The Nikkei Shimbun opens with a story first reported in the German newspaper Bild. A month after a prospective loan move to FC Nuremburg collapsed, a verbal agreement has been struck between Takashi Usami and Die Altmeister to join at the end of the 2011-12 season. The 19 year-old attacking midfielder, who is already part way through a loan deal at Bayern Munich from Gamba Osaka but has struggled to make an impression at the Bavarian giants and appears primarily for the reserve side Bayern Munich II, wishes to stay in Germany and the deal will include an option to make the move permanent should the teenager from Kyoto prove a success.
Sagan Tosu’s historic first win in a J.League Division 1 competition gains the attention of the Asahi Shimbun. “Nabisco Cup Joy” is the headline following Sagan’s 2-1 victory over Kawasaki Frontale, with a defensive first-half performance followed by goals in the 53rd and 65th minutes from Shohei Osaka and Ryunosuke Noda sufficient to give the team from Saga Prefecture the points, a Takuro Yajima finish 12 minutes from full-time proving scant consolation for Frontale.
And finally, the Yomiuri Shimbun provides an update on the progress of Homare Sawa in recovering from benign paroxysmal postural vertigo. Sawa is watching eagerly from the bench even in training for INAC Kobe Leonessa, and she has been undertaking muscle exercises to aid her recuperation. Manager Kei Hoshikawa said that “[it’s] too soon to play soccer [and her comeback] can’t be rushed”.