Sep 4, 2014

Frontale's Okubo issued two-game ban

Kawasaki Frontale’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo has received a two-match ban for smashing an advertising board during a match over the weekend, the J. League announced on Thursday. Okubo kicked the board in Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Nagoya Grampus and on ...

Upbeat Okubo lightens mood in Japan camp

Jun 18, 2014

Upbeat Okubo lightens mood in Japan camp

by Gus Fielding

Over the initial shock of a 2-1 opening World Cup defeat to Cote d’Ivoire, Japan’s Samurai Blue have taken stock, chilled out and even been cracking jokes and laughing it off during a Jacuzzi bonding session. Now Alberto Zaccheroni’s Asian champions are ready to ...

Japan players reflect on loss to Cote d'Ivoire

Jun 15, 2014

Japan players reflect on loss to Cote d'Ivoire

Shinji Kagawa and his Japan teammates feel like they’ve been bitten hard by reality — the reality that they’ve made little progress from four years ago in South Africa. “I’ve been preparing for this and if this is the result, this says a lot ...

Okubo falls flat as Frontale lose to Marinos

May 18, 2014

Okubo falls flat as Frontale lose to Marinos

Japan striker Yoshito Okubo fired blanks in his final J. League game before the World Cup as Kawasaki Frontale were soundly beaten 3-0 by Yokohama F. Marinos in the Kanagawa derby on Sunday. The J. League heads into the break for the June 12-July ...

Zaccheroni chooses Okubo for World Cup

May 12, 2014

Zaccheroni chooses Okubo for World Cup

by Andrew Mckirdy

Striker Yoshito Okubo claimed a place in Japan’s World Cup squad after more than two years in the international wilderness as manager Alberto Zaccheroni named his 23-man selection on Monday. Kawasaki Frontale forward Okubo started all four of Japan’s games at the 2010 World ...

Okubo brace sends Frontale past Reysol

Oct 6, 2013

Okubo brace sends Frontale past Reysol

J. League leading scorer Yoshito Okubo scored twice to pile more misery on Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday, helping Kawasaki Frontale to a 3-1 win in a potential dress rehearsal for next month’s Nabisco Cup final. Kashiwa was badly in need of a tonic after ...