For The Record...
"In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Zainudin (Nordin, FAS President) reiterated that the S-league will not become a "poorer cousin" once the LionsXII start their Malaysia Cup campaign."

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Book Review : "Japanese Rules: Japan and the Beautiful Game"

I would like to recommend a book, yes! And it's a "textbook" to be precise.

Not sure how you guys thought about it.

Nay... not those published by the Ministry of Education.

But the one as illustrated above.

In short, it traced the conceiving to the launch and the wanning of hype of the J-League, plus insights in areas such as administration, players recruiting/developing, generate publicity, creating awareness, fans participating and etc.

Not only that, it also explained why the game of football is seen as a tool to break away from the core traditional Japanese values that have been dominating all aspects of their life.

This should served as a useful reference to all involved in Singapore soccer, who might still remained clueless, how to run the game.

Yes! You may argue that the background and setting are different from ours but bear that in mind - Football was completely an "alien" game prior the introduction of the J-League.

Isn't it sad that for us, who have a richer football heritage as compared to the Japanese, still making snail-paced progression to perfection?

I am not sure if this book is on sale as I loaned it from the library at Compass Point, if I'm not wrong the Ang Mo Kio Library should have a copy of it too.

(P.S: Here's a tip - don't read the book right from chapter one, pick and choose one chapter to start instead.)

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  1. Thanks, will go to see if I can find it first :P

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  2. Happened to catch the ACL final yesterday and saw how the Urawa Red Diamonds drummed up the support!!

    You may wish to read about the come-about of this group of supporters in "chapter 4 - The way of the football supporter"

    thanks to this man - Hiroshi Sato

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