Thanks to Steve for a serious bit of research on the whereabouts of some former Ardija players whose stars shone brightly but briefly in the skies over Saitama. 2006 goal-free forward Saul Martinez has returned to his native Honduras and is currently fourth-top scorer in the local top division with new club CD Marathon. 2007 equivalent Enilton plays for the unusually-named MeuSport after having moved on from Vasco da Gama.
Meanwhile two players who also enjoyed spells at Omiya last season are now plying their trade in the second flight of the league system in the US, the USL. Brazilian Salles, scorer of a key winning goal against Nagoya Grampus, is now to be found at Rochester Rhinos, while ex-Japanese international Takashi Hirano makes an appearance in the USL First Division All-League Second XI after his impressive displays in defence for Vancouver Whitecaps.