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Dutch legend Edgar Davids believes Japan can spring a surprise at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, calling on the likes of Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa to inspire a future generation of players watching at home. Davids, who reached the
The following is the second of a two-part preview for the upcoming J...Team-by-team previews of the nine highest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. Last season:champions Sanfrecce began last season with something of a question
FC Tokyo named Massimo Ficcadenti as their new manager on Monday. Details of the 46-year-old Italian's contract were not released by the club, which lost to Sanfrecce Hiroshima on penalties in the Emperor's Cup semifinals on Sunday...For years, I
Japan international Shusaku Nishikawa produced three clutch saves in the shootout as J. League champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima reached the Emperor's Cup final with a 5-4 victory on penalties over FC Tokyo on Sunday. With Sanfrecce down 3-1 in the
Two-time defending J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima barely stayed on course for the league and Emperor's Cup double by beating Ventforet Kofu 3-2 on penalties to reach the semifinals on Sunday. Hiroshima advanced to the last four for the first
If Sanfrecce Hiroshima's debut title win last season was greeted with respectful but underwhelming applause, there can be no doubting their credentials now that they have successfully defended their crown. Sanfrecce beat Kashima Antlers 2-0 on
Ranko Popovic, who will leave FC Tokyo at the end of this season, is set to be appointed manager of Cerezo Osaka for the 2014 campaign, soccer sources said Friday. Popovic is in the final stage of negotiations, and if all goes to plan he will be
League first-division side FC Tokyo has hired Italian Massimo Ficcadenti to coach the club for next season, informed sources said Sunday. The 45-year-old former Cesena coach managed former Tokyo defender Yuto Nagatomo in Serie A a couple of years ago.
Japan (AP) Dutra scored an equalizer early in the first half on Saturday as Yokohama F Marinos earned a 1-1 draw with Cerezo Osaka to remain in first place in the J-League. Tatsuya Yamashita gave Cerezo the lead in the 10th minute but Brazilian Dutra
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