Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Kawasaki Frontale Tue, 24 Jul 2018 01:43:25 +1000 Tribal Football <![CDATA[Kagawa scores brace as Dortmund wrap up Japan visit with win over Kawasaki]]> <p>Shinji Kagawa starred for Borussia Dortmund in a 6-0 victory over Kawasaki Frontale on Tuesday.</p><p>The Japanese star marked a visit to his home country with a first half brace, as BVB continued its winning form on their pre-season tour of Asia.</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:52:54 +1000 <![CDATA[Western Sydney, Guangzhou Evergrande through to ACL quarters]]> <p>The Round of 16 second legs of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League were completed on Wednesday night.<p>Eight teams have made it through to the quarter-finals with just one of those coming from behind after a first leg defeat.<p>That side is A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers who have progressed to the final eight in their first-ever campaign in Asia.<p>The Wanderers lost 3-1 to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan last week but managed to turn the tide on the J.League outfit by winning 2-0 in Parramatta to go through on away goals. Second-half goals from Shannon Cole and Brendon Santalab saw Tony Popovic's men overcome the visitors and book their spot in the quarters.<p>Reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande were beaten 1-0 by Cerezo Osaka in China but were easily through after hammering the Japanese side 5-1 last week, keeping alive their hopes of defending their title.<p>Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan scored twice as UAE club Al-Ain beat league rivals Al-Jazira 2-1 to progress 4-2 on aggregate as Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad beat domestic adversaries Al-Shabab 3-1 in Riyadh to win 4-1 on aggregate.<p>Pohang Steelers kept their noses ahead of K-League opponents Jeonbuk Hyundai to win 3-1 on aggregate following a 1-0 triumph in Pohang as FC Seoul escaped elimination at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale despite losing 2-1 at home. The Korean giants managed to go through on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate.<p>Qatar's Al-Sadd are into the elite eight thanks to their 2-2 draw with Iran's Foolad which gave them an away goal victory while Al-Hilal gave Saudi Arabia another representative when they beat Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor 3-0 in Riyadh to win 4-0 on aggregate.<p>The dates for the quarter-finals will be August 19 and 26 for the West Asia zone and August 20 and 27 for the East Asia zone.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 15 May 2014 04:30:09 +1000 <![CDATA[Inter and Man Utd aces, Milan playmaker, Mainz star in Japan squad]]> <p>Alberto Zaccheroni has named a strong Japan squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.<p>The Italian tactician has called together a 23-man roster for a pre-tournament training camp as they prepare for their opening World Cup fixture against the Ivory Coast in Recife on June 14.<p>Prior to that, however, the Blue Samurai will meet Cyprus, Costa Rica and Zambia in friendlies for which they will have the below 23 players to choose from.<p>Inter Milan's Yuto Nagatomo, AC Milan's Keisuke Honda, FC Nurnberg's Makoto Hasebe, Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa, Southampton's Maya Yoshida and Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki are among the 12 European-based representatives while there are 11 players from the J.League also present.<p>Zaccheroni told "It was a struggle to get the list down to 23. I wanted to call up (FIFA president) Sepp Blatter and ask him to let me pick more.<p>"But this group of players knows how I want them to play tactically and understands the team ethic.<p>"We need to make sure our conditioning is perfect. I don't wish to make concrete predictions, and if we lose we'll take it on the chin. But if we play to our potential we have a chance. We're positive. Let's see how far it takes us."