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2009-11-03 Mitsubishi Mizushima 0-3 Gainare Tottori (Gainare’s road to J2, part two)

Posted by stefanole on 2009/11/25

Kone HAMED (centre) after scoring Gainare's first goal - stefanole

Kone HAMED (centre) after scoring Gainare's first goal - stefanole

Official match report

A rogue fixture scheduled for the Culture Day national holiday saw me and Claire take local trains from Okayama to Kasaoka on the Sanyo main line. Kasaoka is the last stop in Okayama prefecture before you enter Hiroshima prefecture, and it is not a particularly attractive town. It is however the home of the JFL’s ‘lovable losers’ Mitsubishi Mizushima, which made it important enough to warrant a visit. Read the rest of this entry »

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2009-11-18 Hisato scores on return to Japanese national team

Posted by stefanole on 2009/11/19

SATO Hisato back in July - stefanole

Sanfrecce captain SATO Hisato scored the second goal, as Japan strolled to a 4-0 victory in Hong Kong. Read the rest of this entry »

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2009-11-12 Sanfrecce Update, October 2009

Posted by stefanole on 2009/11/12

This article first appeared in my column at the Wide Island View, the online magazine for JETs in Hiroshima prefecture.

NAKAJIMA Koji and NAKAZAWA Sota clash - stefanole

Sanfrecce's NAKAJIMA Koji and Gamba Osaka's NAKAZAWA Sota challenge for the ball during their teams' 2-2 draw at the Big Arch - stefanole

October was a very disappointing month for Sanfrecce, as fans’ hopes of both a surprise title and an Emperor’s Cup run were dashed within a week of each other. The team’s steady performance over the summer, where the team peaked in third place and looked set to make a serious bid for the Asian Champions League place that would bring, was wasted as autumn set in and circumstances conspired against them. Read the rest of this entry »

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2009-10-25 Gainare Tottori 2-2 Arte Takasaki (Gainare’s road to J2, part one)

Posted by stefanole on 2009/11/06

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TANAKA Yasuhiro (right) shoots for Takasaki as Tottori's HASHIUCHI Yuya looks on - stefanole

Last Sunday saw me and Claire take another road trip, this time to Tottori. Our destination was the Tottori Bird Stadium, where we were planning on watching Gainare Tottori take on Arte Takasaki. More than that though, we were here to watch as a small town struggles to achieve its dream of reaching the J-League. Read the rest of this entry »

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2009-10-03 Vissel Kobe 1-1 Kyoto Sanga

Posted by stefanole on 2009/11/05

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Kobe and Kyoto face-off during a corner - stefanole

My Flickr set for this match is here.

The first weekend of October saw me and Claire make our second sporting trip to Kansai. Our destination was Kobe, the stage for a match billed as the “Kansai Derby” as the home side took on neighbours Kyoto. Read the rest of this entry »

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