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J.League News

Japanese Football.For the latest J. League news and results on Japan's J.League and the Japanese national team. All the action from J.1 and J.2, plus Japanese players overseas.

Japan World Cup 2010 Team Profile

Japan national team World Cup team profile.

Nagoya Grampus

Nagoya Grampus play the semi-final of the ACL.

Leandro Exits Gamba

Gamba striker Leandro leaves Osaka for Qatari club al-Sadd.

Australia v Japan Match Report

Socceroos grab the bragging rights with a 2-1 win at the MCG.

League Cup

The revamped J-League League Cup is facing an image crisis with clubs and fans.

ACL 2009

J-League teams crush their A-League counterparts in the latest round of Asian Champions League games.

J. League Preview 2009

2009 J. League preview - all the teams and their prospects ahead of the new season.

Japan v Australia Match Report

Stalemate in the Japan v Australia qualifier in Yokohama.

J-League Girls, Japan.

Japan v Australia Preview

Verbal spats ahead of the crucial Japan v Australia qualifier in Yokohama.

J. League Player Awards 2008

J. League Player Awards: The best 10 players in the 2008 J-League season.

J. League Awards 2008

J. League Awards: The best and the worst of the 2008 season.

Emperor's Cup 2009

Gamba Osaka v Kashiwa Reysol: Gamba claim the last trophy of the year after an exhausting season.

Nabisco Cup

Oita Trinita v Shimizu S-Pulse: Oita win their first ever trophy at the National Stadium in Tokyo.

J. League Interview

Interview with a Shimizu S-Pulse fan: Yuichi Korenaga discusses the J-League, Shimizu and Japan's football culture.

Japan v Uzbekistan

Japan v Uzbekistan: only a 1-1 draw and the vultures are circling for the hapless Okada.

Photograph of Toyota stadium (c) Soccerphile Ltd.

Takeshi Okada

Japan's national team coach Takeshi Okada is under pressure to get Japan to the 2010 World Cup.

World Cup Asian Qualifying Zone

Japan meet Australia in the final round of Asian qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

J. League Blogs

The best of J. League blogs and Japanese soccer fan sites.

Shizuoka Derby

Shimizu S-Pulse v Jubilo Iwata ends all square at Nihondaira.

Gert Engels Interview

Gert Engels is relieved after Urawa win their first game of the new season.

J. League Preview 2008

J. League preview we look at all the J-1 teams and their prospects ahead of the new season.

Holger Osieck

Urawa Reds' coach Osieck reflects on the Reds' calamitous end to the J-League season.

J-League Champions 2007

Kashima Antlers are the 2007 J-League Champions.

Holger Osieck Interview

Urawa Reds beat Sepahan in the Asian Champions League final.

Urawa Reds v Seongnam Ilwha in ACL

Urawa Reds beat Seongnam Ilwha in a thrilling Asian Champions League semi-final.

Asian Cup 2007 Japan v Australia Preview

Japan take on Australia in the most-eagerly awaited quarter-final of the Asian Cup.

Ivica Osim

Ivica Osim meets the foreign press pack in Tokyo as Japan prepare for the 2007 Asian Cup.

Ardija On The Up in J.1

Ardija On The Up - At last Robert Verbeek's hard work as Omiya Ardija's coach is showing signs of paying off as the team climbs out of the J-1 cellar.

Sef Vergoosen Interview

Nagoya Grampus' Dutch coach Sef Vergoosen discusses his three year plan for perennial underachievers Nagoya Grampus.

Robert Verbeek Interview

Omiya Ardija's new Dutch coach Robert Verbeek discusses his tough start to the season and his more famous brother Pim.

J. League Preview 2007

J. League Preview 2007 - A look at the teams and their prospects ahead of the new J.League season.

Transfer Scene 2007

All the latest J-League transfer news as Santos and Miyamoto leave for Austria and Paolo Wanchope joins FC Tokyo.

Emperor's Cup Final 2007

Urawa Reds edged the Emperor's Cup in a disappointing match against Gamba Osaka at Tokyo National Stadium.

J-League Nabisco League Cup 2006

JEF United retained the Nabisco League Cup in a hard-fought match against Kashima Antlers at Tokyo National Stadium.

J-League Soccer Stadiums

J-League Soccer Stadiums - A travel guide to J-League soccer stadiums - getting there by public transport, ground capacity and history.

J-League 13 Years On

The J-League 13 Years On - The J-League reaches puberty at last. A personal look back at the last decade and a bit of Japan's J.League.

J-League Match Report - Shimizu S-Pulse v Ventforet Kofu

Shimizu S-Pulse take on local rivals Ventforet at Nihondaira Stadium (19/8/06).

J-League Match Report - Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Shimizu S-Pulse

Shimizu S-Pulse started the J-League second stage in style with a win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the Big Arch (12/8/06).

Japan National Team Post Mortem

Japan had a poor World Cup in 2006 - John Herbert looks at the reasons why.

J. League Preview 2006

J. League Preview 2006 - C. Ogawa on the teams, the fans, the stadiums, and who will win it all.

Asian Teams Disappoint In Germany

Asian Teams Disappoint - Europe and South American teams have dominated at World Cup 2006; no Asian teams reached the second round with the exception, sort of, of new member Australia.

Japan Strikers Draw A Blank

Japan Strikers Draw A Blank - Will Marquand on wa + the group ethic = no great Japanese strikers.

Team Japan Preview 2006

John Herbert thinks confidence will be key for Zico's men in Germany.

Shunsuke Nakamura

Shunsuke Nakamura's first season at Glasgow Celtic.

J. League For Dummies

J. League For Dummies - Liam Ring explains the names, the teams, the fans, the stadiums and how to get tickets.

J. League Preview 2005

J. League Preview 2005 - Naheen Madarbakus & Liam Ring report on what to look for in the 2005 J.League season.

History of Japanese Soccer

History of Japanese Soccer - Christopher Hood looks back at the history of Japanese football, on both club and national level.

Gert Engels Interviews

Ex-Kyoto Purple Sanga coach, Gert Engels talked to Soccerphile in 2002 and again in 2003.

Steve Perryman

Ex-Spurs and England midfielder Steve Perryman talks about his time in the J.League with Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashiwa Reysol.

J. League Links

J. League Links - Links to J.League related sites.

Japan's World Cup Venues and Stadiums

Japan's World Cup Venues and Stadiums - Japan's 10 venues and stadiums for the 2002 World Cup.

J. League Ref

Soccerphile interviews Leslie Mottram - a former J. League referee and now refereeing inspector for the J.League.

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi

Keeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi endured an unhappy time in England with Portsmouth.

Match Reports

In the run up to the 2002 World Cup coach Philippe Trousier took the national team to Europe to play France and Nigeria.

Gamba Osaka's Stadium. Gamba Osaka fans. Cerezo Osaka fans in the pink. Oita Stadium.

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