Created: Monday, 02 July 2018
Written by Matsu

 

The Dream is Over

The Samurai Blue's quest for football's holy grail came to a tearful yet thrilling end, in a game for the ages, won by Belgium on the final play of the contest. The story is cruel, but I would not trade it for all the golden cups in the world.

Read more: Japan-Belgium 180703

Created: Sunday, 01 July 2018
Written by Matsu
 

Our Chief Weapon is Surprise

As the Samurai Blue prepare for a Round-of-16 clash with Belgium, nobody gives them even a shadow of a chance. But Japan has the element of surprise. Surprise and fear . . . and ruthless efficiency . . . and . . .  

Read more: SamuraiBlue 180701

Created: Thursday, 28 June 2018
Written by Matsu

 

The Dream Becomes a Nightmare

The Samurai Blue managed to stumble across the finish line and advance to the knockout round. But it certainly was not pretty to watch.

Read more: Japan-Poland 180628

Created: Monday, 25 June 2018
Written by Matsu

 

The Second Chapter

The Samurai Blue's quest for football's holy grail continued on Sunday, with a tough tussle against Senegal. The dream continjhes

Read more: Japan Senegal 180625

Created: Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Written by Matsu

 

The Dream Begins

The Samurai Blue began their quest for football's holy grail on Tuesday evening. The dream has just begun

Read more: JapanNT 180619

Created: Sunday, 10 June 2018
Written by Matsu

Maya Yoshida Interview

Maya Yoshida spoke exclusively to JSoccer Magazine after the Japan game against Switzerland... He spoke about his fitness, the difficulties of settling in a new manager so quickly, and his passion for Nagasaki!.

Read more: Yoshida Interview 180607

Created: Thursday, 31 May 2018
Written by Matsu

Why Japan will Win the World Cup

I know . . . . youre staring at that headline trying to figure out what on earth it means. Well, there's only one way to find out: Read On.

Read more: JapanNT 180531

Created: Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Written by Matsu


C'Etait La Vie!

Frédéric Antonetti Reflects on his Time at Gamba Osaka Back in 1998.

Read more: Antonetti Interview

Created: Monday, 14 May 2018
Written by Matsu

 


Teeraasil and Theerathon
Two Terrific Thai Transfers 

With the current influx of Thai players to the J.League, JSoccer Magazine had a chance to interview a Thai fan about the impact this is having both for Thai players and for the local league. 

Read more: Terrific Thais

Created: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Written by Matsu

Out like a Lamb?

The J.League season got off to a frigid start at the beginning of March, but things seem to be heating up at last.

Read more: J1-180331

J1 Standings

 

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Marinos 70 22 4 8 68 38 +30
2 FCTokyo 64 19 7 8 46 29 +17
3 Antlers 63 18 9 7 54 30 +24
4 Frontale 60 16 12 6 57 34 +23
5 Cerezo 59 18 5 11 39 25 +14
6 Sanfrecce 55 15 10 9 45 29 +16
7 Gamba 47 12 11 11 54 48 +6
8 Vissel 47 14 5 15 61 59 +2
9 Trinita 47 12 11 11 35 35 0
10 Consadole 46 13 7 14 54 49 +5
11 Vegalta 41 12 5 17 38 45 -7
12 S-Pulse 39 11 6 17 45 69 -24
13 Grampus 37 9 10 15 45 50 -5
14 Reds 37 9 10 15 34 50 -16
15 Sagan 36 10 6 18 32 53 -21
16 Bellmare 36 10 6 18 40 63 -23
17 Yamaga 31 6 13 15 21 40 -19
18 Jubilo 31 8 7 19 29 51 -22

J2 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Reysol 84 25 9 8 85 33 +52
2 Yoko FC 79 23 10 9 66 40 +26
4 Vortis 73 21 10 11 67 45 +22
3 Ardija 75 20 15 7 62 40 +22
5 Ventforet 71 20 11 11 64 40 +24
6 Montedio 70 20 10 12 59 40 +19
7 Hollyhock 70 19 13 10 56 37 +19
8 Sanga 68 19 11 12 59 56 +3
9 Fagiano 65 18 11 13 49 47 +2
10 Albirex 62 17 11 14 71 52 +19
11 Zweigen 61 15 16 11 58 46 +12
12 VVaren 56 17 5 20 57 61 -4
13 Verdy 55 14 13 15 59 59 0
14 FCRyukyu 49 13 10 19 57 80 -23
15 Renofa 47 13 8 21 54 70 -16
16 Avispa 44 12 8 22 39 62 -23
17 JEF United 43 10 13 19 46 64 -18
18 Zelvia 43 9 16 17 36 59 -23
19 Ehime FC 42 12 6 24 46 62 -16
20 Tochigi SC 40 8 16 18 33 53 -20
21 Kagoshima 40 11 7 24 41 73 -32
22 FCGifu 30 7 9 26 33 78 -45

J3 Standings

. Team Pts W D L GF GA G.Dif.
1 Giravanz 66 19 9 6 51 27 +24
2 Thespa 63 18 9 7 59 34 +25
3 Fujieda 63 18 9 7 42 31 +11
4 Kataller 58 16 10 8 54 31 23
5 Roasso 57 16 9 9 45 39 +6
6 Cerezo U23 52 16 4 14 49 56 -7
7 Gainare 50 14 8 12 49 59 -10
8 Blaublitz 49 13 10 11 45 35 +10
9 Parceiro 49 13 10 11 35 34 +1
10 Vanuraure 48 14 6 14 49 42 +7
11 Fukushima 43 13 4 17 45 53 -8
12 AzulClaro 39 11 6 17 35 43 -8
13 YSCC 39 12 3 19 53 65 -12
14 Kamatamare 39 10 9 15 33 49 -16
15 Sagamihara 38 10 8 16 36 45 -9
16 FCTokyo U23 36 9 9 16 43 52 -9
17 Gamba U23 35 9 8 17 54 55 -1
18 Grulla 26 7 5 22 36 63 -27