The late legend touched a generation of fans with his effortless talent, but his struggles with substance abuse prevented him from bringing his trademark flair to the J. League.
Dan Orlowitz is a sports writer for the Japan Times, focusing primarily on the J. League, Samurai Blue, and everything there is to print about Japanese soccer. A Philadelphia native and graduate of Simon's Rock College, he moved to Japan at the end of 2006 and fell in love with the beautiful game from behind the FC Tokyo goal. His words, photos, voice, and occasionally visage have appeared online, in print, and over the airwaves for numerous outlets in several languages since 2011.
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The Todoroki Stadium residents dominated from start to finish, showing consistency throughout the most unusual season in J. League history.
Boasting the league's best offense and stingiest defense, Toru Oniki's men set a new J1 point record with four rounds remaining.
The match between Kashiwa Reysol and FC Tokyo, originally scheduled for Nov. 7, was pushed back after Reysol suffered a coronavirus cluster infection early last week.
The decision by the J. League was made after 10 more Kashiwa players and staffers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Ben Maxwell, founder of "The J-Talk Podcast," will be behind the microphone for the English-language broadcast of Saturday's clash between Reysol and Tokyo.
After his miraculous comeback from an ACL injury sustained last year, the former J. League MVP will hang up his boots at 40.
Both Kawasaki Frontale and FC Tokyo had plenty of tricks on Saturday night, but it was league-leading Frontale who left Todoroki Stadium with a treat. Akihiro Ienaga scored a penalty and Kengo Nakamura celebrated his 40th birthday with the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win ...
A largely uneventful first half led to fireworks in the second at Ajinomoto Stadium on Saturday, with Junior Santos scoring twice in quick succession to break open the floodgates in Yokohama F. Marinos’ 4-0 win over FC Tokyo. Just over one month before the two ...
The first WE League campaign will include seven J. League-affiliated clubs intended to give the new professional women’s soccer league a solid foundation of support.