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KASHIMA CHALLENGES TO DOUBLE OVER KAWASAKI

EMPEROR'S CUP

Masashi Motoyama's right leg erased the momentum toward Kawasaki when 2007 J-League Champion Kashima Antlers edged out 2007 ACL contender Kawasaki Frontale to advance to the JFA Emperor's Cup Final for the 11th title on coming New Year's Day.

It was fun game. Kawasaki was making the offence from side-attacks to decisive strikers, Juninho and Tese Chong as Kashima making from midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara's fielding. Entering the 2nd half, it surprising me when Antlers' goalkeeper Jun Sogahata's punt connected to Motoyama's volley shot which easily found the net behind the opposite keeper Eiji Kawashima.

Well-known Antlers as the game expert had come back maybe. Sure if the 11th crown goes to them in the Final.

match result:

JFA Emperor's Cup
Semi Finals at National Stadium, Tokyo (29 Dec)

Kawasaki 0-1 Kashima
72' MOTOYAMA

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9-MAN KASHIMA STAYS ALIVE TO BEAT URAWA

J-LEAGUE

Takuya Nozawa gave Kashima Antlers a precious win over Urawa Red Diamonds when the away team extended the eight straight to hope the J-League title alive since 2001 season.

Ending the half, the gray shirts lost Toru Araiba due to the second yellow, but ten men showed fighting spirits in the 2nd half to replace him with Masashi Motoyama at the right sideback! And a 66th-minutes ball from Marquinhos, Yuzo Tashiro to Nozawa silenced over 60 thousand home suporters. The substitute Yuji Funayama sent off, however Antlers' defence made me remember the solid in the glory period.

Last match of the season, Urawa goes to Yokohama FC as Kashima meets Shimizu. The possibility of the title will be near Reds, but I expect Kashima's nine consecutive wins.

match result:

Kashima 1-0 Urawa (24 Nov)
66' NOZAWA

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YASUDA LIFTS GAMBA TO FIRST Y.N. CUP WITH ALL AWARDS

LEAGUE CUP

Michihiro Yasuda, U-23 Japanese International defender, showed his existence on the field to score only goal for Gamba Osaka when the white second shirts earned the first Yamazaki Nabisco Cup over Kawasaki Frontale at National Stadium, Tokyo. Yasuda, whose goal today is the first one as a top-team player, was named MVP with the New Hero Award announced before the match.

Gamba has clear vision to promote young players and succeeded to save oneself at supreme level in spite of sending off Junichi Inamoto and Tsuneyasu Miyamoto to European clubs, it's wonderful.

Arguably, Gamba will advance up to the stage challenging ACL. I expect the team to consider victory as well as Urawa Reds in order to contribute the National team to get mature.

match tesult:

J-League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup 2007
Final at National Stadium (3 Nov)

Kawasaki 0-1 Osaka
55' YASUDA

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REDS FIND A WAY TO TAKE 3-PTS PAST YOUNG MARINOS

J-LEAGUE

Yuichiro Nagai's strike gave Urawa Red Diamonds a victory over Yokohama F. Marinos at Nissan Stadium on the 26th Day of J-League, but Marinos had many chances to level or overcome the last champion.

It was my first sight of the Marinos this season. they seemed to dominate the midfield and to suply accuracy balls into the box more than any other teams against Reds I watched this season. The flow of Marques and rookie Takanobu Komiyama to the two-top, Hideo Oshima and Daisuke Sakata was enough to surprise and attract me this night.

Youth team of Marinos have players entering in U-17 or U-20 World Cup this summer. I expect the club to grow the players to improve itself to Urawa or GAMBA Osaka today.

match result:

Urawa 1-0 Yokohama FM (22 Sep)
65' Nagai

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WASHINGTON, URAWA SEE OFF NAGOYA

J-LEAGUE

Brazilian Striker Washington surely made a winning goal past standing keeper when Urawa Reds beat Nagoya Grampus Eight at Toyota Stadium on the 12th Day of J-League. Holger Osieck and his men are going back home to prepare to welcome an Australian club for the final game of the AFC Champions League Group Stage Next Wednesday.

