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Vissel announce acquisition of German striker Podolski

/ Mar 2, 2017

Vissel announce acquisition of German striker Podolski

Vissel Kobe have acquired German World Cup-winning striker Lukas Podolski from Turkish club Galatasaray on a multiyear contract, the J. League first-division side said Thursday. Vissel are discussing with Galatasaray the timing of the 31-year-old Podolski’s move to Kobe. “I can confirm that at ...

/ Mar 1, 2017

Striker Utaka joins FC Tokyo on loan from Hiroshima

FC Tokyo have signed former Nigeria international striker and last season’s J. League first-division joint top scorer Peter Utaka on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the club said Wednesday. The 33-year-old Utaka, who bagged 19 goals for Hiroshima in 2016 to share the Golden Boot ...

/ Feb 27, 2017

Striker Utaka close to joining FC Tokyo: source

FC Tokyo is on the verge of signing former Nigeria international striker and last season’s J. League first-division joint-top scorer Peter Utaka, a source close to the move said Monday. The 33-year-old Utaka, who bagged 19 goals for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 2016 to share ...

Gamba salvage draw with Ventforet in season opener

/ Feb 26, 2017

Gamba salvage draw with Ventforet in season opener

Former Japan international Yasuyuki Konno rescued a point for Gamba Osaka in their J. League season opener on Sunday, scoring a last-gasp equalizer in a 1-1 draw at home to modest Ventforet Kofu. Kofu took the lead on 55 minutes when Masaru Matsuhashi rifled ...

Own goal lifts FC Tokyo

/ Feb 25, 2017

Own goal lifts FC Tokyo

Yuto Misao scored a freak own goal to gift FC Tokyo a shock 1-0 win away against the defending champion Kashima Antlers on the opening day of the J. League season on Saturday. Misao, a preseason signing from Shonan Bellmare, bundled over the line ...

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

/ Feb 24, 2017

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

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The following is 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. KASHIMA ANTLERS Last season: champions (third in overall table) Kashima could not have wished for a ...

Cerezo target J. League upset

/ Feb 23, 2017

Cerezo target J. League upset

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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. YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS Last season: 10th Marinos fans had high expectations when the City Football ...