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Nagasawa double lifts Gamba past Reysol

/ Mar 5, 2017

Nagasawa double lifts Gamba past Reysol

Gamba Osaka claimed their first J. League win of the season Sunday, striker Shun Nagasawa hitting a brace in their 3-1 win at Kashiwa Reysol on the second weekend of the season. Gamba, who suffered a shock 4-1 home defeat to Jeju United of ...

Reds bounce back against Cerezo

/ Mar 4, 2017

Reds bounce back against Cerezo

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Urawa Reds picked up their first points of the new J. League season with a 3-1 win over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. Reds, who finished top of the overall table last season only to lose the championship final against Kashima Antlers, began the 2017 ...

Vissel announce acquisition of German striker Podolski

/ Mar 2, 2017

Vissel announce acquisition of German striker Podolski

Vissel Kobe have acquired German World Cup-winning striker Lukas Podolski from Turkish club Galatasaray on a multiyear contract, the J. League first-division side said Thursday. Vissel are discussing with Galatasaray the timing of the 31-year-old Podolski’s move to Kobe. “I can confirm that at ...

/ Mar 1, 2017

Striker Utaka joins FC Tokyo on loan from Hiroshima

FC Tokyo have signed former Nigeria international striker and last season’s J. League first-division joint top scorer Peter Utaka on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the club said Wednesday. The 33-year-old Utaka, who bagged 19 goals for Hiroshima in 2016 to share the Golden Boot ...

/ Feb 27, 2017

Striker Utaka close to joining FC Tokyo: source

FC Tokyo is on the verge of signing former Nigeria international striker and last season’s J. League first-division joint-top scorer Peter Utaka, a source close to the move said Monday. The 33-year-old Utaka, who bagged 19 goals for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 2016 to share ...

Gamba salvage draw with Ventforet in season opener

/ Feb 26, 2017

Gamba salvage draw with Ventforet in season opener

Former Japan international Yasuyuki Konno rescued a point for Gamba Osaka in their J. League season opener on Sunday, scoring a last-gasp equalizer in a 1-1 draw at home to modest Ventforet Kofu. Kofu took the lead on 55 minutes when Masaru Matsuhashi rifled ...

Own goal lifts FC Tokyo

/ Feb 25, 2017

Own goal lifts FC Tokyo

Yuto Misao scored a freak own goal to gift FC Tokyo a shock 1-0 win away against the defending champion Kashima Antlers on the opening day of the J. League season on Saturday. Misao, a preseason signing from Shonan Bellmare, bundled over the line ...

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

/ Feb 24, 2017

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

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The following is second of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine highest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIMA ANTLERS Last season: champions (third in overall table) Kashima could not have wished for a ...

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 ...