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About us

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.

Claire and stefanole in Tottori, supporting Gainare’s push for the J. League in 2009.

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.

Damion and stefanole at Sanfrecce vs Ehime in September 2008, the game where Sanfrecce guaranteed their promotion back to J1 after being relegated at the end of 2007.

All text and images (C) Stephen Packer unless otherwise noted.


3 Responses to “About us”

  1. Hata said

    Sanfrecce 4-1 JEF United 2009-07-19

  2. Nikki said

    Hi Stefanole,
    I am from Australia and wanting to see Sanfrecce Hiroshima play in December.
    I was wondering how easy it is to get tickets. Can I get them at the venue on the day or can I book them online?


  3. Hi stefanole

    I’m a journalist from Portugal, from newspaper Maisfutebol (www.maisfutebol.iol.pt).

    I’m trying to make an article about how the Hiroshima tragedy affected football in many ways. In fact, I don’t know if there’s any relation between these two things. I’m searching and I found this club (Sanfrecce Hiroshima) and your site, so I think that probably you could help me with this.

    I don’t know if you know any story, any fact about football and Hiroshima tragedy…

    Here’s my e-mail: *****

    Contact me please!

    Thank you for your help.

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