As @AgentOrange2009 will soon say, screw the niceties, and let’s dig deep into the relegationistan roulette…. On the surface, week 33 offered no change in terms of the Relegation table. All 4 potential relegation victims succumbed to their opponents. However, looking more closely, it seems as though some losses might be worse than others. […]Read More R-Day…..
There’s always one. Someone who walks past a party and thinks “I haven’t been invited, but you know what that party needs? Me.” In J.League terms, that someone is Jubilo Iwata. After a decent first stage in which they finished 8th with a fairly good record of 6-5-6, the second stage has seen them collapse […]Read More Relegationistan: Party Crashers
…but we’re not heading for Venus. We are heading in the other direction (down, not up, in case you were wondering). Some are heading for the capital of Relegationistan: J2. Want to know the ins & outs of the relegation run-in? @AgentOrange2009 knows you do, and has prepared this rather spiffy guide for you. […]Read More Relegationistan – The final countdown
It is a beautiful time of year in Relegationistan. Leaves are falling, teams are falling, supporter morale is falling. Looking at the foot of J1, we see more reds, maroons and oranges than we would in a usual autumn scene at one of Kyoto’s beautiful temples. When you think of a “classico” – you think […]Read More Relegationistan in Autumn
Conspiracy theories. Utter drivel spouted by neurotic imbeciles? Or people who can see past the obvious and into the glorious realm of truth? Whichever one of these descriptions you subscribe to, the J.League has its own conspiracies. Or does it? It is a complex issue, but luckily @AgentOrange2009 is here to decode the messages – […]Read More Relegationistan – “Droppers”
He might be on holiday, but that doesn’t mean that @AgentOrange2009‘s head is filled with the delights of summer. No, in fact, his head is full of the thoughts of the devastation, destruction & downright horribleness of life in the relegation zone. Brace yourself, it isn’t going to be nice. For me at least. […]Read More Relegationistan – Feeling the heat
Enough of this Golden Week frivolity, there’s misery to be shared. And when it comes to sharing J.League misery, @AgentOrange2009 is the most generous man around….. 2 rounds ago, it appeared as though the Mighty Bellmartians of Shonan were done and dusted. Even though they managed to not allow 2 goals in a league […]Read More Relegationistan
Yesterday marked the first road marker in the race for relegation. A couple of caveats. First, it’s very early. We could see one, two, or three different teams stuck in relegation territory come week 34. Second, it’s never too early to panic. If you haven’t won this season, might be a good idea to think […]Read More Relegation? It’s never too early….
Spring. The time when everyone is positive. New shoots of life spring from the ground. New pearls of beautifulness blossom from the trees, and everyone in Japan is looking forward to a new beginning. Except Steve Barme. As president of Relegationistan, he dwells on only the negative points of life. It is a hard existence, […]Read More Relegationistan: Speed Kills
You think relegation is easy? You think it is just as simple as being bad? Wrong. There are rules & regulations to follow (and to be broken….cheers Cerezo) in this crazy kingdom. So, don your study cap and get ready to read what Professor Barme – known to us friends as @AgentOrange2009 – has to […]Read More Welcome (back) to Relegationistan