Soccer: New Union's Uchida Says He Did Not Hesitate To Leave Schalke

Soccer: New Union's Uchida says he did not hesitate to leave Schalke

Union Berlin's new Japanese defender Atsuto Uchida said on Tuesday that his decision to transfer out of Schalke was not a difficult one as it was based solely on chasing an opportunity to play.

"I just thought it would be better for me to be somewhere I would have a chance to get games," Uchida said following his first training session with Union.

Soccer: Kawasaki Boss Wary Of Resurgent Reds Ahead Of Acl Q'final 1st Leg

Soccer: Kawasaki boss wary of resurgent Reds ahead of ACL q'final 1st leg

Kawasaki Frontale manager Toru Oniki insists last month's hammering of Urawa Reds will count for nothing when the two J-League teams clash in the first leg of the Asian Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Yu Kobayashi scored twice as Kawasaki crushed Reds 4-1 at Todoroki Stadium in the J-League on July 5, and Frontale's recent form suggests they are favorites to come out on top of what should be an entertaining contest.

Soccer: Okazaki On Target Again, Leads Leicester To 1st Win Of Season

Soccer: Okazaki on target again, leads Leicester to 1st win of season

Japan international Shinji Okazaki struck again on Saturday, pacing Leicester City to their first win of the Premier League season, a 2-0 victory over Brighton.

Not a minute had gone by at King Power Stadium when Okazaki pounced on a loose ball in front of goal, after Maty Ryan spilled a shot from the left by Riyad Mahrez.

Soccer: Kashima Pad Out J-league Lead With Win Vs Shimizu

Soccer: Kashima pad out J-League lead with win vs Shimizu

Kashima Antlers wasted no time returning to winning ways as the J-League champions thumped Shimizu S-Pulse 2-0 to get a firmer grip on the lead Saturday.

After losing their first game under manager Go Oiwa last weekend, 3-1 to Kawasaki Frontale, Kashima defeated Shimizu in businesslike fashion at home behind goals from Leandro and Mu Kanazaki.

Soccer: Vissel Kobe Fire Manager Nelsinho

Soccer: Vissel Kobe fire manager Nelsinho

Vissel Kobe have terminated the contract of manager Nelsinho due to the side's poor performance this season, despite having acquired former Germany striker Lukas Podolski this summer, the J-League first-division club said Wednesday.

Soccer: Chapecoense's Japan Trip Spoiled With Loss To Urawa

Soccer: Chapecoense's Japan trip spoiled with loss to Urawa

The feel-good atmosphere of Chapecoense's match against Urawa Reds on Tuesday turned sour no thanks to a controversially awarded penalty as the visitors from Brazil went down 1-0 in the Suruga Bank Championship.

The annual midsummer one-off pitting the Copa Sudamericana champions and the J-League cup holders looked headed for a shootout but two minutes to time, referee Kim Jong Hyeok awarded Urawa a penalty.

Soccer: Chapecoense Want To Feed From Japan About Recovery From Tragedy

Soccer: Chapecoense want to feed from Japan about recovery from tragedy

Chapecoense hope to seek inspiration from a nation that knows pain firsthand as the tragic Brazilian club face Urawa Reds in Tuesday's Suruga Bank Championship.

More than eight months after a plane crash killed all but three of their players, Chapecoense have arrived in Japan for the annual midsummer one-off pitting the J-League cup holders and the Copa Sudamericana champions.

Soccer: Kanazaki Brace Sends Kashima Top In Japan

Soccer: Kanazaki brace sends Kashima top in Japan

Mu Kanazaki scored twice as reigning champions Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat Vissel Kobe 2-1 away and move top of the J-League first division on Wednesday night.

Kobe took the lead through Hirofumi Watanabe's header early in the second half at Noevir Stadium, but two excellent strikes from Kanazaki turned it around as Kashima leapfrogged Cerezo Osaka into the top spot.

Soccer: Honda Hopes To Make Mark At New Club Pachuca

Soccer: Honda hopes to make mark at new club Pachuca

PACHUCA, Mexico (Kyodo) -- Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda said Tuesday he hopes to be a useful addition at his new club, Mexico's Pachuca, after he was unveiled as a member of the squad.

"I am happy to be a member of the team and hope I can help as much as possible," Honda told a press conference in Spanish.

Soccer: Dortmund Edge Urawa In Preseason Friendly

Soccer: Dortmund edge Urawa in preseason friendly

Andre Schurrle struck a late winner as Shinji Kagawa's Borussia Dortmund beat Urawa Reds 3-2 on Saturday to score their first win under new coach Peter Bosz in a preseason friendly for the Bundesliga side.

Reds more than held their own against Dortmund and Shinzo Koroki fired the home side in front midway through the first half before two goals in the space of three second-half minutes from substitute Emre Mor put Dortmund 2-1 up.

Soccer: Japan Star Honda To Leave Ac Milan For Mexican Club

Soccer: Japan star Honda to leave AC Milan for Mexican club

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda revealed on his Instagram account on Friday that he has transferred to Mexico's Club Pachuca.

The 31-year-old Honda was out of contract at AC Milan, where his performance failed to match the hype that came with his January 2014 transfer from CSKA Moscow.