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Podolski arrives with promise to boost Japan game

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Tokyo (AFP) – German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski Thursday vowed to bolster enthusiasm for Japanese football after arriving to join Vissel Kobe, bucking a trend of big-name players moving to cash-rich China.

“I know the J-League is the strongest in Asia and I am determined to enliven (the league) with my team,” Podolski told a news conference shortly after he arrived in Kobe, near Osaka, to join the city’s J-League club.

Podolski arrives with promise to boost Japan game

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Tokyo (AFP) – German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski Thursday vowed to bolster enthusiasm for Japanese football after arriving to join Vissel Kobe, bucking a trend of big-name players moving to cash-rich China.

“I know the J-League is the strongest in Asia and I am determined to enliven (the league) with my team,” Podolski told a news conference shortly after he arrived in Kobe, near Osaka, to join the city’s J-League club.

J League

J-League: Godzilla – Yes, Godzilla – Attempts To Take A Pre-Match Penalty With His Tail (Video)

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Godzilla goes rampaging up the wing

You know how you've always wanted to see a bloke in an awkwardly proportioned Godzilla suit attempt to scorea penalty using his tail? Well today's your lucky day.

To promote the release of the new 'Godzilla: Resurgence' movie in Japan, a bloke in an awkwardly proportioned Godzilla suit attempted to score a penalty with his tail before theJ-League match between Kawasaki Frontale and FC Toyko past a bloke in a dolphin suit, naturally.

Kawasaki Frontale PUMA 2012 Home and Away Kits

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Kawasaki Frontale (川崎フロンターレ) is a Japanese football club currently campaigning in Division 1 of the J. League the top-tier of soccer in the country. Among the more popular and most successful soccer teams in Japan, Frontale is currently in 12th place in the J. League. On the club's books are Japan World Cup 2010 [.

Three-way race for the J. League title

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And then there were three. Two familiar contenders, one plucky outsider and four league games are all that stand between Kashiwa Reysol, Gamba Osaka, Nagoya Grampus and the J. League title.
Autumn is especially beautiful across the Kantō Plain, when the deciduous leaves fall and a mellow sunlight light frames the back streets and alleys of one of the world's most populous regions.

Kawasaki Frontale PUMA 2011 Home and Away Kits

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Frontale (川崎フロンターレ) is a Japanese football club currently campaigning in Division 1 of the J. League the top-tier of soccer in the country. Among the more popular and most successful soccer teams in Japan, Frontale finished the 2010 J. League season in fifth position. On the club's books are Japan World Cup 2010 players [.

Japan

Asian Cup 2015: Japan – Three reasons behind the Samurai Blue’s early exit

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Asian Cup 2015: Best XI of the tournament

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Asian Cup 2015: Japan – Everything you need to know about the Samurai Blue

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The Asian Cup 2015 is here, and so we at Just Football bring you detailed previews of all 16 competitors, continuingwith Japan.

After struggling at Manchester United, Shinji Kagawa returns to the Bundesliga with a point to prove

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by Jack Dowell

When young fledgelings fly the nest and leave the place they are most comfortable for life's next step it's easy to point the finger on their premature return, questioning their lack of moral fibre, ability or drive to succeed.

Welcome back, J. League! Japan’s top football competition, the...

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Welcome back, J. League!

Japan's top football competition, the J. League, might have barely kicked off earlier this month, but the supporters already seem to be in mid-season form. Scarcely two years since the debilitating 2011Tōhoku earthquake that left parts of Japan devastated, both the country and domestic game are recovering.

Japan adidas 2012 Olympics Away Kit

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During the late December to January period, the Japan adidas 2012/13 home, away, goalkeeper and women's kits were launched. Now the Japanese Football Association (JFA or 日本サッカー協会) and adidas have unveiled...

From Nakata to Nagatomo: Japanese footballers in Serie A, Part.II

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With Asian Cup winner Yuto Nagatomo moving to European champions Inter in January we're taking a special look back at the history of Japanese footballers in Serie A on Just Football in a two-part special feature.

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

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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.

