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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.

Nabisco Cup First Round

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Gert Engel's first match in charge of Urawa Reds, following the sensational sacking of Holger Osieck, ended in defeat. Urawa's loss to Vissel Kobe 1-0 in the Nabisco League Cup was Urawa's third successive loss without scoring.

Group A
Nagoya Grampus 0 Kyoto Sanga 1
Urawa Reds 0 Vissel Kobe 1

Group B
Shimizu S-Pulse 3 FC Tokyo 1
Tokyo Verdy 0 Jubilo 2

Group C
Kawasaki Frontale 0 JEF United 2
Kashiwa Reysol 1 Sapporo Consadole 1

Group D
F Marinos 1 Oita Trinita 0
Albirex Niigata 2 Omiya Ardija 2

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Teenager Michihiro Yasuda couldn't have picked a better time to claim his first professional goal, scoring the winner in Gamba Osaka's 1-0 win over Kawasaki Frontale in the final of the Nabisco league cup in Tokyo on Saturday.
Yasuda, 19, scored the lone goal of the afternoon in the 56th minute by redirecting a cross from Brazilian striker Bare.

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FC Tokyo crowned League Cup champions

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FC Tokyo have been crowned 2009 Yamazaki Nabisco League Cup champions after beating Kawasaki Frontale 2-0 in the final in Tokyo on November 3.

Before a sell-out crowd of 44,308 fans at a packed National Stadium, teenage midfielder Takeuji Yonemoto opened the scoring with a swerving long-range drive that appeared to catch Kawasaki goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima off-guard.

League Cup final a local affair

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All the colour of the Japanese Yamazaki Nabisco League Cup final will descend upon the National Stadium in Tokyo on November 3, with this year's showpiece event set to be an all-local affair.

FC Tokyo have reached their first League Cup final since 2004, with Hiroshi Jofuku's team winning through on the back of some impressive displays.

Rain ruins top-of-the-table clash

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Referee Masayoshi Okada took centre stage at Kashima Stadium as he called a halt to the top-of-table clash between Kashima Antlers and Kawasaki Frontale.

With Kawasaki leading 3-1, they were left furious when the match was abandoned after 73 minutes as monsoonal rains swept across the ground.

Déjà vu for Dragan

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"It's Groundhog Day!"
There's no sign of Punxsutawney Phil, but Nagoya Grampus coach Dragan Stojkovic must be checking his calendar in disbelief as the Aichi-based side prepare to face FC Tokyo at Ajinomoto Stadium for the second time in three days.
Naohiro Ishikawa looks set to play the Ned Ryerson role to the Serbian coach's Phil Connors, with Ishikawa causing opponents plenty of irritation with some career-best form.

League Cup in Japan facing image crisis

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Like it's much-maligned English cousin, the League Cup in Japan is facing an image crisis. That's nothing new for J. League officials, who for years have struggled with the competing interests of Japan's biggest clubs.

A revamped Asian Champions League has brought the League Cup issue to a head.

The J. League goes down to the wire... yet again

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At a time when the J. League is crying out for a team to take the championship by the scruff of the neck, the top five continue to falter in their race for the title.

Kashima Antlers continue to lead the way on 54 points, but they will be disappointed with their most recent 0-0 draw at home to the defensive-oriented Albirex Niigata.

Oita Trinita celebrate a first ever title

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"I let the players down, and I want to apologise to the fans who came all the way out here to see us. I know it's over and done with, and that there's no sense in getting down about this."

"But this one hurts, and it's depressing. I can't find the words to describe how badly I feel."

Shimizu S-Pulse coach Kenta Hasegawa's sombre quip to The Daily Yomiuri in the wake of his team's 2-0 League Cup final defeat to Oita Trinita on November 1 stood in glaring contrast to the euphoria emanating from the Trinita dressing room.

League Cup final takes centre stage

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Around 50,000 fans will descend on the National Stadium in Tokyo on November 1 as Oita Trinita do battle with Shimizu S-Pulse for the 2008 League Cup trophy.

