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Vissel, Vegalta book spots in Levain Cup quarterfinals

Soccer / J. League May 31, 2017

Vissel, Vegalta book spots in Levain Cup quarterfinals

A Junya Tanaka strike lifted Vissel Kobe into the Levain Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 Group B victory at struggling Albirex Niigata on Wednesday night. Seven minutes after the break at Denka Big Swan Stadium, Tanaka struck with his left foot, and Vissel held on ...

Struggling Albirex name Lopes new manager

Soccer / J. League May 11, 2017

Struggling Albirex name Lopes new manager

Albirex Niigata on Thursday announced the appointment of former Japan striker Wagner Lopes as manager of the J. League first-division strugglers. The Brazilian-born Lopes, 48, replaces Fumitake Miura. Miura stepped down having been placed on leave after he offered to resign as manager following last ...

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

Soccer / J. League May 10, 2017

Albirex nearing deal to make Lopes manager

Struggling Albirex Niigata have come to terms on a deal to make Brazilian-born former Japan striker Wagner Lopes their new manager and are finalizing the agreement, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. Lopes was tapped to take the reins after Fumitake Miura, who ...

Soccer / J. League May 7, 2017

Niigata manager Miura to step down from post

Fumitake Miura is poised to step down as manager of struggling Albirex Niigata. The J. League first-division club announced Sunday that Miura has been placed on leave. The 46-year-old offered to resign after Friday's 3-0 defeat against Kawasaki Frontale. Brazilian-born former Japan striker Wagner Lopes is ...

Frontale's Abe spearheads offense in triumph over Albirex

Soccer / J. League May 5, 2017

Frontale's Abe spearheads offense in triumph over Albirex

Kawasaki Frontale put aside their off-field distractions for an afternoon to produce a much needed win to stay in the J. League title race, defeating Albirex Niigata 3-0 on Friday. Without captain and reigning league MVP Kengo Nakamura, Hiroyuki Abe stepped up with a goal ...

Cerezo target J. League upset

Soccer / J. League Feb 23, 2017

Cerezo target J. League upset

by Andrew McKirdy

The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS Last season: 10th Marinos fans had high expectations when the City Football Group that owns ...