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Kansai: What was your favorite moment of the 2010 J. League season?

by Alan Gibson

Kazuhiro Hayatsu
Manufacturing, 33 (Japanese)
(Albirex Niigata supporter)
My highlight — as an Albirex Niigata fan — came when Marcio Richardes scored a great hat trick against Vegalta Sendai, with all the goals coming from set pieces including one direct from a corner kick. Pure genius!

Takeshi Nakazawa
Salaryman, 32 (Japanese)
(Jubilo Iwata supporter)
Obviously, for a Jubilo fan, it must be the Nabisco Cup win — the actual moment that Ryoichi Maeda’s goal went in to make it five for Jubilo in extra time. That was the end of the goal drought for me!

Satoshi Sugihara
Student, 21 (Japanese)
(Jubilo Iwata supporter)
The overnight bus trip from Osaka — yes, I live in Osaka but support Jubilo — to the national stadium was fun, and Minoru Suganuma’s goal — the third for Jubilo on the day — was the time that I knew Jubilo had won the Nabisco Cup!

Lionel Piguet
Sportscaster,30 (Swiss)
(Cerezo Osaka supporter)
What can I say? The final game of the season and Cerezo score six, qualify for the Asian Champions League at the expense of Kashima Antlers, and along with the other half of Osaka, Gamba! What a final day!

Carleigh Moulson, 34 (Canadian) (far left)
Barry Park, 32 (Scottish)
Autumn Dziura, 29 (American)
International school teachers (Cerezo Osaka supporters) The final goal of the final game of the season. We’re all big Ryuji Bando fans, and he came on in his super-sub role for just a few minutes and hammered the nail in the coffin of Jubilo with a fine goal — he deserves it, he always gives 100 percent. A fine ending to a fine season for Cerezo Osaka.

Ashley, 15 (left)
Riona, 14
Junior high school students (Japanese) (Vissel Kobe supporters) Vissel Kobe’s miraculous, unbelievable 4-0 away win in Saitama was most definitely the defining game of the season for us. It saved our J. League 1 status, and the final goal, created by Ryota Morioka and scored by Keijiro Ogawa, saw Vissel’s brightest, newest stars combining — a moment for the future!

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