Asian Football

"Asian berth" rule set to shake up the region

December 31, 2008
By Mike Tuckerman
(Archive)
The festive season is popular with football fans in England, with a busy fixture list seeing fans up and down the country pack grounds for both league and cup fixtures. Just as it is in England, so too is the New Year period synonymous with cup football in Japan, where since 1969 the season-ending Emperor's Cup final has been played on New Year's Day at the National Stadium in Tokyo.

This season's Emperor's Cup final will once again attract a capacity crowd to the historic home of Japanese ...

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