Soccer Jan 17, 2020

Teenage star Jun Nishikawa plays down possible Barcelona move

Japan youth international Jun Nishikawa said Friday he heard through friends Barcelona was interested in signing him but denied there had been any contact from the Spanish giant. The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who has represented Japan at the under-17 and under-20 World Cup, told local ...

Soccer / J. League Jan 12, 2020

Cerezo signs defender Yuta Koike from Belgium's Sint-Truiden

Cerezo Osaka have acquired defender Yuta Koike on a full transfer from Belgium's Sint-Truiden, the J. League first-division side announced Saturday. The 23-year-old left-back joined Kashima Antlers last season on loan from the Belgian top-flight side, playing in 14 J. League and 12 cup games. He ...

Antlers take over league lead with away win

Soccer / J. League Oct 6, 2019

Antlers take over league lead with away win

The Kashima Antlers moved to the top of the J. League first division on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Cerezo Osaka thanks to Tomoya Inukai’s sixth-minute header. The Antlers moved two points clear of FC Tokyo, which lost 2-1 on Saturday at relegation-threatened Sagan ...

Sagan beats Cerezo on late Yohei Toyoda goal

Soccer / J. League Aug 11, 2019

Sagan beats Cerezo on late Yohei Toyoda goal

Sagan Tosu snatched an improbable 2-1 comeback victory against Cerezo Osaka in the J. League's first division Sunday following late goals from veteran forward Yohei Toyoda and debutant Daichi Hayashi. Making his first J. League appearance as a late substitute, 22-year-old Hayashi scored in the ...

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 ...

Cerezo to part ways with head coach Yoon Jong-hwan

Soccer / J. League Nov 19, 2018

Cerezo to part ways with head coach Yoon Jong-hwan

Cerezo Osaka announced on Monday that it will not renew the contract of manager Yoon Jong-hwan for next year's first-division campaign. The South Korean will lead Cerezo, which currently sits in eighth place, in the two remaining matches of the season. His replacement has not ...