J1 LEAGUE

Match to Watch: Trinita, Vegalta meet as relegation fight heats up

Vegalta Sendai were fortunate to avoid relegation last season, finishing second from the bottom and staying in the top flight only because nobody suffered the drop last year due to the pandemic. But this season relegation is going to happen and Vegalta are second from the bottom again, putting them in a desperate fight to keep their place in the MEIJI YASUD…
J1 LEAGUE

Player in Focus: Iniesta’s sparkling form continues to lift Vissel

Vissel Kobe have never finished better than seventh in the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE, but this season has been unlike any other in club history. The Ushi have been spectacular, ranking among the league’s best in goals scored and goals conceded. That play has catapulted them to third place, which would be a club record.And how does a team play so well both goin…
AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Nagoya head to Pohang for AFC Champions League quarter-final clash

Nagoya Grampus are the last remaining J.League club in the AFC Champions League and on Sunday they will carry that flag to the Republic of Korea for their quarterfinal clash with Pohang Steelers.This quarter-final tie will be a rematch of the group stage, where Nagoya beat Steelers, 3-0, before the two sides battled to a 1-1 draw when Grampus had already cl…
Samurai Blue

J.LEAGUE stars and alums lead Japan to massive FIFA World Cup qualifying win

Japan found themselves in trouble after losing to Saudi Arabia in FIFA World Cup qualifying last week. They had two losses from their first three third round qualifying matches and were in danger of digging themselves a deep hole to make it to Qatar 2022. Maybe most concerning was they had to play unbeaten Australia in their next contest.The Samurai Blue pr…
Feature

5 of the best Aussie J.LEAGUE goal-scorers and -stoppers

By Sean CarrollOver the years dozens of Australians have donned J.League colours, with many of them performing match-winning roles out on the pitch - either by scoring crucial goals or stopping them going in at the other end.Here we look back at a handful of standout contributions from Socceroos stars in the J.League.1) Alex Brosque - Shimizu S-PulseBrosque…
League Cup

Nagoya, Cerezo win semis to set up clash in 2021 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Final

Nagoya Grampus and Cerezo Osaka will meet in the J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Final. The two clubs got the job done in the second legs of their ties, holding on after successful first legs to advance to the ultimate match of the competition.Grampus held a 3-1 lead after the first leg, but had to play away to an F.C.Tokyo team that features a dangerous attack so …

Five Australian managers with J.LEAGUE links

Coaches from all all over the world have taken charge of teams in the J.League over the past three decades, including of course several from Australia.As well as some of the best tacticians from down under working their magic in Japanese dugouts, several Australian players with J.League experience have also gone on to become highly-regarded managers in thei…
Feature

Aussie Flair, Japanese Fashions: The iconic kits Australians have worn in the J.LEAGUE

By Sean CarrollAs well as being the best football league in Asia, the J.League has also carved out a strong reputation on account of the fashionable shirts worn by its players.Some colourful, daring and, on occasion, outrageous designs have been sported by clubs over the years, and several Australians have had the pleasure of donning some of these fancy thr…
League Cup

2021 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP final spots up for grabs this weekend

Nagoya Grampus and Cerezo Osaka got the results they wanted out of the first legs of their 2021 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP semi-finals. Nagoya rolled to a big 3-1 home win over F.C.Tokyo, while Cerezo walked away with an away goal and 1-1 draw against Urawa Reds. Now, they are just 90 minutes away from advancing to the cup final. No team is better situated to …
J.LEAGUE Awards

Miyagi’s stoppage-time winner takes home September Goal of the Month

Kawasaki Frontale’s title defense was under threat with Yokohama F·Marinos closing the gap on them atop the table and they were in danger of dropping points against Kashima Antlers. The match reached stoppage time tied 1-1 and looked bound for a draw. Then, Ten Miyagi got involved.The 20-year old took one touch to settle the ball, looked up and saw the goal…
J.LEAGUE Awards

Record-setting Langerak wins Konami Monthly MVP for September

Mitchell Langerak was in goal for four MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE contests in September and he allowed a grand total of two goals. The Aussie was his typical excellent self in turning away opponents and he even set a league record for most clean sheets in the first 28 matches of a season. All in all, it was a spectacular month for the Nagoya Grampus backstop an…
J.LEAGUE Awards

Frontale’s resurgence earns Oniki Manager of the Month for September

Kawasaki Frontale are back on track to win their second consecutive MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE title after a sensational September and that run of form earned Toru Oniki Manager of the Month honors.Frontale won all four of their September contests, outscoring their opponents 8-3. They won a pair of matches in stoppage time, showing off the determination and cal…
J1 LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP semi-finals begin, Nagoya and Cerezo impress

The J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP semifinals have reached the halfway point, and Nagoya Grampus and Cerezo Osaka are in a strong position to book their spots in the final.Nagoya took advantage of home field in the first leg by jumping all over F.C.Tokyo from the first whistle, pressuring the visitors immediately. T ehosts struck for their first goal just 17 minut…
Samurai Blue

J.LEAGUE stars past and present star for Japan in crucial World Cup qualifiers

Japan’s upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Australia will have a strong J.LEAGUE flavor. As is usually the case for the Samurai Blue, the team is made up of several players who currently play in the domestic league, and many more who got their start in it before moving abroad.The crop of current MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE players are le…
League Cup

J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP last four set to battle for prestigious final spots

The 2021 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP is down to just four teams, and this week the finalists will be determined by a pair of two-legged semi-final ties. In one clash, we have the cup holders F.C.Tokyo taking on Nagoya Grampus, while the other features Urawa Reds and Cerezo Osaka.Tokyo captured the crown last season primarily thanks to an outstanding defense tha…
J1 LEAGUE

Iniesta scores two, adds assist to lead Vissel to big win

Andrés Iniesta was the star of the show as Vissel Kobe dominated Urawa Reds, 5-1, for a crucial three points as the Ushi chase a place in next season’s AFC Champions League. Vissel and Urawa entered the match level on points as two of five teams in the fight for one (or two) remaining spots in next season’s continental competition available through league p…
J1 LEAGUE

Frontale extend lead atop table again as Damião keeps up in Golden Boot race

Kawasaki Frontale restored their 12-point lead atop the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE with a 1-0 win over F.C.Tokyo in the Tamagawa Clasico, thanks to a lone goal from Leandro Damião.The Brazilian delivered the decisive blow to keep Frontale on pace to defend their league title in a match that could have gone either way.Tokyo have struggled of late, but they looke…
J1 LEAGUE

Marinos beat Bellmare, cut deficit to nine points

Daizen Maeda's 17th goal of the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE campaign was enough to give Yokohama F·Marinos a 1-0 win at Shonan Bellmare in an all-Kanagawa battle.The division's top scorer found the net following a well-worked move down the right wing that included a spectacular two-touch flick from Takuya Kida and an assist courtesy of 2019 J.LEAG…
News Release

October J.LEAGUE International YouTube broadcast schedule announced

A cup final and title challenge will take center stage as October sees an action-packed calendar of fall football streamed around the globe on the J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel.The latest fixtures have been announced, including all five remaining matches from the 2021 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP, including the Final on October 30th at 13:05 JST.Four ga…
J1 LEAGUE

Player in Focus: Muto emerging as new star of the Vissel attack

When Kyogo Furuhashi was transferred to Celtic F.C. this summer, Vissel Kobe were not just losing the league’s top goalscorer; they were also losing one of their top creators, a tireless runner and the unquestioned star of their deadly attack. Replacing that is seemingly impossible, but Vissel may have done just that by signing Yoshinori Muto.Muto was once …