Nov 15, 2016

Yoshida takes over as new Ventforet Kofu manager

Tatsuma Yoshida has been named Ventforet Kofu’s new manager, the J-League first-division team said Tuesday. The 42-year-old Yoshida, who has had managed Kashiwa Reysol and Albirex Niigata, will replace Satoru Sakuma, who announced earlier this month his intention to focus on his role as ...

Nov 3, 2016

Ventforet's Sakuma to relinquish coaching duties

Moments after his club defied relegation for a fourth consecutive season on Thursday, Ventforet Kofu manager Satoru Sakuma stated he will no longer serve as the J. League first-division club’s manager. “Next season will be entrusted to a new coach,” said the 53-year-old Sakuma, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Reds sink 10-man Ventforet to top J. League table

Apr 1, 2016

Reds sink 10-man Ventforet to top J. League table

Striker Shinzo Koroki scored his 90th career goal and Urawa Reds beat 10-man Ventforet Kofu 2-1 for their fourth win of the season as J. League action resumed Friday night after the international break. Koroki broke the deadlock with a clinical strike midway through ...

Ardija looking to keep rising

Feb 25, 2016

Ardija looking to keep rising


The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Kashiwa was mediocrity personified on the way to a midtable ...

Nov 28, 2015

Sakuma not leaving Ventforet

Satoru Sakuma will remain the manager of Ventforet Kofu next season, the J. League first-division club announced Saturday. The 52-year-old took over in May from Yasuhiro Higuchi with Ventforet languishing at the bottom of the J. League table, eventually propelling the team to 13th ...

Kanazaki steers Antlers past Ventforet

Sep 19, 2015

Kanazaki steers Antlers past Ventforet

Mu Kanazaki struck in the second half as Kashima Antlers bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to Gamba Osaka with a 1-0 win away to Ventforet Kofu in the J. League first division on Saturday. Kanazaki scored the clincher with a well-taken header in ...

Sep 5, 2015

Ventforet escape with victory over Juntendo University

J. League first-division side Ventforet Kofu held on to beat plucky Juntendo University 3-2 at home and book their place in the third round of the Emperor’s Cup on Saturday. Takuma Abe scored what proved to be the decider by giving Kofu a 3-1 ...

Reysol squander lead to draw with Ventforet

Aug 30, 2015

Reysol squander lead to draw with Ventforet

A tough own goal by Kashiwa goalkeeper Takanori Sugeno gifted Ventforet Kofu a point as Reysol were held to a 2-2 draw in the J. League on Sunday. Tatsuma Yoshida’s men missed an excellent opportunity to cook up the pressure on second-stage leaders Kashima ...