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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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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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Nine People You Should Have A Problem With In 2009
Because, for GGOA's new columnist Agent Orange, nothing says Christmas more than a list of people you should have nothing but contempt for in 2009. You're welcome.

1. The Director Of Merchandising At Omiya Ardija

Seriously, do you hate money? Your lack of ideas, dearth of quality goods and lack of stock on hand is thoroughly frustrating.

First off, why are all your sizes skewed towards 15-year-old girls? As I go to more and more games, I'm seeing an increase in my wide-bodied brethren NOT wearing Omiya merchandise. Why? Well, I'll tell you. No-one wants to see a rotund person in a skin-tight orange replica Denis Marques jersey, man-teats framed just right under a strained Lotto jersey, stretching the D and the X to the limit. I know, I've looked in the mirror before a game.

Second, why don't you sell away jerseys? Here's a hint. Around August, when no-one will buy S-sized jerseys because they are, y'know, adults, release the away jerseys. People will buy them because they WANT to give you money. No, it's true. People want to buy Ardija stuff. So make it easy for them.

Third, plain blue hat. Omiya shield, adult size, adjustable - not mesh. I'll take six.

Finally, Chikara Fujimoto bobbleheads = good! Mascot towels = bad! Give it a rest already.

2. The First-time Foreign Eurosnob Fan

Say you get an extra ticket for an Ardija game and you have a friend at work who happens to enjoy the beautiful game. You've had discussions in the past about the World Cup, European leagues and Champions League, etc. So you think to yourself, "Hey, it could be real cool to watch an Ardija game with this cat. Let's do it!" Bad idea.

You will spend the next ninety minutes listening to this "expert" ramble on about the low quality of football on display (I'm an Omiya fan, not blind, you moron). They will then proceed to tell you how poor your fans are, compared to the opposition. After that, they will ask you stupid questions about the league in general and then respond about how their Colaship team (Wankerton United or whatever backwater of bad teeth and effeminate personality they crawled out from) would put ten past the best J-League squad: the Urawa Antlers.

Then they will tell you that they are sooooooooo glad that they didn't pay for this garbage, because (pause for a swig of smuggled-in discount beer) it's only the best for them. Finally they will try to smooth everything over by saying thanks, even though the game was trash. Just give the ticket to a homeless guy. You'll have a better time.

3. Yosuke Kataoka

I have to go with Yosuke Kataoka as the player I am going to like the least this coming year. Maybe it's because he has the quick wits and acumen of a lemur. Maybe it's his undying urge to backpass, no matter what the situation. Maybe it's because he gets consistent playing time, even though he has the propensity to make truly stupid mistakes.

The one time I met him, he wasn't especially pleasant. Sure, he could've been having a bad day or broke up with his girlfriend or lost a pet. It doesn't matter. He should treat me with respect. I AM A BLOGGER AFTER ALL!

No, the reason I hate him is because the sexy bartender is a huge Kataoka fan and that pisses me off.

4. The Sexy Bartender At Omiya Hub

Why do you insist on being infatuated with that sub-human excuse for a midfielder, you temptress of the tap? It's because of his stomach muscles, isn't it? A guy masters eight-minute abs and you get all gushy in the knees. Seriously, one big stomach muscle is better than a ton of little ones. After all, what's better at a party, a six-pack or a keg?

Call me?

5. The J-League Message Board Poster

Every year, some fool will pop off about how it's 100% certain that Omiya will be one of the teams to be relegated. During the year, another fool will pop off about how great it is that a big club (usually Urawa) beat Ardija because they are filled with overpaid internationals and they deserve to win... oh yeah, and that Omiya should be relegated.

Near the end of the year, more of these fools will pop off with absolute certainty that Omiya will be one of the teams that goes to J2 and joke about how great it will be for Omiya to play so and so because of a stupid reason that hilarious only to said idiot.

Finally, Omiya will survive and people will say they were very lucky to survive because the team that went down was much better and it wasn't deserved. Year Five of this garbage starts on March 7th.

6. The Cell Phone Guy

This one is pretty generic, but it happens all the time. I get to the game early, pick a secluded spot and wait for the game only for this guy to come at minute five and stand in front of me, yelling in his phone so the only thing I experience at the game is him. Oh yeah, usually he smells of BO, tobacco and those awful tuna mayo rice triangles. Same guy finds me on trains as well.

7. The Reds Fan

Not all of 'em (though let's not rule that idea out). I have one specific one in mind. There's a guy who comes to Omiya games clad in all Urawa gear. Dirty hat, old jersey and scarf. I'm not sure if his wife drags him to Omiya games or if he's just a cheeky old git, but I wish some kid would come up and pop him right in his red diamonds if you know what I mean.

8. Yuji Nakazawa of Omiya Ardija

It might be very unfair but after accepting a huge contract, you gotta expect the pressure to be on you. Anything short of a championship in some form or other and you will look like a bad signing. I also tend to worry about a guy who has a lot of miles on the clock and extra World Cup qualifiers ahead. A bit scary, if you ask me.

9. Yuji Nakazawa of Yokohama F Marinos

What, our money wasn't GOOD enough for you?

Bah humbug.

Go Ardija.

【2008/12/24 22:44】 Agent Orange | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(5)
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Agent Orange
Entertaining stuff! A request - how about a review of all the Brazilians we´ve had - Bare, Toninho, Bluto, Christian etc.

Do you mean the girl who wears glasses on point 4?
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