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    Ins Winter 08/09

    Coach Jang Wae-Ryong, Incheon United
    GK Takahiro Takagi, Sapporo (loan end)
    DF Shunsuke Fukuda, Hosei University
    DF Haruki Nishimura, Takasaki (loan end)
    DF/MF Ryohei Arai, Omiya Youth
    FW Naoki Ishihara, Shonan

    Outs Winter 08/09

    Coach Yasuhiro Higuchi, Yokohama FC
    GK Hiroki Aratani, Sapporo
    DF Akira Ishigame
    DF Tatsuya Kawahara, Kusatsu (loan)
    DF Leandro
    DF Takuro Nishimura
    MF Naoya Saeki
    FW Hiroshi Morita, Kofu
    FW Naoto Sakurai
    FW Manabu Wakabayashi
    FW Kota Yoshihara

    Ardija Squad 2008

    GK 1 Hiroki Aratani
    GK 20 Nobuhisa Kobayashi
    GK 21 Koji Ezumi
    GK 31 Keiki Shimizu (r)

    DF 2 Taishi Tsukamoto (r)
    DF 3 Leandro
    DF 4 Yasuhiro Hato
    DF 5 Daisuke Tomita (v/c)
    DF 18 Takuro Nishimura
    DF 19 Yusuke Murayama
    DF 22 Terukazu Tanaka
    DF 26 Daiki Niwa (n)
    DF 29 Tatsuya Kawahara (r)

    MF 6 Yosuke Kataoka
    MF 7 Naoya Saeki
    MF 8 Daigo Kobayashi
    MF 11 Chikara Fujimoto (v/c)
    MF 15 Masato Saito
    MF 17 Hayato Hashimoto
    MF 23 Shin Kanazawa
    MF 24 Takaya Kawanabe
    MF 25 Tomoya Uchida (n)
    MF 28 Kohei Tokita (r)
    MF 32 Yoshiyuki Kobayashi (c)
    MF 34 Takuya Aoki (r)

    FW 9 Kota Yoshihara
    FW 10 Denis Marques
    FW 13 Pedro Junior
    FW 14 Hiroshi Morita
    FW 16 Klemen Lavric (n*)
    FW 27 Masahiko Ichikawa (r)
    FW 30 Naoto Sakurai
    FW 35 Daisuke Watabe (r)

    (c) = captain
    (n) = new for 2008
    (n*) = signed during 2008
    (r) = rookie
    (v/c) = vice-captain

    Loans Out until

    DF Tatsuya Kawahara, Kusatsu 31 Jan 10
    DF Daiki Niwa, Fukuoka 31 Jan 09
    FW Pedro Junior, Vila Nova 31 Dec 08

    Ardija J1 Games

    09 Mar H v Niigata 2-0
    16 Mar A v Kyoto 1-2
    30 Mar A v S-Pulse 0-0

    02 Apr H v Nagoya 1-2
    05 Apr H v Oita 2-0
    12 Apr A v JEF 4-2
    20 Apr A v Urawa 0-0
    27 Apr H v Kashima 1-1
    30 Apr A v Gamba 3-2

    03 May H v FC Tokyo 0-3
    06 May A v Marinos 1-1
    10 May H v Sapporo 1-2
    17 May A v Kawasaki 3-2

    28 Jun H v Verdy 2-0

    05 Jul A v Kobe 0-1
    12 Jul H v Jubilo 1-2
    17 Jul A v Kashiwa 0-1
    21 Jul A v Nagoya 0-4
    27 Jul H v S-Pulse 0-0

    09 Aug A v Sapporo 2-1
    16 Aug H v Gamba 2-0
    24 Aug A v Oita 0-1
    28 Aug H v Marinos 1-0

    13 Sep A v FC Tokyo 1-3
    21 Sep H v Urawa 0-1
    27 Sep H v Kobe 0-2

    01 Oct A v Kashima 0-2
    04 Oct H v Kashiwa 0-4
    18 Oct A v Verdy 0-1
    26 Oct H v JEF 2-1

    08 Nov H v Kawasaki 2-1
    23 Nov A v Niigata 2-2
    30 Nov H v Kyoto 1-1

    06 Dec A v Jubilo 1-0

    J1 Scorers final

    8 Denis Marques
    5 Lavric
    3 Fujimoto
    3 Kobayashi D
    3 Kobayashi Y
    2 Leandro
    2 Morita
    2 Pedro Junior
    2 Saito
    2 Tomita
    2 Yoshihara
    1 Kataoka
    1 Tokita

    J1 Cards final

    YYY Kataoka
    YYY Kobayashi Y
    YYY Lavric
    YYY Morita
    YYY Tokita
    YY Murayama
    YY Pedro Junior
    YY Uchida
    Y Fujimoto
    Y Hashimoto
    Y Saeki
    Y Saito
    Y Tomita


