Koroki, Shiotani eye Olympic soccer overage berths

Jun 12, 2016

Koroki, Shiotani eye Olympic soccer overage berths

Urawa Reds striker Shinzo Koroki said Saturday he is honored to be considered among the three overage players on the shortlist for Japan’s team to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “It’s flattering and an incredible honor to have your name mentioned,” Koroki said after ...

FC Seoul eliminates Urawa on penalty kicks

May 26, 2016

FC Seoul eliminates Urawa on penalty kicks

Urawa Reds mounted a remarkable extra-time comeback against FC Seoul but conceded a last-minute equalizer for a 3-3 draw on aggregate, and were knocked out of the Asian Champions League on penalties 7-6 on Wednesday in a frenetic round-of-16 encounter. Holding a 1-0 lead ...

Ugajin strike puts Urawa in driving seat against Seoul

May 18, 2016

Ugajin strike puts Urawa in driving seat against Seoul

Urawa Reds edged FC Seoul 1-0 at home in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. Midfielder Tomoya Ugajin scored with a sensational strike to give Reds a first-half lead they would hold on to ...

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

May 14, 2016

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

In-form striker Yoshito Okubo scored twice to help fire Kawasaki Frontale back to the top of the J. League first division with a 3-1 come-from-behind win at home against 10-man Vissel Kobe on Saturday. Okubo, the all-time leading scorer in the Japanese top flight ...

Okubo strikes as Kawasaki keeps pressure on Urawa

May 8, 2016

Okubo strikes as Kawasaki keeps pressure on Urawa

Yoshito Okubo scored one goal and assisted another as Kawasaki Frontale stayed right on the tail of J. League leaders Urawa Reds with a 3-1 victory at red-hot Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday. Eduardo Neto netted his first goal in Japan for Kawasaki, which improved ...

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

May 7, 2016

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

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Urawa Reds defender Wataru Endo is expecting a feisty atmosphere in his first Saitama derby against Omiya Ardija on Sunday. But the Japan Under-23 captain knows the stakes will be even higher at the Rio Olympics this summer. Urawa takes on Omiya with both ...

Reds reach Asian Champions League round of 16

May 3, 2016

Reds reach Asian Champions League round of 16

Urawa Reds will face Group F winner FC Seoul in the round of 16 of the Asian Champions League after drawing 1-1 against the Pohang Steelers on Tuesday. In their final Group H game, Urawa traded penalties with Pohang — Zlatan Ljubijankic for Reds, ...

Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Apr 30, 2016

Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Ex-Leicester City midfielder Yuki Abe has hailed Shinji Okazaki’s contribution to the Foxes as their Premier League season draws to a fairy-tale climax, and says he is not surprised that the Japan striker has become a hit at King Power Stadium. Leicester — 5,000-1 ...

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

Apr 29, 2016

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

The high-flying Urawa Reds maintained their grip on top spot in the J. League first division with a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Nagoya Grampus on Friday. Nagoya’s Swedish striker Robin Simovic canceled out Yosuke Kashiwagi’s opener with a blistering effort shortly before ...