/ 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 ...

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 ...

/ Nov 21, 2016

Grampus announce striker Sato's arrival

Relegated Nagoya Grampus on Monday announced the signing of Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the all-time second-highest goalscorer in the J. League top flight with 161 goals. “I’ll give my heart and soul to get Nagoya back to where they should be,” said the ...

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

/ Nov 20, 2016

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the second-highest goalscorer in J. League top-flight history with 161 goals, will join relegated Nagoya Grampus, Sanfrecce’s president said Sunday. “We can do nothing but accept his decision,” said Hidekazu Orita, who had been asking the 34-year-old Sato to ...

Sanfrecce defender Chiba receives tentative ban for doping

/ Oct 27, 2016

Sanfrecce defender Chiba receives tentative ban for doping

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Kazuhiko Chiba has been tentatively banned from playing due to a positive test for doping, the reigning J. League champions announced on Thursday. The 31-year-old Chiba tested positive for methylhexanamine, an energy-boosting stimulant that is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. ...

/ Oct 24, 2016

Sanfrecce suspend Mikic after car crash

Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Monday banned defender Mihael Mikic for the last two league games of the J. League season after the Croatian crashed his car into a taxi, injuring two passengers a day earlier. The club said the accident occurred while Mikic, 36, was ...

/ Oct 20, 2016

Sanfrecce's Koji Morisaki to retire at end of season

Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Koji Morisaki will retire at the end of this season, the reigning J. League champions announced on Thursday. The 35-year-old Morisaki has spent his entire career with Hiroshima since joining them in 2000 and was a member of Japan’s Olympic team ...

/ Jul 10, 2016

Brazilian striker Lopes to join Sanfrecce

Sanfrecce Hiroshima have agreed to sign Brazilian striker Anderson Lopes on loan from Tombense, the J. League champions announced on Sunday. Lopes will be counted on to plug the hole that will be left by Arsenal-bound Takuma Asano, who plays his final game for ...

Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Asano

/ Jul 3, 2016

Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Asano

Japan forward Takuma Asano is set for a move to Arsenal after the Premier League club agreed a deal in principle with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the clubs announced Sunday. The 21-year-old, who last week was named in the 18-man squad for the Rio de Janeiro ...

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

/ Jun 29, 2016

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s Japan striker Takuma Asano has received an offer from Premier League giant Arsenal, sources told Kyodo News on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Asano, who on Friday is widely expected to be named to Makoto Teguramori’s Under-23 squad for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro ...