JEF United will have the chance to defend their League Cup title, after seeing off Kawasaki Frontale in a dramatic semi-final second leg clash. With the scores locked at 2-2 deep into extra-time, captain Yuki Abe stepped up to convert a hotly disputed penalty which sealed JEF United’s place in the final.
Yokohama F. Marinos 2 – 1 Kashima Antlers
In the final JEF United will meet three time League Cup champions Kashima Antlers, who saw off Yokohama F. Marinos. Holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, Kashima advanced on the away goals rule after losing 2-1 in Yokohama on the night. Atsushi Yanagisawa scored the crucial goal for the Antlers.
Japan National Teams
Gamba Osaka striker Ryuji Bando may be in line for a Data Sgp call up to Ivica Osim’s squad for the Kirin World Challenge match against Ghana in Yokohama on October 4. Bando scored again at the weekend, taking his tally to 14 goals from 23 J-League games this season. He is the highest scoring Japanese player in the J-League. Japan’s strikers have scored just twice in four games under Osim – both times as substitutes.
Japan’s under-17 national team were crowned Asian champions on September 17. They came back from a two goal deficit to defeat DPR Korea 4-2 after extra-time at the AFC Under-17 Championship Final in Singapore. Substitute Hiroki Kawano was the hero, scoring a brace in extra-time. Cerezo Osaka’s Yoichiro Kakitani, who also scored in the final, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Japan have now qualified for the FIFA under-17 World Cup, along with fellow Asian nations DPR Korea, Syria and Tajikistan.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006
Marc Fox talks exclusively to Scot Gemmill for Soccerphile
Former Nottingham Forest and Everton schemer Scot Gemmill is the latest former Premier League player to succumb to the growing temptation of prolonging his career with a stint down under. For Gemmill, the location is Auckland on New Zealand’s north island, home of the Knights, last season’s wooden-spooners.
But whereas in times past, playing ‘soccer’ in an Australian league would have signalled your intentions to wind down in the sunshine, the newly refreshed Hyundai A-League is prompting quite the opposite.
Gemmill’s move to New Zealand on a one-year-deal was based on pure footballing reasons and ended up being a straight swap between that and life in England, or Scotland’s lower leagues.
Following over 250 Premier League appearances with Forest and Everton, the 35-year-old’s most recent employers were Oxford United in League Two where he had been enticed by the opportunity of working under managerial legend Jim Smith in a player-coach capacity.
But within a fortnight of arriving at the relegation-threatened club, he soon realised that, by his own admission, his heart …