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Quick Look at J2
The season opening day for J2 raised a few eyebrows:

Tokyo Verdy 4-1 Tokushima Vortis
A comfortable start to now 2nd division Verdy. Without question their only aim for the year is promotion back into the 1st division. Anything else is considered unacceptable. Pride and the future of the club are stake, and the media seems set on keeping the players (and especially charismatic Ramos) company though the long and arduous season.

Vissel Kobe 0-3 Thespa Kusatsu
Yikes, is all I can say. I had not been able to do much research on Vissel's new boss Stewart Baxter (>>here's a video interview of Baxter taken a few days before the match), but I hope they can improve. I like Thespa, but they should have hardly given Vissel this much trouble.

Ehime FC 1-0 Yokohama FC
A newcomer from the JFL (remember the orange?) got their first victory in the J. Congrats! Many other nonleague teams have been inspired by clubs like Ehime who realized their dream of playing the J, and this victory has probably been noted by them all.

Kashiwa Reysol 1-1 Shonan Bellmare

Mito Hollyhock 1-1 Montedio Yamagata
Sagan Tosu 0-1 Consadole Sapporo
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