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Sanfrecce looking to change fortunes in ACL

Feb 29, 2016

Sanfrecce looking to change fortunes in ACL

Sanfrecce Hiroshima will be looking to recover from a spluttering start to the season when the Japanese champions take on FC Seoul on Tuesday in their second group stage match in the Asian Champions League. Hiroshima lost 2-1 at home to China’s Shandong Luneng ...

Sanfrecce start defense with loss

Feb 27, 2016

Sanfrecce start defense with loss

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J. League Frontale 1 Sanfrecce 0 Yu Kobayashi stole the show from Hisato Sato and Yoshito Okubo as champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima went down 1-0 at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale in their J. League season opener on Saturday. With a stalemate looming on the ...

Gamba, Reds seeking revenge on Sanfrecce

Feb 26, 2016

Gamba, Reds seeking revenge on Sanfrecce

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The following is the second of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine highest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA Last season: champions There could be no doubting Sanfrecce’s worth as champions last ...

Ardija looking to keep rising

Feb 25, 2016

Ardija looking to keep rising

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The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Kashiwa was mediocrity personified on the way to a midtable ...

Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

Feb 23, 2016

Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

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The Rio Olympics are just over five months away, but with the new J. League season about to begin, Japan’s soccer medal hopefuls have no time to sit back and dream of glory in Brazil. Japan booked its ticket to the 16-team men’s tournament ...

Sanfrecce keep hold on Gamba

Feb 20, 2016

Sanfrecce keep hold on Gamba

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J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima picked up from where they left off last year with a 3-1 win over Gamba Osaka in the season curtain-raising Fuji Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Sanfrecce beat Gamba in a two-legged playoff to claim the league title last ...

New Tokyo defender Muroya out with foot fracture

Feb 15, 2016

New Tokyo defender Muroya out with foot fracture

FC Tokyo’s newly signed right-back Sei Muroya has suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot with no timetable set for his return, the J. League first division club announced Monday. The 21-year-old Muroya only joined Tokyo earlier this month from Meiji University, after ...

Tanaka stays positive about return

Feb 15, 2016

Tanaka stays positive about return

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Jesus may not love him, but striker Junya Tanaka is not looking back in anger. Frozen out at Portuguese powerhouse Sporting Lisbon by coach Jorge Jesus, Tanaka has instead vowed to reproduce the kind of form that got him a move to Europe in ...

Gamba open new stadium with preseason victory

Feb 14, 2016

Gamba open new stadium with preseason victory

Gamba Osaka celebrated the first game of their new home ground Suita City Football Stadium with a 3-1 win over Nagoya Grampus on Sunday in front of more than 35,000 spectators. The 40,000-seater stadium, a 15-minute walk away from their old Expo Stadium across ...