Knee injury rules midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama out of World Cup

Soccer May 24, 2018

Knee injury rules midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama out of World Cup

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defensive midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama has been ruled out of the World Cup starting next month in Russia because of a right knee injury, the Japan Football Association said Thursday. Aoyama, who complained of knee pain following Sanfrecce's 2-0 loss to Cerezo Osaka on ...

Soccer Feb 4, 2016

Okubo named Japan's Footballer of the Year

Kawasaki Frontale striker Yoshito Okubo was named the 2015 Footballer of the Year on Thursday in a poll of Japan's soccer writers. The 33-year-old won the honor for the first time, receiving 51 of 2011 valid votes cast after topping the J. League scoring chart ...

Hiroshima's Aoyama named J. League MVP

Soccer / J. League Dec 21, 2015

Hiroshima's Aoyama named J. League MVP

by Shintaro Kano

Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama was named Player of the Year at this season's J. League Awards on Monday. The 29-year-old Aoyama appeared in 33 games and netted three goals for Hiroshima, which won its third league title in four years in 2015. Aoyama is ...

Gamba, Sanfrecce put title aspirations on the line

Soccer / J. League Dec 1, 2015

Gamba, Sanfrecce put title aspirations on the line

Gamba Osaka manager Kenta Hasegawa hopes his players will get a second wind when the defending champions take on Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the first leg of the J. League Championship final on Wednesday at Expo Stadium. While Hiroshima, which advanced directly to the final after ...