Japanese Non-league Football News

Regional League News In Brief
Hokushinetsu League hopefuls Zweigen Kanazawa have announced the signing of former Consadole Sapporo midfielder Yusuke Kondo from Mito Hollyhock, and of Hikaru Hironiwa from Ehime FC... Mito's experienced Brazilian Marquinho has joined Gunma Prefectural League outfit Tonan SC, who at the end of last year were shock failures to reach the Kanto League Division 2. He'll be joined there by well-travelled defender Shingo Morita, who numbers TDK Akita amongst his previous clubs but was most recently at Ventforet Kofu... Aries FC, relegated to the Tokyo Prefectural League last year, have signed defender Ryosuke Kawamura from the now-defunct Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo and Yokogawa Musashino striker Yuki Shimizu...

JFL News In Brief
Lots of news to catch up on today... JEF Reserves lost 2-1 to J2 minnows Mito Hollyhock in a friendly on Wednesday... Rosso Kumamoto were defeated by J2 opposition on Thursday, Tokushima Vortis running out 2-0 winners in their friendly... on Friday, Honda FC beat Montedio Yamagata 2-1... Saturday results included a 2-1 defeat of Honda by FC Kariya and a further loss by the same scoreline for Rosso Kumamoto at the hands of J1 newcomers Yokohama FC... but FC Ryukyu thrashed Okinawa League side Rekiowing 7-1 and Yokogawa Musashino beat Hokushinetsu League side AS Nagano Parceiro 6-1...

10 Feb 07 - Honda FC clash with FC Kariya

Honda FC clash with FC Kariya

Part 2... likely JFL strugglers Sony Sendai have signed two college players to boost their meagre squad... FC Gifu's selection process has thrown up four college players, plus former Ventforet Kofu defender Tsutomu Matsuda...
Fukui Joins The J-League Race
Fukui prefecture in the Hokushinetsu region is the latest to join the race for a place in the J-League, with the news that Hokushinetsu League Division 2 side FC Kanazu have modified their status and structure with the intention of working towards the ranks of the professionals. The resulting new club will be known as Saurcos Fukui, with a base in Owara city and the chance to use the 21,000-capacity Technoport Fukui Stadium for home games.

Unlike other clubs in comparable situations, such as Renofa Yamaguchi in Chugoku and the newly-promoted MIE Rampole in the Tokai League, Saurcos have been a little coy about setting a particular date by which time they want to achieve a J2 position. Kanazu, however, gained promotion to the lower section of the Hokushinetsu League for the 2005 season - and indeed missed out on moving up to Division 1 at the end of 2006 by just a whisker, as Ueda Gentian beat them 6-5 on penalties after their Play-off ended 2-2.
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