Japan braces itself for Emperor’s Cup Final

NEW YEAR’S DAY will host Japan’s  Emperor’s Cup Final between Urawa Red Diamonds and Gamba Osaka. As the December 31 fireworks fade away from the Japanese capital, possibly the first cup final of 2016 takes place in Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium. Urawa will be hoping to pick-up their first Emperor’s Cup since 2006 against Gamba Osaka, the holders. Between the two clubs, they have won the prestigious trophy 10 times. Both clubs enjoyed good J-League seasons, although they fell short of being crowned J-League champions. That honour fell to Sanfrecce Hiroshima, who also performed well in the FIFA Club World Cup. … Continue reading Japan braces itself for Emperor’s Cup Final

Suarez, Gamba Osaka, Simeone, Gerrard and Germany scoop our awards

A star-studded cast attended this year’s Game of the People Awards in London’s Leicester Square, and there were some surprises, with Ronaldo and Messi both being snubbed by the judges. The shock winner of the Game of the People Impact Award, given to the player who has made the most influence on 2014, be it positive or negative, was none other than Luis Suarez. The Impact Award 1- Luis Suarez (Liverpool, Barcelona and Uruguay) 2- Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich and Germany) 3- James Rodriguez (Monaco, Real Madrid and Colombia) Luiz Suarez commanded more column inches than virtually every other player … Continue reading Suarez, Gamba Osaka, Simeone, Gerrard and Germany scoop our awards