Dec 1, 2016

Vissel Kobe approve contract renewal for Nelsinho

Vissel Kobe have agreed to renew Brazilian manager Nelsinho’s contract for next season, the J. League first-division club announced Thursday. In his second year in charge this term, Nelsinho led Kobe to the club’s highest-ever finish of seventh place in the overall standings, having ...

Jun 2, 2016

Avispa, Grampus settle for scoreless draw

Avispa Fukuoka played out a goalless draw at home to Nagoya Grumpus on Thursday to remain at the foot of the J. League standings. The game was postponed in mid-April when massive earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture in central Kyushu. Another Kyushu side, Sagan Tosu, ...

May 27, 2016

Vissel Kobe's Iwanami sidelined with knee injury

Japan Under-23 defender Takuya Iwanami has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a left-knee injury during the Toulon Tournament, his club Vissel Kobe announced Friday. The center-half came off on the half hour in Japan’s 2-1 loss to Paraguay on Saturday. On ...

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

May 14, 2016

Okubo scores twice as Frontale moves atop J. League

In-form striker Yoshito Okubo scored twice to help fire Kawasaki Frontale back to the top of the J. League first division with a 3-1 come-from-behind win at home against 10-man Vissel Kobe on Saturday. Okubo, the all-time leading scorer in the Japanese top flight ...

Vissel hammer Antlers in Nabisco Cup

Mar 27, 2016

Vissel hammer Antlers in Nabisco Cup

Holders Kashima Antlers succumbed to a second straight defeat in the Nabisco Cup on Sunday, suffering a 4-1 drubbing away at Vissel Kobe. Vissel’s Brazilian striker Pedro Junior scored a brace and set up another as Antlers, who lost their opening Group A game ...

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 ...

Jan 8, 2016

Striker Marquinhos to leave Vissel

Brazilian striker Marquinhos, fourth in the all-time J. League first-division scoring charts with 152 goals, is leaving Vissel Kobe with the expiration of his current contract, the J1 club announced Friday. The 39-year-old, who won the J. League MVP award in 2008 while at ...

Douglas scores twice as Sanfrecce whip Vissel

Jul 29, 2015

Douglas scores twice as Sanfrecce whip Vissel

Brazilian midfielder Douglas bagged his second double in as many games as Sanfrecce Hiroshima crushed Vissel Kobe 4-0 away on Wednesday night to maintain their perfect start to the second stage of the J. League. Hisato Sato set up Douglas for the opener and ...

Jun 28, 2015

Leandro leaving Kashiwa for reunion with Nelsinho at Kobe

Kashiwa Reysol striker Leandro is rejoining Vissel Kobe. The Brazilian made his intentions known following a 1-1 draw at Ventforet Kofu on Saturday night. “Today was my last game for Reysol,” Leandro said. “It’s been a good year and a half for me.” The ...

Unbeaten Urawa Reds earn first-stage title

Jun 20, 2015

Unbeaten Urawa Reds earn first-stage title

Urawa Reds won the J. League first-stage title after drawing 1-1 against Vissel Kobe and stretching their record unbeaten run to 16 games on Saturday. Tsukasa Umesaki opened the scoring midway through the first half for Mihailo Petrovic’s men, who had to weather the ...