Japanese football never stops. Even in midsummer when the temperature rises far above 30 degrees the football goes on.
The J-leagues have started its second stage. The lower leagues have started their cup campaigns.
Iwaki FC has joined these competitions. Last weekend we played in the provincial stage for the Emperors cup, the FA cup for Japan.
In two days we played two games. The quarter and the semi final.
We managed to win both games and qualified for the final. In the final we will meet J3 club Fukushima United. On August 21st the game will be played on a neutral ground. This will be a nice challenge for our young team.
We played a lot of friendly games against professional clubs over the last two months and had some decent results but a real game like the Emperors’ Cup is worth a lot more in the development of the players.
First though we are preparing for the regional final for the Member of Society Cup. This will be another good test to see how the team can handle the opponents and the circumstances.
In the meantime the players are keeping up the hard work every day and continue their development and that of the team.
These are exciting times for everyone involved in Iwaki FC!
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In my search for an answer to the question” What makes countries successful in football”, I started in the first article with the conclusion that the the way football is organized makes a big difference.
The successful countries have a thriving club structure and do not rely on the school system to develop the sport.
In succesful countries, small or large, there is always a stream of talents that comes through and is able to compete at the highest level. They have developed all the instruments required for top level football. In football that means technical ability, physical strength, tactical insight and the motivation and passion to become the best.
I believe that everywhere in the world there is potential football talent. Boys or girls born with natural talent for sport in general.
The importance and popularity of a particular sport will determine which way the talented individual will go. Continue reading