Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Albirex Niigata Wed, 22 Sep 2021 02:39:15 +1000 Tribal Football <![CDATA[Leverkusen ace Son, Sunderland's Ki in South Korea squad]]> <p>Hong Myung-bo has named has named his 23-man Korea Republic squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.<p>Bayer Leverkusen star Son Heung-min has been included in a roster containing nine players based in Europe, six from the K-League, four from Japan's top flight the J.League, three from China and one from Saudi Arabia.<p>Also present in the Taeguk Warriors squad for Brazil 2014 is Sunderland midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, Mainz midfielder Koo Ja-cheol, Augsburg striker Ji Dong-won and Bolton winger Lee Chung-yong.<p>South Korea have been drawn in Group H alongside Belgium, Algeria and Russia with their first group stage fixture scheduled for June 17 against Russia in Cuiaba.<p>South Korean squad for World Cup<p>Goalkeepers<p>Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings, South Korea)Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan, South Korea)Lee Bum-young (Busan IPark, South Korea)<p>Defenders<p>Kim Jin-su (Albirex Niigata, Japan)Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China)Yoon Suk-young (QPR, England)Hwang Seok-ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Japan)Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg, Germany)Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia)Lee Yong (Ulsan, South Korea)Kim Chang-su (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan)<p>Midfielders<p>Ki Sung-yueng (Sunderland, England)Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan, China)Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan)Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F, China)Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City, England)Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers, England)Ji Dong-won (Augsburg, Germany)Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)<p>Forwards<p>Koo Ja-cheol (Mainz, Germany)Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu, South Korea)Park Chu-young (Watford, England)Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan, South Korea)<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 09 May 2014 04:11:50 +1000 <![CDATA[Ex-Omiya Ardija, Vancouver Whitecaps mid Davidson back with Carolina]]> <p>Japanese midfielder Jun Marques Davidson has returned to Carolina RailHawks ahead of the 2014 North American Soccer League season.<p>The 30-year old Tokyo native spent time with the RailHawks in 2010 after coming to North America from his homeland where he played with Omiya Ardija, Vissel Kobe, Consadole Sapporo and Albirex Niigata.<p>Davidson helped guide Carolina to the USSF-D2 NASL Conference title in 2010 and is now back in North Carolina much to the delight of head coach Colin Clarke.<p>"It's not every day that you are able to add a player with the experience of Jun," said Clarke.<p>"He has a wealth of experience in the J-League and MLS and fits in well with the rest of our squad."<p>Davidson made 23 appearances for the RailHawks in his initial spell before returning to Japan with Tokushima Vortis in 2011. He then found himself with Vancouver Whitecaps the following year before going on to make 54 appearances over two seasons in Canada.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:01:09 +1100 <![CDATA[Canada international Nakajima-Farran to join Toronto]]> <p>Toronto FC are believed to be close to signing Canadian international Issey Nakajima-Farran.<p>The 29-year old winger trialled with the Reds during the 2014 MLS preseason and could sign this week for Ryan Nelsen's side.<p> is of the belief that Nakajima-Farran, who has represented Canada on 30 occasions, will put pen to a MLS deal with TFC after impressing during his stay in Ontario.<p>The former Crystal Palace youth had a very short spell with Belgian side RWDM Brussels in January following time spent with Cypriot outfit AEK Larnaca where he had a brief loan with Alki Larnaca.<p>Prior to that, Nakajima-Farran made over 20 A-League appearances for the Brisbane Roar which came after stints with Horsens, Nordsjaelland and Vejle (all of Denmark) and spells with Albirex Singapore and Albirex Niigata.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:27:21 +1100 <![CDATA[Perth keeper Vukovic using Vegalta loan as World Cup enhancer ]]> <p>Danny Vukovic admits he will use his five-month loan spell with J.League club Vegalta Sendai as a potential stepping stone into Australia's World Cup squad.