Go! Go! Omiya Ardija has been feeling like a change lately and to go with the New Year, we've moved to a new URL. Unless something really weird happens, this fc2.com site will not be updated any more, so please change your bookmarks to point here instead. There's a full 2008 season review to tempt you.
Just to mention that all the J1 and J2 data in the left-hand panel of this page is up to date following the weekend's matches. Also, links to Shin Kanazawa, Naoya Saeki and Tomoya Uchida's blogs have been added to the Links section on the right.
The votes are all in, they've been counted and it can now - at last - be confirmed that the GGOA Player of the Year So Far is none other than keeper Koji Ezumi. The 29-year-old earned this sought-after title after a string of fine performances against the likes of high-flying Nagoya Grampus 8. It is also notable how less confident the Ardija back line is when second string Hiroki Aratani appears in goal.
Ezumi's main rival for the award was top scorer Denis Marques, whose personal highlight occurred in the 4-2 win at JEF United, when he twice burst down the Ardija right to fire home in spectacular fashion. Captain Yoshiyuki Kobayashi and dark horse reserve defender Takuro Nishimura have to be content with a shared third place, while Leandro and Pedro Junior received, if we're being honest, no votes at all. So, congratulations Koji!
With one third of the J-League season complete, GGOA here offers Squirrels fans a chance to vote for their Player of the Year so far. Have any of the Brazilian trio - muscular defender Leandro, tricky starlet Pedro Junior or top scorer Denis Marques - stood out?
Perhaps midfield general Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, fresh from his stunning winner at Kawasaki Frontale, reportedly the longest-range goal ever scored by a Japanese player? Goalkeeper Koji Ezumi certainly caught the eye with several superb performances, while defender Takuro Nishimura may be a dark horse, with his toothy grin and jovial personality.
Whoever your favourite might be, scroll down the page and use the box in the bottom right-hand corner to vote now!
Big thanks are due to the super-nice Dan Herd at Meanstreak for fixing GGOA's recent technical problems. Dan does tip-top quality web development, content / copy writing, domain name registration, brochures & marketing material and all sorts of techie stuff. Cheers Dan!