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

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Created: Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Written by Alan Gibson

What To Do When the J.League Season is Over

 

What to Do When the J.League Season Is Over?!



The end of the J.League 2019 season is just around the corner. It has been a thrilling
campaign, particularly at the top of J1, with Kashima Antlers, Yokohama F.Marinos and FC Tokyo still with a shot of the crown with five games to go... but soon the exciting story lines will
conclude, leaving a need to be entertained and to compete until the top division of Japanese
football gets underway once again.

In the modern day, the go-to source for entertainment is gaming, but despite the dedicated
fan base for football in Japan, the licensed video games aren’t among the best sellers. It was
found that FIFA 19 on the PlayStation 4 was only the 49th best-selling game of last year, with
the Nintendo Switch – the console of choice – version of FIFA 18 and FIFA 19 sitting back at
73rd and 78th – likely due to the lackluster porting efforts of publisher Electronic Arts. So here, we’ll be looking into a few different gaming options that provide the excitement of football, whether the competition is in a huge virtual stadium or simply through the thrills of engaging with game-play features.

Battle in Huge Football-Themed Stadiums

One of the biggest releases of the year, if not the biggest, is going to be Pokémon Sword and
Pokémon Shield. Finally boasting real open-world game-play and featuring on a home
console, the Nintendo Switch, everyone is hyped for the newest game. Based in Great Britain,
Sword and Shield will bring in a new wave of Pokémon, new ways to interact, and new
activities to enjoy. The developers, Game Freak, have gone all-out to invoke as many
elements from their theme as possible, which includes drawing from Britain’s insatiable love
of football.

Instead of battling gym leaders in their own building, away from prying eyes, major battles in
Pokemon Sword and Shield take place in packed stadiums filled with cheering fans. Game
Freak wanted to add as much gravitas to the occasion as possible, so they’ve also included
the giant Pokémon feature of Dynamaxing. On top of this, certain Pokémon can Gigantamax,
which alters their appearance and moves with specific monsters, such as Charizard, Corviknight, Drednaw, and Pikachu.

Seeking Football Thrills Elsewhere

If you don’t own a Nintendo Switch, or prefer more adult and sophisticated games, one of the
best hubs for entertainment online is the casino. Manekichi is specifically built for Japanese
gamers, offering a diverse range of games that includes some features that will immerse you in
football once again. The pick of the bunch is Mundial Fever as it features Diego Maradona,
Pele, Zinedine Zidane, and even a penalty shoot-out feature.

Baseball and rugby games are, understandably, dominating the mobile gaming charts in Japan
right now, per SimilarWeb, but Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer app is still the best mobile
football game going. Adapted from the console game with a massive mobile audience, the
updated app of eFootball PES 2020 now boasts the licenses for Barcelona, Bayern Munich,
Manchester United, and, exclusively, Juventus, among others.

The J.League season may be reaching its concluding chapter for 2019, but there are plenty
of games ready and waiting to give you

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.

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Created: Saturday, 09 July 2016
Written by Matsu

JSoccer Speaks with David Camhi

Recently, in China, Lionel Piguet had the chance, on behalf of JSoccer Magazine to meet David Camhi, a passionate French coach who, for four years worked under Philippe Troussier, at Shenzhen Ruby, CS Sfaxien in Tunisia, and then back in China at Hangzhou Greentown.

Read more: JSoccer Interview: David Caminhi

J1 Standings

 

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Marinos 70 22 4 8 68 38 +30
2 FCTokyo 64 19 7 8 46 29 +17
3 Antlers 63 18 9 7 54 30 +24
4 Frontale 60 16 12 6 57 34 +23
5 Cerezo 59 18 5 11 39 25 +14
6 Sanfrecce 55 15 10 9 45 29 +16
7 Gamba 47 12 11 11 54 48 +6
8 Vissel 47 14 5 15 61 59 +2
9 Trinita 47 12 11 11 35 35 0
10 Consadole 46 13 7 14 54 49 +5
11 Vegalta 41 12 5 17 38 45 -7
12 S-Pulse 39 11 6 17 45 69 -24
13 Grampus 37 9 10 15 45 50 -5
14 Reds 37 9 10 15 34 50 -16
15 Sagan 36 10 6 18 32 53 -21
16 Bellmare 36 10 6 18 40 63 -23
17 Yamaga 31 6 13 15 21 40 -19
18 Jubilo 31 8 7 19 29 51 -22

J2 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Reysol 84 25 9 8 85 33 +52
2 Yoko FC 79 23 10 9 66 40 +26
4 Vortis 73 21 10 11 67 45 +22
3 Ardija 75 20 15 7 62 40 +22
5 Ventforet 71 20 11 11 64 40 +24
6 Montedio 70 20 10 12 59 40 +19
7 Hollyhock 70 19 13 10 56 37 +19
8 Sanga 68 19 11 12 59 56 +3
9 Fagiano 65 18 11 13 49 47 +2
10 Albirex 62 17 11 14 71 52 +19
11 Zweigen 61 15 16 11 58 46 +12
12 VVaren 56 17 5 20 57 61 -4
13 Verdy 55 14 13 15 59 59 0
14 FCRyukyu 49 13 10 19 57 80 -23
15 Renofa 47 13 8 21 54 70 -16
16 Avispa 44 12 8 22 39 62 -23
17 JEF United 43 10 13 19 46 64 -18
18 Zelvia 43 9 16 17 36 59 -23
19 Ehime FC 42 12 6 24 46 62 -16
20 Tochigi SC 40 8 16 18 33 53 -20
21 Kagoshima 40 11 7 24 41 73 -32
22 FCGifu 30 7 9 26 33 78 -45

J3 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Giravanz 66 19 9 6 51 27 +24
2 Thespa 63 18 9 7 59 34 +25
3 Fujieda 63 18 9 7 42 31 +11
4 Kataller 58 16 10 8 54 31 23
5 Roasso 57 16 9 9 45 39 +6
6 Cerezo U23 52 16 4 14 49 56 -7
7 Gainare 50 14 8 12 49 59 -10
8 Blaublitz 49 13 10 11 45 35 +10
9 Parceiro 49 13 10 11 35 34 +1
10 Vanuraure 48 14 6 14 49 42 +7
11 Fukushima 43 13 4 17 45 53 -8
12 AzulClaro 39 11 6 17 35 43 -8
13 YSCC 39 12 3 19 53 65 -12
14 Kamatamare 39 10 9 15 33 49 -16
15 Sagamihara 38 10 8 16 36 45 -9
16 FCTokyo U23 36 9 9 16 43 52 -9
17 Gamba U23 35 9 8 17 54 55 -1
18 Grulla 26 7 5 22 36 63 -27