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J.League 2011

Postby Gerd Bibimbapper » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:03 pm

In case anyone's interested, fixtures for the coming season are due out some time in February.
Fixtures for the first 2 rounds of J1 & J2 have now been released.

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby nzfooty » Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:55 am

2011 SuperCup:
[2010 Champion v 2010 Emperor's Cup winner]

February 26
Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 - 1 Kashima Antlers
(Nagoya won 3-1 on penalties)

Reminder of how things finished in 2011:

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Pos  Team                 P   W   D   L   F   A   GD   Pts
  1  Nagoya Grampus       34  23   3   8  54  37   17   72
  2  Gamba Osaka          34  18   8   8  65  44   21   62
  3  Cerezo Osaka         34  17  10   7  58  32   26   61
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  4  Kashima Antlers      34  16  12   6  51  31   20   60
  5  Kawasaki Frontale    34  15   9  10  61  47   14   54
  6  Shimizu S-Pulse      34  15   9  10  60  49   11   54
  7  Sanfrecce Hiroshima  34  14   9  11  45  38    7   51
  8  Yokohama F. Marinos  34  15   6  13  43  39    4   51
  9  Albirex Niigata      34  12  13   9  48  45    3   49
10  Urawa Red Diamonds    34  14   6  14  48  41    7   48
11  Júbilo Iwata          34  11  11  12  38  49  -11   44
12  Omiya Ardija          34  11   9  14  39  45   -6   42
13  Montedio Yamagata     34  11   9  14  29  42  -13   42
14  Vegalta Sendai        34  10   9  15  40  46   -6   39
15  Vissel Kobe           34   9  11  14  37  45   -8   38
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16  F.C. Tokyo            34   8  12  14  36  41   -5   36
17  Kyoto Sanga           34   4   7  23  30  60  -30   19
18  Shonan Bellmare       34   3   7  24  31  82  -51   16


Promoted: Kashiwa Reysol, Ventforet Kofu and Avispa Fukuoka.
2010 League Cup winners: Júbilo Iwata

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby Bitsujin » Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:20 am

Today, the japanese championship is begining.

The 7 first games:
Ventforet Kofu 0-1 Jubilo Iwata
Nagoya Grampus 1-1 Yokohama F-Marinos
Gamba Osaka 2-1 Cerezo Osaka
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0-0 Vegalta Sendai
Avispa Fukuoka 0-3 Albirex Niigata: It's my favourite team.
Kawasaki Frontale 2-0 Montedio Yamagata
Kashiwa Reysol 3-0 Shimizu S-Pulse

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby nzfooty » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:22 am

Sunday's results:

Vissel Kobe 1 - 0 Urawa Red Diamonds
Kashima Antlers 3 - 3 Omiya Ardija


Kashima had to come back from goal down three times in this match.

Next lot of fixtures on the weekend of March 12/13. Urawa Red Diamonds v Gamba Osaka is my pick of the match of the round.

Kashima escape with draw

Former champions Kashima Antlers benefited from an own goal by Shusuke Tsubouchi deep into injury time to grab a 3-3 home draw with Omiya Ardija on the first weekend of J-League matches.

Omiya took the lead three times with new Korea Republic striker Lee Chun-Soo scoring twice and Kota Ueda once, but each time Kashima fought back, through Masahiko Inoha and Daiki Iwamasa, before Tsubouchi's unfortunate intervention.

"We had a lot of shots on goal, we just need to get them in. Our players did well but we should control the game more," said Kashima's assistant coach Ryosuke Okuno.

In the only other game today, Brazilian midfielder Popo's free-kick 14 minutes from time gave Vissel Kobe a 1-0 win over ten-man Urawa Red Diamonds.

Yesterday, Gamba Osaka, Jubilo Iwata, Albirex Niigata, Kawasaki Frontale and Kashiwa Reysol all got their seasons off to a winning start.


