Struggling Sanfrecce confident of escaping drop

/ Jun 21, 2017

Struggling Sanfrecce confident of escaping drop

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Mihael Mikic believes the relegation fear factor is inspiring misfiring Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and the Croatian winger insists he will put “an arm and a leg” on the three-time J. League champions escaping the drop. Hiroshima was the better team for long stretches of Saturday’s ...

Shiotani embracing challenge of move to Al Ain

/ Jun 16, 2017

Shiotani embracing challenge of move to Al Ain

Defender Tsukasa Shiotani said Friday he is relishing the prospect of testing himself in the United Arab Emirates after securing a move to Al Ain from struggling Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The 28-year-old Shiotani, who has signed a two-year deal with the 2003 Asian Champions League ...

/ Jun 15, 2017

Defender Shiotani headed to UAE's Al Ain

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Tsukasa Shiotani will join United Arab Emirates powerhouse Al Ain, the J. League team announced Thursday. Capped twice at the senior international level, the 28-year-old, who was one of three overage players on the Japan squad at last summer’s Rio Olympics, ...

Antlers hand manager Oiwa winning start to tenure

/ Jun 4, 2017

Antlers hand manager Oiwa winning start to tenure

Leandro struck twice as Kashima Antlers bounced back from their midweek Asian Champions League exit, beating struggling Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-1 away in the J. League on Sunday in their first match under new manager Go Oiwa. Atsutaka Nakamura opened the scoring for the reigning ...

/ 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 ...