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Minamino to leave Cerezo for Salzburg

Jan 5, 2015

Minamino to leave Cerezo for Salzburg

Cerezo Osaka have agreed in principle to transfer terms that will send forward Takumi Minamino to Austrian first-division club Salzburg, a source with the J. League second-division club said Monday. Minamino scored five times in the 2013 season, when he won the J. League’s ...

Dec 31, 2014

Source: Man City group looking to increase Marinos stake

The City Football Group is looking to set up a Japanese subsidiary by next summer with an eye on eventually owning a controlling stake in the J. League’s Yokohama F. Marinos, sources have told Kyodo News through Wednesday. CFG, which owns Premier League champion ...

Dec 27, 2014

Minamino seeks overseas move

Striker Takumi Minamino has informed relegated Cerezo Osaka that he wants to leave the club and move overseas, team director Isao Miyamoto said Friday. Miyamoto said the club does not want Minamino to leave but admitted it may have trouble trying to keep him. ...

Dec 23, 2014

Players should maintain trust in Aguirre, says Nagatomo

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo says he is unconcerned over the alleged involvement of Japan coach Javier Aguirre in a match-fixing scandal in Spain and says all the players can do is keep their faith in him. “All we have to do is trust ...

Kagawa steers clear of questions about manager Aguirre

Dec 22, 2014

Kagawa steers clear of questions about manager Aguirre

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa refused to comment on the match-fixing scandal engulfing Japan coach Javier Aguirre as he arrived back in Japan on Monday to prepare for the Asian Cup. Kagawa signed autographs for fans at Tokyo’s Haneda airport but would not respond ...

Dec 21, 2014

Aguirre to hold news conference before start of Asian Cup training

Embattled Japan manager Javier Aguirre will hold a news conference to offer an explanation regarding match-fixing charges that have been leveled at him in Spain, the Japan Football Association announced on Sunday when its board of trustees met. Arrangements are being made so the ...

Dec 20, 2014

Inamoto to join Consadole in J2

Three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto has joined Consadole Sapporo after being released earlier this month by Kawasaki Frontale, the J. League second-division club said on Saturday. “I will give it everything I have got and try and help the club win promotion to ...

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

Dec 18, 2014

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

by Andrew Mckirdy

Javier Aguirre will manage Japan at the Asian Cup in January despite being named as a defendant in a match-fixing case filed by Spanish prosecutors earlier this week, the Japan Football Association confirmed on Thursday. Aguirre was on Monday named as one of 41 ...

Dec 16, 2014

Morishita named Sagan Tosu manager

Sagan Tosu said Tuesday hired former Jubilo Iwata boss Hitoshi Morishita as their new manager, the J. League first-division team announced on Tuesday. “I believe Tosu is the most modest and hard-working club in Japan,” Morishita said in a statement released by the team. ...

Dec 16, 2014

Tokyo Verdy parts ways with striker Takahara

Naohiro Takahara, who scored 23 times for Japan, and was a popular player in the German Bundesliga, where he was known as the “sushi bomber,” will not be offered a new contract for 2015 by Tokyo Verdy, the J. League second-division side announced Tuesday. ...