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J. League shows sense of humor

Soccer | From the Spot Apr 3, 2019

J. League shows sense of humor

by Dan Orlowitz

Sometimes a sports organization's greatest strength is the capability to laugh at itself. Developing this skill has been one of the J. League's biggest challenges in the modern age of social media-based marketing. It's a challenge that transcends sports in Japan, where a company's brief foray ...

Kwansei Gakuin eliminates Gamba Osaka in Emperor's Cup second round

Soccer Jun 7, 2018

Kwansei Gakuin eliminates Gamba Osaka in Emperor's Cup second round

J. League first-division strugglers Gamba Osaka and Nagoya Grampus were ousted from the Emperor's Cup on Wednesday, when teams from the top-two tiers entered the competition in the second round. Gamba, a five-time champion, lost 2-1 at home in extra time against Kwansei Gakuin University, ...

Ritsu Doan to complete full transfer to Dutch side Groningen

Soccer / J. League May 10, 2018

Ritsu Doan to complete full transfer to Dutch side Groningen

Gamba Osaka confirmed Thursday that midfielder Ritsu Doan will complete a full transfer to Dutch first-division side Groningen in July, in a move revealed last month by the Eredivisie club. An attacking midfielder who can also play on either wing, the 19-year-old Japan youth international ...

Merciless Gamba put Sagan to the sword

Soccer / J. League Apr 29, 2018

Merciless Gamba put Sagan to the sword

Shu Kurata broke the ice with a 68th-minute strike and opened the flood gates as Gamba Osaka beat Sagan Tosu 3-0 in the J. League first division on Sunday. At Suita Stadium, the hosts went into the break with nothing to show for their attacking ...

Soccer / J. League Jan 4, 2018

Tosu's Yohei Toyoda moves to Ulsan Hyundai on loan

Sagan Tosu striker Yohei Toyoda has signed a one-year loan deal with Ulsan Hyundai, the J. League team announced Thursday. The 32-year-old former Japan international, who has been capped eight times for his country over his 14-year career, will play for the South Korean club ...

Gamba Osaka's Yosuke Ideguchi set to move to Leeds United

Soccer / J. League Dec 29, 2017

Gamba Osaka's Yosuke Ideguchi set to move to Leeds United

Gamba Osaka have reached a basic agreement with English second-tier club Leeds United to enable Japan international midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi to move to the Championship side, a team official said Friday. The 21-year-old Ideguchi will join Leeds this winter, but may be sent on loan ...