Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Soccer / J. League Dec 1, 2019

Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Marcus Tulio Tanaka, a critical part of Japan's defense, including a stint at one FIFA World Cup, announced his decision to retire on Sunday. "Today I'm ending a 19-year career," the 38-year-old Tanaka told a Tokyo news conference. "I'm overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude." Tanaka, primarily ...

Soccer / J. League Sep 21, 2019

Grampus boss Yahiro Kazama to resign: sources

Yahiro Kazama will step down as manager of relegation-threatened Nagoya Grampus, sources said late Friday evening. The 57-year-old Kazama had been in charge of the J. League first-division club since 2017 and helped it return to the top flight last year. But Grampus finished just outside ...

Frontale punch ticket for Levain Cup semifinals

Soccer / J. League Sep 8, 2019

Frontale punch ticket for Levain Cup semifinals

Kawasaki Frontale booked their place in the Levain Cup semifinals Sunday with a 4-2 aggregate win over Nagoya Grampus in their quarterfinal tie. Frontale will be joined in the penultimate stage of the league cup competition by Kashima Antlers, Gamba Osaka and Consadole Sapporo, following ...

Nagoya Grampus suffer big upset in Emperor's Cup second round

Soccer Jul 4, 2019

Nagoya Grampus suffer big upset in Emperor's Cup second round

Nagoya Grampus suffered an ignominious 3-0 defeat to the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya on Wednesday, perhaps the biggest upset of the evening's slate of Emperor's Cup second-round fixtures. Fielding a reserve-heavy squad, the J. League first-division side was unable to find ...

Frontale salvage home draw against Grampus

Soccer / J. League May 17, 2019

Frontale salvage home draw against Grampus

by Dan Orlowitz

Two of the league's strongest attacking clubs, a packed Todoroki Stadium and one of Japan's most popular all-girl rock acts bringing down the house. Business as usual for "Friday Night J. League," which continues to boost the league's image with extra doses of spectacle beyond ...