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 ...

Urawa's first-stage title hopes fade with defeat at Gamba

Jun 15, 2016

Urawa's first-stage title hopes fade with defeat at Gamba

Urawa Reds’ faltering first-stage title hopes suffered another major blow with a 1-0 defeat away to bitter rivals Gamba Osaka in the J. League first division on Wednesday night. Takashi Usami did the damage with the only goal of the game on a breakaway ...

Reds mull legal options over tweets

Jun 14, 2016

Reds mull legal options over tweets

The Urawa Reds may consider legal action against the person who taunted Kashima Antlers Brazilian midfielder Caio with racist tweets, the J. League first-division club announced on its website Monday. The tweets were made after Antlers defeated Reds 2-0 on Saturday. Urawa said that ...

Jun 13, 2016

Albirex defender Hayakawa fighting leukemia

Albirex Niigata defender Fumiya Hayakawa is undergoing treatment for acute leukemia, the J. League first-division club said on Monday. The 22-year-old Hayakawa was diagnosed with the disease after tests following an April 25 game against Nagoya Grampus. He played at the 2011 Under-17 World ...