Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

Soccer / J. League Jun 17, 2016

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

With the J. League first-stage title firmly in their sights, Kawasaki Frontale's players were in a relaxed mood on Friday as they prepared for Saturday's trip to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka. Victory for Kawasaki, the league leader, in the second-to-last round of matches, coupled with a ...

Soccer / J. League Jun 2, 2016

Avispa, Grampus settle for scoreless draw

Avispa Fukuoka played out a goalless draw at home to Nagoya Grumpus on Thursday to remain at the foot of the J. League standings. The game was postponed in mid-April when massive earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture in central Kyushu. Another Kyushu side, Sagan Tosu, also ...

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

Soccer / J. League May 21, 2016

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

by Andrew McKirdy

Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reysol looked to be in complete control after Kosuke Taketomi had given them a sixth-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, only for Avispa to stun the home ...

Koroki leads Reds past Avispa

Soccer / J. League Mar 12, 2016

Koroki leads Reds past Avispa

by Andrew McKirdy

Shinzo Koroki scored a goal in each half to help Urawa Reds get back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over promoted Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reds, who finished second in the overall J. League table last season but lost in the first round ...

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 Jan 29, 2016

Avispa acquire midfielder Danilson

Avispa Fukuoka have signed Colombian midfielder Danilson Cordoba, the J. League first-division club announced Friday. The 29-year-old, who plays under the name Danilson, joined Consadole Sapporo in the second-tier J2 in 2009 and moved to Nagoya Grampus a year later, initially on loan. He helped ...

Avispa Fukuoka earn promotion back to J1

Soccer / J. League Dec 6, 2015

Avispa Fukuoka earn promotion back to J1

Avispa Fukuoka returned to the J. League first division for the first time since 2011 with a 1-1 draw to Cerezo Osaka in the promotion playoff final on Sunday. Fukuoka, which was 14th last season, became the first third-place team to be promoted through the ...

Avispa, Cerezo advance to promotion playoff final

Soccer / J. League Nov 29, 2015

Avispa, Cerezo advance to promotion playoff final

Avispa Fukuoka defeated V-Varen Nagasaki 1-0 in the semifinals of the J1 promotion playoffs on Sunday, booking a meeting with Cerezo Osaka in the final for a place in the top flight next season. Striker Wellington scored the only goal of the game for Fukuoka, ...