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FC Tokyo 2017 Umbro Away Kit

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Umbro Japan has followed the release of the FC Tokyo 2017 home with with that of the popular J1 League team's new away kit. The FC Tokyo 2017 away jersey uses a bespoke design from Umbro's Japanese affiliate in the alternate white favored by the club in recent years. It has a fair dose of [...]

FC Tokyo 2017 Umbro Home Kit

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FC Tokyo are the first Japanese J1 League side to reveal a 2017 kit following [...]

FC Tokyo 2016 Umbro Away Kit

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Well-supported Japanese J1 League side FC Tokyo have officially presented their 2016 away kit from [...]

FC Tokyo 2016 Umbro Home Kit

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Umbro Japan have unveiled the FC Tokyo 2016 home kit following the end of the [...]

FC Tokyo 2015 Umbro Away Kit

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Umbro Japan have unveiled 2015 away kit for J. League Division 1 team FC Tokyo. [...]

FC Tokyo in Umbro Switch. Unveils 2015 Home Kit.

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FC Tokyo has joined champions Gamba Osaka in the ranks of Umbro sponsored Japanese J. [...]

FC Tokyo 2013 adidas Home and Away Jerseys

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Japanese J. League Division soccer team FC Tokyo recently unveiled its 2013 home and away [...]

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Goggles on! J-league match falls into dissaray thanks to sopping wet pitch

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Players have got it pretty good in the Premier League nowadays. Any standing water on a pitch and the game is called off in a heartbeat the chances of looking like complete amphibious clowns are minimal. Thankfully, such killjoy measures have clearly not quite made it to the J-League in Japan just yet.

FC Tokyo adidas 2012 AFC Champions League Home and Away Jerseys

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Japanese J. League J1 team FC Tokyo qualified for the 2012 AFC Champions League courtesy of their 2011 Emperor's Cup win. The club is pooled Ulsan Hyundai (Australia), Brisbane Roar...

FC Tokyo aiming to step on the gas

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What does a club do when it has just won the second division at a canter and has been crowned national Cup champions for the first time in its history? Sign a new coach, if that club is FC Tokyo.
The capital outfit celebrated beating Kyoto Sanga 4-2 in the Emperor's Cup final on New Year's Day by officially announcing Serb tactician Ranko Popovic as its new coach barely a day later.

FC Tokyo adidas 2012 Home and Away Kits

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F.C. Tokyo (FC東京) is a Japanese J. League soccer team that will return to the top-tier of Japanese soccer, the J. League Division 1 (J1), after a one year stint...

Japan: Tokyo to savour Emperor’s Cup triumph (video)

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First of all I should start this piece by wishing everybody a happy new year! I've been enjoying myself over the Christmas holiday and have neglected the blog over the last few days so I need to rectify this, starting off with a piece regarding the new Emperor's Cup winners in Japan.

FC Tokyo have done an unlikely league and cup double in Japan following their 4-2 triumph over Kyoto Sanga in last Sunday's Emperor's Cup final.

Weekend Roundup : The Halloween Mascot, More Blind Item Hints & Chelsea vs Arsenal

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It's Halloween weekend and FC Tokyo's mascot, Tokyo Dorompa (seen above) dressed to the theme at a J-League match two days ago. Vale vale vale, the outfit looks like it was put together in less than 10 minutes, but you know Dorompa wanted all the attention to be on him.

Yokohama F. Marinos lead the way in the J. League

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Umbrella sellers are no doubt doing a brisk trade in Yokohama as Kanagawa giants Yokohama F. Marinos lead the way in the J. League standings.
F. Marinos fans are known for their colourful support and it's a common sight to see the Tricolore run out against a backdrop of twirling umbrellas at their cavernous Nissan Stadium home.

Japan: Nagoya out of Emperor’s Cup

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The 2010 J-League champions Nagoya Grampus Eight are out of this year's Emperor's Cup. The main knockout tournament in Japanese football plays its final three rounds this week and Stoppage Time International Football Blog reviews the quarter-finals which were played today.

