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Reds sink 10-man Ventforet to top J. League table

Apr 1, 2016

Reds sink 10-man Ventforet to top J. League table

Striker Shinzo Koroki scored his 90th career goal and Urawa Reds beat 10-man Ventforet Kofu 2-1 for their fourth win of the season as J. League action resumed Friday night after the international break. Koroki broke the deadlock with a clinical strike midway through ...

Apr 1, 2016

FC Tokyo signs striker Muriqui on loan

FC Tokyo has signed Brazilian striker Muriqui on loan from Qatari club Al Sadd, the J. League first-division club announced Friday. The 29-year-old played for Guangzhou Evergrande in China from 2010 to 2014, and was the top scorer and MVP of the 2013 Asian ...

Vissel hammer Antlers in Nabisco Cup

Mar 27, 2016

Vissel hammer Antlers in Nabisco Cup

Holders Kashima Antlers succumbed to a second straight defeat in the Nabisco Cup on Sunday, suffering a 4-1 drubbing away at Vissel Kobe. Vissel’s Brazilian striker Pedro Junior scored a brace and set up another as Antlers, who lost their opening Group A game ...

Asano helps lift Sanfrecce to first league victory

Mar 20, 2016

Asano helps lift Sanfrecce to first league victory

A big day from Takuma Asano helped reigning champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima claim their first league win of the season on Sunday, a 5-1 decision at Omiya Ardija. Nigerian forward Peter Utaka and Asano combined to set each other up in the first half, and ...

Togashi, Nakamachi carry Marinos past Tosu

Mar 19, 2016

Togashi, Nakamachi carry Marinos past Tosu

Cayman Togashi struck for the second straight game as Yokohama F. Marinos defeated Sagan Tosu 2-1 in the J. League first division on Saturday ahead of the international break. Togashi’s goal shortly after kickoff and a second-half winner by Kosuke Nakamachi sent Marinos to ...

Koroki leads Reds past Avispa

Mar 12, 2016

Koroki leads Reds past Avispa

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Shinzo Koroki scored a goal in each half to help Urawa Reds get back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over promoted Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reds, who finished second in the overall J. League table last season but lost in the first ...

Mar 11, 2016

Omiya Ardija president hopes Sasaki rejoins team's coaching staff

Omiya Ardija want departing Japan women’s team coach Norio Sasaki to rejoin the club’s coaching staff, the J. League first-division side’s president said Friday. “He (Sasaki) is someone who has always been at Omiya, and has great achievements,” club president Shigeru Suzuki said. “We’ll ...

Mar 10, 2016

Albirex players Suzuki, Matsubara sidelined with injuries

Japan Under-23 internationals Musashi Suzuki and Ken Matsubara will both be out of action for three months due to injury, their J. League first-division club Albirex Niigata said on Thursday. Striker Suzuki has strained quad muscles in his left leg, while Matsubara is sidelined ...

Bothroyd strikes to lead Jubilo past Urawa

Mar 6, 2016

Bothroyd strikes to lead Jubilo past Urawa

Former Queens Park Rangers striker Jay Bothroyd scored the winner as J. League first-division returnees Jubilo Iwata claimed their first win after two seasons in the second tier with a 2-1 away victory at Urawa Reds on Sunday. Reds midfielder Yosuke Kashiwagi canceled out ...

Sanfrecce striker Sato breaks all-time J1 scoring record

Mar 6, 2016

Sanfrecce striker Sato breaks all-time J1 scoring record

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato scored his 158th career goal on Sunday to become the all-time leading scorer in the J. League first division. The 33-year-old Sato netted a 43rd-minute equalizer to give reigning champion Hiroshima a 1-1 draw at Nagoya Grampus, moving to ...