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Dramatic winner sends Okayama into promotion playoff final

Nov 27, 2016

Dramatic winner sends Okayama into promotion playoff final

Shingo Akamine scored a 92nd-minute winner as Fagiano Okayama defeated Matsumoto Yamaga 2-1 on Sunday to reach the J. League promotion playoff final against Cerezo Osaka. Okayama, sixth in the J. League second tier this season, had to win at Matsumoto to maintain its ...

Nov 26, 2016

Yamagata releases goalie Nakamura

J. League second-division club Montedio Yamagata said Saturday that it had terminated the contract of goalkeeper Hayato Nakamura, who was arrested earlier this month for violating child pornography laws. The 24-year-old Nakamura admitted to the charges after he was arrested for sharing online a ...

Frontale, Antlers to meet in high-pressure playoff semifinal

Nov 22, 2016

Frontale, Antlers to meet in high-pressure playoff semifinal

Kawasaki Frontale only need a draw in Wednesday’s semifinal of the J. League championship playoff against Kashima Antlers to advance, but victory is all they will be playing for, firebrand striker Yoshito Okubo said. “You can’t win if you play with a draw on ...

Nov 22, 2016

Former Japan defender Komano leaving FC Tokyo

Two-time World Cup defender Yuichi Komano is parting ways with FC Tokyo, the J. League first-division club said on Tuesday. The 35-year-old fullback joined Tokyo at the start of the season from Jubilo Iwata, but was loaned out to Avispa Fukuoka in July. Komano, ...

Marinos re-sign coach Mombaerts for third season

Nov 21, 2016

Marinos re-sign coach Mombaerts for third season

Yokohama F. Marinos said Monday they have re-signed manager Erick Mombaerts for his third season with the J. League club. As there are views against the 61-year-old Frenchman staying at the helm, Toru Hasegawa, the club president, explained the situation to players after their ...

Nov 21, 2016

Grampus announce striker Sato's arrival

Relegated Nagoya Grampus on Monday announced the signing of Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the all-time second-highest goalscorer in the J. League top flight with 161 goals. “I’ll give my heart and soul to get Nagoya back to where they should be,” said the ...

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

Nov 20, 2016

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the second-highest goalscorer in J. League top-flight history with 161 goals, will join relegated Nagoya Grampus, Sanfrecce’s president said Sunday. “We can do nothing but accept his decision,” said Hidekazu Orita, who had been asking the 34-year-old Sato to ...

Nov 20, 2016

Jubilo make multi-year offer for veteran Nakamura

Yokohama F. Marinos have received an offer for playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura from J. League first division rivals Jubilo Iwata, sources said Sunday. Jubilo’s offer for the 38-year-old former Japan international and Celtic player is for more than one year, according to the sources. Nakamura ...

Consadole, S-Pulse gain promotion to J1

Nov 20, 2016

Consadole, S-Pulse gain promotion to J1

Consadole Sapporo and Shimizu S-Pulse finished one-two in the J. League second division, clinching promotion back to the top flight on Sunday. Consadole’s 0-0 home draw to Zweigen Kanazawa was enough to keep them on top of the table with 85 points from the ...

Nov 19, 2016

Vegalta's Watanabe to remain in charge for 2017 season

Vegalta Sendai announced on Saturday that Susumu Watanabe will manage the club for another season in 2017. Watanabe, who has been in charge of Sendai since April 2014, kept his team afloat in top-flight soccer as Vegalta finished 12th in the overall standings this ...