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Nagoya Grampus 2012 Le Coq Sportif 20th Anniversary Kit

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Currently in a seventh place in the Japanese J. League Divsion 1, Nagoya Grampus (名古屋グランパス) is a Japanese association soccer currently based in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. The club has been...

Copycat: Japanese striker mimics Mario Balotelli’s muscle rippling goal celebration

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Imitation is the greatest form of flattery and it's never more entertaining than when you are imitating Mr Mario Balotelli. On Saturday a honourable homage to the Italian's muscle clenching celebration against Germany was provided by Ken Tokura in the J-League. The Vissel Kobe forward bagged the winner against Kawasaki Frontale by sauntering in to the last third [.

Nagoya Grampus le coq sportif AFC Champions League 2012 Home Kit

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Japanese J. League Division 1 club Nagoya Grampus (Japanese: 名古屋グランパ) is back in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after a one-year absence. Last season's second-placed J1 finisher is pooled with...

Vissel Kobe Asics 2012 Home and Away Kits

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Vissel Kobe (ヴィッセル神戸) is a professional Japanese soccer club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. After finishing last season in 9th position last season, Vissel Kobe is currently...

Urawa Red Diamonds Nike 2012 Home, Away and Third Kits

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Urawa Red Diamonds (浦和レッドダイヤモンズ ) is a professional soccer club playing in Japan's J. League Division 1 (J1). The side is one of Japan's best supported teams and often boasts...

FIFA: Club World Cup Team Guide – Kashiwa Reysol

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Kashiwa Reysol secured the J-League title and a place in the FIFA Club World Cup as the host nation's representatives following a climatic finish to the season in Japan this weekend. The title triumph was all the more remarkable given that the team had only won promotion from the Japanese second division last season.

Hidetoshi Nakata for GQ

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Hidetoshi Nakata is getting more press after his retirement than he did during his whole entire career. For those of you who don't know, Nakata is one of Asia's most famous footballers. In 1995, he started his career with Bellmare Hiratsuka, now called Shonan Bellmare. During his time in the J League, he won the Asian Football the Asian Football Confederation Player of the Year award in 1997


Languagecaster Podcast: The J League Title Run In

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This week on languageacster.com, we spotlight the run in to the title in the J League in Japan, looking at who can win it and at a big team staring at relegation.

Languagecaster Podcast: The J League Title Run In

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This week on languageacster.com, we spotlight the run in to the title in the J League in Japan, looking at who can win it and at a big team staring at relegation. Remember, you can also:

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  • Worksheets and transcripts from previous podcasts
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Main Report: The Japanese J League – the Run In

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The European leagues are about a third of the way through their seasons and the Champions League is in the middle of the group stages, but what about elsewhere in the world?

Japan: Four way title battles ensures tight finish to season

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With twelve rounds of matches to play in the Japanese J-League there is an intriguing four way battle for title honours. Last season's champions Nagoya Grampus Eight are, along with Yokohama Marinos, just one point behind the top two of Gamba Osaka and Kashiwa Reysol (22 games, 43 points).

Gamba Osaka were involved in the tie of the weekend getting the better of  Kawasaki Frontale by six goals to three with Brazilian Rafinha scoring a hat-trick and helping stretch Gamba's unbeaten run to seven matches.

Former Japan Star Critical After Collapse

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Former Japan international defender Naoki Matsuda remains in critical condition after collapsing during his club Matsumoto Yamaga's training session early this morning.

Matsuda (34) was rushed to Hospital after he collapsed 35 minutes into a routine training session in what is belived to have been a heart attack, Matsuda made 40 appearances for his Country and also won 3 J-League titles before moving down a division to his new club.

Nabisco Cup 2011

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Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11, the J-League has rearranged the schedule for the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup.

The two group format has been abandoned in favor of a straight two-leg knock-out competition.

