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Dec 15, 2014

Avispa tabs Ihara as new manager

Avispa Fukuoka on Monday announced the appointment of former Japan defender and captain Masami Ihara as the J. League second-division club’s new manager. The 47-year-old Ihara, most recently an assistant coach at first-division Kashiwa Reysol, played for Yokohama F Marinos, Jubilo Iwata and Urawa ...

Chelsea bounces back against Hull

Dec 14, 2014

Chelsea bounces back against Hull

Chelsea produced an instant response to its first loss in the English Premier League by beating Hull 2-0, and Arsenal also responded to a setback by overpowering Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday. There was a fifth successive league win for Manchester City, with the champion ...

Dec 14, 2014

Kiyotake shines in Hannover draw

Hiroshi Kiyotake scored one goal and set up another but Hannover had to make do with a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw with Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Lars Stindl gave Hannover an early lead before Zlatko Junuzovic’s free ...

Gamba claim treble

Dec 13, 2014

Gamba claim treble

by Andrew Mckirdy

Gamba Osaka completed a remarkable trophy treble by beating Montedio Yamagata 3-1 to lift the Emperor’s Cup on Saturday. First-half goals from Takashi Usami and Patric gave J. League and Nabisco Cup champions Gamba an explosive start at Nissan Stadium, before Romero Frank pulled ...

Dec 13, 2014

FIFA punishes Croatia over fans

Croatia must partially close its stadium for a European Championship qualifying match as punishment for fans’ racist and hooligan behavior in Italy. Fans twice disrupted Croatia’s 1-1 draw at San Siro on Nov. 16 and threw lit fireworks. The teams left the pitch and ...

Dec 12, 2014

Nelsinho hired as Vissel manager

Vissel Kobe on Friday named former Kashiwa Reysol boss Nelsinho as the J. League first-division club’s manager for next season. The 64-year-old Nelsinho, who stepped down as Kashiwa coach at the end of this season, takes over from Ryo Adachi, who quit after Kobe ...

Dec 12, 2014

FC Tokyo gives Ficcadenti contract extension for 2015

FC Tokyo extended the contract of manager Massimo Ficcadenti for next season, the J. League first-division club said Friday. In the Italian’s first year in Japan, Ficcadenti’s side finished ninth with 48 points from the 34 games, 15 points behind champions Gamba Osaka.

Dec 11, 2014

Aguirre silent on match-fixing

Japan coach Javier Aguirre did not take questions regarding his alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Spain on Wednesday. Aguirre attended a news conference to announce next year’s schedule for both the men’s and women’s national sides, but did not touch on recent ...

Dec 11, 2014

Marinos close in on manager Mombaerts

Yokohama F. Marinos are close to signing Frenchman Eric Mombaerts as their new manager, club president Akira Kaetsu said on Thursday. Mombaerts has reportedly quit as coach of French Ligue 2 side Le Havre. L’Equipe said the 59-year-old “is heading to Yokohama to work ...

Dec 11, 2014

Gamba to face Seongnam, Buriram in ACL

Newly crowned J. League champions Gamba Osaka were drawn in Group F with Seongnam Ilhwa, Buriram United and one of four east zone playoff winners for the 2015 Asian Champions League on Thursday. The draw for the eight A-to-H groups was held at the ...