Since establishing this blog, I had the first Nagoya's game seen. But I had had nothing but dissatisfaction for Grampus. Sef Vergoossen's men showed just one time fantastic performance when Shohei Abe, left side MF, found Frode Johnsen's right leg to deny Nene's opener. Effective attacking seemed to be limited a few, the one from long balls to Johnsen, another from Keisuke Honda's free-kicks, which both were invalid to the Reds defence.

On the other hand, except lack of last season's MVP Marcus Tulio Tanaka, Reds seems to be crusing almost well to advance up to the top of the table. Hope the other teams of J-League rouse themselves.

match result:

Urawa 2-1 Nagoya (19 May)
(1-0)27' NENE
(1-1)35' JOHNSEN
(2-1)84' WASHINGTON

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REDS MARCH IN STYLE PAST JUBILO

J-LEAGUE

Brazilian chance-maker Robson Ponte carried the ball to exchange with Yuichiro Nagai into the area to beat Japanese International goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi of Jubilo Iwata when Urawa Reds deserved crusial win on the 5th Day of J-League.

At first it was Iwata to get the initiative of the game with effective short-passes laced. The opening goal by Robert Cullen was made in Jubilo's domination. For Reds, until they lost the score, they had no chance to panic Kawaguchi and Jubilo's defence, in which Hideto Suzuki marked Urawa's lone-striker Washington to frustrate enough. But the Brazilian striker found just a moment to move freely to even the game. This season, I also understood that Washington in the box is dangerous every moment.

Into the second, the Adilson Dias Batista's side had the oppotunity to score a winning goal when shots by Yusuke Inuzuka and Yoshiaki Ota, who was the most threat for Urawa during the game, hit the post. In a while, the Holger Osieck's side forcibly challenge the defences with little possession at midfield when Ponte's success was finally born. That was their experience, or the King's style?

J-League 07 had just started. Both teams will make the league exciting and entertaining, my expecting.

match result:

Iwata 1-2 Urawa (7 Apr)
(1-0)33' CULLEN
(1-1)39' WASHINGTON
(1-2)79' PONTE

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URAWA TELLS GUIDO A FAREWELL TO GIFT THE SEASON-DOUBLE

EMPEROR'S CUP

This was a part of football. Gamba Osaka outshot Urawa Red Diamonds to nearly dominate the field but Emperor's Cup went to Urawa again when Ryota Tsuzuki saved 20 shots and Yuichiro Nagai struck late-goal in Final of JFA Tenno-hai at National Stadium on New Year's Day. Reds had earned two straight victories in the tournament since the former club of Yokohama F Marinos, 1991-92, and had accomplished the double of J-league and Tenno-hai titles in season since Kashima Antlers 1997 as Urawa coach Guido Buchwalt were set to fly home with these three titles.

Gamba controlled the game, especially during the second half perfectly, when Akira Nishino's men made chances somewhere. The ball struck by Magno Alves de Araujo, Ryuji Bando, Yasuhito Endo and more, the former Gamba Tsuzuki denied all. In a while Urawa put on Nagai at the one-top position replacing Brazilian striker Washington(injury) but it didn't work well to allow the opponent lots of scoring chance. It was late that Buchwalt changed the formation to send Masayuki Okano for Shinji Ono to two-top position following Nagai but he was lucky before subsutitute Makoto Hasebe found Okano challenging the defence to connect Nagai's sliding the loose ball past the goalie. Very, very lucky for Reds.

