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Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Feb 18, 2017

Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Stadium are more than just places to play. They also have the potential to revitalize communities. The J. League understands this and has encouraged its domestic professional clubs and local administrations to build better, more attractive venues. Last year, Suita City Football Stadium, widely ...

Feb 16, 2017

Emperor's Cup final to be staged at Saitama Stadium

This season’s Emperor’s Cup final will be held at Saitama Stadium and there will be an increase in prize money for the winners, the Japan Football Association said on Thursday. In a bid to improve the competition, prize money for the champions of the ...

Turkish report says Podolski has agreed to join Vissel in June

Feb 15, 2017

Turkish report says Podolski has agreed to join Vissel in June

Germany’s former star striker Lukas Podolski has agreed to a move from Turkish giants Galatasaray to J. League side Vissel Kobe, a report said Wednesday. The Hurriyet daily said Podolski had agreed to a three-year deal with Vissel worth €15 million ($15.8 million) and ...

Feb 9, 2017

J. League reveals breakdown of prize money, funds

The J. League on Thursday announced the breakdown in prize money and funds it will distribute to clubs this season following its 10-year, ¥210 billion (about $2 billion) deal to sell digital online broadcasting rights to British-based Perform Group. The J. League championship winner ...

Feb 6, 2017

Sagan acquire goalkeeper Gonda

Sagan Tosu have signed former FC Tokyo goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda, the J. League first-division side announced Monday. The 27-year-old, who was diagnosed with overtraining syndrome in the summer of 2015, moved last January to Austrian side SV Horn, which is part-owned by Japan and ...

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Feb 5, 2017

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Hiroshi Kiyotake hopes the lessons he learned in Europe will help him win a title with Cerezo Osaka as the Japan midfielder returns to the J. League after a 4½-year absence. “I learned the mentality and attitude to fight,” Kiyotake said Sunday, a day ...

Ex-JFA chief, IOC member Okano dies at 85

Feb 3, 2017

Ex-JFA chief, IOC member Okano dies at 85

Shunichiro Okano, former president of the Japan Football Association and member of the International Olympic Committee, died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, sources close to the situation said Friday. He was 85. Okano, who won one cap during his playing days, ...

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Feb 1, 2017

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Sevilla midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has re-signed with former club Cerezo Osaka, an official of the J. League first-division side said Wednesday. Cerezo team director Kiyoshi Okuma said Kiyotake will return on a full transfer as the winter transfer market closed Tuesday. Cerezo have been ...

Jan 30, 2017

Marinos agree to deals for Degenek, Babunski

Yokohama F. Marinos have agreed to deals for defender Milos Degenek and midfielder David Babunski pending medical, the J. League first-division side announced Monday. Degenek, 22, joins from 1860 Munich in the German second tier. He represented Serbia at youth level before making his ...