1st Round 1st Leg June 5

Urawa Reds vs Yamagata
Kashiwa Reysol vs Sendai
Yokohama F Marinos vs Vissell Kobe
Venforet Kofu vs Shimizu S-Pulse
Jubilo Iwata vs Fukuoka
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kawasaki Frontale

1st Round 2nd Leg June 27

27 Jul Wed
Sendai vs Kashiwa Reysol
Yamagata vs Urawa Reds
Kawasaki Frontale vs
Shimizu S-Pulse vs Ventforet Kofu
Vissel Kobe vs Yokohama F Marinos
Fukuoka vs Jubilo Iwata

Second round two-leg games will take place on 14 September and 28 September when Omiya Ardija and Albirex Niigata will join the competition.

Gamba Osaka Umbro 2011 Home, Away and Third Kits

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Gamba Osaka (ガンバ大阪) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1 and AFC Champions League. Located in Suita, Osaka, the team's home stadium is Osaka Expo '70 Stadium. Gamba are one of only six teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception [.

Nagoya Grampus le coq sportif 2011 Kits

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Nagoya Grampus (名古屋グランパス) is a Japanese association soccer currently playing in the Japanese J. League Divsion 1. The club has been a fixture in the top flight of Japanese soccer since 1993 but did not win its first J. League championship until 2010. Nagoya Grampus is current managed by Serbia and Nagoya Grampus legend Dragan Stojković.

Urawa Red Diamonds Nike 2011 Home and Away Kits

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Urawa Red Diamonds (浦和レッドダイヤモンズ ) is a professional football club playing in Japan's J. League. It is one of Japan's best supported teams boasting the highest average crowds for eight of the J-League's sixteen seasons thus far. The club has never won a J. Leasgue title and finished last season in 10th position.

Vissel Kobe Asics 2011 Home and Away Kits

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Vissel Kobe (ヴィッセル神戸) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. After finishing last season in 15th position last season, Vissel Kobe is currently in pre-season training for the 2011 J. League season. This past weekend Vissel Kobe launched its Asics 2011 home and away kits and presented some [.

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.

Japan: Nagoya claim maiden J-League crown

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Keiji Tamada scored the goal which sealed the J-League title for Nagoya

Nagoya Grampus Eight have finally landed their first ever J-League title following their 1-0 away win at Shonan Bellmare today. Second place Kashima Antlers, champions for the last three years, were finally deposed having only managed a goalless draw at Vissel Kobe which means that they are ten points behind Nagoya with three matches remaining and, therefore, can not catch the league leaders.

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.

J League Results October 31

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Sunday 31 October

Yokohama F Marinos 2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1
Albirex Niigata 2 Kashima Antlers 1

Saturday 30 October

Nagoya Grampus 1 Cerezo Osaka 0
Vegalta Sendai 1 Kyoto Sanga 0
Gamba Osaka 2 Vissel Kobe 4
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 FC Tokyo 2
Kawasaki Frontale 1 Jubilo Iwata 1
Urawa Reds 0 Montedio Yamagata 1
Shonan Bellmare v Omiya Ardija (Postponed)


The highest attendance was 24,061 at Toyota Stadium for the Nagoya Grampus v Cerezo Osaka game.

J League Results October 24

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Sunday 24 October

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 Shonan Bellmare 0
Kyoto Sanga 1 Gamba Osaka 2
Kashima Antlers 2 Yokohama F Marinos 0
Omiya Ardija 2 Kawasaki Frontale 2

Saturday 23 October

Jubilo Iwata 2 Urawa Reds 1
Vissel Kobe 1 Nagoya Grampus 2
Montedio Yamagata 0 Shimizu S-Pulse 3
Cerezo Osaka 0 Vegalta Sendai 0
FC Tokyo 1 Albirex Niigata 1

The highest attendance was 23,074 for the FC Tokyo v Albirex Niigata game.

Japan’s Tokyo Verdy secure much needed sponsorship

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Former J-League champions Tokyo Verdy have signed a five-year sponsorship deal with sports retail store and apparel company Xebio.

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.

