Soccer Topics

May 18, 2016

Jubilo sign Greece defender Papadopoulos

Jubilo Iwata have signed Australia-born Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos, the J. League first-division club announced Wednesday. The 184-cm 31-year-old played in the World Cup in 2010 and European Championship in 2012 for Greece while at Olympiakos. He was with China’s Shanghai Shenhua last year. ...

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

May 14, 2016

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

In-form striker Yoshito Okubo scored twice to help fire Kawasaki Frontale back to the top of the J. League first division with a 3-1 come-from-behind win at home against 10-man Vissel Kobe on Saturday. Okubo, the all-time leading scorer in the Japanese top flight ...

Endo leads Gamba past Jubilo

May 13, 2016

Endo leads Gamba past Jubilo

Veteran Yasuhito Endo scored the winner with his first goal of the season as Gamba Osaka came from behind to secure a 2-1 home win over Jubilo Iwata on Friday in the J. League. Gamba, who had lost their last five games in all ...

Okubo strikes as Kawasaki keeps pressure on Urawa

May 8, 2016

Okubo strikes as Kawasaki keeps pressure on Urawa

Yoshito Okubo scored one goal and assisted another as Kawasaki Frontale stayed right on the tail of J. League leaders Urawa Reds with a 3-1 victory at red-hot Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday. Eduardo Neto netted his first goal in Japan for Kawasaki, which improved ...

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

May 7, 2016

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

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Urawa Reds defender Wataru Endo is expecting a feisty atmosphere in his first Saitama derby against Omiya Ardija on Sunday. But the Japan Under-23 captain knows the stakes will be even higher at the Rio Olympics this summer. Urawa takes on Omiya with both ...

May 3, 2016

Albirex forward Silva sidelined with muscle strain

Brazilian forward Rafael Silva is expected to miss six weeks due to a muscle strain, J. League first-division side Albirex Niigata said Tuesday. The 24-year-old Silva strained his left calf muscle in Saturday’s 2-2 home draw against Ventforet Kofu and left the game in ...

May 2, 2016

Japan, Australia deepen soccer ties

Australia and Japan on Monday pledged closer ties between the A-League and the J. League, inking an agreement to share technical, marketing and administrative expertise. The deal paves the way for matches at elite youth level between Australian and Japanese clubs and encourages loan ...

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

Apr 29, 2016

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

The high-flying Urawa Reds maintained their grip on top spot in the J. League first division with a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Nagoya Grampus on Friday. Nagoya’s Swedish striker Robin Simovic canceled out Yosuke Kashiwagi’s opener with a blistering effort shortly before ...

Apr 28, 2016

Antlers, Colombian squad to square off in Suruga Bank Championship

Kashima Antlers will take on Copa Sudamericana champion Santa Fe of Colombia in the Suruga Bank Championship this summer, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Santa Fe defeated Argentina’s Huracan on penalties after a 0-0 aggregate draw over two legs in December, setting up ...