Homecomings

Seven football knights might look for a new challenge. These homecomings may be impossible or crazy, but they would be fascinating.

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Tennouhai fun & games

Wednesday was a horrible day weather-wise in a lot of Japan, making travel to Emperor’s Cup games for both players & supporters difficult – FC Osaka had their travel plans disrupted on their way to play Yokohama F.Marinos. But, those hardy souls who did make their way to games were rewarded with some exciting games […]

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Chasing the J – Regional Update

Your friendly guide to the regional leagues in Japan is back, and @GifuRichy gives us an early season primer as to the runners & riders in the race to the J.League. Chasing the J – Regions 2017 With the JFA announcing that J3 would probably “be full” in the next couple of years and promotion/relegation […]

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Chasing the J

Given that the JFL season has just started, what better time to make our first check-in with lower league nerd….er, expert @GifuRichy as he looks at the clubs in non-J.League represented prefectures that are looking to make the step up from the JFL & regional leagues to the promised land of the J.League.   This […]

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A-Z of J.League 2017

Happy new year, and welcome back to J.League Regista for 2017! With the J.League kicking off in a month’s time, it is time to start looking forward to what is in store this year. It promises to be yet another interesting year across the Japanese football spectrum, from the top of J1, to the race […]

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Chasing the J: JFL wrap

In the second part of @GifuRichy‘s look back at the non-professional Japanese leagues, he casts his eye over the JFL, and those clubs that were looking to get to the promised land of the J.League proper. 2016 overall standings of “J-chasing” teams: 3 Azul Claro Numazu (59pts) 7 Vanraure Hachinohe (46pts) 8 Reinmeer Aomori (45pts) […]

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Chasing the J: The Final Act

It is not just the professional leagues that have (almost) finished, the regional league – and the race to ascend the Japanese football pyramid – also came to a climax in November. Regional connoisseur @GifuRichy tells us about how things turned out in the regional scene.   Fukui – Saurcos Fukui After finishing first in […]

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Chasing the J – the race

  Apologies for the delay. It’s a bit out of date, but the info is still solid. @GifuRichy takes a look at the race for the J.League…. Chasing the J – The Regions (Final League Standings) In order to have a chance to be able to be promoted to the JFL teams have to first […]

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Iwaki FC’s final frontier

This weekend marks a significant staging post in Pieter Huistra’s Iwaki FC revolution, as they take on Fukushima United for the right to represent Fukushima prefecture in this year’s Emperor’s Cup. For the uninitiated, the Emperor’s Cup is Japan’s national football competition, open to all clubs in Japan. Those outside of the top two leagues […]

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