Soccer Topics

Jan 7, 2014

Forward Osako joins Munich squad

German second-division club TSV 1860 Munich on Tuesday unveiled Japan forward Yuya Osako, who has joined the team from J.League first-division side Kashima Antlers. “In order to improve, you need to change your environment,” the 23-year-old told a news conference. “The biggest thing is ...

Veteran Iwamasa to join Thai club

Jan 6, 2014

Veteran Iwamasa to join Thai club

Former Japan defender Daiki Iwamasa will continue his playing career in Thailand, J. League first-division side Kashima Antlers announced Monday. The 31-year-old Iwamasa played in 18 games for Antlers last season but rarely appeared on the pitch in the second half of the season ...

Jan 5, 2014

Reds lure Nishikawa from Sanfrecce

Urawa Reds on Sunday announced the acquisition of Japan reserve goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa from J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The 27-year-old Nishikawa helped Sanfrecce retain their championship on the final day of this season, playing in all but one of their 34 league games. ...

Marinos capture Emperor's Cup

Jan 2, 2014

Marinos capture Emperor's Cup

Yokohama F. Marinos got payback for their heartbreaking defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J. League title race with a 2-0 victory in the last Emperor’s Cup final at the existing National Stadium on Wednesday. First-half goals from Manabu Saito and Yuji Nakazawa in ...

Zaccheroni leaving door to World Cup squad open

Jan 1, 2014

Zaccheroni leaving door to World Cup squad open

JEF United Chiba’s Seiichiro Maki was Japan’s surprise pick for the 2006 World Cup, Jubilo Iwata’s Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi for 2010. Alberto Zaccheroni has been largely conservative in his squad selection since taking over for Takeshi Okada four years ago but now, with six months ...

Sanfrecce, Marinos book places in Emperor's Cup final

Dec 29, 2013

Sanfrecce, Marinos book places in Emperor's Cup final

Japan international Shusaku Nishikawa produced three clutch saves in the shootout as J. League champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima reached the Emperor’s Cup final with a 5-4 victory on penalties over FC Tokyo on Sunday. With Sanfrecce down 3-1 in the shootout following a 0-0 draw ...

Gamba wait for new site

Dec 28, 2013

Gamba wait for new site

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Gamba Osaka, one of the original J. League members, will move into a brand-new stadium as early as 2016. And their new house will be built in an unprecedented way. The Kansai club tried to erect it through fundraising and smartly capitalizing on national ...

Dec 26, 2013

Veteran midfielder Fujimoto to transfer to Marinos

Jungo Fujimoto, a midfielder with national team experience, will move from Nagoya Grampus to Yokohama F. Marinos, it was learned Thursday. The 29-year-old native of Kanagawa Prefecture, moved from J.League club Shimizu S-Pulse to Grampus in 2011. Fujimoto scored three goals in 28 games ...

Dec 25, 2013

Midfielder Matsui joins Jubilo Iwata

Daisuke Matsui has signed with the J. League’s Jubilo Iwata, the J2-bound club announced on Tuesday. The 32-year-old 2010 World Cup midfielder arrives from Poland’s Lechia Gdansk. He last played in Japan 10 years ago with Kyoto Sanga before transferring to Le Mans of ...

Dec 22, 2013

Sanfrecce advance to Emperor's Cup semifinals

Two-time defending J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima barely stayed on course for the league and Emperor’s Cup double by beating Ventforet Kofu 3-2 on penalties to reach the semifinals on Sunday. Hiroshima advanced to the last four for the first time in six years after ...