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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Emperor’s Cup Preview

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Japan’s standard league in J1 has now ended, only the Championship phase remains where the best three teams compete to see who will be crowned the champions of Japan’s top tier. Although the season isn’t over, the Emperor’s Cup; Japan’s oldest footballing competition’s has yet to conclude. Read More »

Interview with Peter Utaka

We’ve managed to sit down with the J1 League top goal scorer and Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker, Peter Utaka. Read More »

David and Goliath: The 2016 J.League Cup Final

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The Japanese domestic season is down to the business end and this years’ first trophy is going to be awarded in just a matter of hours. The Saitama Stadium 2002 will be rocking as Urawa Red Diamonds take on last year’s finalists, Gamba Osaka. Read More »

Will FIFA 17 be your hopes and dreams of a football game?

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If you’re reading this; you’re probably not playing the game to the levels of addiction most people suffer from every new edition of FIFA. Apparently, there’s a story mode and Japanese teams?! It’s got to be the best thing since Sensible Soccer’s release in 1992. Read More »

The J.League Cup Preview

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The quarter-finals of the J.League Cup (for sponsorship reasons, known as the Nabisco cup), are underway as the first leg ties were played mid-week. No team one by more than one goal, so all of the aggregates are tightly poised for the second legs which will be played at the weekend. Read More »

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