The Emperor's Cup grants a berth to the 2011 AFC Champions League for the winner so there was a lot at stake in each of today's last eight showdowns.

J League Results November 20

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Saturday 20 November

Nagoya Grampus are the new J-League champions.

Cerezo Osaka 1 Yokohama F Marinos 0
FC Tokyo 1 Kawasaki Frontale 2
Urawa Reds 0 Gamba Osaka 2
Kyoto Sanga 0 Omiya Ardija 2
Shonan Bellmare 0 Nagoya Grampus 1
Vissel Kobe 0 Kashima Antlers 0
Jubilo Iwata 0 Montedio Yamagata 0
Vegalta Sendai 1 Shimizu S-Pulse 3
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4 Albirex Niigata 0


The highest attendance was 40,071 at Saitama Stadium for the Reds v Gamba match.

J League Results November 14

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Sunday 14 November

Yokohama F Marinos 1 FC Tokyo 2
Urawa Reds 2 Kyoto Sanga 0
Kawasaki Frontale 1 Kashima Antlers 2
Nagoya Grampus 2 Omiya Ardija 1
Shimizu S-Pulse 5 Shonan Bellmare 0
Montedio Yamagata 3 Cerezo Osaka 3
Vegalta Sendai 3 Jubilo Iwata 0
Albirex Niigata 1 Vissel Kobe 1
Gamba Osaka 2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0

The highest attendance was 32,398 at Saitama Stadium for the Reds v Sanga match.

Nagoya can't choke now... can they?

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Kashima Stadium is one of the more remote venues in Japanese football.

Sandwiched between Lake Kitaura on one side and Kashima Sea on the other, most fans make the long-haul trip to Kashima Stadium by train, as it trundles through the urban sprawl of Greater Tokyo and out into the open fields of Ibaraki.

J League Results October 17

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Sunday 17 October

Yokohama F Marinos 1 Vissel Kobe 0
Albirex Niigata 4 Nagoya Grampus 1


Saturday 16 October

Shonan Bellmare 1 Kashima Antlers 1
Vegalta Sendai 3 FC Tokyo 2
Urawa Reds 2 Cerezo Osaka 0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 Jubilo Iwata 1
Gamba Osaka 5 Omiya Ardija 1
Kawasaki Frontale 2 Montedio Yamagata 0
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Kyoto Sanga 1


The highest attendance was 32,902 for the Reds v Cerezo game.

J. League Results September 19 2010

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Sunday 19 September

Vegalta Sendai 2 Montedio Yamagata 0
Albirex Niigata 1 Kyoto Sanga 1




Saturday 18 September

Shonan Bellmare 1 Kawasaki Frontale 6
Urawa Reds 1 Shimizu S-Pulse 1
Gamba Osaka 3 Cerezo Osaka 2
Nagoya Grampus 1 Yokohama F Marinos 1
Jubilo Iwata 2 FC Tokyo 1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 Vissel Kobe 1
Kashima Antlers 3 Omiya Ardija 0

The highest attendance was 38,909 at Urawa.

Suruga: One in the Bank for Japan as Tokyo beat Quito (+video)

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The Suruga Bank championship is a one-off match, similar to the European Super Cup, which pits the winners of the Copa Sudamericana against the Japanese J-League Cup holders. The Japanese club, by tradition, hosts the game and this year the honour was bestowed upon FC Tokyo who beat Kawasaki Frontale 2-0 in the 2009 J-League Cup final and they had the tough task of playing against LDU Quito, a team who are the defending Sudamericana title holders after beating Fluminense 5-4 in last year's two-legged final.

