There was no dispute over who the Robert Walters team of the week back at the Footy Japan Head Quarters. British Embassy FC rightfully earned their team of the week with a hard earned victory over Fussa. The odds were in the favor of Fussa even before kick off. British Embassy had a 10 man squad as opposed to the army (pun intended) that Fussa FC brought, a 14 man squad. BEFC scored an early goal from a penalty kick, an ideal start for a team with a missing player....
This weeks Robert Walters Team of the Week goes to BFC Tokyo. With exactly 11 players for their match, they managed to scrape a win past Zion FC who had 14 players. The hard working defense of BFC shut down Zion for any attacking ideas. With Zion looking lost, Kohei "el pichichi" Haneda scored a hat trick. With those 3 goals, Kohei Haneda is currently the top scorer for Division 1. This season Kohei has scored almost half his team goals, single handily dragging his team...
Pumas devoured Musketeers this Sunday in a lopsided match.
Pouncing right from the start, Pumas scored 3 goals within the first 7 minutes. Their relentless hunger for the trophy had them scoring 9 goals by the final whistle. The Goal scorers were Yosuke Hamano (4 goals), Daisuke Okuyama, Joel Guasch, Ryosuke Urai, Uri Font and Charlie McDaniel.
Pumas Goal Keeper Kyota saved a penalty to keep a clean sheet for the Pumas.
The saying goes 'Can teams do it on a Cold and wet Wednesday night in Stoke', The TML has a few equivalents, 'Can they do it on a cold and and wet Saturday night in Fukuda Denshi or a cold and wet Sunday morning in Shin Koiwa.'
Well Eastern Capital FC can do it on a cold and wet Sunday morning in Shin Koiwa and Nepal Utd cannot.
Before KO Nepal Utd were 5 points clear at the top with Eastern Capital in 3rd place and 7 points behind the leaders....
Mid March will see James Bates finish as Operations Manager of the TML:
It was over 10 years ago that a young James Bates first came to our attention. This mid-field dynamo (his words not mine!) who’s sliding tackles from over 10 yards would often start before a player even knew he was getting the ball, was teaching English out in the boonies dreaming of working in the Tokyo international football scene. When Pete Swinney announced his departure, James was...
When clicking on their team page it's clear to see that the BFC Vagabonds are one of the inform teams in the whole of the TML. LWWDWW, impressive stats that has elevated them from the lower regions of the Division 3 table to now promotion candidates.
Their latest victory came from a convincing 4-1 victory over KGFC. Sid Lloyd scored a smashing free kick after 5 minutes but Vags were back level minutes later.
Like so many teams who start the season well in Division 2, many of them drop off in the second half of the season. Is it because the teams realise how tough it will be in Division 1 or it could be that their main players are ski and snowboards enthusiasts?
Suns FC looked like they had promotion in the bag this time last year before a strong run from Musketeers and Lions meant that they ended just missing out on promotion.
What an eventful Saturday it was in the TML. A morning game at YC&AC where it snowed. Once the final whistle was blown the league was busy canceling a match in Tokyo. 4 more TML matches to be played. Forecast showing that the snow had passed so game on.
With all the games confirmed on and one stubborn Operations Manager the remaining games were all played. The unexpected snow from 15:30 certainly made it testing conditions for all involved.