Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Jun 29, 2016

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s Japan striker Takuma Asano has received an offer from Premier League giant Arsenal, sources told Kyodo News on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Asano, who on Friday is widely expected to be named to Makoto Teguramori’s Under-23 squad for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro ...

Antlers claim first-stage title

Jun 25, 2016

Antlers claim first-stage title

Seven-time champion Kashima Antlers overpowered bottom club Avispa Fukuoka 2-0 to clinch the J. League first-stage title in the final round of matches on Saturday. Shuto Yamamoto’s 27th-minute header got the party started at Kashima Stadium before Shoma Doi scored for the second game ...

Makino leads Urawa to comeback win over Tokyo

Jun 22, 2016

Makino leads Urawa to comeback win over Tokyo

Japan defender Tomoaki Makino scored twice as Urawa Reds stopped the rot by coming from two goals down to beat FC Tokyo 3-2 at home in a rescheduled J. League first-division game on Wednesday night. Reds saw their fading first-stage title hopes end with ...

Jun 22, 2016

Urawa hands bans to unruly fans

Urawa Reds said Wednesday they have handed down home-game bans to two supporters for unruly behavior after the team’s 4-2 loss away to Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday. One supporter was banned for four games for throwing water at Reds players after the match, while ...

Jun 22, 2016

Kofu striker Cristiano rejoining Reysol

J. League first-division club Kashiwa Reysol will re-sign Brazilian striker Cristiano on a permanent basis from Ventforet Kofu, Reysol said on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Cristiano, who spent last season on loan at Kashiwa and scored 14 goals in 34 league outings, has scored seven ...

Jun 21, 2016

J. League set to sign lucrative broadcast deal

The J. League is set to sign a major broadcasting rights deal worth an annual total of ¥1.1 billion ($10.5 million) with various domestic and overseas firms from next season, sources familiar with the matter said Monday. The deal, with companies including British sports ...

Usami returning to Germany with Augsburg

Jun 20, 2016

Usami returning to Germany with Augsburg

Japan forward Takashi Usami will join Augsburg on a four-year deal from Gamba Osaka subject to a medical later this month, the German side announced Monday. Usami, set to hold a press conference on Tuesday, has scored five goals in 16 league games this ...

'King Kazu' rewrites record

Jun 19, 2016

'King Kazu' rewrites record

Kazuyoshi Miura rewrote history as he headed in his first goal of the season at the age of 49 on Sunday, improving his own record of the oldest scorer in the J. League during Yokohama FC’s 2-1 defeat at home to FC Gifu in ...

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 ...

Kawasaki loses grip on top spot

Jun 18, 2016

Kawasaki loses grip on top spot

Kawasaki Frontale surrendered the top spot in the J. League to Kashima Antlers after being held to a surprise 2-2 draw away to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka in the penultimate round of first-stage matches on Saturday. Fukuoka raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a ...

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

Jun 17, 2016

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

With the J. League first-stage title firmly in their sights, Kawasaki Frontale’s players were in a relaxed mood on Friday as they prepared for Saturday’s trip to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka. Victory for Kawasaki, the league leader, in the second-to-last round of matches, coupled with ...

Jun 16, 2016

Hiroshima's Mizumoto expected to miss two months

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Hiroki Mizumoto is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a foot injury, the reigning J. League champions said on Thursday. Mizumoto has been diagnosed with a fracture to the third metatarsal bone in his right foot and ...