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Soccer / World Cup Mar 28, 2003

Zico optimistic

Having spent more time than ever with his players since being appointed Japan coach, Zico is hoping to see not only a win but also improvement when his side meets Uruguay on Friday night at Tokyo's National Stadium. "We've been able to fix some problems ...

Soccer / J. League Mar 24, 2003

Gamba leaves it late at Kyoto

KYOTO -- Gamba substitute forward Kota Yoshihara headed in the winning goal in the 89th minute, helping Osaka rally past Kyoto Purple Sanga 2-1 on Sunday at Nishikyogoku Stadium. "Winning our season's opening match is something special," Gamba manager Akira Nishino said. "Kyoto is the ...

Verdy loses game of cards

Soccer / J. League Mar 23, 2003

Verdy loses game of cards

ICHIHARA, Chiba Pref. -- Choi Yong Soo headed home the winner in the 88th minute to give JEF United Ichihara a 2-1 comeback win over nine-man Tokyo Verdy at Ichihara Seaside Stadium on Saturday. Tokyo Verdy's Jun Tamano scores as JEF United's Takayuki Chano ...

Soccer / J. League Mar 22, 2003

Marinos slam Jubilo in J. League opener

AINO, Shizuoka Pref. -- The Yokohama F. Marinos launched their J. League Division One title campaign in a convincing manner, beating defending champion Jubilo Iwata 4-2 on Friday at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. "All of our players fought hard and did all they could for their ...

Soccer / J. League Mar 21, 2003

JFA may nix U.S. tour

Japan Football Association president Saburo Kawabuchi disclosed Thursday that the soccer's national governing body is considering canceling the national team's upcoming tour to the United States (March 23-31), following the launch of the U.S. military attack on Iraq on Thursday. The JFA will make a ...

Soccer / J. League Mar 18, 2003

Zico picks full strength squad for U.S. tour

Kyoto Purple Sanga striker Teruaki Kurobe won his first ever call-up to the national squad, while Shimizu S-Pulse defender Ryuzo Morioka and Portsmouth goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi were recalled for the first time since last year's World Cup as Japan coach Zico named his squad ...

Soccer / J. League Mar 15, 2003

J2 teams get ready for action

Seeking two tickets to join the nation's top flight in a year's time, a total of 12 teams across the nation will launch their Division Two campaigns Saturday. Sanfrecce Hiroshima is generally regarded as the favorite for one of those slots, and will probably be ...

Yokohama starts Nabisco Cup campaign with win

Soccer / J. League Mar 9, 2003

Yokohama starts Nabisco Cup campaign with win

YOKOHAMA -- Yokohama's new signing, Yukihiko Sato, got one back on his old club on Saturday by setting up the winner for Marquinhos as the F. Marinos beat FC Tokyo 1-0 in Group B action on the opening day of the Nabisco Cup. Yokohama F. ...

Soccer / J. League Mar 2, 2003

Jubilo's Gral delivers Super Cup

Jubilo's Brazilian forward Gral struck twice to highlight J. League champion Iwata's 3-0 victory over Emperor's Cup winner Kyoto Purple Sanga in the Xerox Super Cup on Saturday at Tokyo's National Stadium. The win in the season's curtain-raiser match was the first crown for Jubilo's ...

Kashima Antlers hold out to take tri-nations Champions Cup

Soccer / J. League Feb 23, 2003

Kashima Antlers hold out to take tri-nations Champions Cup

The Kashima Antlers battled to a scoreless draw with South Korean K. League champion Seongnam Ilhwa and thereby clinched the inaugural A3 Mazda Champions Cup on Saturday afternoon at Tokyo's National Stadium. Kashima midfielder Koji Nakata tries to clear the ball as a Seongnam Ilhwa ...