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Struggling Albirex name Lopes new manager

/ May 11, 2017

Struggling Albirex name Lopes new manager

Albirex Niigata on Thursday announced the appointment of former Japan striker Wagner Lopes as manager of the J. League first-division strugglers. The Brazilian-born Lopes, 48, replaces Fumitake Miura. Miura stepped down having been placed on leave after he offered to resign as manager following ...

/ May 11, 2017

Gamba fined ¥2 million over fans' Nazi banner

The J. League said Thursday it has slapped Gamba Osaka with a ¥2 million ($17,500) fine and issued a severe reprimand after a group of the club’s supporters hoisted a banner with a logo resembling a Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) symbol during a match last ...

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

/ May 10, 2017

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

Struggling Albirex Niigata have come to terms on a deal to make Brazilian-born former Japan striker Wagner Lopes their new manager and are finalizing the agreement, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. Lopes was tapped to take the reins after Fumitake Miura, ...

/ May 9, 2017

Reds' Moriwaki receives two-match ban

The J. League handed Urawa Reds defender Ryota Moriwaki a two-match ban on Tuesday for a derogatory remark during Thursday’s 1-0 home defeat to Kashima Antlers. Kashima midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara had appealed to the league after the game insisting the defender said, “You stink” ...

/ May 8, 2017

Frontale urging fans not to fly controversial flag

Kawasaki Frontale revealed Monday they will take measures to urge their fans to not fly a controversial wartime flag when they host Hong Kong’s Eastern SC on Tuesday in the Asian Champions League. Frontale were fined $15,000 and placed on one-year probation by the ...

Okubo lifts FC Tokyo to victory over Vegalta

/ May 7, 2017

Okubo lifts FC Tokyo to victory over Vegalta

Yoshito Okubo grabbed a brace as FC Tokyo beat Vegalta Sendai 2-0 away for its third straight league win on Sunday, a result that moves the club into fourth place in the J. League first division. Okubo, the all-time J1 leading scorer with 175 ...

/ May 7, 2017

Niigata manager Miura to step down from post

Fumitake Miura is poised to step down as manager of struggling Albirex Niigata. The J. League first-division club announced Sunday that Miura has been placed on leave. The 46-year-old offered to resign after Friday’s 3-0 defeat against Kawasaki Frontale. Brazilian-born former Japan striker Wagner ...