Cerezo target J. League upset

Feb 23, 2017

Cerezo target J. League upset

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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. YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS Last season: 10th Marinos fans had high expectations when the City Football ...

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Feb 5, 2017

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Hiroshi Kiyotake hopes the lessons he learned in Europe will help him win a title with Cerezo Osaka as the Japan midfielder returns to the J. League after a 4½-year absence. “I learned the mentality and attitude to fight,” Kiyotake said Sunday, a day ...

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Feb 1, 2017

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Sevilla midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has re-signed with former club Cerezo Osaka, an official of the J. League first-division side said Wednesday. Cerezo team director Kiyoshi Okuma said Kiyotake will return on a full transfer as the winter transfer market closed Tuesday. Cerezo have been ...

Cerezo appoint Yoon as new manager

Dec 5, 2016

Cerezo appoint Yoon as new manager

Cerezo Osaka appointed their former player Yoon Jong-hwan as the new manager on Monday, a day after winning promotion back to the J. League first division next season. Cerezo, who finished the J2 season fourth this year before winning a four-way playoff to return ...

Cerezo beat Fagiano in playoff final to seal return to J1

Dec 4, 2016

Cerezo beat Fagiano in playoff final to seal return to J1

Cerezo Osaka sealed their return to Japanese soccer’s top flight Sunday after defeating Fagiano Okayama 1-0 in the J. League promotion playoff final. Shohei Kiyohara got the winner at a pouring-wet Kincho Stadium, scrambling home from a meter out in the 52nd minute after ...

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 ...