<p>23-man Japan squad for World Cup<p>Goalkeepers<p>Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege/BEL)Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds)Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)<p>Defenders<p>Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka)Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata)Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan/ITA)Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo)Atsuto Uchida (Schalke/GER)Maya Yoshida (Southampton/ENG)Hiroki Sakai (Hannover 96/GER)Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart/GER)<p>Midfielders<p>Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka)Makoto Hasebe (Nuremberg/GER)Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)Keisuke Honda (AC Milan/ITA)Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United/ENG)<p>Forwards<p>Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale)Shinji Okazaki (Mainz/GER)Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nurnberg/GER)Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka)Manabu Saito (Yokohama F-Marinos)Yuya Osako (1860 Munich/GER)<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 13 May 2014 05:46:00 +1000 <![CDATA[Hiroshima downs Western Sydney as Seoul edges Kawasaki]]> <p>The second lot of Round of 16 fixtures for the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League were completed on Wednesday night.<p>In Japan, Sanfrecce Hiroshima accounted for A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers by winning 3-1 at the Hiroshima Big Arch.<p>A brace from Naoki Ishihara and a late effort from Kosei Shibasaki far outweighed Tomi Juric's 78th-minute penalty as the J.League side get set to take a commanding lead to Australia next week.<p>South Korea giants FC Seoul have given themselves every conceivable chance of progressing to the quarter-finals by defeating Japan's Kawasaki Frontale 3-2.<p>Seoul levelled twice after trailing in Kawasaki but an injury-time winner from Yun Il-lok will allow the Koreans to take a slight advantage into the return leg.<p>In Tashkent, Uzbek side Bunyodkor were edged out by Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal who required a 38th-minute goal from Salem Al-Dawsari to win 1-0 while Qatar's Al-Sadd and Iran's Foolad played out a 0-0 draw in Doha.<p>The second legs of the eight ACL Round of 16 fixtures take place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 08 May 2014 04:07:17 +1000 <![CDATA[Reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande hit five against Cerezo Osaka]]> <p>Asian Champions League holders Guangzhou Evergrande have flexed their muscle by hammering Cerezo Osaka 5-1 in the Round of 16 first leg.<p>Marcello Lippi's men destroyed Ranko Popovic's side at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka to place one foot in the quarter-finals as they go about defending their continental title.<p>Braces from Brazilian pair Muriqui and Elkeson did the damage for Evergrande who have now won six matches in a row in all competitions.<p>Pohang Steelers edged K-League rivals Jeonbuk Motors 2-1 in Jeonju thanks to late goals from Son Joo-ho and Go Moo-yul after Lee Jae-sung had opened the scoring for the home side.<p>Asamoah Gyan netted his eighth goal of the ACL campaign as Al-Ain beat UAE rivals Al-Jazira 2-1 in Abu Dhabi while Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad got the better of their domestic adversaries Al-Shabab 1-0 in Mecca.<p>The second lot of Round of 16 fixtures takes place on Wednesday with A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers set to take on Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan, South Korea's FC Seoul heading to Japan's Kawasaki Frontale, Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor hosting Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal and Qatar side Al-Sadd up against Iran's Foolad.<p>The return legs of the 2014 Asian Champions League's Round of 16 take place on Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:42:44 +1000 <![CDATA[Heartbreak for Melbourne Victory as Western Sydney put five past Guizhou Renhe]]> <p>The first half of matchday 6 fixtures of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League were completed on Tuesday night with differing results for two Australian clubs.<p>Melbourne Victory were cruelly denied the chance to move into the knockout phase of Asia's premier club competition for the first time when held to a 0-0 draw by Jeonbuk Motors in South Korea.<p>The two-time A-League champs required a victory over Jeonbuk to clinch second spot in Group G but were unable to do so despite claims for a penalty in injury-time when Kosta Barbarouses was felled by Lee Jae-myung in the area.<p>Victory ended up third in their group on eight points, level with Jeonbuk, but behind by virtues of goal difference which was even compared to the Korean side's plus one.<p>Topping Group G on ten points was reigning Asian and Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande who beat Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos 2-1 courtesy of a double from Brazilian striker Elkeson.