Yokohama F Marinos Season Preview 2019

YOKOHAMA F MARINOS Yokohama F Marinos were the most entertaining team to watch in J1 last season in terms of goals.  Most of their matches were a joy to watch, and they were just 1 of 2 teams (Reysol being the other) that wasn’t involved in a 0-0 game.  But with 56 goals conceded they…

Vissel Kobe Season Preview 2019

VISSEL KOBE Vissel Kobe have been splashing out a lot of money on players the past couple of seasons, but so far it haven’t resulted in any improvement on the pitch. Last year’s 10th was a big disappointment, especially considering they were only 4 points above relegation play-off.   With the arrival of Iniesta midway through…

Vegalta Sendai Season Preview 2019

VEGALTA SENDAI Vegalta Sendai has been one of the most stable teams in the league the past few years, and in the last 6 seasons they finished between 11th and 14th each time.  They are not a team rich on high-profile players or stars, but they have always been a physically strong team that works…

Urawa Reds Season Preview 2019

URAWA REDS 2 seasons in a row now for Urawa where they finished outside of top 3, but considering they won ACL in 2017 and the Emperor’s Cup last year they still had fairly successful seasons.   However, it’s the league that’s the main priority for them, and to this day they have still only won…

FC Tokyo Season Preview 2019

FC TOKYO FC Tokyo are the perennial under-achievers, at least compared to the expectations pundits and experts across Japanese websites/magazines have to them.  This year as well they are being rated as a ACL-contender by most pundits, and some even have them as a candidate for the title.  In the past 6 seasons they’ve only…

Shonan Bellmare Season Preview

SHONAN BELLMARE Shonan were one of the 5 teams that ended at 41 points last season, and only avoided relegation playoff on a better goal-difference Iwata.  Still,  it was an overall pretty good season by them and they will now look to establish themselves in J1. They were relegated both in 2014 and 2017, but…

Shimizu S-Pulse Season Preview 2019

SHIMIZU S-PULSE Shimizu S-Pulse exceeded expectations by a good margin last year by finishing in the upper half of the table. They were the joint 2nd most high-scoring team in the league, but also conceded plenty of goals so their matches were rarely boring.  They got one of the better attacks in the league, and…

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Season Preview 2019

SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA Sanfrecce Hiroshima started last season off in style, and were the run-away leaders for a long time. They didn’t have the stamina to keep going for the full season though, and on their last 9 matches they only took 2 points. Still, that was somehow enough to finish in 2nd place on the…

Oita Trinita Season Preview 2019

OITA TRINITA After being relegated to J2 in 2013 Oita are finally back in J1 6 years later, but they’ve had a rough road getting here. In 2015 they were relegated to J3, but had no problems winning promotion the following year.  Manager Tomohiro Katanosaka have been in charge ever since the J3-days, and a…

Nagoya Grampus Season Preview 2019

NAGOYA GRAMPUS Nagoya Grampus won their first 2 matches last season, but then went on to go on a 15-match run without a win.  So they were in real danger of getting relegated, but after they brought in a couple of reinforcements in Maeda, Eduardo Neto and Nakatani they turned things around. They conceded 59…