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Melbourne defeats Yokohama; Forlan scores for Cerezo Osaka

Mar 18, 2014

Melbourne defeats Yokohama; Forlan scores for Cerezo Osaka

Yokohama F. Marinos were sunk by a first-half strike from Kosta Barbarouses as the Emperor’s Cup holders went down 1-0 away to Melbourne Victory in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday. Barbarouses netted with a clinical strike early in the first half, but despite ...

Mar 16, 2014

Okazaki on target again for Mainz

Japan international Shinji Okazaki bagged his fourth brace of the season Saturday in Mainz’s 4-2 come-from-behind win at Hoffenheim. With the game even at two goals apiece, Okazaki struck his first in the 75th minute to give Mainz the lead before closing the scoring ...

Marinos handle Vortis

Mar 15, 2014

Marinos handle Vortis

by Andrew Mckirdy

Yokohama F. Marinos maintained their perfect start to the J. League season with a comfortable 3-0 win over promoted Tokushima Vortis on Saturday. Seitaro Tomisawa broke the deadlock with a 14th-minute header at Mitsuzawa Stadium before Sho Ito added a second 15 minutes into ...

Anelka set for exit from West Brom

Mar 15, 2014

Anelka set for exit from West Brom

Striker Nicolas Anelka announced Friday he was leaving West Bromwich Albion and terminating his contract with immediate effect after being suspended for five matches by the Football Association for a racially aggravated goal celebration. The Premier League club responded by saying the player’s statement ...

Mar 15, 2014

Uchida concerned about injury status

Facing a rocky road back from a thigh injury and uncertainty over his place in Japan’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil, Atsuto Uchida returned to German first-division club Schalke on Saturday after completing rehabilitation in Japan. Uchida suffered the injury in a ...

Marinos, Guangzhou settle for draw in Asian Champions League

Mar 12, 2014

Marinos, Guangzhou settle for draw in Asian Champions League

Yokohama F. Marinos collected their first point of the Asian Champions League with a 1-1 draw to champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday night at Nissan Stadium. The Emperor’s Cup holders, who were thumped 3-0 away to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors last month in their first ...

Mar 12, 2014

J. League chariman calls Urawa banner 'racist'

New J.League chairman Mitsuru Murai said Wednesday that he considered a banner displayed by Urawa Reds fans on Saturday to be racist. Regarding the banner at Reds’ home game against first-division rivals Sagan Tosu that read, “Japanese only,” Murai said, “I recognize it as ...

Usual suspects top the table early

Mar 12, 2014

Usual suspects top the table early

by Andrew Mckirdy

The new J. League season is just two weeks old, but already there is a familiar look about the top of the table. Of the four teams that have taken maximum points from their opening two games, three finished in the top five last ...