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Now that the dust has settled from the J-League's third round, has chosen an attack-minded formation to highlight the fine scoring displays from across the league


Team Of The Week:

Week 3

Weekly Roundup


Taku Akahoshi
Sagan Tosu

Akahoshi's role in Sagan's first-ever J-League Division 1 win sets him above goalkeepers such as Grampus' Seigo Narazaki and Sanfrecce's Shusaku Nishikawa, both of whom also put in great performances.

Ryota Moriwaki
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Tatsuya Masushima
Kashiwa Reysol

Yoshiaki Fujita
Jubilo Iwata

Fujita's unwavering defending contributed greatly in maintaining Jubilo's unbeaten start to the season, while Moriwaki was instrumental in Sanfrecce's shutout of Kashima Antlers. In Kashiwa, Tatsuya Matsushima single-handedly won the match for Reysol by scoring two goals through late set-pieces.

Teriyuki Moniwa and Noriyuki Sakemoto (Cerezo Osaka), Keita Isozaki (Sagan), and Kazuhiko Chiba (Sanfrecce) also deserve a mention for their admirable performances.


Yoshiaki Ota
Vegalta Sendai

Hideto Takahashi
FC Tokyo

Toshihiro Aoyama
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Kota Mizunuma
Sagan Tosu

Junya Osaki
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Yosuke Kashiwagi
Urawa Reds

After Sanfrecce's impressive victory over Antlers, it's only appropriate that this week's Team of the Week is identical to the 3-6-1 formation preferred by manager Hajime Moriyasu (as well as former manager Mihailo Petrovic, who introduced the system during his tenure).

At central midfield, Takahashi and Aoyama deserve recognition for their accurate passing. Two-goal hero Ota slots into the right wing, while playmaker Mizunuma occupies the left. In attacking midfield, Junya Osaki contributed his talents to both ends of the pitch, in addition to Sanfrecce's second goal, while Kashiwagi's two strikes gave the Reds a come-from-behind victory at Consadole Sapporo.

Kim Bo-Kyung (Cerezo), Naohiro Ishikawa (FC Tokyo), and Mu Kanazaki (Grampus) all just narrowly missed out.


Keiji Tamada
Nagoya Grampus

The wily Tamada beat out Sanfrecce's Hisato Sato to earn the privilege to spearhead this week's Best XI with his sharp movement and clever ball-keeping abilities.