Dramatic winner sends Okayama into promotion playoff final

Nov 27, 2016

Dramatic winner sends Okayama into promotion playoff final

Shingo Akamine scored a 92nd-minute winner as Fagiano Okayama defeated Matsumoto Yamaga 2-1 on Sunday to reach the J. League promotion playoff final against Cerezo Osaka. Okayama, sixth in the J. League second tier this season, had to win at Matsumoto to maintain its ...

49-year-old 'King Kazu' rewrites scoring record

Aug 7, 2016

49-year-old 'King Kazu' rewrites scoring record

Kazuyoshi Miura broke his record as the J. League’s oldest scorer on Sunday in stunning fashion, belting home an unstoppable effort from inside the box to kick start Yokohama FC’s 3-2 comeback win at Cerezo Osaka in their second-division game. The 49-year-old came on ...

Jul 1, 2016

Grampus announce acquisition of midfielder Ogihara

Nagoya Grampus have signed midfielder Takahiro Ogihara on a full transfer from J2 Cerezo Osaka, his new J. League first-division side announced Friday. Ogihara, 24, was part of the Olympic team squad that finished fourth in London four years ago. He came through the ...

Cerezo bring Yamaguchi back from Germany

Jun 19, 2016

Cerezo bring Yamaguchi back from Germany

German second-division side Hannover announced Sunday it had reached an agreement to send Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi back to his old J. League club, second-division outfit Cerezo Osaka. In a statement released by Hannover, Yamaguchi said: “It was good to come to know a ...

Jun 13, 2016

Cerezo seeking to reacquire Yamaguchi: report

Cerezo Osaka have asked relegated Hannover about reacquiring Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, the German tabloid Bild reported on Monday. Yamaguchi has told Hannover he wants to return to his old club, and the two teams are expected to agree on terms, according to the ...

Jan 4, 2016

Forward Kakitani returns to Cerezo Osaka

Swiss champion Basel on Monday announced that Japan forward Yoichiro Kakitani has returned home to rejoin former club Cerezo Ozaka. Basel confirmed the move on its website without disclosing details of the transfer. The 26-year-old Kakitani failed to establish himself at Basel in an ...

Dec 18, 2015

Hanover makes bid for Cerezo's Yamaguchi

Bundesliga side Hanover has made an official offer for Japan and Cerezo Osaka midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, a team executive revealed Friday. “We would like to persuade him to stay,” the executive said of the 25-year-old, who has already left for Germany and is expected ...

Avispa Fukuoka earn promotion back to J1

Dec 6, 2015

Avispa Fukuoka earn promotion back to J1

Avispa Fukuoka returned to the J. League first division for the first time since 2011 with a 1-1 draw to Cerezo Osaka in the promotion playoff final on Sunday. Fukuoka, which was 14th last season, became the first third-place team to be promoted through ...

Nov 17, 2015

Cerezo part ways with manager Autuori

Cerezo Osaka fired manager Paulo Autuori on Tuesday ahead of the last weekend of the J. League second division season as they attempt to regain their momentum for the promotion playoffs. Autuori has been drastically replaced by Cerezo’s head of development Kiyoshi Okuma, who ...

Cerezo to cut ties with Forlan

Jun 6, 2015

Cerezo to cut ties with Forlan

Uruguay forward Diego Forlan will not be offered a contract extension, the president of his J. League second-division side Cerezo Osaka said Saturday. Forlan’s contract, worth a reported $5.8 million, expires at the end of July. The 36-year-old Forlan joined Cerezo in 2014 from ...

Minamino to leave Cerezo for Salzburg

Jan 5, 2015

Minamino to leave Cerezo for Salzburg

Cerezo Osaka have agreed in principle to transfer terms that will send forward Takumi Minamino to Austrian first-division club Salzburg, a source with the J. League second-division club said Monday. Minamino scored five times in the 2013 season, when he won the J. League’s ...

Dec 27, 2014

Minamino seeks overseas move

Striker Takumi Minamino has informed relegated Cerezo Osaka that he wants to leave the club and move overseas, team director Isao Miyamoto said Friday. Miyamoto said the club does not want Minamino to leave but admitted it may have trouble trying to keep him. ...