Created: Friday, 19 July 2019
Written by Matsu

Blue Dolphins Mob Chelsea

It has been a while since Japan has hosted a real high-profile summer tour by major European clubs. Kawasaki fans will have enjoyed the return of international club friendlies, as the Blue Dolphins snatched a winning goal at the close, for a 1-0 victory.

Read more: Frontale-Chelsea

Created: Thursday, 27 June 2019
Written by Alan Gibson

Japan Building for Future Challenges  

Created: Friday, 21 June 2019
Written by Matsu


Young Samurai Blue Maturing in Copa America Draw

In Japan's second Copa America match against Uruguay, a relatively young squad put on a solid display and boosted optimism for the future, despite surrendering a lead twice, and having to settle for a single point. 

Read more: Japan-Uruguay 190620

Created: Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Written by Matsu


Immature Opening to Copa America

A thoroughly inexperienced flock of pretenders wearing Samurai Blue jerseys was led out like sheep to the slaughter on Monday, in Japan's opening Copa America match against Chile. Perhaps result was no surprise, but that did not make it any easier to watch.

Read more: Japan-Chile 190618

Created: Sunday, 09 June 2019
Written by Matsu

 

Countdown to Copa

In its final tuneup before this summer's trip to South America, the Samurai Blue provided fans with reason for genuine optimism. As "experimental" as the squad may be, this unit looks like in could make a real impact . . . . in time.

Read more: Japan-Elsalvador 190609

Created: Thursday, 07 March 2019
Written by Alan Gibson

Kyoto Sanga the team to Watch in J2 This Season?

After an extended run in the second tier, Kyoto Sanga are aiming to climb back into the top-flight this season, laying out some cash, signing some experienced players while keeping hold of some of their more talented youngsters, to bolster the team. Leading the way is Gert Engels, the man who led them their greatest past success -- an Emperor's Cup title in 2002.

Read more: Kyoto Sanga 20190307

Created: Saturday, 02 February 2019
Written by Matsu

 

Asian Cup: Poetic Justice

There are times when the world seems to be more equitable than those who inhabit it -- times when a confluence of events make a statement that is more eloquent than anything a mere mortal could say. Last night was one of those times.

Read more: Japan-Qatar 190201

Created: Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Written by Matsu

 

Lost in Translation

After Japan advanced to the final of the Asian Cup, with a comprehensive victory over Iran, one might expect the football press to show a bit more interest in, and appreciation of the Samurai Blue. That is . . . if one is new to the region, and hasnt seen how the AFC traditionally operates. For those who are still scratching their heads, here are a few pointers.

Read more: Japan-AsianCup2019

Created: Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Written by Matsu

 

Asian Cup: Poetic Justice

There are times when the world seems to be more equitable than those who inhabit it -- times when a confluence of events make a statement that is more eloquent than anything a mere mortal could say. Last night was one of those times.

Read more: Japan-Iran 190128

Created: Monday, 21 January 2019
Written by Matsu

 

Asian Cup: Standup Comic Officiating 

Japan progressed to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Asian Cup, following a deserved though narrow victory over Saudi Arabia. The only "stars" of the contest, though, were the AFC standup comedy officiating team.

Read more: Japan-Saudi 190121

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