Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th birthday in style by scoring Yokohama FC's winning goal in their 1-0 win overThespakusatsu Gunma in the J2 League on Saturday afternoon.
The veteran striker, who officially overtook Sir Stanley Matthews to become the oldest professional football in history in the week, slotted home in the 40th minute to snaffle the narrow victory forYokohama.
I acknowledged earlier that the current set up does not produce the greatest games. The final people want to see is Europe v South America. Now wasn't this the previous competition. So here we have the team that finished 11th in the second half of the J League one match away from being named the best club side on the world.
Nagoya Grampus hosted Gamba Osaka in a Nabisco Cup Quarter Final Second Leg yesterday in the teeming rain at Paloma Mizuho Stadium. The teams had fought out a 1-1 draw in Osaka so all was to play for in the return fixture, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.
Grampus took an early lead through Ryunosuke Noda, who had scored for Nagoya in the first leg.
The Progress of Asian Nations in World Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
There is little doubt that football in Asia was given a massive boost by World Cup 2002 which was jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea. It was doubly advantageous that the two hosts put on a good show on the field.
Let's not parse words: when headlines related to racism in football make the rounds, it's understandable to assume the story must be related to one of the countries that's been associated with racism in the past.
It's hardly a surprise that the Hadouken'ing, the sort of Dragonball Z-inspired meme sweeping across Japan (and beyond), has made its mark in Japanese football. But J.League club Yokohama F.Marinos owned the moment, passing these shots off on Twitter as an announcement that their club's playersShingo Hyodo and Manabu Saitodo, in fact, possess superpowers.
In the first major footballing showpiece final of this year, Kashiwa Reysol secured Japanese football's major domestic knockout competition when defeating Gamba Osaka 1-0 in the 2012 (yes, that is 2012 as opposed to 2013) Emperor's Cup final in the National Stadium in Tokyo.
Kashiwa Reysol went into the game as favourites, the team having finished the 2012 J-League 1 season in a respectable sixth place.
Vissel Kobe had their best ever Japanese J1 season in 2016 with a seventh place finished in the league's aggregate table. As the club prepares for their season kickoff againstShimizu S-Pulse on February 25th, they've unveiled their 2017 home and away kits from Asics Japan. In a first, the kits will be available in authentic [.
You know how you've always wanted to see a bloke in an awkwardly proportioned Godzilla suit attempt to scorea penalty using his tail? Well today's your lucky day.
To promote the release of the new 'Godzilla: Resurgence' movie in Japan, a bloke in an awkwardly proportioned Godzilla suit attempted to score a penalty with his tail before theJ-League match between Kawasaki Frontale and FC Toyko past a bloke in a dolphin suit, naturally.
Having only signed for Western Sydney Wanderersa couple of weeks ago after spending his entire career at J League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Japanese international midfielderYojiro Takahagi wasted no time introducing himself on the A League stage on Saturday.
A fitting tribute to the red haired Swede producing his finest moments as an Arsenal player. He
could tear it up with his speed, cause havoc with wickedly curling shots, and most importantly
never gave up. A real little terror he was. He went to West Ham then onto Seattle and finally to
the J-League all the while gracing men's magazines as a metrosexual icon before calling it
Manchester United send scouts to watch Aleksandar Mitrovic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Earlier this season, Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claimed that Manchester have been monitoring the progress of Serbian striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic and are ready to bring the talented young striker to Old Trafford this summer.
Chelsea's latest transfer move is a classic Manchester United tactic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea are seemingly set to seal a deal to bring Japanese forwardYoshinori Muto to Stamford Bridge, with reputable sources such as The BBC jumping on the bandwagon over a potential £4 million summer move.
Players have got it pretty good in the Premier League nowadays. Any standing water on a pitch and the game is called off in a heartbeat the chances of looking like complete amphibious clowns are minimal. Thankfully, such killjoy measures have clearly not quite made it to the J-League in Japan just yet.
Several outfield players have made it into their forties over recent years, but none have ventured as deep into the middle-aged wilderness as Japanese legendKazuyoshi Miura, who is still plugging away at the ripeold age of 47 putting the likes of Ryan Giggs, Javier Zanetti, Rivaldo et al to shame.
Shonan Bellmare have snatched the second and final automatic promotion place on offer on a dramatic final day of the regular season in the J. League's second tier.
Needing to beat neighbours Machida Zelvia and hope Kyoto Sanga failed to do the same against champions Ventforet Kofu, the Kanagawa side did their part with a 3-0 win in front of 7,139 fans at Machida Stadium.
Recalled Australia defender Matthew Spiranovic could have joined Brad Jones at Liverpool this
season - but instead landed regular first-team football in the Middle East. The 24-year-old
centre-back, who signed for Qatari Stars League outfit Al Arabi on a lucrative two-year deal in
July, received an approach from new Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers the same month, after the Northern
Irishman had earlier tried to sign him for his former club Swansea City.
Former J. League and Japanese National Team Midfielder Ends Career in
RICHMOND, VA â€“ (Friday, August 31, 2012) â€“ Richmond Kickers midfielder, Nozomi Hiroyama,
officially announced his retirement from professional soccer Thursday.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to finish my career in Richmond," commented Hiroyama.