Created: Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Written by Matsu


Kashima Conquers - Part II

Kashima Antlers are through to the FINAL of the FIFA Club World Cup, after a 3-0 defeat of South America's representatives Atletico Nacional. Bet you didn't see THAT coming. And for those of you who never stop dreaming, now you can ponder the possibility of a J.League team being 90 minutes away from the title of best club team in the world.

Read more: Antlers-Atletico 161214

Created: Sunday, 11 December 2016
Written by Matsu


Kashima Conquers in Club World Cup

The Kashima Antlers are through to the semifinals of the FIFA Club World Cup, after a 2-0 defeat of African representatives Mamelodi Sundowns.

Read more: Antlers-Sundowns 161211

Created: Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Written by Alan Gibson


Renofa Yamaguchi - Exciting Enough to Wake the Dead

Renofa Yamaguchi are gradually climbing the J.League ladder, and are attracting legions of fans as they advance. J.Soccer had a chance to meet with one of the team's more "colorful" fans --“Pajama Zombie Girl” 

Read more: Renofa Fans

Created: Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Written by Matsu

How do you Choke a Blue Dolphin?

Trick question. As we learned in the first round of this year's J.League Championship playoffs, Blue Dolphins are so adept at choking, you neednt do anything but stand back and watch.

Read more: Playoffs 161123

Created: Monday, 31 October 2016
Written by Alan Gibson

Vegalta Sendai 3-0 Vissel Kobe

A shorthanded Vissel Kobe saw their hopes of postseason play vanish as overzealous officiating helped Vegalta Sendai secure a solid victory

Read more: Vissel-Vegalta 161029

Created: Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Written by Matsu

 

Japan Enters a New Era

After the solid performance put in by a host of relatively new NT players last week, against Oman, Halilhodzic took a bit of a gamble and benched his star attacking unit of Honda, Okasaki and Kagawa, replacing them with three players who have only two dozen NT caps between them. The result proved that a new era is dawning for the Samurai Blue.

Read more: Japan-Saudi 161115

Created: Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Written by Alan Gibson

Postmortem on Japan - Australia

In the wake of Japan's 1-1 draw with Australia, it is hard to dispute coach Halilhodzic's verdict, that this result was "two points lost, rather than one point gained".

Read more: Japan-Oz 161012

Created: Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Written by Matsu

Japan - Australia

Japan's campaign for the 2018 World Cup sputtered along in unconvincing fashion Tuesday evening, with a 1-1 draw against Australia

Read more: Japan - Australia 161011

Created: Monday, 10 October 2016
Written by JSoccer Magazine

Is Mitsubishi Selling Out?

Well no . . . not exactly. But there has been a fairly substantial transfer of shares in the Urawa Reds, even if most of the shareholdings ARE being kept inside the Mitsubishi Group.

Read more: Mitsubishi Motors in Reds Sell-off

Created: Thursday, 06 October 2016
Written by Matsu

Japan - Iraq

Japan's campaign for a berth in the 2018 World Cup received an enormous boost on Thursday evening, as birthday boy Hotaru Yamaguchi's injury-time blast carried Japan past the Lions of Mesopotamia, and put their qualification campaign back on track.

Read more: Japan - Iraq 161005

J1 Standings

 

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Cerezo 44 13 5 3 43 22 +21 
2 Antlers 43 14 1 5 33 19 +14 
3 Reysol 38 12 2 6 31 21 +10 
4 Marinos 37 11 4 5 27 17 +10 
5 Frontale 36 10 6 4 36 23 +13 
6 Gamba 35 10 5 5 34 20 +14 
7 Jubilo 34 10 4 6 32 20 +12 
8 Reds 30 9 3 9 47 38 +9 
9 Sagan 30 8 6 6 24 23 +1 
10 Vissel 29 9 2 9 24 26 -2 
11 Tokyo 27 7 6 7 26 23 +3 
12 SPulse 22 5 7 8 24 29 -5 
13 Vegalta 22 6 4 10 23 38 -15 
14 Ventforet 19 4 7 9 11 22 -11 
15 Consadole 19 5 4 11 19 31 -12 
16 Ardija 16 4 4 12 19 37 -18 
17 Sanfrecce 14 3 5 12 19 34 -15 
18 Albirex 9 2 3 15 13 42 -29

J2 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Bellmare 53 16 5 5 31 21 +10
2 Avispa 52 16 4 6 37 20 +17
3 V.Varen 44 13 5 8 33 28 +5
4 Vortis 43 12 7 7 38 24 +14
5 YokoFC 41 12 5 9 36 26 +10
6 Trinita 41 11 8 7 35 29 +6
7 Fagiano 41 11 8 7 31 29 +2
8 Grampus 40 12 4 9 38 35 +3
9 Yamaga 39 11 6 9 37 21 +16
10 JEF Utd. 39 11 6 9 42 37 +5
11 Hollyhock 39 10 9 7 31 30 +1
12 Montedio 38 10 8 8 24 29 -5
13 Verdy 37 10 7 9 37 32 +5
14 Sanga 36 9 9 8 36 32 +4
15 Zelvia 35 9 8 9 33 30 +3
16 EhimeFC 35 10 5 10 32 34 -2
17 FC Gifu 29 7 8 11 36 40 -4
18 Zweigen 29 8 5 13 26 43 -17
19 Roasso 26 7 5 14 28 40 -12
20 Renofa 19 5 4 17 26 38 -12
21 Kamatamare 17 3 8 15 28 43 -15
22 Thespa 14 4 2 20 16 50 -3

J3 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Blaublitz 37 11 4 2 30 13 +17
2 Kataller 35 10 5 2 22 9 +13
3 Azul Claro 34 10 4 3 40 16 +24
4 TochigiSC 30 8 6 3 18 13 +5
5 Kagoshima 28 9 1 7 23 16 +7
6 Parceiro 28 7 7 3 15 10 +5
7 Giravanz 27 8 3 6 23 16 +7
8 FC Ryukyu 25 6 7 4 21 19 +2
9 Fujieda MyFC 25 7 4 6 21 24 -3
10 Fukushima 20 6 2 9 18 28 -10
11 Sagamihara 19 4 7 6 13 17 -4
12 Tokyo U23 19 5 4 8 17 22 -5
13 Gainare 17 4 5 8 19 30 -11
14 Grulla 15 3 6 8 16 23 -7
15 Gamba U23 13 4 1 12 10 27 -17
16 Cerezo U23 12 2 6 9 18 28 -10
17 YSCC 10 2 4 10 15 28 -13