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Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

Apr 3, 2014

Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

by Gus Fielding

VVV Venlo may have taken its eye off the ball when it opted not to sign Shinji Kagawa. But the Dutch second-division side cashed in on the sale of both Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida, and chairman Hai Berden says the club is happy ...

Marinos edge Melbourne for first ACL win

Apr 2, 2014

Marinos edge Melbourne for first ACL win

Yokohama F. Marinos overcame an early setback to beat Melbourne Victory 3-2 and pick up their first win in Group G in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. Cerezo Osaka, meanwhile, had Tatsuya Yamashita to thank as he scored a late equalizer to ...

Urawa beats Omiya as home fans return

Apr 2, 2014

Urawa beats Omiya as home fans return

Out-of-favor Japan international Tadanari Lee scored his first goal in Urawa colors as Reds welcomed back their supporters with a 2-1 victory over derby rivals Omiya Ardija in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday. Winter signing Lee netted midway through the opening half and set ...

Barcelona hit with one-year ban on signing players

Apr 2, 2014

Barcelona hit with one-year ban on signing players

Barcelona was banned by FIFA from signing any players for next season after being found guilty on Wednesday of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations. The heavy sanction, which covers the summer and January transfer windows, followed an investigation into the Spanish champion’s signing of players ...

Apr 2, 2014

Oshima boosts Frontale's chances

Ryota Oshima’s first goal in the Asian Champions League gave Kawasaki Frontale a much-needed 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Group H on Tuesday. Labinot Haliti opened the scoring for Western Sydney shortly before the break, but captain Kengo Nakamura leveled for the ...

Frontale defeat Wanderers on Oshima's 88th-minute goal

Apr 1, 2014

Frontale defeat Wanderers on Oshima's 88th-minute goal

Ryota Oshima’s first goal in the Asian Champions League gave Kawasaki Frontale a much-needed 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Group H on Tuesday. Labinot Haliti opened the scoring for Western Sydney shortly before the break, but captain Kengo Nakamura leveled for the ...

Mar 31, 2014

Ex-United striker Cole dismisses Moyes' excuse

Former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole isn’t buying the explanation that David Moyes’ squad is “aging” as the reason for its disastrous campaign. United is in seventh place with six matches left to play this season, 17 points off the pace of ...

Antlers rally for win

Mar 29, 2014

Antlers rally for win

by Andrew Mckirdy

Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat Yokohama F . Marinos 3-1 on Saturday as the J. League’s early front-runners went head to head. Yuzo Kurihara put Marinos in front three minutes before halftime at Nissan Stadium with a bullet header, only for Shoma ...

Mar 28, 2014

Southampton's Yoshida injures knee, questionable for World Cup

The injury bug has again bitten Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni’s team, this time with Southampton defender Maya Yoshida ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season with a right-knee injury on Thursday. According to Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino, Yoshida damaged a ligament ...

Frontale edge Grampus on Okubo goal

Mar 28, 2014

Frontale edge Grampus on Okubo goal

Nagoya Grampus spurned the chance to go top of the J.League — for 24 hours at least — as Akira Nishino’s men crashed to their first defeat since the opening day of the season with a 1-0 reverse at Kawasaki Frontale on Friday night. ...

Mar 28, 2014

Japan to face Costa Rica, Zambia in World Cup tuneup matches

Japan will prepare for the World Cup in Tampa, Florida, where the Asian champion will play Costa Rica and Zambia in friendlies on June 2 and 6, the Japan Football Association said Friday. Japan’s send-off for the June 12-July 13 tournament in Brazil is ...

Forlan feels United's Kagawa misused during tough season

Mar 28, 2014

Forlan feels United's Kagawa misused during tough season

Cerezo Osaka’s Diego Forlan believes Shinji Kagawa is not at fault for his disappointing season at Manchester United, with the 2010 World Cup MVP and top scorer attributing the Japan international’s struggles to circumstances beyond his control at Old Trafford. Forlan, a former United ...