Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Shimizu S-Pulse Sun, 26 Sep 2021 00:53:58 +1000 Tribal Football <![CDATA[Leicester eyeing Mainz striker Okazaki]]> <p>Leicester City are looking at a potential winter move for Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki.<p>The bottom-placed Foxes currently have just Leonardo Ulloa as an out-and-out goalscorer and are on the verge of sealing a deal for Croatian young gun Andrej Kramaric.<p>But reports suggest that Nigel Pearson is also keen on Japan international Okazaki who is currently away on national team duty at the Asian Cup in Australia.<p>Sky Sports are even of the belief that Leicester have held talks with Mainz regarding the former Shimizu S-Pulse ace.<p>However, the reported 8million transfer fee Mainz is asking for may be a little too much for Okazaki who has scored 25 goals in 54 appearances since arriving from Stuttgart in 2013.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href= target=new></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:43:15 +1100 <![CDATA[Spurs legend Ardiles targets Motherwell job]]> <p>Former Tottenham and Newcastle United boss Ossie Ardiles hopes to return to British football at Motherwell.<p>The Daily Express says the 1978 World Cup winner has applied for the vacant Fir Park role.<p>The 62-year-old has a wealth of top managerial experience in England with Swindon Town, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion. <p>Ardiles is also well-travelled, having had spells with Mexican club Guadalajara, Croatia Zagreb, Beitar Jersualem, Puerto Rican side Huracan and Japanese teams Shimizu S-Pulse, Yokohama Marinos and Tokyo Verdy. His last spell was in Japan's second division with Machida Zelvia two years ago and since then he been assisting with the academy and acting as an adviser at Tottenham. <p>&nbsp;For the big stories and the banter follow us on Twitter: <a href= target=new>@tribalfootball</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:11:10 +1100 <![CDATA[Arsenal great Ljungberg signs up with Indian Super League]]> <p>Freddie Ljungberg has signed a short-term deal with the Indian Super League.<p>The 37-year old Swede has come out of retirement to join the inaugural ISL competition for three months in September this year.<p>Ljungberg, who retired while with Shimizu S-Pulse in 2012, says it is a good opportunity to help grow the game in Asia.<p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Joining Indian Super League in September for 3 months to help promote football in India...</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:58:31 +1000 <![CDATA[Brosque departs Al-Ain with silverware]]> <p>Alex Brosque has ended his career with UAE club Al-Ain by winning the President's Cup.<p>Zlatko Dalic's side defeated arch rivals Al-Ahli 1-0 on Sunday to claim their sixth cup triumph in what was Australian striker Brosque's swansong.<p>"I have enjoyed all my time here. It is sad to part ways but tonight was a special way to finish it," said Brosque.<p>"I think the way we progressed through each stage was great. The players showed a lot of determination to get where we were."<p>The former Sydney FC star joined Al-Ain from Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse in 2012 and scored 21 goals in all competitions. During his stay he helped the club take out the 2012/13 UAE Pro-League title.<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, 20 May 2014 03:06:35 +1000 <![CDATA[Mainz star Okazaki breaks Kagawa's German scoring record]]> <p>Shinji Okazaki broke the goalscoring record for Japanese players in the German Bundesliga on the weekend.<p>The FSV Mainz striker netted his 14th goal of the season in their 2-0 home victory over FC Nurnberg to surpass Shinji Kagawa's record of 13 which was set whilst playing for Borussia Dortmund in 2011/12, prior to his move to Manchester United.<p>Okazaki was on hand to head home on the half-hour mark before Christoph Moritz added a second for die Nullfunfer just before half-time.<p>The victory allowed Mainz to remain seventh on the Bundesliga table to go within five points of fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.<p>Okazaki's 14th tally of the campaign, in his 31st appearance since joining from VfB Stuttgart in the summer, sees him move four goals clear of his entire league scoring record at Stuttgart (10 goals) in two-and-a-half seasons.<p>Okazaki is currently equal with former FC Cologne, Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen striker Yasuhiko Okudera on 14 away goals in Germany's top flight and has his own record of 10 away goals in a single season - four more than Naohira Takahara who achieved the feat of six with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2006/07.<p>The former Shimizu S-Pulse man, who has netted 24 times in Germany, is also just two goals behind Okudera's Bundesliga record of 26 goals scored by a Japanese player.