May 3, 2016

Albirex forward Silva sidelined with muscle strain

Brazilian forward Rafael Silva is expected to miss six weeks due to a muscle strain, J. League first-division side Albirex Niigata said Tuesday. The 24-year-old Silva strained his left calf muscle in Saturday’s 2-2 home draw against Ventforet Kofu and left the game in ...

Ardija looking to keep rising

Feb 25, 2016

Ardija looking to keep rising

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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. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Kashiwa was mediocrity personified on the way to a midtable ...

Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

Feb 23, 2016

Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

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The Rio Olympics are just over five months away, but with the new J. League season about to begin, Japan’s soccer medal hopefuls have no time to sit back and dream of glory in Brazil. Japan booked its ticket to the 16-team men’s tournament ...

Dec 2, 2015

Yoshida hired as next Albirex manager

Albirex Niigata have named exiting Kashiwa Reysol manager Tatsuma Yoshida as their manager for the new season on Wednesday. Yoshida took the helm at Reysol ahead of this season and guided his side to the quarterfinals in the Asian Champions League, bu t Kashiwa ...

Dec 1, 2015

Albirex close to hiring Yoshida

Former Kashiwa Reysol manager Tatsuma Yoshida is in the final stages of discussions with Albirex Niigata to become their new manager for next season, sources said Tuesday. Yoshida recently stepped down as manager of Kashiwa Reysol after leading the Chiba-based club to the quarterfinals ...

Silva's heroics lift Albirex to win over Gamba in first leg

Oct 7, 2015

Silva's heroics lift Albirex to win over Gamba in first leg

Brazilian forward Rafael Silva came off the bench to strike a last-gasp winner as 10-man Albirex Niigata edged holders Gamba Osaka 2-1 in the first leg of their Nabisco Cup semifinal on Wednesday night. Gamba took the lead through Kotaro Omori before Kosuke Yamamoto ...

Jul 17, 2015

Albirex striker Silva sidelined with hamstring strain

Albirex Niigata striker Rafael Silva has been ruled out for six weeks with a right hamstring strain, the J. League club said Friday. The 23-year-old, who has bagged seven goals in 12 games so far this season, hurt his hamstring while training on July ...

Reds wrap up unbeaten first stage

Jun 27, 2015

Reds wrap up unbeaten first stage

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J. League first-stage champions Urawa Reds beat Albirex Niigata 5-2 on Saturday night to complete the opening campaign with an unbeaten record. Urawa went into the match at Saitama Stadium having already wrapped up the first-stage silverware the previous weekend, but the 2006 champions ...

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Apr 12, 2014

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

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Kengo Kawamata strengthened his case for inclusion in Japan’s World Cup squad with a fabulous strike as Albirex Niigata knocked Kashima Antlers off the J. League summit with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Kawamata opened the scoring midway through the first half with a ...