It is the final weekend of the 2021 Singapore Premier League season and it is all going down to the wire for who will become this years champions. Who will play hero and who will play villain, in a weekend where every goal counts.
Another weekend of WE.League and another weekend of entertainment. It was fantastic to see also that league attendances were roughly the same as those on the opening day fixtures, with over 14,000 fans in the stadiums. This in a time where Japan is still being affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and fan attendance being capped to 5000 capacity.
Just last week, the Australian Professional League (APL) announced that three expansion teams were set to join the W-League, with the plans to increase teams in the league from 9 to 12. The decision was made in order to further interest in women's football in Australia and New Zealand, particularly given the fact the FIFA Women's World Cup will be hosted by both nations in 2023.
It has been 111 days since the 20/21 Hong Kong Premier League season finished, with Kitchee winning their 2nd consecutive league title and 5th in total. A season which was continuously interrupted by the covid-19 pandemic, which meant the majority of games had to be played behind closed doors and clubs were seriously impacted financially.
The WE League has ambitions to become a platform in the Asia/Pacific region for female footballers across the world. After winning the 2011 World Cup, the interest in the Japan Women's National Team and Women's domestic league did show signs of promise, however in subsequent years it has shown a decline in interest and in order to compete with countries high up the FIFA World Rankings, the league has set out objectives in revive football in the country and inspire the next generations.
Sunday 12th September marked history for women's football and the start of change in Japan. After years of planning, developing and sacrifice, the WE League finally got underway in what is Japan's first professional football league.
Kim Min-Jae made his Fenerbahçe debut tonight in a home game against Antalyaspor. The "Monster" as he is nicknamed, featured in a 3-4-3 formation as centre-back whilst his defensive teammates Tisserand and Szalai occupied the wing back positions.
At the start of the J2 2021 season, Montedio Yamagata were one point above the relegation zone and had just two wins from their first ten games. Following a 3-1 loss with V-Varen Nagasaki on the 21st April, it was announced that then manager, Kiyotaka Ishimaru had been dismissed from his job due to poor performances and results. Just 9 days later, it was announced that former Australia, Yokohama F Marinos Assistant Manager and ex-Shimizu S-Pulse manager, Peter Cklamovksi, was to take over at Montedio Yamagata. Despite the situation the club were in, Cklamovski revelled in the challenge.