Inoha breaks Qatar hearts as Japan reach last four

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DOHA, Qatar — A dramatic last-minute goal from defender Masahiko Inoha saw 10-man Japan twice come from behind to snatch a 3-2 win over heartbroken hosts Qatar in their Asian Cup quarter-final on Friday. Inoha struck in the 90th minute at a nearly full Al Gharafa Stadium to keep alive Japan's bid for a fourth [.

Forget about Hidetoshi Nakata, Shinji Kagawa will be Japan's greatest star

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By Dominic Vieira, writing from Lancaster

Asia is evolving into the fastest developing football continent as they're exporting dozens of young stars into Europe's most challenging leagues, hosting their second World Cup tournament in 2022 and China and India, the world's most populous countries have recently started investing heavily in the world's most watched sport.

Japan: Kashima claim Emperor’s Cup title

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Kashima Antlers have won the 2010 Emperor's Cup with a 2-1 win in the final against Shimuzu S-Pulse. The win means that the Antlers have won this competition for the second time in four years and fourth time overall.

Fellype Gabriel gave Kashima the lead after 26 minutes in the National Stadium, Tokyo, but Frode Johnsen, a two-goal hero in Shimuzu's semi-final win over Gamba Osaka, restored parity in the 59th minute.

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.

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.

How to win a World Cup bid

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Sushi soccer's green credentials on show in EuropeThis week I found myself deep underground in a high-end restaurant in London, the kind where the bling bathroom frightens you as you enter and you can't find the door to get out.I was there to watch the Japanese Football Association prove, via Powerpoint and free sushi, why they should host a Wasabi of a World Cup in 2022.

Morita joins V-Varen Nagasaki

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Hiroshi Morita's brief stint with Thai Port has come to an end with news that he has joined V-Varen Nagasaki. VVN currently play in the third tier of the Japanese football pyramid and have aspirations of rising through the leagues in the next few years.




Thanks to Mike @ Omiya Ardija Blog for the news.

Paraguay vs Japan Preview

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Paraguay vs Japan
Round of 16, 2010 World Cup
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
1500 (BST) / 1600 (Local Time)

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Match Review
Paraguay's knockout opponents will be group E runners up Japan.

Keisuke Honda Breaks Indomitable Lions' Spirit

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Japan finally registered their first World Cup win on foreign soil. This deserved win over Cameroon has to be a massive confidence booster considering that Japan was on a four-match losing streak while preparing for the 2010 World Cup finals.
Keisuke Honda showed why he is destined to assume Hidetoshi Nakata's mantel as the darling of Japanese football.

Japan – World Cup 2010 Preview #20 (Group E)

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Japan World Cup 2010 Preview

Appearances at World Cup finals: 2010 will be Japan's 4th World Cup finals, their 4th in a row since first qualifying back in 1998.

Best ever performance: Second round in 2002 when they joint hosted with South Korea

Famous moment in WC history: A 1-0 win over Russia in 2002 after a goal scored by Junichi Inamoto in front of 60,000 cheering home fans can be seen as a highlight, as can the group stage win over Tunisia at the same tournament.

32 For 2010: Japan

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Japan's recent friendly defeat to England in Graz was in many ways symptomatic of their current standing in world football. They have many good quality players and as a team they can score when they really want to but defeat can never be completely ruled out. The Japanese football fans know this and as a result do not expect to have much to cheer about at this summer's World Cup Finals.

32 For 2010: Japan

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Japan's recent friendly defeat to England in Graz was in many ways symptomatic of their current standing in world football. They have many good quality players and as a team they can score when they really want to but defeat can never be completely ruled out. The Japanese football fans know this and as a result do not expect to have much to cheer about at this summer's World Cup Finals.

23 for 2010 – Japan: World Cup squad analysis

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As Japan prepare for their fourth World Cup – all of which have come in consecutive appearances – a nation which has come so far in the footballing world still has a long way to go. Back in the hands of Takeshi Okada after foreign stewardship in 2002 (Troussier) and 2006 (Zico), expectations are rather low after the Finals draw matches them against Holland, Denmark, and Cameroon.

