Created: Sunday, 05 July 2020
Written by Matsu

The J.League Returns

On Saturday evening the J.League resumed its 2020 season, with a host of exciting, if still slightly disorganized contests. The new paradigm -- with games played before empty stadiums -- may take time to get used to. But it is nice to have football back, at long last.


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Created: Sunday, 28 June 2020
Written by Matsu

The J.League is Back! ... uh ... well, Kinda.

The J.League 2020 season kicked off just over four months ago, yet there is still only one match in the books for J1 and J2 teams, and J3 teams have yet to begin 2020 play. The J1 will not resume until next weekend, but J2 and J3 teams got back under way on Saturday and Sunday.

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Created: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
Written by Alan Gibson

Costa Rican youngster Antonio Aguilar dreams of playing in Japan. Here is his story.

JSoccer interviewed a player who saw his opportunity to play in Japan cut short by the Covid-19 situation.

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Created: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Written by Matsu

Another Season Dawns

Are you ready? The J.League 2020 season kicked off this weekend, and JSoccer has a full roundup of the results.

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Created: Friday, 10 January 2020
Written by Matsu

Stand-ins Stumped by Saudis

The Young Samurai Blue started the year 2020 with an abject performance and a loss against Saudi Arabia. So should we be worried?

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Created: Saturday, 28 December 2019
Written by Matsu

Olympians Starting to Look Like ... Olympians

Japan's Olympic Team made their Prime Time debut on Saturday, in chilly Nagasaki. The Young Samurai set the pitch alight, and gave fans a pleasant winter dream for the coming New Year.

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Created: Saturday, 14 December 2019
Written by Matsu

Hong Kong Kablooie

The Samurai Blue continued their experiments at the East Asian Cup, trotting out a host of debutants for the match against Hong Kong. The final result flatters them slightly, but the prospective Tokyo Olympians coasted to victory on a hat trick by Samurai Blue newcomer Koki Ogawa.

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Created: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Written by Matsu

The New Era Has ... Arrived?

The East Asian Cup opened on Tuesday evening, with a host of fresh new faces for the Samurai Blue faithful to run the rule over. The best new debutante of all was not a player, although most J.League fans have come to know it very well over the past decade.

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Created: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Written by Matsu

Another Sluggish Step for Samurai Blue

Japan's 2022 World Cup qualification match on Thursday evening was another chance for the Samurai Blue to try out new players, tactics and formations against a small but feisty opponent. Instead, we got pretty much the same old, same old. Fortunately, next week's clash with Venezuela and the mid-December East Asian Cup should give us a chance to look at some new faces.

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Created: Wednesday, 06 November 2019
Written by JSoccerMagazine


There are two Japan national team squads in the coming weeks as they play a World Cup Qualifier - the 1st XI, and then a Kirin Cup friendly - a chance to give some lesser-experienced players a chance to shine.

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