Urawa and Al-Hilal win through to AFC Champions League final

WHILE most of the attention focuses on the UEFA Champions League, the other continental competitions have been reaching a crucial stage in their 2017 campaigns. This week, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League final’s participants were decided: Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia and Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds. Al-Hilal are arguably Asia’s top club at the moment and are in first place in football database’s rankings. … Continue reading Urawa and Al-Hilal win through to AFC Champions League final

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 … Continue reading Japan braces itself for Emperor’s Cup Final

Calling in on….Urawa Red Diamonds – passion of a different kind

If there’s a Manchester United in Japan, it is probably Urawa Red Diamonds from Saitama, which is a city north of Tokyo but part of the Greater Tokyo area. It’s not just because they play in a United-style kit, but it helps. The club is the best supported in Japan, averaging some 37,000 per game in 2013, some 10,000 more than the next best, Yokohama … Continue reading Calling in on….Urawa Red Diamonds – passion of a different kind