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League Standings
RnkTeamMPWDLPtsGD
1Sanfrecce Hiroshima751116+6
2Kashima Antlers750215+10
3Vissel Kobe742114+8
4Urawa Reds741213+5
5Sagan Tosu740312+5
6Albirex Niigata733112+1
7Kawasaki Frontale732211+7
8Cerezo Osaka732211+5
9Kashiwa Reysol724110+2
10Yokohama F Marinos731310+1
11Shimizu S-Pulse731310-2
12Nagoya Grampus73049-3
13FC Tokyo72238-3
14Omiya Ardija72147-3
15Gamba Osaka71336-3
16Ventforet Kofu71336-6
17Vegalta Sendai71245-9
18Tokushima Vortis 70070-21
Last Update: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Afshin's NoteArchive
 
Winning the Orange Derby!
Winning the Orange Derby!Shimizu S-Pulse 2 vs. Omiya Ardija 0The battle of the orange is always special to me, and we played some of our best football of the season to register our third straight victory and shut out.  We played with discipline, organization, creativity and balance for majority of the match.  We defended aggressively giving little space and attacked through combination and swift ball movement creating space in and around the danger area of Omiya.  With a little more care and precision with our final decisions, passes and touches, the contest would have been over... More
 
Apr 16 2014
Shimizu S-Pulse 2 vs. Omiya Ardija 0
Winning the Orange Derby!
Winning the Orange Derby!Shimizu S-Pulse 2 vs. Omiya Ardija 0The battle of the orange is always special to me, and we played some of our best football of the season to register our third straight victory and shut out.  We played with discipline, organization, creativity and balance for majority of the match.  We defended aggressively giving little space and attacked through combination a ...
 
Apr 12 2014
Shimizu S-Pulse 2 vs. Omiya Ardija 0
Three in a Row!
S-Pulse 2-0 Omiya ArdijaNovakovic 48Omae 92Att 11497GK KushibikiDF JakovicDF HiraokaDF Jong-a-PinDF YoshidaMF MusakaMF TakeuchiMF KawaiFW OmaeFW NovakovicFW Nagasawa90m Sugiyama on for Takeuchi90m Murata on for Kawai93m Muramatsu on for NovakovicAt a warm and sunny Nihondaira, S-Pulse picked up our first home win of the season as we overcame Omiya Ardija 2-0. The win, our third clean sheet in a ro ...
 
Apr 10 2014
Ventforet Kofu 0 vs. Shimizu S-Pulse 1
Massive Road Win in Kofu!
Massive Road Win in Kofu!Ventforet Kofu 0 vs. Shimizu S-Pulse 1We faced heavy winds and a packed defending Kofu side on Sunday in the sixth fixture of J-League.  We showed tactical discipline, good attacking variation, and decisive goal to register a massive victory away from home.Against a gusty wind, we played some of our best football in the first half.  Kofu always getting their enti ...
 
Apr 09 2014
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 vs. Gamba Osaka 0
Raising to the top in J-League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup!
Raising to the top in J-League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup!Shimizu S-Pulse 1 vs. Gamba Osaka 0A disciplined, emotionally charged, and hard fought performance secured our second victory and clean sheet in J-League Nabisco Cup placing us on top of group A with 6 points in 2 matches.  We outplayed Gamba in the 1st half with long possessions, good organization, and a clinical goal.  In the 2nd ...
 
Mar 31 2014
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 vs. Shimizu S-Pulse 1
Kick-Out Racism From Football…
Kick-Out Racism From Football…Urawa Red Diamonds 1 vs. Shimizu S-Pulse 1Words will never describe the feeling of managing a game in a stadium with 63,700 empty seats.  Saitama World Cup Stadium was a landscape of an official closed-door match in Japanese football between Urawa Reds and S-Shimizu S-Pulse.  The J-league took a stand against racism after a group of Urawa supporters displaye ...
 
Mar 31 2014
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 vs. F.C. Tokyo 3
Missed Chances, Missed Penalty Kick, Missed Points!
Missed Chances, Missed Penalty Kick, Missed Points!Shimizu S-Pulse 1 vs. F.C. Tokyo 3A high tempo and emotionally charged game offered everything except our victory.  Our perfect start followed with swift attacks and opportunities we should have taken, but we failed to finish and left the door open for F.C. Tokyo.  They took advantage of a sloppy pass, lax defending and careless goalkeep ...
 
Mar 21 2014
Shimizu S-Pulse 4 vs. Vegaltal Sendai 0
Great Reaction!
Great Reaction!Shimizu S-Pulse 4 vs. Vegaltal Sendai 0After a disappointing loss in Osaka, our players showed fantastic character, determination, and unity to start the Nabisco Cup with a perfect result.  We played organized, inspired and goal dangerous throughout the match.  With four fantastic goals, two shots of the woodwork, and numerous missed chances, we showed the glimpses of a te ...
 
Mar 20 2014
Cerezo Osaka 4 vs. Shimizu S-Pulse 1
The Result Tell a Different Story...
The Result Tell a Different Story...With the exception of two lapses of concentration in the first half, we played tactically nearly a perfect first half.   Despite the good performance, we trailed the first half 1-2.  The second half, the game took a complete different twist.  Our sloppy passing in build-up allowed Cerezo numerous short counter attacks, and we were fortunate n ...
 
Mar 13 2014
Shimizu S-Pulse 0- Yokohama Marinos 1
We Will Bounce Back!
We Will Bounce Back!Shimizu S-Pulse 0- Yokohama Marinos 1Our Supporters were magnificent in our home opener, and if we had matched their passion and commitment, we would have triumphed.  With high expectation and pressure, our players failed to produce a convincing performance against last year’s best team in the J-League.  The pressure to win combined by the fear of failure paralyzed ou ...
 
Mar 05 2014
Pre-game motivational film Nagoya vs. S-Pulse
Pulsing with S-Pulse
We want to share with you a video we created for the players prior to the J-League 2014 opener Nagoya vs. S-Pulse on March 1.  The images include some of the training sessions plus all the goals in the preparation period.  It all started on January 16th, and the players' commitment and hard work has produced a team full of hope and dreams.  Enjoy!