<p>Western Sydney Wanderers are through to the Round of 16 in their debut ACL campaign after hammering China's Guizhou Renhe 5-0 thanks to goals from Shannon Cole, Labinot Haliti, Aaron Mooy, Shinji Ono and Nikolai Topor-Stanley.<p>The Wanderers finished on top of Group H on 12 points, ahead of J.League side Kawasaki Frontale on goal difference, following their 3-1 home win over K-League outfit Ulsan Hyundai.<p>In Group C, UAE's Al-Ain finished on top despite a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad who remained second as Qatari side Lekhwiya ended up in third after beating Tractor Sazi 1-0 in Iran thanks to a second-half penalty from former Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra.<p>And Group D saw Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal sneak onto the top with a 1-0 home victory over Iranian outfit Sepahan while Qatar's Al-Sadd clinched second by beating pre-matchday leaders Al-Ahli of the UAE 2-1 in Doha.<p>The second half of matchday 6 fixtures take place on Wednesday night with the most interest on Group F as FC Seoul take on Beijing Guoan and Sanfrecce Hiroshima up against Central Coast Mariners with all four teams still a chance of progressing.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:33:35 +1000 <![CDATA[Melbourne Victory upset Guangzhou, Gyan nets double for Al-Ain, Western Sydney win again]]> <p>The first half of Matchday 5 fixtures for the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League took place around Asia last night.<p>Australia club Melbourne Victory kept their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive by producing a 2-0 victory over reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande at the Etihad Stadium.<p>An early goal from Mark Milligan and an injury-time finish from James Troisi, who is on loan from Atalanta, allowed the Victory to join both Jeonbuk Hyundai and Evergrande on seven points in Group G.<p>Also on seven points, in one of the tightest groups on the ACL, is Yokohama F. Marinos who came from behind to beat Korea's Jeonbuk 2-1 in Japan thanks to a brace from Manabu Saito.<p>In Group H, A-League's Western Sydney Wanderers went to the top of the pile after beating K-League outfit Ulsan Hyundai 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Mark Bridge and Brendon Santalab.<p>Japan's Kawasaki Frontale moved into second spot after beating Guizhou Renhe 1-0 in China with Kengo Nakamura netting the only goal of the contest.<p>Asamoah Gyan took his tally to seven goals in Asia as UAE outfit Al-Ain hammered Qatar's Lekhwiya 5-0 in Doha. The former Sunderland striker scored twice while Diaky Ibrahim, Aussie Alex Brosque and Mohamed Abdulrahman also hit the target.<p>Group C leaders Al-Ain are now through to the knockout phase where they will be joined by Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad who accounted for Iranian side Tractor Sazi 2-0.<p>And in Group D, Mehdi Sharifi scored twice as Iran's Sepahan comfortably defeated Qatar's Al Sadd 4-0 as UAE's Al-Ahli and Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal played out a -0- draw.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:08:20 +1000 <![CDATA[Central Coast go top with win over Beijing, Gyan scores again as Western Sydney beaten in Asia]]> <p>The first half of Matchday 4 fixtures in the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League was completed on Tuesday night.<p>A-League club Central Coast Mariners moved to the top of Group F courtesy of a 1-0 win over China's Beijing Guoan in Gosford.<p>A 73rd-minute goal from Dutch defender Marcel Seip allowed the Mariners to move onto six points, one clear of Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Korea's FC Seoul following their 2-2 draw.<p>Rafael Costa converted an injury-time penalty as Seoul grabbed a point at home to join both Sanfrecce and Beijing on five points in what is a very even group.<p>In Group H, Western Sydney Wanderers were beaten 2-1 by Kawasaki Frontale after the J.League side scored two late goals following Labinot Haliti's first-half opener.<p>The Australian side are now second on the table with six points from four matches while K-League club Ulsan Hyundai sit a point clear on top despite their 3-1 defeat to Guizhou Renhe in China which saw Chen Zijie score a brace.<p>Group B saw Iran's Foolad edge Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor 1-0 for them to go six points clear in second place, equal on eight points with group leaders El Jaish of Qatar who drew 0-0 with Al-Fateh in Saudi Arabia.