Champions begin with draw

Josh Kennedy's injury-time penalty saw J-League champions Nagoya Grampus salvage a 1-1 draw with Yokohama F. Marinos on the opening day of the new season.

The hosts fell behind in the 63rd minute when Shingo Hyodo found the back of the net but rallied with the help of substitute Kensuke Nagai. The Japan U-22 player hit the woodwork in the 83rd minute before he was brought down by Marinos defender Yuzo Kurihara in the box and Australia forward Kennedy converted from the spot in the fifth minute of injury time.

"The first game is always difficult," said Nagoya coach Dragan Stojkovic. "But I am satisfied with the way we played. Marinos scored from one shot but we dominated the game. We were unlucky as we didn't score, but the good thing is that we created chances. We will continue with our attacking game. Today, it was only a draw but a very good draw."

In Osaka, Japan midfielder Yasuhito Endo scored the winning goal to give Gamba Osaka a 2-1 triumph over local rivals Cerezo Osaka at Expo '70 Stadium. Shu Kurata cancelled out former Cerezo team-mate Adriano's 65th-minute opener before Endo blasted home from the edge of the box following Lee Keun-Ho's pass.

In Kawasaki, former Japan international Naoki Soma celebrated his J-League managerial debut with a win as Kawasaki Frontale beat Montedio Yamagata 2-0. The home side scored twice in the space of five minutes - first from Takuryo Yajima on the counter in the 34th minute before Kyohei Noborisato converted Kengo Nakamura's pass in the 39th minute.

Albirex Niigata got their 2011 campaign off to a good start by defeating promoted Avispa Fukuoka 3-0. Niigata scored three goals in the second half as Michael, fellow Brazilian forward Bruno Lopes and Seiya Fujita were all on target. Fukuoka were reduced to ten men with ten minutes to go when Sho Naruoka collected his second booking of the day.

Jubilo Iwata won 1-0 at Ventforet Kofu thanks to Kosuke Yamamoto's strike nine minutes from the end while Sanfrecce Hiroshima were held to a goalless draw by visiting Vegalta Sendai.

Finally, former Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi was unable to get his Shimizu S-Pulse reign off to a positive start as goals from Jorge Wagner, Park Dong-Hyuk and Leandro Domingues ensured they went down 3-0 at Kashiwa Reysol. Shimizu also lost defender Eddy Bosnar to a red card in the 79th minute.

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J League Games for March Canceled. One team has no stadium!

Postby anamerican » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:18 am

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=13132059

With at least one club's stadium destroyed and its players disbanding, Japan's national soccer league Monday canceled all games in the country for the rest of the month because of the devastation from the massive earthquake and tsunami.

More matches could be lost in April depending on the disaster recovery, J-League chairman Kazumi Ohigashi said at a news conference. He cited continuing aftershocks and the "inability to guarantee complete safety at all the stadiums."

Asia's richest nation faces a mounting humanitarian, nuclear and economic crisis. While the official death toll is nearly 1,900, the true number is much higher. In Miyagi, the police chief has said 10,000 people are estimated to have died in his province alone.

Millions spent a third night without water, food or heating in near-freezing temperatures along the northeast coast. There are also growing fears of a meltdown after a third reactor at a nuclear power plant lost its cooling capacity.


At least 41 J-League games have been postponed indefinitely, meaning the J-League probably will have no choice but to play cup and league matches in July when the national team is abroad.

Ohigashi said he has spoken with the club president of Vegalta Sendai and was told the stadium and facilities were in ruins. The team's foreign players have headed home, and Japanese players from other regions are leaving.

"Needless to say, the players aren't training. The foreign players have gone home ... They're struggling to live over there. It's not about training or the game," Ohigashi said.

The Asian Football Confederation has postponed games that were scheduled for Japan this week.

Kashima Antlers, one of the strongest clubs in Japan, is in the quake-affected zone and was to play Australia's Sydney FC.