    Emperor's Cup Games

    02 Nov H v Cerezo 1-0
    15 Nov H v Nagoya 1-2

    Emperor's Cup Scorers

    1 Lavric
    1 Uchida

    Emperor's Cup Cards

    Y Fujimoto
    Y Lavric
    Y Uchida


    Nabisco Cup Table final

    1. Marinos 12 (+6)
    2. Oita 11 (+4)
    3. Niigata 4 (-4)
    4. Omiya 3 (-6)

    Nabisco Cup Games

    20 Mar A v Niigata 2-2
    23 Mar H v Marinos 0-0

    16 Apr A v Marinos 0-4

    25 May H v Oita 1-2
    31 May H v Niigata 1-1

    08 Jun A v Oita 0-1

    Nabisco Cup Scorers final

    1 Denis Marques
    1 Kobayashi D
    1 Morita
    1 Pedro Junior

    Nabisco Cup Cards final

    Y(YY=R) Denis Marques
    YY Leandro
    Y Kanazawa
    Y Kobayashi D
    Y Morita
    Y Niwa
    Y Pedro Junior
    Y Saeki
    Y Tanaka
    Y Tomita
    Y Yoshihara


    J1 Table final

    1. Kashima 63 (+26)
    2. Kawasaki 60 (+23)
    3. Nagoya 59 (+13)

    4. Oita 56 (+9)
    - - - - - - - - - -
    5. S-Pulse 55 (+8)
    6. FC Tokyo 55 (+4)
    7. Urawa 53 (+8)
    8. Gamba 50 (-3)
    9. Marinos 48 (+11)
    10. Kobe 47 (+1)
    11. Kashiwa 46 (+3)
    12. Omiya 43 (-9)
    13. Niigata 42 (-14)
    14. Kyoto 41 (-9)
    15. JEF 38 (-17)
    - - - - - - - - - -
    16. Jubilo 37 (-8)
    17. Verdy 37 (-12)
    18. Sapporo 18 (-34)

    Last J1 Games 06 Dec

    JEF 4-2 FC Tokyo
    Jubilo 0-1 Omiya
    Kobe 0-2 Kashiwa
    Kyoto 1-3 S-Pulse
    Niigata 3-2 Gamba
    Oita 0-0 Nagoya
    Sapporo 0-1 Kashima
    Urawa 1-6 Marinos
    Verdy 0-2 Kawasaki

    Next J1 Games tbc


    J2 Table final

    1. Hiroshima 100 (+64)
    2. Yamagata 78 (+26)
    3. Sendai 70 (+15)
    - - - - - - - - - -
    4. Cerezo 69 (+21)
    5. Shonan 65 (+20)
    6. Tosu 64 (-1)
    7. Kofu 59 (+9)
    8. Fukuoka 58 (-11)
    9. Kusatsu 53 (-7)
    10. Yokohama FC 50 (-5)
    11. Mito 47 (-18)
    12. Kumamoto 43 (-26)
    13. Gifu 42 (-28)
    14. Ehime 37 (-27)
    15. Tokushima 29 (-32)

    Last J2 Games 06 Dec

    Cerezo 2-1 Ehime
    Fukuoka 3-1 Shonan
    Gifu 1-0 Tosu
    Hiroshima 3-0 Tokushima
    Sendai 1-0 Kusatsu
    Yamagata 1-0 Mito
    Yokohama FC 0-0 Kofu

    Next J2 Games tbc

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【2009/01/01 09:54】 GGOA Site News | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(7)
Ishihara Becomes A Squirrel
Just to confirm the point that Shonan Bellmare forward Naoki Ishihara has indeed become Ardija's first major signing of the close season. The 24-year-old from Takasaki in Gunma prefecture has signed a year's deal, having scored thirty league goals in the last two seasons at Shonan, for whom he made his debut as long ago as 2003.
【2008/12/31 19:42】 2008 News In Brief | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(0)
Ishihara Deal Still On?
The press may be sure that the Squirrels are set to make a deal for Sagan Tosu forward Yoshihito Fujita, but the previous rumour relating to Ardija's chase for another striker - Shonan Bellmare's Naoki Ishihara - is still not going away. Sponichi even go so far as to suggest that an announcement will be made on New Year's Day, with 24-year-old Ishihara supposedly to agree to a salary similar to that of Fujita.
【2008/12/31 08:38】 2008 News In Brief | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(3)
Sponichi Reports Fujita Deal
Yomiuri might have been saying it was a done deal a few days ago and there's still no official confirmation from any quarters, but Sponichi are also now reporting that Ardija have signed Sagan Tosu striker Yoshihito Fujita. Gamba Osaka were also thought to be interested but Sponichi advise that a tasty Y20m a year, multi-year contract was enough to tip the balance in Omiya's favour.
【2008/12/30 08:03】 2008 News In Brief | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(1)
December 29th
Today marked the third anniversary of the most pivotal game in Omiya Ardija's J1 history.

