Soccer / J. League

Nelsinho to leave Reysol after season


Kashiwa Reysol’s Brazilian manager Nelsinho will step down at the end of this season, the J. League first-division club said Wednesday.

The 64-year-old former Verdy Kawasaki and Nagoya Grampus boss took over at Reysol in July 2009 and revived the club’s fortunes after it was relegated that year.

Nelsinho guided Reysol back to the top flight at the first attempt as J2 champions in 2010 and achieved an unprecedented feat of winning the J. League championship the following season.

Kashiwa won the Emperor’s Cup in the 2012 season and the Nabisco Cup last year.

Kashiwa has reached the semifinals of the Nabsico Cup this season but is in eighth place in the league, 12 points behind leaders Urawa Reds.

Nelsinho abruptly announced he was quitting following a 3-1 league defeat to Kashima Antlers in Aug. 31 last year, only to withdraw his resignation a few days later.