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Kagawa steers clear of questions about manager Aguirre

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa refused to comment on the match-fixing scandal engulfing Japan coach Javier Aguirre as he arrived back in Japan on Monday to prepare for the Asian Cup. Kagawa signed autographs for fans at Tokyo’s Haneda airport but would not respond to questions about Aguirre from waiting ...

Dec 20, 2014

Inamoto to join Consadole in J2

Three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto has joined Consadole Sapporo after being released earlier this month by Kawasaki Frontale, the J. League second-division club said on Saturday. “I will give it everything I have got and try and help the club win promotion to ...

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

Dec 18, 2014

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

by Andrew Mckirdy

Javier Aguirre will manage Japan at the Asian Cup in January despite being named as a defendant in a match-fixing case filed by Spanish prosecutors earlier this week, the Japan Football Association confirmed on Thursday. Aguirre was on Monday named as one of 41 ...

Dec 16, 2014

Morishita named Sagan Tosu manager

Sagan Tosu said Tuesday hired former Jubilo Iwata boss Hitoshi Morishita as their new manager, the J. League first-division team announced on Tuesday. “I believe Tosu is the most modest and hard-working club in Japan,” Morishita said in a statement released by the team. ...

Dec 16, 2014

Tokyo Verdy parts ways with striker Takahara

Naohiro Takahara, who scored 23 times for Japan, and was a popular player in the German Bundesliga, where he was known as the “sushi bomber,” will not be offered a new contract for 2015 by Tokyo Verdy, the J. League second-division side announced Tuesday. ...

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 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

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 ...

Dec 10, 2014

Cerezo targeting Autuori as next coach

Relegated Cerezo Osaka will offer their vacant coaching position to former Kashima Antlers manager Paulo Autuori, the club’s head of development said on Wednesday. Isao Miyamoto said Cerezo had been considering several candidates, among them Brazilian Sergio Farias, who won the 2009 Asian Champions ...

Dec 10, 2014

Nelsinho to take reins at Vissel

Brazilian Nelsinho, who stepped down as manager at Kashiwa Reysol at the end of this season, is set to take the reins at Vissel Kobe next season. A club official, who held talks with Nelsinho on Tuesday, said the deal has all but been ...