Podcast 9: The J League

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This week, on the languagecaster free podcast our focus is the J-league in Japan. We take a look at its history and if it has been a success or not. Remember you can also:

Listen only to the main report here complete with transcript and vocabulary Check out a new football expression in English for Football Learners of English can review the footballing news from around the world in our good, the bad and the ugly section of the show For learners of English check out our Football Language Resources page with: A page with all our Football vocabulary posts Football glossary (a huge collection of football vocabulary, football cliches and football phrases) Worksheets and transcripts from previous podcasts Automatically receive the podcast each week by clicking here



Podcast 9: The J League

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This week, on the languagecaster free podcast our focus is the J-league in Japan. We take a look at its history and if it has been a success or not. Remember you can also:

Listen only to the main report here complete with transcript and vocabulary Check out a new football expression in English for Football Learners of English can review the footballing news from around the world in our good, the bad and the ugly section of the show For learners of English check out our Football Language Resources page with: A page with all our Football vocabulary posts Football glossary (a huge collection of football vocabulary, football cliches and football phrases) Worksheets and transcripts from previous podcasts Subscribe to languagecaster.

Podcast 9: The J-League

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On this week's free podcast our focus is the J-league in Japan. We take a look at its history and if it has been a success or not. Remember you can also:

Listen only to the main report here complete with transcript and vocabulary Check out a new football expression in English for Football Learners of English can review the footballing news from around the world in our good, the bad and the ugly section of the show For learners of English check out our Football Language Resources page with: A page with all our Football vocabulary posts Football glossary (a huge collection of football vocabulary, football cliches and football phrases) Worksheets and transcripts from previous podcasts Automatically receive the podcast each week by clicking here



Main Listening Report (week 9): The J-League

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Each week on languagecaster's podcast we feature a main listening report and on this week's show we take a look at the J- League in Japan, now in its 17th season.

Main Listening Report (week 9): The J-League

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Each week on languagecaster's podcast we feature a main listening report and on this week's show we take a look at the J- League in Japan, now in its 17th season.

J League Results October 3

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Sunday 3 October

Jubilo Iwata 0 Yokohama F Marinos 0
FC Tokyo 3 Shonan Bellmare 0

Saturday 2 October

Montedio Yamagata 2 Gamba Osaka 1
Omiya Ardija 1 Urawa Reds 2
Kyoto Sanga 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3
Vissel Kobe 0 Kawasaki Frontale 4
Kashima Antlers 1 Shimizu S-Pulse 1
Nagoya Grampus 2 Vegalta Sendai 1
Cerezo Osaka 2 Albirex Niigata 1


The highest attendance was 33,660 for the Ardija v Urawa game.

Kashiwa

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Sócrates, Corinthian and Inter Milan

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In this week\'s review of the footballing action, we take a look back at the football life of the great Brazilian player Socrates as well as congratulating his former club Corinthians on winning the Brazilian title.

Main Report: The Japanese J League – the Run In

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Main Report: The Japanese J League - who will clinch the title? And will we see Urawa in J2 next season?

The Rest

Asia: Title showdowns bring tension in Japan and Korea

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To coin a well-known footballing phrase, it's squeaky bum time in two of Asia's biggest leagues.

In Japan the title will go down to a last day showdown with any one from Kashiwa Reysol, Nagoya Grampus Eight and Gamba Osaka all capable of winning the championship. Kashiwa currently hold the advantage of topping the table with 69 points from 33 games whilst Nagoya and Osaka trail the leaders by just one and two points respectively with one round of matches to be played next weekend.

The Best Header Ever

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Yes, I'll go ahead and say it. Jared Borgetti, eat your heart out. (Not really, it's still pretty epic.)

Ryujiro Ueda of Fagiano Okayama earns the title with his bombing own-half header into the back of the net, which he then celebrated like a tap-in on the goal line. Smooth.


Languagecaster Predictions: J-League starts again!

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This week, languagecaster casts its eye around the world to take in games from Japan, where the season gets underway again after the terrible earthquake and tsunami, Argentina, Spain, England, and the Champions League semi final first legs.