This is a site for talking about Sanfrecce Hiroshima and their trials and tribulations in the J League. It began in 2009 when I, Stephen “stefanole” Packer was a JET living in Itsukaichi, Hiroshima city. I have tried to keep the site going after having left Japan in July 2010, but real life has not always made this easy.
My first Sanfrecce game was a few days after my arrival in Hiroshima, on August 3, 2008. I watched the Great Violet Kingdom grind out a 1-0 victory against Sagan Tosu. Thankfully the rest of the 2008 season was a dramatic improvement interest-wise, and I was soon hooked on Japanese soccer and Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
The dearth of information in English on the J League in general, and on Sanfrecce in particular, led me to creating this blog. I hope that it will be useful for current fans of the J League as well as those who may be curious about Japanese soccer. Please feel free to get in touch by commenting, or by contacting me on Twitter @stefanole.
I am a qualified amateur referee registered with the Sussex FA in England, and with the Minnesota State FA in the USA. I also passed the French refereeing exam in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques district, under the Aquitaine Ligue’s auspices for the season 2006-2007 and refereed a season of junior football. There will therefore be lots of commenting on (or complaining about) some of the finer points of refereeing decisions.
I hope you enjoy the site.
All text and images (C) Stephen Packer unless otherwise noted.