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2013-03-17 [J1] Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0-0 Kashima Antlers

Posted by stefanole on 2013/03/18

Antlers' Davi collides with Koji and Shiotani. Image from http://blog.livedoor.jp/domesoccer/archives/52023340.html

Antlers’ Davi collides with Koji and Shiotani. Image from http://blog.livedoor.jp/domesoccer/archives/52023340.html

Sanfrecce were very unlucky not to win all three points as they dominated 2007-2009 champions Kashima Antlers at the Big Arch. The home side outshot the visitors by 14 to 8, but the match was marked by two offside decisions, only one of which was correct. Read the rest of this entry »

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2013-03-13 [ACL Group G] Beijing Guoan (CHN) 2-1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Posted by stefanole on 2013/03/14

*article edited March 15th with some more comments. Jsgoal also has an interesting article in Japanese about the creepy atmosphere in Beijing precipitated by having Sanfrecce escorted by five police cars and the stadium guarded by armed paramilitaries and soldiers, as well as constant warnings about air pollution. This culture of intimidation goes a long way to explaining Chinese teams’ success in China against Japanese teams as much as (or even moreso than) superior ability, but Sanfrecce can only learn from this and improve.

Another photo of Sanfrecce players looking glum. From: http://blog.livedoor.jp/domesoccer/archives/52022547.html

Another photo of Sanfrecce players looking glum. From: http://blog.livedoor.jp/domesoccer/archives/52022547.html

Sanfrecce left the Beijing Workers Stadium empty-handed after suffering through another ACL game. Read the rest of this entry »

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2013-03-09 [J League] Albirex Niigata 1-2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Posted by stefanole on 2013/03/10

Sanfrecce's stars at the Big Swan stadium. Photo from: http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/News/Tn201303100037.html

Sanfrecce’s stars at the Big Swan stadium. Photo from: http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/News/Tn201303100037.html

Sanfrecce won their first game of the 2013 J League season as they defeated a poor Albirex Niigata, who are quickly beginning to look like favorites for relegation. Read the rest of this entry »

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2013-03-02 [J League] Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-2 Urawa Reds

Posted by stefanole on 2013/03/02

Ex-Sanfrecce players Moriwaki, Kashiwagi, and Makino. Image from https://twitter.com/kokokochan/status/307733845468405760/photo/1

Ex-Sanfrecce players Moriwaki, Kashiwagi, and Makino. Image from https://twitter.com/kokokochan/status/307733845468405760/photo/1

Sanfrecce were soundly beaten in the 2013 J League opener by arch-rivals Urawa Reds. Though the scoreline was close, Sanfrecce never really threatened before or after MORISAKI Koji’s beautifully lofted free-kick goal on 55′. Read the rest of this entry »

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