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J-League

J-League News - Japanese Football

J-League

Japan's J-League is the top division of Japanese soccer. The J-League began in 1993 and presently consists of two leagues - J1 and J2 - with 18 teams in J-1 and 19 teams in J-2.

The bottom 2 teams from J1 are relegated to J2 with the top two J2 gaining automatic promotion to J1. The third placed J2 team contests a two-legged play off with the third from bottom J1 team to decide the final spot.

Japanese teams also compete in the Asian Champions League against other teams from such countries as Australia, South Korea and China.

Keep up with all the soccer news from Japan as well as the Japanese national team, Japanese players overseas in the Premiership and Bundesliga and the Asian Cup.


Latest Japanese Soccer News

3 December

The 2013 J-League season heads to its climax with Yokohama and Sanfrecce hoping to clinch the title on the final weekend.

23 November

J-League Heads To Close Finish As Maeda Curse Broken

The 2013 J-League season heads for a close finish between Yokohama and Urawa as the Maeda Curse is finally broken and Jubilo do down.

12 September

Omiya Ardija

Ardija slump after a promising start to their J-League season.

10 May, 2013

What Makes A Top League?

Since 2005, when the J.League went to a single season format, there have been six different J1 winners in eight seasons.

28 March, 2013

Yokohama F Marinos & the Maeda Curse

Can Yokohama achieve their goal of reaching the ACL this season and news on the incredible "Maeda Curse."

12 November, 2012

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Hisato Sato stars as Sanfrecce Hiroshima take control of J-League title race.

30 September, 2012

Gamba Osaka

It's make or break time for Gamba Osaka who are close to the drop.

August 30, 2012

Sanfrecce & Vegalta Lead The Way

Hiroshima Sanfrecce and Vegalta Sendai head J-1 through the long, hot summer.

May 21, 2012

Vegalta Sendai Early Leaders

Surprise early leaders of the J-League are Vegalta Sendai.

March 30, 2012

J-League 2012 Season Preview

There's a new era beginning in Japanese football as Reysol begin the defence of their first title.

December 3, 2011

Kashiwa Reysol Win J-League

Kashiwa Reysol won the J-League for the first time in their history.

4 September, 2011

Japan National Team Road to Brazil 2014

The Japan national team takes its first steps on the road to Brazil 2014.

August 10, 2011

Kashima Antlers

Kashima Antlers, once Japan's best club are going through a generational change.

June 20, 2011

Avispa Fukuoka

Are Avispa Fukuoka the worst team in J-League history?

April 25, 2011

J. League Resumes

The J. League season resumed after the tragic earthquake on March 11.

March 7, 2011

J-League Girls, Japan.

J. League 2011 Kicks Off

The 2011 J. League season could be the most exciting yet.

December 5, 2010

Vissell Stay Up; FC Tokyo Go Down

Ecstasy for Vissell Kobe; agony for FC Tokyo.

November 9, 2010

Nagoya Grampus

Nagoya can't choke now, can they?

September 30, 2010

Eddy Bosnar

Eddy Bosnar: big in Japan!

September 5, 2010

Zac Japan

Alberto Zaccheroni is to be the new national coach of Japan.

July 25, 2010

Nagoya v Shimizu

S-Pulse and Grampus play out a thrilling 3-3 draw with an Aussie flavour.

June 22, 2010

Defensive Japan

Japan remain unrepentant over their defensive tactics at World Cup 2010.

June 15, 2010

Honda In Cruise Control

Honda in cruise control as they begin with a 1-0 win over Cameroon.

June 8, 2010

Japan in Crisis?

Japan failed to defeat Zimbabwe in a hastily arranged World Cup warm-up match.

May 28, 2010

Japan v South Korea

Japan lose 0-2 to South Korea in another disappointing defeat.

May 6, 2010

Shimizu On Top

Could Shimizu S-Pulse be heading for their first J. League title?

March 5, 2010

J. League 2010 Gets Underway

The J. League 2010 season kicks off this weekend

February 17, 2010

Okada Woes

Things get worse for Okada as Japan crash 3-1 to rivals South Korea.

February 10, 2010

Okada Under Mounting Pressure

Takeshi Okada - Japan coach Takeshi Okada is under mounting pressure as poor results continue.


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