Both teams will force to a change until next season opened. I expect the season that Champion is made to take a difficult situation and that Urawa struggles for the top of Asia.

match result:

86th JFA Tenno-hai
Final at National Stadium (1 Jan)

Urawa 1-0 Osaka
87' NAGAI

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WASHINGTON'S WINNER PLACES SHIMIZU OUTSIDE THE TITLE

J-LEAGUE

Brazilian Washington returned from the injury and made little of scoring chances to give Urawa Reds a 1-0 victory over Shimizu S-pulse but the striker left the pitch of Saitama Stadium midway through the game due to the left thigh injury into second half. Shimizu lost two games in a row against top teams of J-League. This seemingly let them fall off a fight for the title.

Washington, his existence was huge enough to contribute Urawa's dominating the game. It was so quick to move the game as the Brazilian well controlled an Alex Santos' cross from the left to put it easily into the net, his 17th goal this season. Since that, both teams had failed a few times to score each other. Urawa, who allowed only three goals in 11 home-games this season, denied young Shimizu's challenges to end the game.

It's questionable how bad Washington is but Reds are unforgiven to take a breath until the final match of the league with defending champion Gamba Osaka.

match result:

Shimizu 0-1 Urawa (23 Sep)
16' WASHINGTON

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A DISAPPOINTING GAME at NATIONAL STADIUM

J-LEAGUE

Why this game was played at National Stadium of Tokyo? It was a home-game for Shimizu S-Pulse. I feel sorry for the home-team supporters because they're robbed of the important match that should be performed in a hometown by J-League. Sorry Shimizu...

Kashima Antlers, whose midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara left the team to depart to Italian club Messina last month, beat Shimizu on the 24th day of J-League. But both teams performances were far from my satisfaction. In spite of Kashima's consciousness to some side-attack, I was not able to take in what both players thought from almost all plays. Goals of the game were accidental as all were produced by deffensive miscues.

This is also a ploblem for Japan's national team but Japanease player, especially youngmen are lack of physical. Furthermore, they seemed to avoid one-on-one situation to pass the other under the name of "ball possession". Show me more agressiveness, youngmen!!

match result:

Kashima 2-1 Shimizu (16 Sep)*
(1-0)44' FERNANDO
(2-0)60' NOZAWA
(2-1)69' EDAMURA
*A Game Played at National Stadium of Tokyo

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GOAL RALLY WIN EXTENDS TO 5th STRAIGHT FOR GAMBA

J-LEAGUE

Where have gone the traditionally hard defence of the tricolore? Yokohama F. Marinos with Japanese International Yuji Nakazawa welcomed Gamba Osaka on the 8th Day of J-League. Yokohama's coach Takeshi Okada kept making his men show the fighting spirits for last champion. Marinos were being dominated by the attacks of Gamba created from Brazilian Fernandinho until striker Hideo Oshima's header and defender Naoki Matsuda's middle range shot off set-play. Home team's turnaround in the 1st half was expected the way the game rolled for exciting, but it didn't. Away team's striker Magno Alves de Araujo's double in the 1st seemed to go back to Osaka's domination, but it was not true.

Into the 2nd half, Gamba coach Akira Nishino sellected a rapid replacement, Fernandinho out at 70 minutes, when the whereabout of the game started moving quickly. Takahiro Futagawa's header from beautiful combinations for Osaka led for good, while substitution Kenta Kano pushed in a loose ball equalizer for Yokohama some minutes after Futagawa. At 15 minuts left, Okada didn't make a draw means to change a 4-backs formation showing more aggressive style. But it was a fatal mistake by themself who prepared for his men. Nakazawa and Matsuda of central defence processed a ball halfway, when substitute striker Masafumi Maeda found quickly the target where the goalkeeper Tatsuya Enomoto couldn't reach it. Gamba beat Marinos to deserve the 5th straight win in the league.

Yokohama's bad defence was serious. Including a lot of those who injure, the coach seemed to pass suffering days the future.

match result:

Osaka 4-3 Yokohama (15 Apr)
(1-0)16' MAGNO ALVES
(1-1)26' OSHIMA
(1-2)40' MATSUDA
(2-2)44' MAGNO ALVES
(3-2)71' FUTAGAWA
(3-3)74' KANO
(4-3)82' MAEDA

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