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Sanfrecce defender Chiba receives tentative ban for doping

Oct 27, 2016

Sanfrecce defender Chiba receives tentative ban for doping

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Kazuhiko Chiba has been tentatively banned from playing due to a positive test for doping, the reigning J. League champions announced on Thursday. The 31-year-old Chiba tested positive for methylhexanamine, an energy-boosting stimulant that is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. ...

Stress-free Nakamura eyes title for Frontale

Oct 26, 2016

Stress-free Nakamura eyes title for Frontale

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Kawasaki Frontale playmaker Kengo Nakamura has credited a newfound selfish streak for his resurgent form this season and is hoping to ride it all the way to the club’s first J. League title. “The younger players in the team have really improved this year ...

Oct 24, 2016

Sanfrecce suspend Mikic after car crash

Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Monday banned defender Mihael Mikic for the last two league games of the J. League season after the Croatian crashed his car into a taxi, injuring two passengers a day earlier. The club said the accident occurred while Mikic, 36, was ...

Oct 24, 2016

South Korean Kim to leave Tosu for military service

Sagan Tosu’s South Korean midfielder and captain Kim Min-woo said Monday he is leaving the J. League first-division side at the end of the season to begin his military service. “It would have been great if I could have stayed longer but I have ...

Koroki sparks title-chasing Reds past Albirex

Oct 22, 2016

Koroki sparks title-chasing Reds past Albirex

Shinzo Koroki struck twice to keep leaders Urawa Reds in contention for a league and cup double after a last-gasp 2-1 win away to Albirex Niigata in the J. League first division on Saturday. Koroki opened the scoring early in the first half with ...

Oct 21, 2016

Ardija's Shibuya to stay in charge

Hiroki Shibuya will stay on as manager of Omiya Ardija next year after a solid first season back in the J. League top flight with the Squirrels, the club announced on Friday. The 49-year old steered the team to a fifth-place finish in the ...

Oct 20, 2016

Sanfrecce's Koji Morisaki to retire at end of season

Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Koji Morisaki will retire at the end of this season, the reigning J. League champions announced on Thursday. The 35-year-old Morisaki has spent his entire career with Hiroshima since joining them in 2000 and was a member of Japan’s Olympic team ...

Reds capture J. League Cup

Oct 15, 2016

Reds capture J. League Cup

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Urawa Reds claimed their first trophy since 2007 after beating Gamba Osaka 5-4 on penalties to lift the J. League Cup following a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s final. Brazilian striker Ademilson staked Gamba to a 17th-minute lead at Saitama Stadium after dribbling more than ...

Kawasaki manager Kazama to step down after season

Oct 12, 2016

Kawasaki manager Kazama to step down after season

Kawasaki Frontale manager Yahiro Kazama will step down at the end of the season when his five-year contract expires, the J. League first-division club announced Wednesday. The 54-year-old, who assumed the role from Naoki Soma early in the 2012 season, was asked to stay ...

Oct 6, 2016

Urawa rallies to win first leg of League Cup semis

Urawa Reds came from behind late in the match to win 2-1 at FC Tokyo on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal. FC Tokyo grabbed an early lead through a header from midfielder Keigo Higashi in the fourth minute at ...