2015. “We are going into this challenging year resolved to push ourselves. For the team as ...