Soccer / J. League Dec 12, 2016

Albirex appoint Miura as new manager

Albirex Niigata have appointed their former coach Fumitake Miura as the new manager for next season, the J. League first-division side announced Monday. The 46-year-old played for the likes of Yokohama Marinos and Jubilo Iwata during his career before going into coaching, spending two years ...

Koroki sparks title-chasing Reds past Albirex

Soccer / J. League Oct 22, 2016

Koroki sparks title-chasing Reds past Albirex

Shinzo Koroki struck twice to keep leaders Urawa Reds in contention for a league and cup double after a last-gasp 2-1 win away to Albirex Niigata in the J. League first division on Saturday. Koroki opened the scoring early in the first half with a ...

Soccer Sep 3, 2016

Silva guides Albirex past Kwansei Gakuin with four-goal effort

Kwansei Gakuin University pushed Albirex Niigata to the edge, but wase undone by four goals from Rafael Silva as the J1 club claimed a 5-3 extra-time thriller on Saturday in the second round of the Emperor's Cup. However, three top-flight sides were taken out by ...

Kobayashi helps Frontale remain perfect in second stage

Soccer / J. League Jul 13, 2016

Kobayashi helps Frontale remain perfect in second stage

Yu Kobayashi struck the winner deep into injury time as Kawasaki Frontale twice came from behind to beat Albirex Niigata 3-2 at home and make it three wins from three in the J. League second stage on Wednesday night. Missing influential midfielder and captain Kengo ...

Soccer / J. League Jun 13, 2016

Albirex defender Hayakawa fighting leukemia

Albirex Niigata defender Fumiya Hayakawa is undergoing treatment for acute leukemia, the J. League first-division club said on Monday. The 22-year-old Hayakawa was diagnosed with the disease after tests following an April 25 game against Nagoya Grampus. He played at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup ...

Soccer / J. League May 3, 2016

Albirex forward Silva sidelined with muscle strain

Brazilian forward Rafael Silva is expected to miss six weeks due to a muscle strain, J. League first-division side Albirex Niigata said Tuesday. The 24-year-old Silva strained his left calf muscle in Saturday's 2-2 home draw against Ventforet Kofu and left the game in the ...

Ardija looking to keep rising

Soccer / J. League Feb 25, 2016

Ardija looking to keep rising

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. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Kashiwa was mediocrity personified on the way to a midtable finish last season, ...

Soccer / J. League Dec 2, 2015

Yoshida hired as next Albirex manager

Albirex Niigata have named exiting Kashiwa Reysol manager Tatsuma Yoshida as their manager for the new season on Wednesday. Yoshida took the helm at Reysol ahead of this season and guided his side to the quarterfinals in the Asian Champions League, bu t Kashiwa struggled ...

Soccer / J. League Dec 1, 2015

Albirex close to hiring Yoshida

Former Kashiwa Reysol manager Tatsuma Yoshida is in the final stages of discussions with Albirex Niigata to become their new manager for next season, sources said Tuesday. Yoshida recently stepped down as manager of Kashiwa Reysol after leading the Chiba-based club to the quarterfinals of ...