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Aug 10, 2014

Cerezo midfielder Yamaguchi sidelined with knee injury

Cerezo Osaka’s Japan international midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi will be out of action for six weeks with a knee injury, the J. League first division club said on Sunday. The 23-year-old Yamaguchi was substituted for the first time this season after he damaged meniscus in ...

Endo strike propels Antlers past Grampus

Aug 9, 2014

Endo strike propels Antlers past Grampus

Yasushi Endo scored a cracking last-minute winner as Kashima Antlers came from a goal down to beat struggling Nagoya Grampus 3-2 away and move within four points of idle J. League leader Sagan Tosu on Saturday. The result moved seven-time champion Antlers onto 33 ...

Aug 8, 2014

Sagan Tosu fires manager Yoon over lack of trust

Sagan Tosu said Friday that manager Yoon Jung-hwan’s contract with the J. League front-running top division club was terminated because of a lack of trust between the South Korean and his players. No further explanation was given for the firing of the 41-year-old Yoon, ...

Leandro penalty guides Reysol past Argentine side Lanus

Aug 6, 2014

Leandro penalty guides Reysol past Argentine side Lanus

Brazilian striker Leandro set up the opener and scored a late penalty as Nabisco Cup holders Kashiwa Reysol kept the Suruga Bank Championship trophy in Japan with a 2-1 win over Copa Sudamericana champions Lanus of Argentina on Wednesday night. Kaoru Takayama gave Reysol ...

Nasu rescues Urawa point but Sagan take top spot

Aug 2, 2014

Nasu rescues Urawa point but Sagan take top spot

Veteran defender Daisuke Nasu rescued a point with a dramatic late equalizer, but Urawa Reds surrendered top spot in the J. League first division on Saturday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Vissel Kobe. Reds striker Shinzo Koroki opened the ...

Aug 1, 2014

JFA looking into changing schedule

The Japan Football Association said Thursday it hopes to drastically revise the J. League and Emperor’s Cup schedule in an effort to strengthen the national team after Japan crashed out in the first round at the World Cup finals in Brazil. JFA technical director ...

Jul 30, 2014

S-Pulse fire manager Ghotbi

Shimizu S-Pulse have fired Afshin Ghotbi as manager of the first-division J. League club due to his team’s lackluster first half to the season, a source familiar with the situation said late on Tuesday. Ghotbi, 50, will be replaced by former S-Pulse player Katsumi ...

Urawa sets successive shutout record with win at Tokushima

Jul 23, 2014

Urawa sets successive shutout record with win at Tokushima

Former Asian club champions Urawa Reds tightened their grip on top spot in the first division on Wednesday with a 2-0 win away to rock-bottom Tokushima Vortis, setting a J. League record in the process with a seventh consecutive clean sheet. Defender Tomoaki Makino ...

Reds resume winning ways as J. League returns from break

Jul 19, 2014

Reds resume winning ways as J. League returns from break

Urawa Reds scraped a 1-0 win over visiting Albirex Niigata as top-flight action in the J. League resumed in full on Saturday after a two-month break for the World Cup finals in Brazil. Topping the table heading into the summer recess, Reds were the ...