Tag: japan

Japan and the 100-year vision

In 1991, Japanese football was at its lowest point. Their top flight was played by amateurs and the football association knew something needed to be done. The birth of the J League soon…

Shinji Okazaki: the modest one

THE SUCCESS OF any organisation is rarely down to just a few contributors, much like how a jigsaw is deemed incomplete even if a single piece is lost. As a result of that,…

Kazuyoshi Miura: the Japan legend still going strong at 50

JAPANESE STRIKER Kazuyoshi Miura recently signed a new one-year deal for J2 League club Yokohama FC. After signing the deal Miura told the club’s official website: “I could safely renew my contract…

Football in Japan’s incredible city of Nagasaki

THERE IS AN EERIE CALM TO THE CITY OF NAGASAKI, which is difficult to gauge. It is a spellbindingly friendly city, one which is rightly proud of a heritage which stretches back…

Gary Lineker in the Land of the Rising Sun

On 14 May 1992, Gary Lineker scored his final goal in English football as Tottenham Hotspur lost 3-1 to Manchester United. Following the game, players, managers and fans across the UK began to…