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Former Japan forward Havenaar to join Vissel

/ Jun 28, 2017

Former Japan forward Havenaar to join Vissel

Vissel Kobe are set to sign former Japan striker Mike Havenaar from Dutch side ADO Den Haag, a source with the J. League first-division club said Wednesday. The 30-year-old, whose parents are from the Netherlands, scored 27 goals in 59 games in his two seasons ...

/ Jun 27, 2017

FC Tokyo's Okubo sidelined with foot injury

FC Tokyo striker Yoshito Okubo has been diagnosed with a right-foot ligament injury and will need four to six weeks for a full recovery, team officials announced Tuesday. Okubo, the J1 career scoring leader with 177 goals, was hurt in Sunday's game against Jubilo Iwata ...

Doan, Kamada bid farewell before European moves

/ Jun 25, 2017

Doan, Kamada bid farewell before European moves

Ritsu Doan showed his flair before being subbed during Gamba Osaka's 1-1 draw with Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday in the J. League, while Daichi Kamada set up the opener in Sagan Tosu's 2-1 home win over Urawa Reds before their impending moves to Europe. Nineteen-year-old ...

/ Jun 21, 2017

Consadole welcomes first J. League player from Thailand

Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin had a light workout on Wednesday, a day after he arrived in Sapporo to join J-League first-division side Consadole. The 23 year-old Thai international, the first from his nation to join a J-League team, is on loan from Thai club Muangthong United. ...

Struggling Sanfrecce confident of escaping drop

/ Jun 21, 2017

Struggling Sanfrecce confident of escaping drop

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Mihael Mikic believes the relegation fear factor is inspiring misfiring Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and the Croatian winger insists he will put "an arm and a leg" on the three-time J. League champions escaping the drop. Hiroshima was the better team for long stretches of Saturday's match ...

Amano's timely strike leads Marinos past FC Tokyo

/ Jun 18, 2017

Amano's timely strike leads Marinos past FC Tokyo

Jun Amano picked the perfect time to score his first career goal, the Yokohama F. Marinos midfielder netting in the dying minutes to lead his side to a 1-0 victory over FC Tokyo in the J. League first division on Sunday. With a goalless draw ...

Shiotani embracing challenge of move to Al Ain

/ Jun 16, 2017

Shiotani embracing challenge of move to Al Ain

Defender Tsukasa Shiotani said Friday he is relishing the prospect of testing himself in the United Arab Emirates after securing a move to Al Ain from struggling Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The 28-year-old Shiotani, who has signed a two-year deal with the 2003 Asian Champions League winner, ...

/ Jun 15, 2017

Defender Shiotani headed to UAE's Al Ain

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Tsukasa Shiotani will join United Arab Emirates powerhouse Al Ain, the J. League team announced Thursday. Capped twice at the senior international level, the 28-year-old, who was one of three overage players on the Japan squad at last summer's Rio Olympics, joins ...