The national team also might withdraw from upcoming international games, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported. It cited the Japan Football Association as saying it was "keeping all options open."

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Re: J League Games for March Canceled. One team has no stadium!

Postby Holyjoe » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:42 am

anamerican wrote:http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=13132059


Two of Vegalta's foreign players are Korean - Jo Byung-guk, who quit Seongnam to sign for them in January, and former Suwon reserve defender Park Ju-sung.

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby Gerd Bibimbapper » Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:20 pm

J-League to resume action April 23
Wednesday 23rd March, TOKYO
The J-League will restart on April 23 for the first time since the opening weekend, chairman Kazumi Ohigashi said Tuesday.
"I personally paid a visit to Kashima, Sendai as well as Mito and briefed the executive committee of their situation today,’’ Ohigashi said of the three clubs who sustained the worst damage from the March 11 earthquake.
"There were various opinions at the meeting. Some felt we should start sooner, some said later. But the J-League feels it is in the best interests of everyone to start on April 23.
"We feel like this is the best available option,’’ he said.
Both the J-League’s first and second divisions have been suspended since the weekend of March 5 after the quake hit northeastern Japan. The representatives from the 38 clubs, less Vegalta Sendai, met for the second straight week to discuss when and how to resume play.
The five league games that will have been missed by April 23 will be moved to July as previously announced. Kashima, Sendai and Mito will play in neutral venues if repair work to their stadiums is not completed by then.
The first four matches of the Nabisco Cup have yet to be played and Ohigashi said the format of the league cup would likely be changed to accommodate the competition in what has become a jampacked calendar.
In principle, to counter the electricity shortage suffocating eastern Japan, all games sanctioned by the J-League will be held during the day to conserve power—until the summer, when it becomes too hot for afternoon kickoffs.
Before Tuesday’s meeting, Ohigashi ran the revisions by the education ministry, which administers sports in Japan.

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby nzfooty » Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:16 pm

Back to some sort of normality in Japan with the J.League resuming (Round 2). They will have enough time to complete all the fixtures as the league cup (Nabisco Cup) has been turned into a straight knock-out competition without a group stage.

Spectacular score on the day as well, with Kashima collapsing at home (they drew 3-3 at with Omiya Ardija on the opening day as well - not really the start a club of that size would've wanted)

Kawasaki Frontale also suffered a surprising loss at home.

Kashima Antlers 0 - 3 Yokohama F.Marinos
Kawasaki Frontale 1 - 2 Vegalta Sendai
Omiya Ardija 0 - 1 Kashiwa Reysol
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 - 0 Avispa Fukuoka
Ventforet Kofu 1 - 1 Vissel Kobe


Potentially a juicy match between Urawa and defending champions Nagoya on Sunday...

April 24
Albirex Niigata v Jubilo Iwata
Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Gamba Osaka
Yamagata v Cerezo Osaka
Urawa Red Diamonds v Nagoya Grampus

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby nzfooty » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:16 am

Albirex Niigata 1 - 1 Jubilo Iwata
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4 - 1 Gamba Osaka :!:
Yamagata 0 - 0 Cerezo Osaka
Urawa Red Diamonds 3 - 0 Nagoya Grampus
:!:

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby nzfooty » Sat May 21, 2011 1:49 pm

Champions League teams are in red.
Promoted teams are in blue.