Not for the end result. After ninety minutes of gutsy hustle and hanging on for dear life, the Squirrels finally succumbed in extra time to a highly motivated juggernaut in the form of the Urawa Reds. No, the pivotal moment of the pivotal game came later, when the Omiya brains trust (led by the Dark Prince of Personnel, now Ventforet Kofu GM Satoru Sakuma) saw a gritty but overstretched squad get to the semi-finals of Japan's premier football competition and decided to strengthen by spending two years' worth of reinforcement budget on seven players with long resumes.

The results varied from star (Daigo Kobayashi) to starters (Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Yukio Tsuchiya, Yasuhiro Hato) to contributor (Naoya Saeki) to disappointment (Kota Yoshihara) to unmitigated disaster (Saul "Speedy" Martinez). Three years, four head coaches and one terribly frustrating 2007 season of no reinforcements (which saw the team a breath away from J1 mortality) later, and Omiya finds itself at a crossroads again. Was it the best idea to overspend? Maybe not, but as we speak Omiya prepares itself for year five of life in the big leagues. Not bad for a team on a budget.

Now after a (relatively) successful season in a beautiful new stadium all their own, the team is a buyer in a player-heavy market with big guns like Urawa sitting out because of the awful economy. One of the Ardija targets appeared today in his familiar #22 Yokohama F Marinos uniform against Gamba Osaka, the new Asian champions. The two teams were playing not only for a place in the Emperor's Cup final - as the Squirrels and the Reds were three years ago - but also for the last Japanese slot in the 2009 ACL.

Yuji Nakazawa played 120 minutes for a team he has been the face and heart of for seven years. For most of the game he dominated, disrupting the offense and shutting down Gamba's dangerous Brazilian striker Lucas with quick decisions and physical play. Unfortunately, deep into extra time his tired legs betrayed him. Nakazawa was unable to cut off a pass to a streaking Masato Yamazaki, who put the only goal of the game in the net. The loss not only ended Yokohama's chance at a trophy for 2008, it took away a big selling point in their negotiations with Nakazawa. There will be no ACL for the Tricolore.

Now Nakazawa has to choose between a team with huge resources from its internet sponsor who is willing to open up the purse and overspend on players, but who has at the same time offered no clear indication of what kind of team it will field in 2009 (Vissel Kobe); or a team where he is legendary, where he is familiar with everyone and everything, and which cemented him as a fixture in Japan's National squad (Marinos). Or alternatively, Nakazawa could opt to join his "hometown" team.

He could come to a team and play for a coach - incoming Ardija boss Jang Wae-Ryong - that helped turn him into the player he is, when the two of them were at Verdy Kawasaki. He can come to a squad serious about spending money to become a champion, but one that is lacking in talent in many key spots and one that seems to be in constant flux. It's a tough choice and a risk for not only the player but the team as well. Nakazawa is pushing past thirty, he's approaching 300 games as a J-League player and has a good number of World Cup and Asia Cup qualifiers staring him directly in the eye. The possibility of a breakdown or a drop in skill is real.

However, the guy is a winner. More importantly, Nakazawa can singlehandedly take over a game with his skill and decision-making. He's a difference-maker in a league that has relatively few. Even fewer are available. He's also a guy that gets the benefit of the official's whistle, which Omiya hasn't had on a consistent basis. So, on January 10th we will see what decision Yuji Nakazawa makes on his future. If he decides to come to Omiya and plays like everyone knows he is capable of, maybe we'll look at the result of tonight's semi-final and realise who the real winner was.

【2008/12/30 05:31】 Agent Orange | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(0)
Fujita Becomes A Squirrel?
The Yomiuri is reporting that Ardija have completed the signing of Sagan Tosu star forward Yoshihito Fujita for a fee said to be Y1bn. Fujita, 25, made his debut in 2006 and has scored 46 goals in 105 games for the Kyushu side. He finished third top scorer in J2 in the 2008 campaign, behind only Hisato Sato of Sanfrecce Hiroshima and ex-Omiya player Yutaka Takahashi, now at Roasso Kumamoto.
【2008/12/27 06:42】 2008 News In Brief | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(3)
International Call-up For Young Squirrel
Nineteen-year-old Ardija forward Daisuke Watabe will be a member of the Japan U20 squad to take part in the Qatar International Youth Football Tournament in January. Watabe, who moved up from the Omiya youth to first-team squad at the end of 2007, has previously appeared for Japan at U16, U17 and U18 level.
【2008/12/25 19:45】 2008 News In Brief | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(0)
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