English Premier League

Midfielder: MLS is eye-opening experience

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Swedish star Freddie Ljunberg believes that after spending 10 seasons in the Barclays Premier League, his decision to play in the Major League Soccer was one that led to a passion for learning about new cultures.

Ljunberg made his MLS debut with the Seattle Sounders in the 2009-10 campaign and went on to play for Chicago Fire as well before returning to Britain with Scottish giants Celtic last year.

Hidetoshi Nakata to Thai Port? I'll believe it when I see it!

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Siamsport website are reporting that Thai Port will try and coax Japanese football legend Hidetoshi Nakata out of retirement for the 2011 Thai Premier League season. The 33 year old former Roma, Fiorentina, Parma and Perugia midfielder who was widely regarded as the finest Asian player of his generation, retired from professional football four years ago after a short stint in the EPL with Bolton Wanderers.

Pep Guardiola

FIFA Ballon D’or Winners 2012

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Lionel Messi was voted World Player of the Year for the third year in a row with Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi a distant second and third respectively. Barcelona's Pep Guardiola won the manager of the year awrd having guided Barcelona to a unique double of La Liga and Champions League titles, Sir Alex ferguson who received an award for services to football was second and Jose Mourinho third in the Manager's list.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Week 4

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A new coach for Japan, a glaring miss by Manchester City's captain, and Ibra slams Pep. These stories and more feature in this week's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, which can be heard on our weekly podcast.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Week 4

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A new coach for Japan, a glaring miss by Manchester City's captain, and Ibra slams Pep. These stories and more feature in this week's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, which can be heard on our weekly podcast.

World Cup

FIFA’s 22 Man Committee Part 2

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Yesterday we had a look at 11 of the 22 men who will be deciding which nations gets the rights to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Today, we will be continuing with our series profiling the remaining 11 men.

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Mr Erzik is the honorary president of the Turkish Football Federation.

World Cup Day 9 in the South Bay: Japan-Netherlands viewing party

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In my on-going quest to sample the full range of multinational, multicultural World Cup experiences in the Los Angles area I set off in the morning darkness to Torrance's sleek new Miyako Hybrid Hotel (within easy walking distance of my home) where the upscale Gonpachi Restaurant opened at 3 a.m.

The Rest

Asian Champions League 2015: Eight players to watch as quarter finals kick off

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Japan invents new sport… bicycle football

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Those pesky Japanese do love a clever invention. Playstations, pocket calculators, bullet trains, CD players and tamagotchi are just a few creations that have changed the way the world operates, and now they have altered football forever. Because this, ladies and gentleman, is bicycle football. I haven't really got a lot more for you than [.

Closed Door vs. JPN

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The U.S. WNT played a closed-door training match against Japan today in Matsushima, about a 45-minute drive northeast of Sendai. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage played all 23 players on the roster with the Americans coming out on top 1-0 on a 84th minute goal from Tobin Heath.



Due to an agreement with the Japanese Football Association (JFA), there will be no highlights of the match (it was a closed-door after all, which means, you know, it was closed to fans and media), but you can watch the real thing on April 1 from Yurtec Stadium in Sendai on ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 6:30 a.

Sawa Beats Out Marta And Wambach To Win Women’s Award

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Japanese World Cup winner Homare Sawa beat out a strong field that included Brazilian Marta and Abby Wambach to win the FIFA Women's World Player of the year 2011.

Marta who was looking to win the award for a 6th consecutive time had to contend with a second place finish while Abby Wambach of the USA came in in third place.

S.League's "Pray for Japan" with Nakata

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With her group of five of them being first in the queue (pictured above), Japanese expatriate who gave her name as "A I" told this blogger they were here since 5.30am outside the ticketing booth of the Jalan Besar Stadium.

"Because we want to show our support to our fellow countrymen devastated by the recent earthquake back home in Japan.

If you've never seen Athletic Bilbao's academy, well here they all are! 100 youngsters vs. 11 professionals style!

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If you guys can remember that Japanese game show that had 100 little kids going up against a professional Japanese football club, well, here it is again, but in Basque country. This time, however, the match was not for a game show, but rather for a good cause.Â

Joseba Etxeberria is already a legend at Athletic Bilbao.