Cerezo edge Kobe in league-cup Kansai derby

Cerezo Osaka defeated Vissel Kobe 1-0 behind Kota Fujimoto’s first-half strike to rise to the top of Group B in the Levain Cup on Wednesday. Kobe, with a game in hand, are in second on 12 points, two points behind Cerezo in the league cup group phase which has one ...

Frontale cruise past spluttering Antlers

/ May 19, 2017

Frontale cruise past spluttering Antlers

Kashima Antlers suffered a humbling 3-0 defeat at home to Kawasaki Frontale on Friday as the away side won its third straight and moved above the reigning champs ahead of the weekend fixtures. Kashima, which fell from the top of the table last weekend, ...

/ May 15, 2017

Cerezo to host Sevilla in July friendly

Cerezo Osaka announced on Monday that it will host Spanish side Sevilla on July 17 in a friendly as part of the J. League’s newly launched International Series. Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake will face his old La Liga club, with whom the 27-year old ...

Struggling Albirex name Lopes new manager

/ May 11, 2017

Struggling Albirex name Lopes new manager

Albirex Niigata on Thursday announced the appointment of former Japan striker Wagner Lopes as manager of the J. League first-division strugglers. The Brazilian-born Lopes, 48, replaces Fumitake Miura. Miura stepped down having been placed on leave after he offered to resign as manager following ...

/ May 11, 2017

Gamba fined ¥2 million over fans' Nazi banner

The J. League said Thursday it has slapped Gamba Osaka with a ¥2 million ($17,500) fine and issued a severe reprimand after a group of the club’s supporters hoisted a banner with a logo resembling a Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) symbol during a match last ...

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

/ May 10, 2017

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

Struggling Albirex Niigata have come to terms on a deal to make Brazilian-born former Japan striker Wagner Lopes their new manager and are finalizing the agreement, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. Lopes was tapped to take the reins after Fumitake Miura, ...

/ May 9, 2017

Reds' Moriwaki receives two-match ban

The J. League handed Urawa Reds defender Ryota Moriwaki a two-match ban on Tuesday for a derogatory remark during Thursday’s 1-0 home defeat to Kashima Antlers. Kashima midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara had appealed to the league after the game insisting the defender said, “You stink” ...

/ May 8, 2017

Frontale urging fans not to fly controversial flag

Kawasaki Frontale revealed Monday they will take measures to urge their fans to not fly a controversial wartime flag when they host Hong Kong’s Eastern SC on Tuesday in the Asian Champions League. Frontale were fined $15,000 and placed on one-year probation by the ...