It gives me great pleasure to tell you all that Gamba Osaka Pride has reached its first birthday today (18/12/2013). I decided to start this blog in the hopes that I could get my passion for this wonderful team out of my system as I simply had no-one to share it with. I also hoped that maybe somebody would take up watching Gamba or at least the J.League.
So first of all I would like to thank to each and every single person who has visited my blog. It takes a lot of time and effort to get keep this blog updated and in a good state so when people take their time to read it and share their opinions, it means a lot. So thank you for your support for this first year – I hope there are many more!
Secondly, I think I have really improved on my writing skills as the year has gone by and I have even had an article published in JSoccer Magazine, which is run by Kobe-based legend Alan Gibson. I wish everyone would buy the magazine as it was what got me started on the J.League. I hope to be writing more for Mr.Gibson in the future, as well as great sites like japanfooty.com for which I have a piece in the pipework.
I managed to get to Japan this year, specifically Osaka of course, where I had the time of my life and got to see 6 out of 7 games whilst I was there. All were pretty important ones too: Tokushima Vortis (H) 2-0), FC Gifu (A) 8-2, JEF United Chiba (A) 0-3, Giravanz Kitakyushu (H) 1-1, Vissel Kobe (H) 3-2 and Fagiano Okayama (A) 3-2. I cannot wait to get back to Osaka for my year abroad at Kansai University.
But without further a due, here are some great stats from the blog in its first year:
Total Views: 10,212
Busiest Day: 11th October 2013 – 218 views, 194 visitors
Busiest Month: May 2013 – 1,086, 623 visitors
Most Popular Article: 25th April 2013 – Takashi Usami will leave Hoffenheim – 370 views
Most Popular Preview: 13th October 2013 – Omiya Ardija (Emperor’s Cup) – 360 views
Most Popular Review: 22nd September 2013 – Matsumoto Yamaga FC (A) – 222 views
Most Popular Player: Yasuhito Endo – 87 views
Most Visited Countries: Japan – 3,370 views & United Kingdom – 1,633 views
Number of Visited Countries: 100
Number of Posts: 127
Number of Words Typed: 134,647