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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 ...

May 27, 2015

FC Tokyo moves atop group after draw with Hiroshima

Group A leaders FC Tokyo drew 1-1 away to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the nick of time in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday. Yohei Hayashi came off the bench to equalize in the 91st minute, cancelling Kohei Shimizu’s strike after 79 minutes for Hiroshima, which ...

Urawa shows mettle in victory over Kashima

May 23, 2015

Urawa shows mettle in victory over Kashima

by Andrew Mckirdy

Urawa Reds took a significant step toward the J. League first stage title after coming from behind to beat Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Saturday. Reds went into the match at Saitama Stadium with an unbeaten record after 11 games and a four-point cushion at ...

May 19, 2015

Frontale to face visiting Dortmund in July friendly

Shinji Kagawa and Borussia Dortmund will play Kawasaki Frontale in a July friendly, the Bundesliga club announced on Monday. Dortmund will face Kawasaki at Todoroki Stadium on July 7 as part of its Asian tour, with the club also passing through Singapore and Malaysia. ...

Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

May 16, 2015

Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

Urawa Reds remained unbeaten through 11 games and at the summit of the J. League after thrashing FC Tokyo 4-1 in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. Tadanari Lee, Takahiro Sekine, Yuki Muto and substitute Tsukasa Umesaki scored for Mihailo Petrovic’s men in an unexpectedly ...

May 14, 2015

FC Tokyo signs 13-year-old Barca prodigy Kubo

FC Tokyo could lose Yoshinori Muto this summer, but may have found their future in 13-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo, whose signing they announced on Thursday. Kubo had been training with Tokyo’s junior youth team since April. Hailed by Barcelona fans as the ...

May 14, 2015

JFA to build Chiba training center

The Japan Football Association will build a ¥4 billion training facility at Makuhari Seaside Park in Chiba Prefecture, sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. The new facility — to be called the JFA National Football Center — is scheduled to be completed by 2021, ...

May 13, 2015

Ventforet fires manager Higuchi

J. League first-division side Ventforet Kofu have fired manager Yasuhiro Higuchi and named general manager Satoru Sakuma to take over, the club announced Wednesday. Ventforet are last in J1 with just six points in 11 games under Higuchi, who joined the club this season ...

May 12, 2015

Frontale's Kobayashi undergoes knee surgery

Kawasaki Frontale’s Japan international Yu Kobayashi will be out for six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee, the J. League club said Tuesday. Kobayashi was hurt while warming up for Wednesday’s 1-0 home defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The ...