• Kyodo News


Kashima Antlers, bidding to become the first club to win three successive J. League titles, will take on Urawa Reds at home when the league kicks off its 2009 season on March 7.

Last year’s runners-up Kawasaki Frontale will host Kashiwa Reysol while Asian club champions Gamba Osaka will play an away match against JEF United Chiba on the opening day, according to the season schedule released Friday by the J. League.

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