How many games did Sanfrecce Hiroshima play in calendar year 2015? 17 Stage One + 17 Stage Two + 1 Championship Stage + 6 Nabisco Cup + 3 FIFA Club World Cup + 5 Emperor's Cup = 49
How many games did Gamba Osaka play in calendar year 2015? 1 Super Cup + 17 Stage One + 17 Stage Two + 2 Championship Stage + 3 Nabisco Cup + 9 AFC Champions League + 3 Emperor's Cup = 52
How many games did Mito HollyHock play in calendar year 2015? 42 J2 League + 4 Emperor's Cup = 46
The FIFA Club World Cup has been staged twelve times. How often has it come down to the European club versus the South American club in the final? Nine times. (Plus Europe versus Africa twice, South America versus South America once.) What Japanese clubs have participated, and were they AFC champion, or host club? Urawa Red Diamonds (2007, AFC champion); Gamba Osaka (2008, AFC champion); Kashiwa Reysol (2011, host); Sanfrecce Hiroshima twice (2012, host; 2015, host). Which Mexican clubs have participated? Necaxa (2000); América (2006, 2015); Pachuca (2007, 2008, 2010); Atlante (2009); Monterrey (2011, 2012, 2013); Cruz Azul (2014). How many clubs are there in Liga MX? 18.
Game day posters are making a comeback. Here's a Tintin parody for a match between CF Reus Desportiu and RCD Espanyol B of the Spanish third flight. CFRD won 3 - 1.
How many years has it been since anyone used a football with a surface divided into black pentagons and white hexagons? Yet it remains the standard sign of footballness, the way an incandescent lightbulb still represents a bright idea.
The SPFL is in action this weekend, all except Greenock Morton and Queen of the South, who got this fixture out of the way two months ago to create a holiday break.
How often have Morton played on Saturday, December 26th, and how did they do?
Only in Scotland could WALLOP! and SKELP! appear as comic book sound effects. Details from the superhero archway in Coatbridge. Source.
Morton visit Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill in Coatbridge for the third round of the Scottish Cup.
The last time these two clubs met was in 2012-13, three times, when Morton knocked the Wee Rovers out of the Challenge Cup, and then, in a replay, the Scottish Cup Round Three. The last time they played in the same division (Third, 2002-03) Albion Rovers took three wins to Morton's one.
In the 21st Century Morton have reached Round Five of the Scottish Cup four times, but have gone no further. Albion Rovers reached the quarter-finals in 2013-14, where they were eliminated by Rangers in a replay.
Staring with the 1999-2000 season, how have Morton fared in the Scottish Cup during the 21st century? (99/00) R4, R3, R1, R4, R3, R3, R2, R4, R5, R3, R4, R5, R5, R5, R4, R4 (2014/15). How many actual Scottish Cup games matches they played in each of those years, including replays? (99/00) 3, 1, 1, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 4, 1, 3, 4, 3, 5, 1, 3 (14/15).
Morton, who played in League One last year, are currently fourth in the Championship. Albion Rovers, who played in League Two last year, are currently third in League One.
Formartine United [1 - 1] Cove Rangers. This is Scottish Cup fixture #5 for Cove Rangers this season. [The replay will be #6.]
Stirling Albion [pp] Cumbernauld Colts
Inverurie Loco Works [4 - 4] Annan Athletic
Stenhousemuir [2 -2] East Kilbride
The other, delayed, Challenge Cup semi-final takes place today: Rangers [4 - 0] St Mirren.
Europa League Thursday: Celtic 1 - 2 Ajax. Celtic have one more match in Group A, but then they're out.
It's the semi-final of the J-League Championship, between Urawa Red Diamonds and Gamba Osaka. J1 played a two-stage format this season. The winner of Stage One (Urawa) and the winner of Stage Two (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), plus a team that made the top three in the combined standings (Gamba), make the playoffs. The team with the best overall record (Sanfrecce) gets a bye, and the other two play a semi-final (today's game). The final is in two legs. [Urawa 1 - 3 Gamba.]
For the life of me I don't understand this format. What happens if one team wins both stages? Do they skip the playoffs? What if a team wins a very tight Stage One, but does so poorly in Stage Two that they get relegated?
At the bottom of J1 the three lowest teams in the overall standings are relegated: Matsumoto Yamaga, Shimizu S-Pulse, and our own Montedio Yamagata. J2 clubs Omiya Ardija and Jubilo Iwata are promoted. Avispa Fukuoka, Cerezo Osaka, Ehima FC, and V-Varen Nagasaki will play off for the third promotion spot. Tochigi FC are demoted to J3.
Renofa Yamaguchi won J3 and are promoted. 2nd-place Machida Zelvia have a playoff date with Oita Trinita. [Machida win the first leg 2 - 1.]
Tomorrow it's the J3 championship playoffs, first leg: Vanraure Hachinohe [1 - 0] Sony Sendai
The Japanese national U-23 team that has been playing in J3 will be disbanded, but up to four J1 or J2 development squads will play in J3 next year.
I lost sight of the AFC Champions League after all the Japanese clubs were out. It ended last weekend with Guangzhou Evergrande beating Al-Ahli of Dubai.
Yesterday it was Karşıyaka 1 - 3 Denizlispor. According to The Knowledge İzmir is the largest city in Europe (i.e., the UEFA zone) without a club in the top tier, beating out Novosibirsk. (But, geographically, both cities are in Asia.) Karşıyaka are currently 15th out of 18 in their division, so, a few wins ...
Pat and Greg Kane of the 80's band Hue and Cry are from Coatbridge.
[Morton win 0 - 2. Goals by Johnstone and McKee. Round Four is in January.]
Bécassine mobilisée, by Caumery and Zier, published in 1918, and most recently reprinted in French in 2014, is a heavily illustrated story rather than a comic in the McCloudian sense. Bécassine, the rustic Breton housemaid who rubs shoulders with all manner of Parisian characters, was created 110 years ago, and is still well-known enough in France that politicians are nicknamed after her. But she's not very familiar to English-reading audiences.
Though I haven't had much to do with the French language since high school I'm going to try doing an English translation of the 61 pages of Bécassine mobilisée, which I'll post in installments over the next couple of months. Douglas
I'm a sucker for well-composed panels. This one by Akino Kondoh has the formality of a Japanese room in one-point perspective, over which the speach balloons have been arranged like flowers on a branch. And the wind.