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Nagoya Grampus v Gamba Osaka Nabisco Cup

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Nagoya Grampus hosted Gamba Osaka in a Nabisco Cup Quarter Final Second Leg yesterday in the teeming rain at Paloma Mizuho Stadium. The teams had fought out a 1-1 draw in Osaka so all was to play for in the return fixture, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.


Grampus took an early lead through Ryunosuke Noda, who had scored for Nagoya in the first leg.

Is the J-League Too Big?

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The new J.League season kicked off recently with 18 teams all aspiring to hold aloft the J.League trophy come December.

But that begs the question - is 18 teams too many?

For those who listen to the excellent JTalk Podcast, they would've heard the animated Cesare Polenghi pose that very question in the final podcast last season.

J-League Talent Production Line

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It's becoming somewhat of a ritual, as a new transfer window opens the latest young talent to come off the J.League production line make the now inevitable move to Europe.

The list is almost endless, but with the growing stature of Japanese players in Europe, and the growing desire for players to move abroad, it does create its own issues.

AFC Splits into East & West

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Many experts have long suggested that the AFC should split in two and create two separate confederations - East Asia and West Asia.

In a move that surprised many, the AFC has done just that with its flagship club competition, the AFC Champions League. From this year onwards the tournament will be split into two until the Final, still to be played over two legs, ensuring an East vs West final.

Blog on: Watch Here USA Vs Japan FIFA World Cup Final 2011 Penalty Shootout

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2010 Fifa World Cup Watch Here USA Vs Japan FIFA World Cup Final 2011 Penalty Shootout - http://videosyoutube.freecy.tk/video... 1 hour ago from Youtube Movie, Football,... - Comment - Like usa-vs-japan.notlong.com & http Despite a loss to Sweden in group play, after an infamous match against Brazil, and three weeks of intense action, the US Women's Soccer team are one win away from hoisting the World Cup trophy.

Liveblog: Paraguay vs Japan

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Welcome to the liveblog of Paraguay vs Japan in the World Cup Round of 16. Make your comments before, during and after the match in the liveblog window. Read up on the match with our Paraguay vs Japan preview.

Paraguay vs Japan, Round of 16
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Liveblog: Netherlands vs Japan

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Welcome to the liveblog of Netherlands vs Japan in World Cup Group E. Make your comments before, during and after the match in the liveblog window. Below the main liveblog are videos of the goals so far, and then a feed of trusted Twitter accounts either broadcasting from the match or talking about it.

Preview: Japan vs. Cameroon

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THE BIG PICTURE
Cameroon remain Africa's most successful World Cup team, having reached the quarter final stage in 1990. Problem is, since then they've only won one of their last 10 matches at World cup finals and worse still, they've never scored against Japan.

C. G. Williams

ACL loss to Sepahan confirms Frontale's season a bust

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Kawasaki Frontale's exit from the Asian Champions League earlier this week proved what many had feared about Takashi Sekizuka's men over the last couple of weeks: they're a spent force whose season has gone the way of a Britney Spears comeback.

Only time will tell how their freefall into irrelevancy in 2007 will affect Frontale in the foreseeable future, but there's no denying that the team has suffered a major setback.

If it's gift-wrapped, the Reds don't want it ...

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Urawa Reds manager Holger Osieck remains optimistic about his side's chances of advancing to the semifinals of the Asian Champions League despite losing hold of a stranglehold on the home-and-away quarterfinal clash against Jeonbuk Motors on Wednesday night.
The Reds outclassed the reigning ACL champions from start to finish and were up 2-0 heading into the waning moments of the match at Saitama Stadium when Jeonbuk defender Choi Jin-cheul blazed home through a maze of players to take the glean off a terrific showing by the home side.

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Coach mad at player for NOT diving

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Hilarious, sad and revealing all at the same time.

Yes it's true: Urawa Reds manager Volker Finke punished his player for not diving to earn a penalty kick.

Safe to say that didn't go over well with guys that make more money than him:
"He's not qualified to be a manager," Japan Football Association (JFA) president Motoaki Inukai was quoted as saying in Tuesday's Japanese media.

Soccer Robot Could Replace Players

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Would you watch a soccer game if all of the players were robots? Japanese robotics engineers seem to believe so. Hagime Sakamoto seems to believe so.

The Hajime 33 Soccer Robot

He has created what he calls the Hagime robot (creative) that is intended to be used at the RoboCup Japan Open robot soccer tournament in Osaka, Japan.

GLOBAL GOALS - INTERNATIONAL GOALSCORER RANKINGS

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Global Goals the new and exiciting website for ranking international goalscorers have just published their July rankings. It's great news for Japanese scoring sensation Naohiro Takahara, the leading goalscorers at last month's Asian Cup who has broken into the overall Top 20 for the first time, for the complete Top 30 and the Asian Top 30

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