J. League Results July 25

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Sunday 25 July

Kawasaki Frontale 1 Kyoto Sanga 0
Shonan Bellmare 1 FC Tokyo 3
Vissel Kobe 3 Omiya Ardija 1

Saturday 24 July

Urawa Reds 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1
Jubilo Iwata 2 Kashima Antlers 3
Cerezo Osaka 3 Montedio Yamagata 0
Vegalta Sendai 2 Albirex Niigata 3
Yokohama F Marinos 1 Gamba Osaka 0
Nagoya Grampus 3 Shimizu S-Pulse 3

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J. League Results July 18 2010

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Sunday 18 July

Kyoto Sanga 0 Shonan Bellmare
1 Gamba Osaka 3 Urawa Reds 2
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 Yokohama F Marinos 0

Saturday 17 July

Omiya Ardija 0 Nagoya Grampus 1
FC Tokyo 2 Vissel Kobe 2
Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Jubilo Iwata 0
Montedio Yamagata 3 Vegalta Sendai 1
Kashima Antlers 2 Kawasaki Frontale 1
Albirex Niigata 1 Cerezo Osaka 1

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Asia: Three big leagues take a break for World Cup

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Shimuzu S-Pulse (in orange) currently lead the way in Japan's "J League"

With the FIFA World Cup only days away the three biggest leagues in Asian football are taking a break ahead of the big kick-off in South Africa on Friday, June 11th. Although China has failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup the Chinese Super League has taken a break until July 14th along with Japan's J League whilst the South Korean K League returns three days later on July 17th.

Midweek TV Preview: 24 - 26 May 2010

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Monday 24th May

20:00 England v Mexico, International Friendly, ITV1/ITV HD
Every time England qualifies for a major tournament, a nation expects - expects most of its players to pick up metatarsal injuries beforehand, that is. Who'd have thought our very own Wembley Stadium pitch would ensure that'll probably be the case ahead of World Cup 2010?

Midweek TV Preview: 24 - 26 May 2010

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Monday 24th May

20:00 England v Mexico, International Friendly, ITV1/ITV HD
Every time England qualifies for a major tournament, a nation expects - expects most of its players to pick up metatarsal injuries beforehand, that is. Who'd have thought our very own Wembley Stadium pitch would ensure that'll probably be the case ahead of World Cup 2010?

Weekend TV Preview: 14 - 16 May 2010

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Friday 14 May

19.45 Swindon Town v Charlton Athletic, League One Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Well contrary to what Chris O said in the last preview there's still plenty of football left in this season and nearly all of it is on the box. First off is this tasty offering with two teams that both spent a few minutes in the automatic promotion spot during the last round of matches in the regular season.

Weekend TV Preview: 14 - 16 May

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Friday 14 May
19.45 Swindon Town v Charlton Athletic, League One Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Well contrary to what Chris O said in the last preview there's still plenty of football left in this season and nearly all of it is on the box. First off is this tasty offering with two teams that both spent a few minutes in the automatic promotion spot during the last round of matches in the regular season.

J. League Results May 9-10 2010

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Sunday 10 May

Montedio Yamagata 0 FC Tokyo 3
Vegalta Sendai 1 Nagoya Grampus 2

Saturday 9 May

Urawa Reds 2 Yokohama F Marinos 3
Shimizu S-Pulse 0, Albirex Niigata 2
Vissel Kobe 3, Jubilo Iwata 0

J.League Table

Shimizu S-Pulse P 11 Pts 24
Nagoya Grampus P 11 Pts 22
Kawasaki Frontale P 10 Pts 20
Urawa Reds P 11 Pts 19
Kashima Antlers P 10 Pts 18


Leading Scorers

Josh Kennedy, Nagoya Grampus 7
Renatinho, Kawasaki Frontale 6
Kazuma Watanabe, Yokohama F Marinos 6
Ryoichi Maeda, Jubilo Iwata 6
Shinji Kagawa, Cerezo Osaka 6
Chong Tese, Kawasaki Frontale 5
Shinji Okazaki, Shimizu S-Pulse 5
Shoki Hirai, Gamba Osaka 5

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Asian Football

Asia: Saudi clubs impose themselves on Champions League

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Saudi Arabian football will be well represented in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League. Following this week's Round of 16 matches three sides from Saudi Arabia made it through to the last eight with another five teams, all hailing from different nations, Â to join them in the business end of the tournament.

