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Reds take care of business against undermanned Reysol

Urawa Reds opened up a six-point lead at the top of the J. League on Saturday after a 3-1 win at home to nine-man Kashiwa Reysol. Former Reysol defender Daisuke Nasu headed in a superb cross from Tadaaki Hirakawa to put Urawa in front in the 21st minute, and Yosuke ...

Cerezo fire coach for second time this season

Sep 8, 2014

Cerezo fire coach for second time this season

Fading Cerezo Osaka made their second managerial change of the J. League season on Monday, promoting youth coach Yuji Okuma for Italian Marco Pezzaiuoli. A night after they were eliminated on aggregate from the Nabisco Cup despite beating Kawasaki Frontale 3-2 away in a ...

Holders Reysol march into Nabisco Cup semis

Sep 7, 2014

Holders Reysol march into Nabisco Cup semis

Kashiwa Reysol took another step toward defending their Nabisco Cup title after reaching the semifinals with a 3-1 second-leg win over Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday night. A well-taken late header from Eduardo wrapped up the scoring to earn the holders a 5-2 aggregate ...

Sep 4, 2014

Frontale's Okubo issued two-game ban

Kawasaki Frontale’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo has received a two-match ban for smashing an advertising board during a match over the weekend, the J. League announced on Thursday. Okubo kicked the board in Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Nagoya Grampus and on ...

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

Sep 3, 2014

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

by Gus Fielding

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has told his Japan teammates to flush the World Cup out of their system and try and restore bruised pride by giving new coach Javier Aguirre a win against Uruguay on Friday in his first game in charge. Eliminated in ...

Holders Reysol take charge of Nabisco Cup quarterfinal

Sep 3, 2014

Holders Reysol take charge of Nabisco Cup quarterfinal

Kashiwa Reysol stayed on track to defend their Nabisco Cup title with a 2-1 win away to 10-man Yokohama F. Marinos in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Leandro opened the scoring for Reysol in the 63rd minute, only for Kosuke ...

Aug 31, 2014

Lowly Omiya fires manager Okuma

Relegation-threatened Omiya Ardija have fired manager Kiyoshi Okuma, club president Shigeru Suzuki said Sunday. A night after it was humiliated 4-0 by Urawa Reds in the Saitama derby, Omiya was expected to replace Okuma with assistant Hiroki Shibuya for the remainder of what has ...

Aug 29, 2014

F. Marinos hit with ¥5 million fine

The J. League announced Friday it is fining first-division side Yokohama F. Marinos ¥5 million over an incident of racist behavior by one of the team’s supporters at a game on Aug. 23. The teenage fan, subsequently banned indefinitely by Marinos, was caught waving ...

Sato fires Sanfrecce past Hollyhock

Aug 27, 2014

Sato fires Sanfrecce past Hollyhock

Captain Hisato Sato scored the lone goal in the first half as Sanfrecce Hiroshima defeated Mito Hollyhock 1-0 to reach the last 16 of the Emperor’s Cup on Wednesday. The game at Edion Stadium was a makeup for the Aug. 20 tie that was ...

Aug 25, 2014

Murai vows to fight racial abuse

J. League chairman Mitsuru Murai on Monday vowed to take swift action over the racist taunting of Kawasaki Frontale’s Brazilian striker Renato in a league match on Saturday. Yokohama F. Marinos banned a teenage spectator from watching their games indefinitely after he was caught ...

Aug 24, 2014

Murai to meet Marinos to discuss racist taunts

J. League chairman Mitsuru Murai is expected to meet Monday with Yokohama F. Marinos president Akira Kaetsu over the racist taunting of Kawasaki Frontale striker Renato made by a Marinos fan. The teenage fan, subsequently banned indefinitely by Marinos, was caught waving a banana ...