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Mike Tuckerman

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I went to a midweek League Cup game up there once and it was one of the wildest football experiences of my life. Had to hide my S-Pulse gear on the way to the ground because their fans are a bit testy, rocked up and the stadium was absolutely packed and then the Reysol goalkeeper gave the Shimizu fans the finger as he trotted slowly past the away stand.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

They’re going into their eleventh consecutive season in J2! Their purpose-built stadium is one of the best in Japan.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Proper football club, Kashiwa. Fantastic little stadium too.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Excellent choice.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Right, well we’ll take Sendai off the table for now but the clock is ticking on your team selection as the season kicks off in a few hours.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Good choice. I mean… I hate them. But it’s good to spread the fandom around.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

I’ll never forget the day I rocked up at a game at Nihondaira and Pul-chan and Mrs Pul-chan had apparently had ‘children’ and there were a bunch of mini Pul-chan mascots running around on the pitch. Wild.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Don’t take your frustrations over Newcastle’s season out on the good people of Sendai.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Here’s the list so far.

Mike T – Shimizu S-Pulse
Ben PP – V-Varen Nagasaki (J2)
Jordan – Yokohama F. Marinos
Buddy – undecided
AGO – Kyoto Sanga (J2)
Punter – you in?
Waz – undecided
Roberto – Juventus
Paul – Yokohama F. Marinos
DaveSaves – FC Tokyo
Matsu – Ventforet Kofu (J2)
Mark from C – Nagoya Grampus
Joe – Yokohama F. Marinos
Kanggas – Cerezo Osaka (?)
Football is Life – J.League fan
Hopper – Sanfrecce Hiroshima
spruce moose – yet to inform
JayBob – Gamba Osaka
Griffo – Vegalta Sendai
RKing – Gamba Osaka
Nemesis – too busy watching the NPL

Don’t forget to let us know your team/add your name to the list if it’s not there already.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

They were. They dropped the ‘Eight’ and concentrated on winning there for a while, but they spent a surprising (and hilarious) season in J2 in 2017.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Correct.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

We’ll put you down for Gamba mate. The world already has enough Urawa fans.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

We need to find you a strong, regional side that often punches above its weight and is the pride of the city. I’m thinking Vegalta Sendai.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Are we marking you down as a Sanfrecce fan?

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

I was at the return leg at Saitama Stadium when David Zdrilic missed that header!

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Who’s your team, Chris?

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

I’ve designated you Nagoya Grampus, Mark. I hope you enjoy following them for many years to come.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Nah, that’s fine. Once you pick a team… that’s your team.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

We’ll allow it.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

No one does!

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Haha, I still reckon Kose Sports Park is one of the most picturesque grounds in the league. (Well, the surroundings at least. Maybe not the stadium).

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

You can keep an eye on Júbilo Iwata for us down there.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Fair warning: I’m going to start designating teams to readers throughout the day if I’m not satisfied with the take-up rate. And there’s only one Urawa Reds and one Nemesis, so make sure you pick wisely and make your selection known in the comments if you don’t want to be lumped in with them.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

We certainly got our answer.

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