Gamba’s start to the season is once again a home match against a Kansai rival, whilst their first away match is against the newest member to join the J.League.
This year, Gamba cannot play Cerezo on the first day of the season as they did in 2011 and the likelihood of the J.League pitting them against Kobe was very low, although this was the opening fixture last season at home. So they get to play Kyoto Sanga on the 3rd March, who finished 3rd last season in J2 and went on to lost their semi-final play-off against newly-promoted Oita Trinita 4-0 at home. This will be one of the biggest tests all season and Gamba need to start off on the right foot if they are to get some early momentum flowing.
The following week’s game will be the first away clash for Gamba and it will coincide with the first-ever J.League match for V-Varen Nagasaki, who won the JFL in 2012. This clash should be harder than we all think as you would expect a capacity crowd for one of the most southern teams in Japan. The team also symbolise the rise of football in the west of Japan, so we all know anything is possible. Underdogs can do amazing things, but let’s hope that 10th March is just a standard, no Fujigaya howler, win.
Kenta Hasegawa will be targeting six points from six and these two fixtures were the best way to start of the long road ahead. The full list of fixtures will be revealed on the 1st February so come back to this blog on that date and check the fixtures section.
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