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'King Kazu' plays on 50th birthday to update J. League record

Evergreen former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura reached a new milestone on his 50th birthday on Sunday, rewriting his record as the oldest player to play in the J. League second division. Affectionately known as ‘King Kazu’ in Japan, Miura set the new mark after making his first start in two ...

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

Feb 24, 2017

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

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The following is second of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine highest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIMA ANTLERS Last season: champions (third in overall table) Kashima could not have wished for a ...

Cerezo target J. League upset

Feb 23, 2017

Cerezo target J. League upset

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The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS Last season: 10th Marinos fans had high expectations when the City Football ...

Antlers enter new campaign hungry for more success

Feb 22, 2017

Antlers enter new campaign hungry for more success

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Kashima Antlers’ phenomenal end to last season has whetted, not sated, their appetite for more success, insists manager Masatada Ishii. Antlers rose from the ashes of an inconsistent J. League campaign that saw them finish third in the overall table — 15 points behind ...

Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

Feb 20, 2017

Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

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Vissel Kobe’s reported summer move for former Germany striker Lukas Podolski has made global headlines, but manager Nelsinho believes the players already at the club can lay the foundations for a J. League title challenge this season. Turkish media last week reported that World ...

Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Feb 18, 2017

Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Stadium are more than just places to play. They also have the potential to revitalize communities. The J. League understands this and has encouraged its domestic professional clubs and local administrations to build better, more attractive venues. Last year, Suita City Football Stadium, widely ...

Feb 16, 2017

Emperor's Cup final to be staged at Saitama Stadium

This season’s Emperor’s Cup final will be held at Saitama Stadium and there will be an increase in prize money for the winners, the Japan Football Association said on Thursday. In a bid to improve the competition, prize money for the champions of the ...

Turkish report says Podolski has agreed to join Vissel in June

Feb 15, 2017

Turkish report says Podolski has agreed to join Vissel in June

Germany’s former star striker Lukas Podolski has agreed to a move from Turkish giants Galatasaray to J. League side Vissel Kobe, a report said Wednesday. The Hurriyet daily said Podolski had agreed to a three-year deal with Vissel worth €15 million ($15.8 million) and ...

Feb 9, 2017

J. League reveals breakdown of prize money, funds

The J. League on Thursday announced the breakdown in prize money and funds it will distribute to clubs this season following its 10-year, ¥210 billion (about $2 billion) deal to sell digital online broadcasting rights to British-based Perform Group. The J. League championship winner ...