Dec 16, 2014

Tokyo Verdy parts ways with striker Takahara

Naohiro Takahara, who scored 23 times for Japan, and was a popular player in the German Bundesliga, where he was known as the “sushi bomber,” will not be offered a new contract for 2015 by Tokyo Verdy, the J. League second-division side announced Tuesday. ...

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 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

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 ...

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 ...

Dec 10, 2014

Nelsinho to take reins at Vissel

Brazilian Nelsinho, who stepped down as manager at Kashiwa Reysol at the end of this season, is set to take the reins at Vissel Kobe next season. A club official, who held talks with Nelsinho on Tuesday, said the deal has all but been ...

Gamba's Endo selected as J. League Player of the Year

Dec 9, 2014

Gamba's Endo selected as J. League Player of the Year

Gamba Osaka captain Yasuhito Endo was named the 2014 J. League Player of the Year on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Japan midfielder helped engineer the biggest turnaround in league history, Gamba erasing a 14-point deficit to finish one point ahead of Urawa Reds to capture ...

Dec 7, 2014

Montedio earn promotion to J.League top flight

Montedio Yamagata held off JEF United Chiba to win the J. League promotion playoff final 1-0 on Sunday at Ajinomoto Stadium, securing the third and last ticket to J1 for next season. Masato Yamazaki’s first-half header proved to be decisive for Montedio, who had ...

Gamba crowned J. League champions

Dec 6, 2014

Gamba crowned J. League champions

Gamba Osaka captured their second J. League championship despite a 0-0 draw at relegated Tokushima Vortis, thanks to another late collapse from Urawa Reds, who were beaten 2-1 at home by Nagoya Grampus on Saturday. The 2014 J. League season drew to a close ...