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Asked how they replace David Villa, NYCFC say you don't
17:00 Friday 8th February 2019

It's patently unfair to view any team that fails to dominate its league as not fully committed to their project. When you examine New York City FC, however, it's too easy to reach that conclusion. The franchise was born with a silver…

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J2 and the Gauntlet of Hate
09:00 Wednesday 21st November 2018

Football bureaucracy is terrible, isn’t it? Procedural hindrances plague Japan’s football system like you wouldn’t believe. J2 took a body blow goal to its autonomy at season's end, this year. Let us file the paperwork…

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Rakuten, Referees and the Rising Nagoya
17:00 Sunday 9th September 2018

Andres Iniesta settled his family in Japan. No further mid-season excursions will occur. The Barcelona legend embedded himself at Vissel Kobe. In the month's first two home games, he made the score sheet against Jubilo Iwata and Sanfrecce…

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Spanish Postcards: J.League Review
17:00 Thursday 9th August 2018

Waiting for the new season? Why? In Japan, we started up a few days after the World Cup. We’re barely over the halfway point, with 19 of 34 matchdays played. It’s been a crazy old month with plenty of matches to report…

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In Yokohama, there is a stadium that has divided a city
17:00 Monday 9th July 2018

The greatest battles are internal. Derbies define us. Whose colours do we wear? Whose banner do we fly? Who are we proud to stand with? For what do we stand? In this manner, the Emperor’s Cup fits the same criteria as the FA Cup. A famous…

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J1 League mid-point review
08:00 Sunday 24th June 2018

With the J.League's top tier currently on hold for the World Cup. there's no better time to step back and analyze the fine football radiating from the land of the rising sun.  With 15 out of 34 matchdays already taken place, the…

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Groundhopping: Shonan Bellemare's BMW Stadium
12:00 Friday 15th June 2018

With not much else to do in deep Kanagawa on a Friday night, I took a long train to the beachy Hiratsuka for some exciting domestic cup action at the BMW Stadium. It was actually my girlfriend who suggested going to the game. She works in Hiratsuka,…

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Social Justice Purveyor: Jay Bothroyd
19:00 Thursday 7th June 2018

Yeah. I couldn’t believe it either. I remember watching my first ever match in Japan. Sanfrecce Hiroshima took on Jubilo Iwata, who was at that point home to Jay Bothroyd. I watched a frail away team crumble as they lost 3-0, but I did…

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Iniesta to Kobe: The Best Thing to Happen to Japanese Football
09:00 Friday 25th May 2018

This isn’t just any random old player turning up in an exotic league. This is Andreas Iniesta from FC Barcelona. This is a legend of the Nou Camp. The man whose personal stats page boasts 653 appearances, 65 goals, 108 assists and a ridiculous…

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Football Appreciation in Japan
15:00 Friday 18th May 2018

Having lived in the land of the Rising Sun for some seven months now, I feel I can document the glory and oddities which are bestowed to this nation’s football following. The idea of football is still a relatively new mainstream concept.…

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Kyoto to Kazan - The J.League players who could be off to the World Cup
13:00 Monday 14th May 2018

Milos Degenek - Australia There are few better examples of a third-culture kid in the J.League. Milos was born in Croatia to Serbian parents; who later moved the family to Sydney, Australia. At youth level, he first represented the Socceroos…

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Kanagawa Classic: Yokohama F. Marinos vs. Shonan Bellmare
20:00 Thursday 19th April 2018

The people of Kanagawa are a lucky bunch. The big port city of Yokohama on their doorstep and the beachy surroundings of rural Shonan. They’ve even got Kawasaki who won the league last year, but that’s another story. To get to the…

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Violet Kingdom Rising: Sanfrecce Top the J.League
19:00 Saturday 14th April 2018

On this hedonistic venture into J.League football, my first ever match was in Hiroshima. I watched Sanfrecce play Jubilo Iwata. Since that fateful 2016 season, the team have gone through the emotional spectrum to reach their current perch atop…

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J2 Forever: The Simovic Story
18:00 Wednesday 28th February 2018

You’ve played all season. You’ve worked hard for the team that you’ve been with for two years now and are consistently in the starting eleven. Your labours are beginning to bare fruit and you can begin to harvest the rewards.…

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An IRAIW Interview with Quenten Martinus
22:00 Friday 2nd February 2018

The J.League is set to return in just under a month’s time. One very exciting player in the Land of the Rising Sun is Curacao international Quenten Martinus. Martinus first came to my attention when I knew I was moving to Yokohama.…