<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> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:37:52 +1000 <![CDATA[Kennedy and Tanaka on target but Nagoya unsuccessful in J.League opener]]> <p>Josh Kennedy and Marcus Tulio Tanaka both scored in Nagoya Grampus' 2014 J.League opener on the weekend but could not lead the club to an opening day victory.<p>Toshiyuki Takagi opened the scoring for Shimizu S-Pulse in the fifth minute at the Toyota Stadium before Australian striker Kennedy levelled for Nagoya 15 minutes later.<p>Japanese veteran Tanaka then edged Nagoya ahead in the 36th minute but Shimizu had the final say with a levelling goal from Yasuhiro Hiraoka and then a winning effort from Slovenian striker Milivoje Novakovic with ten minutes remaining.<p>Kennedy's goal was his 60th in the J.League in his 123rd league appearance for Grampus since joining from Karlsruhe in 2009.<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> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 04:23:18 +1100 <![CDATA[Japanese midfielder Kobayashi joins New England Revolution]]> <p>Daigo Kobayashi has joined New England Revolution from Vancouver Whitecaps.<p>The 31-year old Japanese midfielder has been acquired by the Revs in a trade which sees the Whitecaps land a fourth-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.<p>Kobayashi played 30 MLS matches for Vancouver last season after joining from J.League club Shimizu S-Pulse and brings a wealth of experience to the Gillette Stadium according to New England general manager Michael Burns.<p>"Daigo is a technically gifted player who fits into our system well," Burns said in an official statement.<p>"He assimilated well with our club when he was in Tucson (for preseason camp) with us, and we are looking forward to his return to the club soon."<p>On the departure of the former Tokyo Verdy, Omiya Ardija, Stabaek and Iraklis man, 'Caps boss Carl Robinson said: "Daigo is a good person and player but we just didn't see a spot for him on the team moving forward.<p> "We wish him the best of luck in New England."<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, 28 Feb 2014 02:16:33 +1100 <![CDATA[Guangzhou R&F's Bosnar closing in on Sydney FC move]]> <p>Veteran defender Eddy Bosnar is on the verge of joining A-League club Sydney FC according to reports.<p>The 33-year old centre-back, currently with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F, could be brought in by head coach Frank Farina to replace Tiago Calvano who left for the USA this week.<p>On the possible Bosnar arrival, Farina said: "Yes it does open a door but whether or not we decide to welcome him through that door we'll decide most probably on the weekend because that decision needs to be made by Tuesday.<p>"Eddy's looking in good shape and we are looking a bit thin across the central defence now.<p>"So there's an opportunity there."<p>Bosnar kicked off his pro career in Australia back in 1997 with Newcastle and has since turned out for such clubs as Dinamo Zagreb, Sturm Graz, Heracles Almelo, JEF United, Shimizu S-Pulse and Suwon Bluewings. He also spent time with Premier League club Everton in 2004/05.<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, 30 Jan 2014 02:57:17 +1100 <![CDATA[Ex-Japan ace Ono set to quit Western Sydney ]]> <p>Shinji Ono is set to leave Western Sydney Wanderers in order to return to his native Japan.<p>The 34-year old midfielder will depart the A-League club in May when his contract expires to join J-2 League club Consadole Sapporo.<p>"Shinji is the ultimate professional on and off the field and the ultimate gentleman. He will leave us with long lasting memories of his time with our club," said Wanderers chief executive Lyall Gorman.<p>"He is committed to the Wanderers until the end of his contract in May this year which will see him help lead our club in its 2014 Asian Champions League debut and hopefully a second Hyundai A-League Finals Series.<p>"Shinji Ono will forever be remembered in our Club folklore and on behalf of the entire Wanderers family we look forward to making the final months of his time in Australia with the Wanderers a memorable one.<p>"He will always be a part of the Wanderers family and story as history records it over time. We wish him every success in his return to his homeland and thank him for his incredible contribution to our club's birth and journey thus far."<p>The former Feyenoord star, who played 56 times for Japan, joined the Wanderers from Shimizu S-Pulse in September 2012. Previously he spent time with Urawa Reds as well as German side VfL Bochum.<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, 16 Jan 2014 02:32:07 +1100 <![CDATA[DC United's Jakovic set to join Shimizu S-Pulse]]> <p>DC United are set to sell Dejan Jakovic to Japanese outfit Shimizu S-Pulse.<p>The 28-year old Canadian defender, who has been in Washington since 2009, is on the verge of signing a deal with the J.League Division 1 club.<p>A DC spokesman told that Jakovic would be offloaded to Shimizu but stopped short of providing the finer details of the proposed deal.<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> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 02:56:42 +1100