Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

Soccer / J. League Feb 24, 2017

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

by Andrew McKirdy

The following is second of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine highest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIMA ANTLERS Last season: champions (third in overall table) Kashima could not have wished for a better end to ...

Soccer / J. League Jan 5, 2017

Frontale acquire midfielder Ienaga

Kawasaki Frontale have signed former Japan midfielder Akihiro Ienaga from Omiya Ardija, the J. League first-division club said on Thursday. The 30-year-old Ienaga had spells on loan from Spanish side Mallorca at South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai and his former club Gamba Osaka before joining Omiya ...

Frontale, Antlers advance to Emperor's Cup final

Soccer / J. League Dec 29, 2016

Frontale, Antlers advance to Emperor's Cup final

Shogo Taniguchi grabbed the late winner as Kawasaki Frontale reached their first Emperor's Cup final after a 1-0 win over Omiya Ardija on Thursday. Kawasaki will meet the Kashima Antlers in the final on New Year's Day after the J. League champions beat Yokohama F. ...

Soccer / J. League Oct 21, 2016

Ardija's Shibuya to stay in charge

Hiroki Shibuya will stay on as manager of Omiya Ardija next year after a solid first season back in the J. League top flight with the Squirrels, the club announced on Friday. The 49-year old steered the team to a fifth-place finish in the first ...

Omiya draws with Urawa in Saitama derby

Soccer / J. League Jul 18, 2016

Omiya draws with Urawa in Saitama derby

Omiya Ardija won their first point in the Saitama derby in more than three years in a sweltering 2-2 draw at Urawa Reds in the J. League on Sunday. Before a bumper crowd of 53,951 at Saitama Stadium, Brazilian Mateus' equalizer midway through the second ...

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

Soccer / J. League May 7, 2016

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

by Andrew McKirdy

Urawa Reds defender Wataru Endo is expecting a feisty atmosphere in his first Saitama derby against Omiya Ardija on Sunday. But the Japan Under-23 captain knows the stakes will be even higher at the Rio Olympics this summer. Urawa takes on Omiya with both teams currently ...

Asano helps lift Sanfrecce to first league victory

Soccer / J. League Mar 20, 2016

Asano helps lift Sanfrecce to first league victory

A big day from Takuma Asano helped reigning champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima claim their first league win of the season on Sunday, a 5-1 decision at Omiya Ardija. Nigerian forward Peter Utaka and Asano combined to set each other up in the first half, and Omiya's ...

Mrdja double carries Ardija past Reysol

Soccer / J. League Mar 5, 2016

Mrdja double carries Ardija past Reysol

by Andrew McKirdy

J. League second-division champions Omiya Ardija made it two wins out of two in their return to the top flight with a 2-0 victory over Kashiwa Reysol on Saturday. Serbian striker Dragan Mrdja scored a quickfire early double to put Omiya, which opened the new ...