Oita Trinita go into the match as rank outsiders, particularly with the Kyushu club missing influential midfielder Shingo Suzuki through suspension.

Cellar dwellers JEF United stun league leaders Kashima Antlers as J. League resumes

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Bottom club JEF United stunned table topping Kashima Antlers as the J. League resumed following the week-long All-Star break, winning 3-1 at a packed Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba.

Australian defender Eddy Bosnar opened the scoring for United with a thunderbolt free-kick just before half-time, but it was talismanic striker Seiichiro Maki who stole the show, steering home two superb headers after the interval.

Marquee fixtures aplenty as the J. League heats up

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Round 19 in the J. League could prove a turning point for several clubs with a number of marquee fixtures set down for the weekend of July 26/27.

The pick of the Saturday fixtures see FC Tokyo host Yokohama F. Marinos at Ajinomoto Stadium, as teams from Japan's two largest cities get ready to rumble in the capital.

League Cup quarter-finalists decided in Japan

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The sixth and final matchday of Japan's Nabisco League Cup group stage took place on June 8, with six teams advancing to the knock-out stage to join AFC Champions League combatants Kashima Antlers and Gamba Osaka in the final eight.

The shock of the afternoon came before a crowd of 35,417 at Saitama Stadium, where visitors Nagoya Grampus thumped hosts Urawa Reds 5-1, with in-form striker Keita Sugimoto scoring a hat-trick after coming off the bench at the fifty-seventh minute mark.

Shimizu S-Pulse in cracking Nabisco Cup form

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They may be struggling in the league, but Shimizu S-Pulse are on course to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Nabisco League Cup following their most recent 4-2 victory over local rivals Jubilo Iwata on May 25.

Playmaker Jungo Fujimoto scored twice for the Shizuoka side, but it was 23-year-old striker Kazuki Hara who stole the show, turning in an eye-catching performance as he looks to press claims for a regular starting position in Kenta Hasegawa's side.

Nagoya lead the way as the J. League goes Golden

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Nagoya Grampus lead the J. League standings by three points ahead of the traditional Golden Week rush. The Toyota-backed outfit are playing fast-paced, attacking football under new coach Dragan Stojkovic, however Nagoya fans are quick to point out that they were also leading the league at the same stage last season, only to limp home to an eventual eleventh placed finish.

The League Cup takes centre stage with all eyes on Urawa

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After sensationally sacking coach Holger Osieck in the aftermath of Urawa's second successive league defeat of the season, all eyes will be on Saitama Stadium for the beginning of the Gert Engels era as Urawa Reds kick off their Nabisco League Cup campaign at home to Vissel Kobe.

Club president Mitsunori Fujiguchi claimed that Osieck had lost the support of the players, and former assistant coach Engels will hope to win over players and fans alike with some positive results in Urawa's upcoming League Cup matches.

J-League Fixture List announced

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The 2008 J-League fixture list has been announced, with the season kicking off on March 8 and winding up on December 6 after 34 rounds of matches.

The highlight match of the opening round is the clash between heavyweights Yokohama F. Marinos and Urawa Reds at Nissan Stadium.

Kashima Antlers kick-off their title defence by hosting J2 champions Consadole Sapporo in their opening fixture at Kashima Stadium.

Thine Cup Runneth Over

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The action in Japan switched from league football to the knock-out variety this weekend, with Gamba Osaka winning the Nabisco League Cup by defeating Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 at a packed National Stadium in Tokyo on November 3.

Japan under-20 international Michihiro Yasuda scored the only goal in the 56th minute, but after weathering an early Kawasaki onslaught, Gamba were worthy winners.

Japanese Soccer News

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J-League News: Gamba lead the way, as the J-League breaks for the summer

Gamba Osaka remain five points clear of defending champions Urawa Reds at the halfway point of the season, as the J-League pauses for a six week summer recess.

Gamba beat Omiya Ardija 3-0 at Komaba Stadium in the last round of matches, with Akihiro Ienaga, Takahiro Futagawa and Magno Alves all getting on the scoresheet.

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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.