The 8.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami which tore through north-eastern Japan have forced the postponement of all J. League games this weekend.
The J. League announced this morning that no games would take place in J1 or J2 over the weekend, with early reports suggesting some grounds may have suffered structural damage.
Vegalta Sendai were due to host defending champions Nagoya Grampus at Yurtec Sendai Stadium on Saturday, but with the stadium just over 10 kilometres from the coastline, it’s unclear whether the 20,000-capacity venue has suffered damage.
Unverified reports suggest Kashima Togel Online Stadium has also been rattled by the quake, while JEF United’s Fukuda Denshi Arena is not far from an oil factory currently ablaze in the aftermath of the devastating quake.
It’s not known when football will resume following the deadly temblor, which was one of the strongest earthquakes in recorded history.
Beating the Barça blues
In the aftermath of Arsenal’s European death in the Camp Nou, the football world is wondering just who if anyone can beat the behemoth of Barcelona to the biggest prize.
The Gunners could yet turn out to be the English champions in 2011 but will not be making the trip to Wembley in May for the Champions League final. A 4-3 aggregate loss to the blaugrana sounds like no disgrace but the vital statistics paint a devastating picture – 738 completed passes from Barcelona to 199 from Arsenal, 19 shots to none.
Forget the harsh second yellow card for Robin Van Persie; the Gunners were outgunned and imprisoned out of possession for the best part of the match. The Londoners failed to fire a single shot on their opponents’ goal and only registered two touches inside the Barça box throughout the …