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Derby Day Drama
This weekend the first episode of the Naniwa Derby in two years attracted top billing, and Diego Forlan demonstrated why he is such a "big game" player. However, with both Osaka clubs slipping off the pace, the real excitement took place elsewhere in the league.
Read more: Week 7
Following Graham Arnold's departure from Vegalta Sendai, several articles have appeared in the Australian press presenting a very harsh view of the Tohoku-based club. If true, they would be highly newsworthy. However, it seems that the writers have a strange aversion to fact-checking.
Read more: Aussie Hatchet Job Scandalizes Sendai
Football News that Matters
This week, a few mainstream sportswriters took the time to weigh in on the folly that is unfolding in the Asian Champions League. While I am fully in agreement with the sentiments, I think that particular horse deserves a decent burial, rather than further futile flaying.
Read more: April Fools
Spring Into Action
Though goals were at a premium in most of this week's matches, the fine spring weather across Japan brought out good crowds at many venues - the exception being Saitama Stadium, where Urawa Reds and Shumizu S-Pulse played the first-ever J.League match in an empty stadium.
Read more: J.League Week 4
Statement from the J.League Chairman
The following is my own, "unofficial" translation of the statement released by J.League Chairman Mitsuru Murai. The "official" translation has been criticised for its poor English grammar, though I understand that the J.League wanted to get an English version out promptly and apparently did not have time to hire a top-quality translator. Hopefully this version captures the spirit of the original better than the "official" version.
Read more: J.League Chairman's Official Statement
This week, the J.League got a glimpse of one of football's most distressing and divisive issues: Racism. Though it is still early days, the initial reaction of just about everyone concerned suggests that most Japanese fans reject racial bias and divisiveness, wishing only to rejoice in the global joy of the Beautiful Game
Read more: J.League Week 2
Look to the Future? or the Past ?
The road to Brazil 2014 has passed over the final hill, and destiny beckons. With less than 100 days to go before the curtain rises on the World Cup, a friendly clash with New Zealand offered fans a chance to see how well prepared this team is to make its mark on world football. They got their answer - both for good and for bad.
Read more: Japan-vs-New Zealand
Another New Beginning
The J.League is back in action, and so is the Rising Sun News. Since we do not have time for a lot of sentimental verbosity, let's just get busy reporting on the exciting matches which took place in the first round of the 2014 season.
Read more: J1 14-03-01
2014 Schedule Released
The J.League has just released the league schedule for the 2014 season. The schedule for all J1 games is now posted, and links to J2 and J3 schedules will be provided shortly.
Read more: J1 Schedule 2014
The Search Begins
The EAFC East Asian Cup, has kicked off yesterday. Today Japan's national football team with take the center stage as they duke it out with China. Read to see what set of players JNT has at their disposal and what can we in general expect of them.
Read more: The Search begins
Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
The J1 returned to action on Saturday following a six week recess, and began a firey stretch of four games in the next 11 days. If the intense activity hasnt got you sweating yet, just wait til it starts to get really hot.
Read more: J.League Week 14
In Search of a Number 9
I guess John Lennon was not the only one with number 9 dreams. These days everyone in Japan is walking around saying things that sound like "Turn me on dead man" played backwards. In this article, Lan Krajncic offers his own views on who should be given the role as Japan's main striker.
Read more: In a search of a number 9