J. League sides step up preparations for July 4 kick off

J. League May 31, 2020

J. League sides step up preparations for July 4 kick off

J. League first-division sides stepped up their preparations on Saturday to resume the season a day after the announcement of a July 4 restart. J. League Chaiman Mitsuru Murai revealed the resumption date following a meeting with club executives, leaving teams around five weeks to ...

Reds open season with road victory over Bellmare

Soccer / J. League Feb 21, 2020

Reds open season with road victory over Bellmare

The Urawa Reds, coming off a 14th-place finish last year and without some of their big names, opened the J. League season by beating Shonan Bellmare 3-2 on Friday. Despite missing several big players and with defensive linchpin Tomoaki Makino starting on the bench, the ...

Soccer / J. League Jan 28, 2020

Urawa Reds acquire Australia U-23 captain Thomas Deng

Australia under-23 captain Thomas Deng has agreed to join the Urawa Reds ahead of the upcoming J. League season, the club announced Tuesday. In a statement on the club website, the two-time Asian champion said it had acquired the 22-year-old defender on a full transfer ...

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 ...

Marinos move closer to title

Soccer / J. League Nov 30, 2019

Marinos move closer to title

by Dan Orlowitz

One way or another, the trophy presented annually to the winner of the J. League's first division was bound for Nissan Stadium after Saturday. The big question was whether it would be transported under the careful supervision of league officials or paraded home by the ...

Urawa falls in first leg of Asian Champions League final

Soccer Nov 10, 2019

Urawa falls in first leg of Asian Champions League final

Urawa Reds lost the first leg of the Asian Champions League final against Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal on Saturday, with Andre Carrillo scoring a second-half header for the hosts to secure a 1-0 win. Urawa, seeking its third AFC title and first in three seasons, struggled ...