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 ...

Ideguchi vows to keep improving

Soccer / World Cup Sep 4, 2017

Ideguchi vows to keep improving

by Gus Fielding

Man of the moment Yosuke Ideguchi is refusing to get carried away by his heroics against Australia, but hopes to get another chance to shine by retaining his place in the starting lineup for Japan's final World Cup qualifier away to Saudi Arabia on ...

Soccer / World Cup Jun 12, 2017

Yamaguchi in doubt for World Cup qualifier

Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi remains doubtful for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Iraq due to a lower right leg injury. In searing heat topping 35 degrees C in the Iranian capital, Yamaguchi on Sunday continued to train apart from the team with persistent pain in ...

Cerezo bring Yamaguchi back from Germany

Soccer / J. League Jun 19, 2016

Cerezo bring Yamaguchi back from Germany

German second-division side Hannover announced Sunday it had reached an agreement to send Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi back to his old J. League club, second-division outfit Cerezo Osaka. In a statement released by Hannover, Yamaguchi said: "It was good to come to know a different ...

Soccer / J. League Jun 13, 2016

Cerezo seeking to reacquire Yamaguchi: report

Cerezo Osaka have asked relegated Hannover about reacquiring Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, the German tabloid Bild reported on Monday. Yamaguchi has told Hannover he wants to return to his old club, and the two teams are expected to agree on terms, according to the Bild. He ...

Hanover welcomes new signing Yamaguchi

Soccer Jan 5, 2016

Hanover welcomes new signing Yamaguchi

On a freezing, snowy day, former Cerezo Osaka midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi was introduced to the German media on Tuesday by his new Bundesliga club, Hannover. "I felt at the (2014) World Cup that as an individual, I was lacking strength and from that point I ...

Soccer Dec 18, 2015

Hanover makes bid for Cerezo's Yamaguchi

Bundesliga side Hanover has made an official offer for Japan and Cerezo Osaka midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, a team executive revealed Friday. "We would like to persuade him to stay," the executive said of the 25-year-old, who has already left for Germany and is expected to ...