Avispa Fukuoka 1 - 2 Kashima Antlers
Yokohama F.Marinos 1 - 1 Shimizu S-Pulse
Vegalta Sendai 1 - 0 Urawa Reds
Kashiwa Reysol 2 - 1 Ventforet Kofu
Vissel Kobe 0 - 1 Omiya Ardija
Cerezo Osaka 1 - 1 Albirex Niigata
Gamba Osaka 3 - 2 Montedio Yamagata
Nagoya Grampus 2 - 0 Kawasaki Frontale
Júbilo Iwata 1 - 1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima


Montedio Yamagata 2 - 1 Kashiwa Reysol
Vegalta Sendai 1 - 0 Avispa Fukuoka
Urawa Reds 0 - 2 Yokohama F.Marinos
Kawasaki Frontale 1 - 0 Júbilo Iwata
Ventforet Kofu 1 - 1 Omiya Ardija
Albirex Niigata 1 - 0 Vissel Kobe
Shimizu S-Pulse 0 - 1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima


Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 - 1 Ventforet Kofu
Yokohama F.Marinos 3 - 2 Avispa Fukuoka
Júbilo Iwata 4 - 0 Montedio Yamagata
Vissel Kobe 1 - 0 Kawasaki Frontale
Nagoya Grampus 1 - 1 Shimizu S-Pulse
Omiya Ardija 0 - 0 Albirex Niigata
Kashiwa Reysol 3 - 1 Urawa Reds
Cerezo Osaka 1 - 1 Vegalta Sendai

Vegalta Sendai 3 - 3 Júbilo Iwata
Montedio Yamagata 0 - 1 Omiya Ardija
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 - 5 Vissel Kobe
Albirex Niigata 0 - 3 Kashiwa Reysol
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 - 2 Yokohama F.Marinos
Ventforet Kofu 3 - 1 Nagoya Grampus
Urawa Reds 1 - 1 Cerezo Osaka
Avispa Fukuoka 2 - 3 Gamba Osaka
Kawasaki Frontale 3 - 2 Kashima Antlers

Cerezo Osaka 3 - 3 Kawasaki Frontale


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1. Kashiwa Reysol       6  5 0 1  13:4  +9  15 [P]
2. Sanfrecce Hiroshima  6  3 3 0  10:5  +5  12
3. Vegalta Sendai       6  3 3 0   8:5  +3  12
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4. Yokohama F.Marinos   6  3 2 1  12:7  +5  11
5. Vissel Kobe          6  3 1 2   8:4  +4  10
6. Kawasaki Frontale    7  3 1 3  10:10  0  10
7. Júbilo Iwata         6  2 3 1  10:6  +4   9
8. Albirex Niigata      6  2 3 1   6:5  +1   9
9. Omiya Ardija         6  2 3 1   6:5  +1   9
10.Gamba Osaka          4  3 0 1   9:9   0   9 [CL]
11.Ventforet Kofu       6  1 3 2   7:7   0   6 [P]
12.Cerezo Osaka         6  0 5 1   7:8  -1   5 [CL]
13.Nagoya Grampus       5  1 2 2   5:8  -3   5 [CL]
14.Shimizu S-Pulse      6  1 2 3   4:11 -7   5
15.Kashima Antlers      4  1 1 2   7:10 -3   4 [CL]
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16.Urawa Reds           6  1 1 4   5:8  -3   4
17.Montedio Yamagata    6  1 1 4   4:11 -7   4
18.Avispa Fukuoka       6  0 0 6   5:13 -8   0 [P]


Seems like the Champions League have been somewhat distracted by the
continental competition. however, it's early days and they do have games in hand.

Contrasting fortunes for the newly promoted teams.

May 21
Jubilo Iwata v Avispa Fukuoka
Yokohama F.Marinos v Ventforet Kofu
Nagoya Grampus v Kashiwa Reysol
Urawa Red Diamonds v Kashima Antlers

Gamba Osaka v Albirex Niigata
Vissel Kobe v Sanfrecce Hiroshima

May 22
Yamagata v Vegalta Sendai
Omiya Ardija v Shimizu S-Pulse

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby nzfooty » Sat May 21, 2011 2:09 pm

2011 J. League (Nabisco) Cup

First round

1st leg: June 5
2nd leg: July 27


Montedio Yamagata v Urawa Red Diamonds
Avispa Fukuoka v Júbilo Iwata
Vegalta Sendai v Kashiwa Reysol
Shimizu S-Pulse v Ventforet Kofu
Kawasaki Frontale v Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Vissel Kobe v Yokohama F. Marinos

Albirex Niigata and Omiya Ardija received bye for the second round as a result of tournament draws.


