Up for the cup

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Holland Park, London

J.L. Rovers

Competing in the Middlesex County League, J.L. Rovers have ambitions of becoming the first Japanese team to compete in one of the most prestigious competitions in world football: the FA Cup. They were formed 18 years ago, becoming the only Japanese side registered with the Football Association.

Formally known as J-Gaia until 2015, Japan London Rovers are an amateur side who have high ambitions. They have already won the Maeda Gakuen Cup and achieved third place in the international Euro J Cup tournament, a championship for European-based Japanese football clubs. They chose the name ‘Rovers’ to invoke “the journey in search of battle and glory.”

They compete in Holland Park in West London, not far from the ruins of Holland House. In the future they aim to act as a community club for the Japanese population living in Britain’s capital, and have ambitions of growth in all aspects.