<p>And in Group D, Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal demolished Qatari outfit Al-Sadd 5-0 with Saudi international Nasser Al-Shamrani netting a hat-trick as UAE's Al-Ahli and Iran's Sepahan drew 0-0.<p>Wednesday night will play host to the second half of Matchday 4 fixtures with reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande's trip to Jeonbuk Motors and Yokohama F. Marinos' home fixture with Melbourne Victory among the highlights.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:47:37 +1100 <![CDATA[Beijing edge Central Coast, Western Sydney win again as Sanfrecce downs Seoul]]> <p>Matchday 3 of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League was completed on Wednesday night with the final lot of eight fixtures being played around the continent.<p>First-time competitors Western Sydney Wanderers followed up last week's historic triumph over China's Guizhou Renhe by securing their first home win in Asian football with a 1-0 victory over J.League club Kawasaki Frontale.<p>Labinot Haliti scored early as the Wanderers went second on the Group H table with six points, just one behind Ulsan Hyundai, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Guizhou in South Korea.<p>In Group F action, Sanfrecce Hiroshima recorded their first win of the Asian campaign by beating FC Seoul 2-1 in Japan while Nigerian forward Peter Utaka scored to help Beijing Guoan to a 2-1 home triumph over Australian side Central Coast Mariners.<p>Group B saw Uzbek champions Bunyodkor scored an injury-time equalizer to force a 1-1 draw with Iran's Foolad as Saudia Arabian club Al-Fateh and Qatar's El Jaish played out a 0-0 stalemate.<p>And in Group D, former A-League star Sergio van Dijk was on target only to see Iranian outfit Sepahan lose 2-1 at home to UAE club Al-Ahli while ex-Hamburg and Fluminense midfielder Thiago Neves scored twice as Saudi club Al-Hilal drew 2-2 with Qatari outfit Al Sadd who had former Lyon and Portsmouth winger Nadir Belhadj on the scoresheet.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:36:54 +1100 <![CDATA[Nigerian ace Uche, ex-Sunderland striker Gyan, Atletico great Forlan all on target in Asia]]> <p>Diego Forlan opened his Asian Champions League scoring account for Cerezo Osaka in their 4-0 victory over Buriram United in Group E on Tuesday.<p>The former Manchester United, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan and forward struck in injury-time to mark his first goal since the joining the J.League club from Internacional in January as Cerezo grabbed their first victory of the 2014 ACL season on Matchday 3.<p>An early opener from Yoichiro Kakitani preceded a brace from Takumi Minamino before Forlan rounded out the resounding win at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka.<p>Forlan's fellow former Spanish La Liga forward Kalu Uche made it four goals in three Asian appearances when he netted a double for Qatari side Al-Rayyan as they lost 4-3 to Saudi Arabia's Al Shabab in Group A.<p>The former Espanyol and Almeria attacker, who is loan from El Jaish, scored in the ninth and 41st minutes but could not deny Al Shabab from turning a 3-2 deficit into victory courtesy of a brace from Brazilian midfielder Rafinha early in the second half.<p>Ex-CSKA Moscow star Vagner Love made it two Group E doubles on the trot by converting twice from the penalty spot as Shandong Luneng skipped away to a two-goal lead before being held to a 2-2 draw by ten-man Pohang Steelers in Korea.<p>Brazilian striker Love scored twice in last week's 3-1 win at Cerezo Osaka but was unable to influence Shandong to repeat the dose in their third ACL outing.<p>Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan scored two times for UAE club Al-Ain as they defeated Iran's Tractor Sazi 3-1 in Group C. The Ghanaian now has four goals in three Asian outings this term to go with his tally of 18 in 19 Arabian Gulf League appearances.<p>Elsewhere, New Zealand international Kosta Barbarouses scored early as A-League club Melbourne Victory edged Yokohama F. Marinos 1-0 to record their first triumph in Group G, as Gao Lin scored a brace in Guangzhou Evergrande's 3-1 win over Jeonbuk Hyundai in Group G's other fixture.<p>Group A's remaining contest saw Iranian side Esteghlal force a 2-2 draw with UAE's Al-Jazira who were served by an Abdelaziz Barrada brace.<p>And in Group C, Qatar's Lekhwiya got the better of ten-man Al Ittihad with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Qatar's Uruguayan-born star Sebastian Soria and South Korea international Nam Tae-hee. <p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:44:39 +1100