<p>The 28-year old Perth Glory goalkeeper will spend the next while with his former Central Coast Mariners boss Graham Arnold in north eastern Japan and is hoping to gain regular first team action in order to turn the head of Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou in the lead-up to Brazil 2014.<p>Vukovic was grateful to Glory owner Tony Sage, CEO Jason Brewer and the rest of the West Australian club for allowing him the opportunity to join Vegalta who kicked off their 2014 J.League season with a 2-1 loss to Albirex Niigata on the weekend.<p>"I would like to thank Tony, Jason and everyone at Perth Glory for allowing me to take up this offer in Japan," said Vukovic.<p> "It allows me to continue playing at a high level over the coming months and leading up to the World Cup Finals in Brazil. Hopefully this will enhance my chances of selection in Ange Postecoglou's final squad of 23 for the June tournament.<p>"I would have loved to have finished the season with Glory but due to the transfer window closing in Japan, this isn't possible. I hope our fans understand why I have made the decision to accept this offer and I want them to know I'm sincerely sorry that I won't be here to see the season out."<p>Vukovic will compete with current number one Kentaro Seki, Japanese veteran Shigeru Sakurai and American Daniel Schmidt for the gloves at Yurtec Stadium Sendai. He joins former teammate, New Zealand midfielder Michael McGlinchey, who is on loan from the Mariners.<p>From a national tea perspective, Vukovic is up against Club Brugge's Mat Ryan, Borussia Dortmund's Mitch Langerak, Liverpool's Brad Jones and Adelaide United's Eugene Galekovic for one of three goalkeeping spots for the Brazil 2014 roster.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 02:32:58 +1100 <![CDATA[Leverkusen's Son, Sunderland's Ki named as South Korea recall Arsenal's Park ]]> <p>Hong Myung-bo has named a 24-man South Korea squad for next month's international friendly with Greece.<p>The Taeguk Warriors take on their fellow World Cup qualifiers in Athens on March 5 with Hong naming a strong squad.<p>One notable inclusion is Arsenal striker Park Chu-young who has been recalled despite not playing for his country since February 2013.<p>The 28-year old, who has netted 23 goals in 61 international outings, is currently on loan with Championship side Watford which has helped Hong make the decision to select him once again.<p>"I agonised over this decision," Hong told reporters on Wednesday. "I spoke to him on the phone a few times.<p>"Though he's not playing at the moment, I figured he is still in decent form, and it wouldn't be a problem to have him on our time."<p>South Korea's usual suspects Ki Sung-yeung (Sunderland), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton), Cha Du-ri (FC Seoul) and Koo Ja-cheol (FSV Mainz) plus young guns Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen) and Ji Dong-won (FC Augsburg) have all been included for the trip to Greece.<p>The Taeguk Warriors are preparing for this year's World Cup in Brazil where they will take on Belgium, Russia and Algeria in Group H.<p>South Korea squad for Greece friendly<p>Goalkeepers<p>Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings)Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka)Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Hyundai)<p>Defenders<p>Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal)Hong Jeong-ho (Augusburg)Hwang Seok-ho (Hirosima Sanfrecce)Cha Du-ri (FC Seoul)Kim Jin-soo (Albirex Niigata)Lee Yong (Ulsan Hyundai)Park Joo-ho (FSV Mainz 05)Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande)<p>Midfielders<p>Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City)Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan)Koo Ja-cheol (FSV Mainz 05)Lee Chung-yong (Bolton)Ki Sung-yueng (Sunderland)Nam Tae-hee (Lekhwiya SC)Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F)Han Kook-young (Shonan Bellmare)<p>Forwards<p>Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen)Ji Dong-won (Augusburg)Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu)Park Chu-young (Watford)Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Hyundai)<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:06:52 +1100 <![CDATA[Albirex Niigata find stadium sponsor]]> <p>J-League outfit Albirex Niigata have agreed a stadium naming rights deal with Denka, reports, chemical company will put its name to the 42,300-seater stadium, built for the 2002 Fifa World Cup, for three years from January. <p>According to SportsBusiness Journal, the deal is worth an annual 70 million (US$700,000). The venue, which also hosts other events as well as football, will now be known as the Denka Big Swan Stadium.