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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:31 am    Post subject: J. League, AFC Champions League, and Club World Cup question Reply with quote
One advantage which fans of the J. League have enjoyed in some recent years has been the hosting of the FIFA Club World Cup, since the host association is able to enter a team to the competition (on top of the berth they would otherwise have to earn through play in their respective confederation's club competition).

However, when the CWC is hosted elsewhere, the only means by which a Japanese team can go is to win the AFC Champions League - where teams from the K League, A-League, and elsewhere have ambitions of their own.

For those soccer fans in Japan who are minded to follow a local team, how much of a draw is the ACL? Is there any more or less interest when an Australian, South Korean, or other Asian team comes to play, or when a Japanese club plays away games in those countries?

Or would the primary focus among the J. League's fanbase be on domestic competition, with the ACL and/or CWC seen as a lower priority?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:05 am    Post subject: Re: J. League, AFC Champions League, and Club World Cup ques Reply with quote
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One advantage which fans of the J. League have enjoyed in some recent years has been the hosting of the FIFA Club World Cup, since the host association is able to enter a team to the competition (on top of the berth they would otherwise have to earn through play in their respective confederation's club competition).

However, when the CWC is hosted elsewhere, the only means by which a Japanese team can go is to win the AFC Champions League - where teams from the K League, A-League, and elsewhere have ambitions of their own.

For those soccer fans in Japan who are minded to follow a local team, how much of a draw is the ACL? Is there any more or less interest when an Australian, South Korean, or other Asian team comes to play, or when a Japanese club plays away games in those countries?

Or would the primary focus among the J. League's fanbase be on domestic competition, with the ACL and/or CWC seen as a lower priority?


I'm not a huge soccer fan myself so I'm not entirely sure, but I know there's a huge following for national team matches against other countries in general. I'd say the matches against Korea are the biggest deal, and then probably any match against an international heavyweight like Brazil, Spain, France, etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:18 pm    Post subject: World Cup Reply with quote
The Japanese National team has been on a role since 2002 ,They are always the dark horse and manage to at least make the quarter finals ,ditto South Korea .

This year its going to be Brazil's to lose ,my personal dark horse is Belgium .

The J League is still an upcoming league ,the best thing for them is when English and European Clubs come to Asia for their pre season tours and play local teams .

The problem with the Fifa Club World Cup is that it is a glorified friendly ,the cup itself carries little prestige and clubs do not want their players getting injured or picking up yellow /red cards which carry over into the regular Champions League .

Fifa and Uefa have to find a way to "tart it up " ,but when the players from the big clubs end up playing 65/70 games including duty with their respective national teams in a season ,there is a strong temptation to just play B teams or juniors in this cup and concentrate on their respective leagues and the Champions League instead .
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