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.

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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.

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Created: Tuesday, 04 October 2016
Written by Alan Gibson

Emperor's Cup 4th Round / Last 16 draw

The JFL has released a schedule of the Emperor's Cup games to be played Nov. 9 and 12

Read more: Emperor's Cup 4th Round

Created: Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Written by Alan Gibson

Alan Does Some J-Talking

The latest episode of the J-Talk Podcast - Episode 201 - features me (sorry!) @JSoccerMagazine waxing lyrically about all sorts of Japan Football-related stuff. Have a listen!

J-Talk Podcast #201

Created: Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Written by Matsu

 

J1 Teams Still Trying to Make a Mark

Kawasaki Frontale is the only undefeated team, after three weeks of play, but none of the presumptive favourites has really set itself apart from the pack.

Read more: J1 Report 160306

J1 Standings

 

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Sanfrecce 13 4 1 0 5 1 +4
2 Vegalta 11 3 2 0 5 2 +3
3 Frontale 10 3 1 1 7 2 +5
4 SPulse 8 2 2 1 8 5 +3
5 Reysol 8 2 2 1 7 5 +2
6 Sagan 8 2 2 1 8 7 +1
7 Antlers 8 2 2 1 2 1 +1
8 Grampus 7 2 1 2 6 6 0
9 FCTokyo 7 2 1 2 5 6 -1
10 Marinos 7 2 1 2 4 5 -1
10 Jubilo 7 2 1 2 4 5 -1
12 Cerezo 6 1 3 1 7 8 -1
13 Vissel 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1
14 Bellmare 5 1 2 2 4 5 -1
15 Consadole 5 1 2 2 6 8 -2
16 VVaren 2 0 2 3 5 8 -3
17 Reds 2 0 2 3 4 7 -3
18 Gamba 1 0 1 4 6 11 -5

J2 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Fagiano 16 5 1 1 8 2 +6
2 Zelvia 15 4 3 0 11 6 +5
3 Trinita 14 4 2 1 15 7 +8
4 Renofa 14 4 2 1 15 10 +5
5 Verdy 13 3 4 0 9 3 +6
6 Roasso 12 4 0 3 11 11 0
7 Hollyhock 11 3 2 2 9 5 +4
8 Albirex 11 3 2 2 8 6 +2
9 Avispa 11 3 2 2 9 8 +1
10 YokohamaFC 11 3 2 2 7 9 -2
11 Zweigen 9 2 3 2 10 7 +3
12 Vortis 9 3 0 4 7 9 -2
13 Ventforet 8 2 2 3 7 7 0
14 Yamaga 7 1 4 2 9 10 -1
15 JEF United 7 2 1 4 12 14 -2
16 FCGifu 7 2 1 4 11 13 -2
17 Ardija 7 2 1 4 10 12 -2
18 TochigiSC 7 2 1 4 8 15 -7
19 Montedio 6 1 3 3 8 12 -4
20 Sanga 6 1 3 3 6 10 -4
21 EhimeFC 6 2 0 5 5 11 -6
22 Kamatamare 4 1 1 5 5 13 -8

J3 Standings

. Team Pts GP W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Gainare 13 5 4 1 0 11 5 +6
2 AzulClaro 12 4 4 0 0 8 0 +8
3 FCRyukyu 10 5 3 1 1 11 8 +3
4 Gamba U23 10 5 3 1 1 10 8 +2
5 Fukushima 10 5 3 1 1 6 4 +2
6 Cerezo U23 9 4 3 0 1 6 3 +3
7 Blaublitz 6 5 2 0 3 4 4 0
8 Fujieda 6 5 2 0 3 6 9 -3
9 Parceiro 5 4 1 2 1 4 4 0
10 YSCC 5 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1
11 Kagoshima 4 4 1 1 2 5 5 0
12 Grulla 4 5 1 1 3 6 8 -2
13 Giravanz 4 4 1 1 2 4 6 -2
14 Thespa 4 4 1 1 2 3 5 -2
15 Tokyo U23 3 5 1 0 4 4 9 -5
16 Kataller 3 5 1 0 4 6 12 -6
17 Sagamihara 2 4 0 2 2 7 10 -3