Created: Sunday, 26 August 2018
Written by Matsu

Chasing the Snitch

As the J1 campaign moves into its final third, there are signs that one, or at most two teams may break away from the pack and produce a most un-J-like stroll to the finish line. Can the second-tier teams rein in Sanfrecce Hiroshima? Read on for all the details.

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Created: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Written by Alan Gibson

Six of the Best:

A Review of Some of the Greatest Foreign Players to Play in J.League

Created: Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Written by Peace Boy 89

 

Jordy Buijs – Welcome to Japan!

Jordy Buijs joined V-Varen Nagasaki from Sydney FC in July of this year and, judging by the outpour of support and well-wishing from Sydney fans online, he will be missed in the A-League.

Read more: Peace Derby 180822

Created: Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Written by Alan Gibson

 

Footie Food at J.League Games!

 If there are two things Japan does well, they're soccer and food. When you bring the two together you have a real match made in heaven. 

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Created: Wednesday, 08 August 2018
Written by Matsu


Sanfrecce Hiroshima Well Placed To Lift J-League Crown In 2018?

The Purple Archers have dropped points in recent play, but still enjoy a five-point cushion at the top of the table.

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Created: Friday, 27 July 2018
Written by Matsu

Fernando Torres and Iniesta Make their J.League Debuts

Two Spanish legends made debuts off the bench, in J.League matches last weekend. Though neither was able to help his team to victory, fans are looking forward to much more, from the recent acquisitions.

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Created: Monday, 02 July 2018
Written by Matsu

Iniesta Flying the Spanish Flag in Japan

Andres Iniesta made his J.League debut on July 22nd, as Vissel Kobe took on Shonan Bellmare. Fans are hoping the Iniesta-Podolski hotline will soon begin producing results.

Read more: Iniesta in Kobe 180724

Created: Monday, 09 July 2018
Written by Matsu

Look to the Future

The Samurai Blue won the hearts of football lovers worldwide, with their play in Russia 2018. Now the question is: "where do we go from here".

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Created: Monday, 02 July 2018
Written by Matsu

 

The Dream is Over

The Samurai Blue's quest for football's holy grail came to a tearful yet thrilling end, in a game for the ages, won by Belgium on the final play of the contest. The story is cruel, but I would not trade it for all the golden cups in the world.

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Created: Sunday, 01 July 2018
Written by Matsu
 

Our Chief Weapon is Surprise

As the Samurai Blue prepare for a Round-of-16 clash with Belgium, nobody gives them even a shadow of a chance. But Japan has the element of surprise. Surprise and fear . . . and ruthless efficiency . . . and . . .  

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J1 Standings

 

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 56 17 5 5 42 21 +21
2 Kawasaki Frontale 52 16 4 6 42 20 +22
3 FC Tokyo 43 12 7 8 34 25 +9
4 Kashima Antlers 42 12 6 9 37 34 +3
5 Cerezo Osaka 41 10 11 6 34 30 +4
6 Vegalta Sendai 41 12 5 10 36 38 -2
7 Consadole Sapporo 41 11 8 7 35 38 -3
8 Urawa Reds 38 10 8 9 37 27 +10
9 Vissel Kobe 36 10 6 11 33 35 -2
10 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 10 4 13 38 40 -2
11 Jubilo Iwata 33 8 9 10 29 37 -8
12 Yokohama Marinos 32 9 5 13 45 46 -1
13 Nagoya Grampus 31 9 4 13 43 48 -5
14 Shonan Bellmare 31 8 7 11 31 36 -5
15 Sagan Tosu 30 7 9 11 22 28 -6
16 Kashiwa Reysol 30 9 3 15 33 42 -9
17 Gamba Osaka 30 8 6 13 29 39 -10
18 V.Varen Nagasaki 27 8 3 16 32 48 -16

J2 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Yamaga 56 16 8 5 42 26 +16
2 Zelvia 53 15 8 5 48 34 +14
3 Trinita 51 15 6 8 50 35 +15
4 YokohamaFC 49 13 10 5 42 32 +10
5 Ardija 47 14 5 10 47 34 +13
6 Verdy 46 12 10 7 39 29 +10
7 Avispa 46 13 7 7 37 27 +10
8 Fagiano 44 12 8 9 31 27 +4
9 Renofa 43 11 10 7 47 46 +1
10 Vortis 41 12 5 12 35 29 +6
11 Montedio 40 11 7 10 34 35 -1
12 Hollyhock 39 11 6 12 34 32 +2
13 TochigiSC 38 10 8 11 29 33 -4
14 Ventforet 37 10 7 12 45 37 +8
15 Zweigen 36 9 9 11 36 37 -1
16 JEF United 35 10 5 14 49 56 -7
17 EhimeFC 33 9 6 14 24 38 -14
18 FC Gifu 32 9 5 15 36 43 -7
19 Albirex 29 8 5 16 30 45 -15
20 Roasso 26 7 5 17 37 55 -18
21 Sanga 25 7 4 17 25 41 -16
22 Kamatamare 24 6 6 16 23 49 -26

J3 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 FCRyukyu 35 10 5 3 35 20 +15
2 Azul Claro 32 9 5 3 19 9 +10
3 KagoshimaU 31 8 7 3 26 17 +9
4 FukushimaU 28 6 10 2 21 18 +3
5 Gainare 27 8 3 7 24 23 +1
6 Gamba U23 26 7 5 6 31 25 +6
7 Thespa 25 7 4 7 18 21 -3
8 Cerezo U23 24 6 6 6 24 23 +1
9 Blaublitz 24 7 3 8 17 16 +1
10 YSCC 23 5 8 5 26 22 +4
11 Sagamihara 23 6 5 6 29 27 +2
12 Grulla 23 7 2 9 22 30 -8
13 Parceiro 22 5 7 6 23 23 0
14 FujiedaMyFC 21 6 3 8 18 22 -4
15 Kataller 20 6 2 10 21 32 -11
16 Giravanz 14 3 5 9 13 27 -14
17 FCTokyo U23 13 3 4 11 18 30 -12