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May 18, 2010

Terms used in Japanese football

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 12:04 am

Found this nice list on the BigSoccer forums

wan toppu: one top
tsu- toppu: two tops
suri- toppu: three tops
toppu shita: shadow striker/attacking mid
uingu: wings
saido ha-fu: wing mids
saido bakku: side backs
boranchi: DM
daburu boranchi: two DM
suri- bakku: three backs
fou bakku: four backs
shugoshin: goal keeper

At first I thought that “Boranchi” came from “branch”, but it doesn`t.  The image fits, but it comes from the Portuguese “Volante” – a rudder/steering wheel, one that gives direction.  It shows the Brazillian influence on Japanese soccer.

Comparing those two terms – the English language DM, and Boranchi/Volante/Rudder; my first impression is that the Brazillian term invites players in this position to take more offensive responsibility – “DM” doesn`t really have any sense of offensive responsibility – stay back there and screen the defence, son.

Words matter.  IMHO.

ps. I have played both wide midfielder positions, both sideback positions and top.  I wanna play soccer again!  Too long since the last game – no league, just some work team games every couple of months.



  1. Don’t they call our rose of a game ‘soccer’ in Japan? 🙂

    Comment by Hamish Alcorn — May 21, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  2. yeah, kinda. “saa – ka” is how it gets called over here. I think you can also call it “futo boru”. Without any code wars over here the names are much less loaded.

    Comment by notyalcsdrawkcab — May 22, 2010 @ 12:57 am

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