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Gamba claim treble

Dec 13, 2014

Gamba claim treble

by Andrew Mckirdy

Gamba Osaka completed a remarkable trophy treble by beating Montedio Yamagata 3-1 to lift the Emperor’s Cup on Saturday. First-half goals from Takashi Usami and Patric gave J. League and Nabisco Cup champions Gamba an explosive start at Nissan Stadium, before Romero Frank pulled ...

Dec 13, 2014

FIFA punishes Croatia over fans

Croatia must partially close its stadium for a European Championship qualifying match as punishment for fans’ racist and hooligan behavior in Italy. Fans twice disrupted Croatia’s 1-1 draw at San Siro on Nov. 16 and threw lit fireworks. The teams left the pitch and ...

Dec 12, 2014

Nelsinho hired as Vissel manager

Vissel Kobe on Friday named former Kashiwa Reysol boss Nelsinho as the J. League first-division club’s manager for next season. The 64-year-old Nelsinho, who stepped down as Kashiwa coach at the end of this season, takes over from Ryo Adachi, who quit after Kobe ...

Dec 12, 2014

FC Tokyo gives Ficcadenti contract extension for 2015

FC Tokyo extended the contract of manager Massimo Ficcadenti for next season, the J. League first-division club said Friday. In the Italian’s first year in Japan, Ficcadenti’s side finished ninth with 48 points from the 34 games, 15 points behind champions Gamba Osaka.

Dec 11, 2014

Aguirre silent on match-fixing

Japan coach Javier Aguirre did not take questions regarding his alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Spain on Wednesday. Aguirre attended a news conference to announce next year’s schedule for both the men’s and women’s national sides, but did not touch on recent ...

Dec 11, 2014

Marinos close in on manager Mombaerts

Yokohama F. Marinos are close to signing Frenchman Eric Mombaerts as their new manager, club president Akira Kaetsu said on Thursday. Mombaerts has reportedly quit as coach of French Ligue 2 side Le Havre. L’Equipe said the 59-year-old “is heading to Yokohama to work ...

Dec 11, 2014

Gamba to face Seongnam, Buriram in ACL

Newly crowned J. League champions Gamba Osaka were drawn in Group F with Seongnam Ilhwa, Buriram United and one of four east zone playoff winners for the 2015 Asian Champions League on Thursday. The draw for the eight A-to-H groups was held at the ...

Man City, Schalke advance in Champions League

Dec 11, 2014

Man City, Schalke advance in Champions League

Manchester City and Schalke grabbed the final spots on offer in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Lionel Messi helped Barcelona secure first place in its group with a record-extending 75th goal in the competition. City started the final round ...

Dec 10, 2014

Cerezo targeting Autuori as next coach

Relegated Cerezo Osaka will offer their vacant coaching position to former Kashima Antlers manager Paulo Autuori, the club’s head of development said on Wednesday. Isao Miyamoto said Cerezo had been considering several candidates, among them Brazilian Sergio Farias, who won the 2009 Asian Champions ...

Liverpool exits Champions League

Dec 10, 2014

Liverpool exits Champions League

Liverpool was eliminated from the Champions League when Basel advanced to the final 16 with a 1-1 draw on Tuesday on Anfield. The five-time European champion fell behind after Fabian Frei scored in the 25th minute, and then had substitute Lazar Markovic sent off ...