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J.League 2017 – Just 3 points separates the top 8 teams

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Eleven weeks into the J.League and so much has happened, the mouth-watering position at the top with just three points separating the top eight! There is, of course, the depths of anguish at the other end with relegation looming already over three teams who can’t seem to fathom any success. Read More »

Nations League Bad Idea For CONCACAF

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani is a proponent of suspension of belief as he tries to sell his constituencly on its own Nations League.

Suspension of disbelief is a powerful psychological concept usually applied to fiction. To be entertained, people are willing to believe there can be superheroes with incredible strength, ability to fly, control magic, or take on arachnoid characteristics after being bitten by a radioactive spider. They’ll also accept predators and prey can live together in a Zootopia without wondering what the lions ... Read More »

J.League Week 6 – Sanfrecce overcome their winless run

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This weekend in the Japanese top tier is certainly one to remember. Urawa Red Diamonds with their empathic win, Yamamura coming back to haunt Kashima Antlers and of course Sanfrecce overcoming their winless run against their bitter foes and the other two relegation-threatened teams continuing to struggle. Read More »

Carlos Queiroz Finds Enemies On All Sides With Iran

As a rule, all successful football managers do one thing. They follow the money. The Premier and Chinese Super Leagues prove that. Of course, there is an exception to every rule. In this case, it’s Carlos Queiroz. The Portuguese, actually born in Mozambique, has managed on four continents, from Real Madrid to NY/NJ Metro Stars, from Portugal to Bafana Bafana, ... Read More »

J.League – Week Three Review

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The football is coming thick and fast in Japan’s top league. This week saw the league’s first Friday night kick-offs of the campaign. Could all the unusual suspects keep their momentum up as the J.League table begins to take shape? Read More »

Mid-Week cup game, exactly what’s needed for struggling Sanfrecce

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One point from their last three games isn’t exactly the form that Sanfrecce Hiroshima fans are used to. It’s also far from the wanted form given it’s the 25th Anniversary of the club too. The team are out of sorts, but their upcoming cup game will give them insight on how to tackle the league. Read More »

J.League 2017 Match Day Two continues familiar theme

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Japan’s football season, the J.League kicked off last week; seemingly nothing went to the usual plot. This round of fixtures continued along the same theme with a surprising set of results. Read More »

Meet Kazu Miura, the oldest outfield footballer in history

Kazu Miura wrote his name among football folklore when he featured for Japan’s second division club,  Yokohama FC, against V-Varen Nagasaki on Sunday to become the oldest outfield player of all-time, aged 50 years and 7 days. It’s certainly a well-deserved recognition for a player who has stunned our screens with his superb attacking artistry for over three decades now.   Read More »

All change as the J.League kicks off

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Last weekend the J.League officially kicked off with several captivating games which underline the changes in the league. It’s a new year, new season and new system – with a very exciting set of results; as Japan kicks off another campaign. Read More »

Sanfrecce must make the most out of 25th anniversary season.

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The 2015 Champions last year didn’t provide the title defence expected of them, at all – and didn’t produce a single piece of silverware. This season sees the club reach its twenty-fifth year of existence and they need to make it a good one. Read More »

Racism rearing its ugly head in football once again

The ‘kick it out’ campaign in Football has often been endorsed by some of the biggest names in the game and has had a great effect in many different Leagues across the globe with racism being squashed and dealt with at many levels, even though it of course still very much exists throughout the game. Read More »

Western Asia Kicks Off

Asia’s continental feast of club football is imminent; both regions kick off on Tuesday. The Western Asia region boasts some of the biggest and best names on the continent. Match day one will be an ample opportunity for all the teams to set down a marker for their Asian campaigns. Read More »

Hisato Satō pursues career revival at Nagoya Grampus

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The veteran striker has joined the Grampus in the hope reigniting his career after a relatively uneventful year with Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Whilst he’ll be playing in the second-tier; Nagoya is an important club which can help him rekindle his form. Read More »

Urawa’s shot at Redemption: the Japanese Super Cup

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Urawa Red Diamonds are likely to still be sore from the last day of last season. They went the distance and were one of the best teams throughout the whole campaign, but lost the title in the endgame via away goals. This winner-take-all curtain raiser will give them the opportunity of redemption against Kashima Antlers. Read More »

How will the Japanese clubs fair in the Asian Champions League?

The J.League are one of the most represented associations in the Asian Champions League with a team in every western region group. Although a Japanese side hasn’t won the continental title in nine years since Gamba Osaka won it back in 2008, will the J.Leagues finest progress in this seasons competition? Read More »

How Riyad Mahrez wrote his name in African football folklore

Riyad Mahrez is having one of those years many footballers would have fantasised about or craved for. The 25-year-old capped an improbable calendar year by clinching the 2016 African Player of the Year award on Thursday – the highest individual accolade for any footballer from the continent.  Read More »

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