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Sanfrecce spoil Forlan's league debut

Mar 1, 2014

Sanfrecce spoil Forlan's league debut

Tsukasa Shiotani stole Diego Forlan’s thunder with a second-half winner as Sanfrecce Hiroshima launched their bid for a third straight J. League title with a 1-0 victory away to Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. Shiotani buried his shot in the 71st minute to give Hiroshima ...

Gamba looking for payback

| Feb 27, 2014

Gamba looking for payback

by Andrew Mckirdy

The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranked teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Last season was a huge disappointment for Reysol, who began ...

Honda, Kagawa selected for World Cup tuneup against New Zealand

Feb 27, 2014

Honda, Kagawa selected for World Cup tuneup against New Zealand

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Thursday named AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa to a 23-man squad for the Asian champions’ upcoming World Cup warmup at home to New Zealand. With Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida and captain Makoto Hasebe of ...

Jeonbuk Motors picks apart Marinos in pivotal stretch

Feb 26, 2014

Jeonbuk Motors picks apart Marinos in pivotal stretch

Three goals in 10 second-half minutes condemned Emperor’s Cup holders Yokohama F. Marinos to a 3-0 defeat away to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in their Group G opener in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. A superb double from Lee Seung-gi and a ...

Feb 26, 2014

Chiba rescues point for Sanfrecce

A well-taken strike from Kazuhiko Chiba rescued a point for Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Tuesday as the two-time defending J. League champions drew 1-1 at home to Beijing Guoan in their Asian Champions League opener in Group F. Ha Dae-sung gave the visitors the lead ...

Arnold still getting used to life at Vegalta

Feb 24, 2014

Arnold still getting used to life at Vegalta

by Andrew Mckirdy

New Vegalta Sendai manager Graham Arnold admits to being overwhelmed by the job so far, but the Australian is quietly confident of finding his feet over the coming J. League season. Former Australia boss Arnold was the surprise choice to replace Makoto Teguramori after ...

Sanfrecce open with win

Feb 22, 2014

Sanfrecce open with win

by Andrew Mckirdy

Teenage strikers Gakuto Notsuda and Takuma Asano put Yokohama F. Marinos to the sword as Sanfrecce Hiroshima opened the new soccer season with a 2-0 victory in the Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Notsuda got the two-time defending J. League champions off the mark ...