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Marinos star Yuji Nakazawa to retire

Soccer / J. League Jan 8, 2019

Marinos star Yuji Nakazawa to retire

Yokohama F. Marinos defender Yuji Nakazawa, who played in two World Cups for Japan, has decided to retire, the J. League first division side announced Tuesday. The 40-year-old center back played for Japan at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and 2010 edition in South ...

Thai international Teerasil Dangda parts ways with Sanfrecce

Soccer / J. League Dec 30, 2018

Thai international Teerasil Dangda parts ways with Sanfrecce

J. League first division runner-up Sanfrecce Hiroshima will part ways with Thai international Teerasil Dangda after his loan period concludes on Monday. The 30-year-old forward joined Sanfrecce on loan from Thai side Muangthong United on a deal running from February through the end of December. ...

Former Japan midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara retires

Soccer / J. League Dec 27, 2018

Former Japan midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara retires

Kashima Antlers midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara is retiring, the team announced Thursday. "I am very happy and honored that I played until now with such a wonderful team and can close my career as a soccer player with the Kashima Antlers," Ogasawara said in a ...

Soccer / J. League Dec 22, 2018

Sagan Tosu appoint new manager Lluis Carreras

Spaniard Lluis Carreras will manage Sagan Tosu next season, the club announced on Friday. The 46-year-old Carreras is a former teammate of ex-Spain international Fernando Torres, who was the club's big signing this season. The two played together at Atletico Madrid for two seasons from ...

Former Cerezo mainstay Hotaru Yamaguchi signs with Vissel

Soccer / J. League Dec 19, 2018

Former Cerezo mainstay Hotaru Yamaguchi signs with Vissel

Vissel Kobe on Wednesday announced the signing of World Cup defensive midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi from neighboring J League first-division side Cerezo Osaka. A fan favorite at Yanmar Stadium, Yamaguchi has played his entire J League career with Cerezo, punctuated by a short stint with German ...

Frontale's Akihiro Ienaga selected as J. League MVP

Soccer / J. League Dec 18, 2018

Frontale's Akihiro Ienaga selected as J. League MVP

Kawasaki Frontale midfielder Akihiro Ienaga was named the J. League's Most Valuable Player at Tuesday's J. League Awards. It was the first MVP award for the 32-year-old Ienaga, whose club won its second consecutive league championship. He is the third straight Frontale player to win ...