I thought I would write a quick piece to let everyone know about the amazing amount of work I have put in over the last few days to ensure that the blog is all set to go for the start of the league campaign.
Before all that, something I should have mentioned is that the fixture list was released last Friday, giving Gamba four massive home games against Kyoto, Yokohama, JEF and Verdy at home whilst have four long-distance away days to Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Sapporo and Yamagata. These first eight fixtures could well set the tone for the season as it looks like the most difficult stretch of games for Gamba. On a personal note, I will be in Osaka for the home games against Tokushima, Kitakyushu and a lovely Kansai derby against Kobe. Tickets are all I need.
Now back to business. I have now made a player and a staff page with individual photos. These are linked to individual pages containing mini, uniquely hand-made profiles for all players and staff, as well as complete histories for each player. These contain their number of appearances and goals in every single competition. All in all, that took four hours on Tuesday night, then around eight hours on Wednesday to complete.
On Thursday, I created a complete account of Gamba’s history as a J.League member, all the way from 1993 until 2012. I kept making mistakes which was infuriating but rectified all of them before publishing. Only took another four hours or so of meticulous work. Then at 1:30am, instead of going to sleep, I decided to make a new banner, adding more personalisation to the blog. The banner itself includes the team badge and the 2013 logo 「復活」. That took half an hour.
Finally today, I added another page called “The Net”, where you can access all of the best English-language resources about the J.League, as well as a few websites in Japanese that are imperative to visit, even if you have to use Google Translate. Please support all of the guys mentioned on that page and please buy JSoccer Magazine. Alan Gibson does a wonderful job so email him – firstname.lastname@example.org – to get a good deal now. Time spent – half an hour.
So that is my piece completed, along with about 17 hours of work to show for it. If you have any suggestions for the site, please do not hesitate to tell me. Thank you all for reading this blog and let’s keep spreading the word of the J.League together.