Frontale, Antlers to meet in high-pressure playoff semifinal

Nov 22, 2016

Frontale, Antlers to meet in high-pressure playoff semifinal

Kawasaki Frontale only need a draw in Wednesday’s semifinal of the J. League championship playoff against Kashima Antlers to advance, but victory is all they will be playing for, firebrand striker Yoshito Okubo said. “You can’t win if you play with a draw on ...

Nov 4, 2016

Striker Okubo to join FC Tokyo: source

Kawasaki Frontale striker Yoshito Okubo, the all-time leading scorer in the J. League first division with 171 goals, will join FC Tokyo next season, a source close to the move said Friday. Okubo’s contract with Frontale expires this year and several clubs had made ...

Frontale rout Kofu, stretch unbeaten streak to 16 matches

Aug 6, 2016

Frontale rout Kofu, stretch unbeaten streak to 16 matches

Kawasaki Frontale hammered Ventforet Kofu 4-0 to remain top of the J. League second stage on Saturday, extending their unbeaten run to 16 matches. Yoshito Okubo headed home a minute to the break before an own goal and strikes from Yu Kobayashi and Elsinho ...

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 ...

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 ...

Frontale's Okubo notches brace in victory over FC Tokyo

Apr 16, 2016

Frontale's Okubo notches brace in victory over FC Tokyo

Yoshito Okubo issued Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic a fresh reminder of his goalscoring prowess with a brace on Saturday, his J1 record-extending 160th and 161st career goals helping league-leading Kawasaki Frontale come from behind to win 4-2 at FC Tokyo. Australian striker Nathan Burns ...

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Apr 13, 2016

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Kawasaki Frontale’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo could be in line for a recall to the Japan national team, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Wednesday. Okubo, who has not played for Japan since the 2014 World Cup, became the J. League’s career leading ...

Sanfrecce striker Sato breaks all-time J1 scoring record

Mar 6, 2016

Sanfrecce striker Sato breaks all-time J1 scoring record

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato scored his 158th career goal on Sunday to become the all-time leading scorer in the J. League first division. The 33-year-old Sato netted a 43rd-minute equalizer to give reigning champion Hiroshima a 1-1 draw at Nagoya Grampus, moving to ...

Sanfrecce start defense with loss

Feb 27, 2016

Sanfrecce start defense with loss

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J. League Frontale 1 Sanfrecce 0 Yu Kobayashi stole the show from Hisato Sato and Yoshito Okubo as champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima went down 1-0 at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale in their J. League season opener on Saturday. With a stalemate looming on the ...