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Vissel add Sergi Samper to loaded lineup

Soccer / J. League Mar 7, 2019

Vissel add Sergi Samper to loaded lineup

by Dan Orlowitz

Vissel Kobe has added another name to its ever-growing list of Barcelona connections. The J. League first-division club announced on Thursday the signing of defensive midfielder Sergi Samper, who will become the third player to trade the famed Spanish side's blue and red for Kobe's ...

Vissel edge Sagan on David Villa's goal

Soccer / J. League Mar 2, 2019

Vissel edge Sagan on David Villa's goal

by Dan Orlowitz

The fireworks around the Noevir Stadium pitch lit up as the players made their entrance. The fireworks on the pitch took slightly longer. With an open roof and a number of upgrades in place for this fall's Rugby World Cup, the hallowed Kansai ground played host ...

Antlers, Frontale play to 1-1 draw

Soccer / J. League Mar 1, 2019

Antlers, Frontale play to 1-1 draw

Sho Ito scored for the second game running on Friday as Kashima Antlers salvaged a 1-1 draw against Kawasaki Frontale. Ito scored the equalizer for the reigning Asian champions at Todoroki Stadium. He controlled a long pass from Atsuto Uchida before driving it home past ...

J. League, Konami to stage esports tournament

Soccer / J. League Mar 1, 2019

J. League, Konami to stage esports tournament

The J. League announced Friday it will launch an esports tournament together with Konami Digital Entertainment Co. featuring the videogame maker's trademark soccer title. The 40 clubs in J .League's top two tiers will select three players each to compete in a mobile-app version of ...

'King Kazu' still driven by passion at age 52

Soccer / J. League Feb 27, 2019

'King Kazu' still driven by passion at age 52

A day after his 52nd birthday, former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura said Wednesday his "passion" for soccer was driving him to continue playing at a professional level. "My passion for soccer has not changed since I turned pro at the age of 18," Miura, a ...