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Reds wrap up unbeaten first stage

by Andrew Mckirdy

J. League first-stage champions Urawa Reds beat Albirex Niigata 5-2 on Saturday night to complete the opening campaign with an unbeaten record. Urawa went into the match at Saitama Stadium having already wrapped up the first-stage silverware the previous weekend, but the 2006 champions had the chance to embellish the ...

Kazu renews J. League oldest-scorer record again

Jun 28, 2015

Kazu renews J. League oldest-scorer record again

Iconic striker Kazuyoshi Miura renewed his own record as the J. League’s oldest scorer by hitting the winner for Yokohama FC on Sunday. “King Kazu” came on with 12 minutes remaining against Mito HollyHock in the J. League second-division game, and found the net ...

Jun 23, 2015

Atletico Madrid to face Sagan Tosu on Asian tour

Atletico Madrid announced Monday they will play the J. League’s Sagan Tosu in a summer friendly in Japan as part of their Asian tour. The game will be held Aug. 1 at Best Amenity Stadium in Tosu, Saga Prefecture. Atletico were third behind Barcelona ...

Unbeaten Urawa Reds earn first-stage title

Jun 20, 2015

Unbeaten Urawa Reds earn first-stage title

Urawa Reds won the J. League first-stage title after drawing 1-1 against Vissel Kobe and stretching their record unbeaten run to 16 games on Saturday. Tsukasa Umesaki opened the scoring midway through the first half for Mihailo Petrovic’s men, who had to weather the ...

Reds close in on first-stage title

Jun 7, 2015

Reds close in on first-stage title

by Andrew Mckirdy

Urawa Reds as good as wrapped up the J. League first-stage title but were forced to leave the champagne on ice after beating Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0 on Sunday. Reds went into the game knowing that a win over lowly S-Pulse coupled with a defeat ...

Cerezo to cut ties with Forlan

Jun 6, 2015

Cerezo to cut ties with Forlan

Uruguay forward Diego Forlan will not be offered a contract extension, the president of his J. League second-division side Cerezo Osaka said Saturday. Forlan’s contract, worth a reported $5.8 million, expires at the end of July. The 36-year-old Forlan joined Cerezo in 2014 from ...

Kagawa hoping to take club form into Japan matches

Jun 6, 2015

Kagawa hoping to take club form into Japan matches

by Gus Fielding

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is hoping to transfer his club form onto the international stage as Japan gets ready for the start of its World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018. Kagawa endured a patchy start to his second stint with Dortmund after ...

Urawa closing in on J. League first-stage title

Jun 3, 2015

Urawa closing in on J. League first-stage title

Urawa Reds can wrap up the J. League first-stage title race this weekend after stretching their unbeaten run to a record 14 games in a come-from-behind 3-3 draw away to Kashiwa Reysol on Wednesday. Yuki Muto’s injury-time header pushed Urawa on to 34 points ...