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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kyoto Sanga Soccer Update April 2014

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Sanga broke our hearts last fall, for the umpteenth time.

For the second year in a row, the J2 team finished in third place in the regular season.

Kyoto did not make it to J2 - the top two teams gain promotion to the J1 - thus, we are grinding away once again in J2.

In the past there was a distinct class system to the two leagues: big city teams were in J1, smaller city or rural teams in J2.

No longer.

Kyoto is now in J2 with Sapporo, Jubilo Iwata, Fukuoka, Tokyo Verdy, Yokohama FC, and JEF United.

After six matches, Kyoto is tied for third place - one position outside the automatic promotion zone - with 11 points (three other teams also have 11 points but a smaller difference in goals scored versus scored against). The team has won three times, including this past weekend. Shonan is in first place, Jubilo in second.

It's a long season, it's a long season.

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