Second round

1st leg: September 14
2nd leg: September 28


Quarter-finals

Cerezo Osaka, Gamba Osaka, Nagoya Grampus and Kashima Antlers join at this stage.

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby nzfooty » Sun May 22, 2011 9:20 pm

Round 7

May 21
Jubilo Iwata 4 - 1 Avispa Fukuoka
Yokohama F.Marinos 4 - 0 Ventforet Kofu
Nagoya Grampus 0 - 0 Kashiwa Reysol
Urawa Red Diamonds 2 - 2 Kashima Antlers
Gamba Osaka 2 - 1 Albirex Niigata
Vissel Kobe 1 - 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima


May 22
Yamagata 0 - 1 Vegalta Sendai
Omiya Ardija 1 - 4 Shimizu S-Pulse


Impressive stuff from Vegalta Sendai post 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. They come from one of the worst affected areas yet they are currently second.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima lose their first match of the season, to another surprise package, Vissel Kobe.

Urawa drew 2-2 with Kashima in the battle of the heavyweights stuck in the wrong part of the table. Amusing to not that Urawa's only win of the season so far came against the defending champions Nagoya (3-0). Kashima do have two games in hand which could see them as high as 8th, should both end with wins.

Newly promoted Kashiwa Reysol managed to hold defending champions Nagoya on the road - a result that goes to show that perhaps it's no fluke they top of the table.

Gamba Osaka are doing better than any of the other teams involved in the Champions League. Had they not played two matches less than most teams, no doubt they would be in top-3 right now.

Cerezo Osaka, who are playing Gamba in the Champions League in a few days time are yet to record a win.

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby paquebot » Mon May 23, 2011 11:16 pm

nzfooty wrote:Newly promoted Kashiwa Reysol managed to hold defending champions Nagoya on the road - a result that goes to show that perhaps it's no fluke they top of the table.


As a fan of JEF United I find this completely unacceptable. :?
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Re: J.League 2011

Postby nzfooty » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:04 pm

paquebot wrote:
nzfooty wrote:Newly promoted Kashiwa Reysol managed to hold defending champions Nagoya on the road - a result that goes to show that perhaps it's no fluke they top of the table.


As a fan of JEF United I find this completely unacceptable. :?


It gets better...

Round 8

The big clubs continue to struggle... even Gamba Osaka lost.

Vegalta Sendai 1 - 1 Yokohama F.Marinos
Kashiwa Reysol 3 - 0 Vissel Kobe
Shimizu S-Pulse 0 - 0 Jubilo Iwata
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 - 1 Albirex Niigata
Ventforet Kofu 1 - 1 Yamagata

Cerezo Osaka 0 - 1 Omiya Ardija
Kawasaki Frontale 2 - 1 Gamba Osaka
Nagoya Grampus 5 - 2 Avispa Fukuoka
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2 - 1 Kashima Antlers

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Re: J.League 2011

Postby nzfooty » Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:40 pm

2011 J. League (Nabisco) Cup

First round

1st leg: June 5
2nd leg: July 27


Urawa Red Diamonds 2-0 Montedio Yamagata
Kashiwa Reysol 0-1 Vegalta Sendai
Júbilo Iwata 2-0 Avispa Fukuoka
Ventforet Kofu 1-0 Shimizu S-Pulse
Yokohama F. Marinos 1-1 Vissel Kobe
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-2 Kawasaki Frontale


Albirex Niigata and Omiya Ardija received bye for the second round as a result of tournament draws.


Second round

1st leg: September 14
2nd leg: September 28


Quarter-finals

Cerezo Osaka, Gamba Osaka, Nagoya Grampus and Kashima Antlers join at this stage.


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