</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:41:13 +1100 <![CDATA[AC Milan eyeing Stuttgart's Japan fullback Gotoku Sakai]]> <p>AC Milan are eyeing Japan fullback Gotoku Sakai.<p>Sakai has enjoyed an outstanding Bundesliga season on-loan at Stuttgart from the J-League's Albirex Niigata.<p>Sky Italia says Milan have the 21 year-old defender under consideration as cover for Ignazio Abate.<p>The stumbling block is Stuttgart, however, which have the option to sign Sakai permanently at the end of this season.</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:08:10 +1100 <![CDATA[Singapore team reveals Japanese kit sponsor]]> <p>Singaporean team Albirex Niigata Singapore has announced that Japanese sports brand Gol.Japan has replaced Adidas as the team's apparel sponsor, reports SportsPro.According to an official press release, the S. League team, an affiliate of Japanese J. League club Albirex Niigata, will wear Gol.Japan playing kit from January 2013 until the end of the 2016 season. <p>The exact financial terms of Gol.Japan's deal were not released. <p>Gol.Japan president, Takayuki Ashizawa, said: "We have 300 stores in Japan and this is the first sponsorship deal outside of the country. We have sponsored various teams in Japan including kids, students and adults. <p>"We decided to sponsor Albirex because we saw potential in Singapore. With this deal, we hope to venture to other Southeast Asia countries, such as Thailand and Philippines," continued Ashizawa. <p>"We want to introduce Japanese football brand to Singapore and Southeast Asia. The Albirex Caf will be used to sell Gol.Japan jerseys and merchandise," added Albirex chairman Daisuke Korenaga.<p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join the nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:35:35 +1100 <![CDATA[Former J-League midfielder Davidson happy to reunite with Rennie at Vancouver Whitecaps]]> <p>Vancouver Whitecaps recruit Jun Marques Davidson says he is looking forward to again working closely with Martin Rennie.<p>The Japanese midfielder played under the new Whitecaps coach when at NASL club Carolina RailHawks and will now be under his tutelage again but this time in MLS.<p>"It was a very tough decision but finally I decided why not play with Martin again because he is a really good coach and a great motivator," said the former Omiya Ardija and Albirex Niigata man.<p>And Davidson, who was born and raised in Tokyo to American parents, is looking to improve the way he performs as a defensive midfielder.<p>"That's what I'm aiming for - to keep the position and be really smooth on the ball left to right," he added.<p>"I'll keep the ball for the team and when we don't have it, I'll look to go into the spaces where fullbacks go and keep the defensive balance on the team."<p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join the nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:30:25 +1100 <![CDATA[Urawa Reds go for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Takahara]]> <p>ord=Math.random()*10000000000000000;document.write('');<a href=";sz=300x250;ord=123456789?" target="-blank"></a>Reds won the 2007 AFC Champions League this year whilst also finishing third in the FIFA Club World Cup but missed out on the J League title to Kashima Antlers on the final day.<p>Consequently they are keen to bolster their side in an effort to improve on that next season and have already signed Brazilian forward Edmilson from J League side Albirex Niigata to fill the void left by Washington, who recently left to return to Brazil.<p>And now they have set their sights on the 28-year-old Takahara, who has featured in five games for Frankfurt this season after recovering from an injury he picked up in August.<p>"We need a top-quality goalscorer in order to retain our Asian title and win the J. League title back next year," Urawa general manager Suzo Nakamura said.<p>"Takahara is our main choice as he is a top quality international forward.<p>"There are some hurdles to clear but Takahara has shown a positive reaction with regards to playing for Urawa."<p>The deal could be completed within the next week if all parties come to an agreement.</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 07:14:57 +1100