Asia: Tough challenges ahead for Asian football’s finest

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Asian football's two major continental tournaments have reached the knockout stages following the conclusion of the group stages this week.

The AFC Champions League is usually dominated by South Korean clubs but only two of this year's four representatives have made it through the group stage.

China: Lippi takes over Ghangzhou Evergrande

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Chinese club Ghangzhou Evergrande have made a statement of intent for the year ahead by appointing former FIFA World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi to take charge of the team.

Lippi takes over a club who are in fine health having won their maiden Chinese Super League last season and leading ten games into the current campaign with 22 out of 30 points (seven wins, one draw, two defeats), one more than nearest challengers Ghangzhou R&F.

Japanese footballers in Serie A: A potted history (Part I)

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Japanese footballers in Serie A: A potted history (Part I) is a post from: Just Football

Yuto Nagatomo's transfer to European champions Internazionale caused quite the stir in Japan. Making his debut for Just Football, Adam Cobley assesses the history of Japanese footballers in Italy.

Japan: Kashima and Shimuzu reach Emperor’s Cup final

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The semi-finals of the Emperor's Cup, Japan's equivalent of the FA Cup, were held today and for Kashima Antlers and Shimuzu S-Pulse the dream of lifting silverware on Saturday became one step closer to reality with wins over FC Tokyo and Gamba Osaka respectively.

Kashima Antlers had to come from behind in order to force extra-time in their semi-final match-up.

Urawa Reds

J. League Results September 12 2010

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Sunday 12 September

Montedio Yamagata 0 Nagoya Grampus 1
Urawa Reds 1 FC Tokyo 0

Saturday 11 September

Albirex Niigata 1 Gamba Osaka 2
Omiya Ardija 3 Shimizu S-Pulse 0
Cerezo Osaka 1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1
Kashima Antlers 1 Vegalta Sendai 0
Kyoto Sanga 3 Vissel Kobe 0
Yokohama F Marinos 3 Kawasaki Frontale 1
Jubilo Iwata 3 Shonan Bellmare 2


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'Hara's Heroes' hint at 'Zac Japan' to come

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In the end, interim Japan coach Hiromi Hara's greatest concern was whether it might be too hot to wear a tie on the touchline.

The former Urawa Reds and FC Tokyo coach and current Japan Football Association technical director ultimately opted for a snappy grey number, and he had every reason to be relaxed going into Japan's Kirin Cup clash with Paraguay at a sold-out Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

J. League Results August 29

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Sunday 29 August

Gamba Osaka 2 Jubilo Iwata 0
Shimizu S-Pulse 2 Kawasaki Frontale 0
Yokohama F Marinos 3 Albirex Niigata 0

Saturday 28 August

Urawa Reds 1 Kashima Antlers 1
Cerezo Osaka 2 Omiya Ardija 0
Vegalta Sendai 2 Shonan Bellmare 1
Nagoya Grampus 1 Kyoto Sanga 0
Vissel Kobe 0 FC Tokyo 0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2 Montedio Yamagata 1

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The Rest

Union Academy team falls to Pumas in GA Cup

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The Union have one point after two games in the Premier Division of the U17 Generation adidas Cup in Frisco, Texas.

A second half goal for Pumas lifted the Mexican club's youth team past the Philadelphia Union Academy in the second match of Generation adidas Cup group play on Sunday.

The 1-0 loss combined with a 1-0 win for Pumas over Colorado Rapids in the other Group C match on Sunday eliminated the Union from the Premier Division competition of the U17 tournament.

Serie A preview — New league, new Cesena

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Once you're promoted from the Serie B, the main thought is survival. Bari did it last season with fantastic attacking football, Parma also did it by blocking teams and hitting them on the counter, and now, Cesena has to find a way to stay in the Serie A. The club is beginning to change, a lot: plenty of new names, players coming in, and going out with little importance as long as the coach, Ficcadenti, can find a winning formula.