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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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Squirrels Get Past Grampus, Move To Quarters
Following the end of the J1 season, Omiya Ardija returned to action against Nagoya Grampus 8 at Shimizu S-Pulse's Nihondaira Stadium on a windy Saturday afternoon, both teams having squeezed past lower division opposition in the last round of the competition. But since Omiya beat Kyoto and Nagoya overcame JFL side Alo's Hokuriku, the league campaign finished with Ardija and Grampus making sure of their top flight status and the two squads could be expected to approach the match in confident enough mood.

12 Dec 05 - Tomoyasu Ando returns to the first team

Returning to the first team, Tomoyasu Ando

The Squirrels lined up with Tomoyasu Ando making a rare appearance in goal in place of Hiroki Aratani, while Toninho partnered Jun Marques Davidson in central midfield supporting a front pair of Naoto Sakurai and Hiroshi Morita. It was Omiya who started the brighter of the two sides, Chikara Fujimoto immediately looking dangerous with his passing, touch and quick thinking; but problems were also caused for the Nagoya back four by the overlapping pair of Takuro Nishimura and Kazuyoshi Mikami.

Nishimura came closest to scoring early on, as he combined with Morita but Eiji Kawashima in the Nagoya goal was able to make the save. But Ardija remained in control of the game, Daisuke Tomita going close with a header from Fujimoto's fifteenth-minute corner and Sakurai's follow-up being cleared off the line. Grampus, meanwhile, appeared to offer little in the way of attacking threat beyond the occasional counter in what turned into a quiet first period.

After the interval, Omiya continued their positive play, using space in the midfield well and creating a number of chances that nevertheless went begging, Nishimura and Fujimoto both very near to getting their names on the scoresheet. The match remained at 0-0, though, and Omiya had nothing to show for their dominance as Nagoya started to move into the game more.

Keisuke Honda forced a fine save from Ando ten minutes into the second half and Squirrels coach Toshiya Miura made a tactical change shortly afterwards when he threw on Masato Saito for Marques, in an attempt to help Omiya to retain possession for longer periods and inject some leadership and experience into the key central area of the team. A sense of balance and composure seemed to return to the Ardija play, but although Morita and Toninho had further opportunities to score, the scoreline remained 0-0 at full time.

12 Dec 05 - Naoto Sakurai goes close early in the second half

Naoto Sakurai gets a shot in early in the second half

And Miura played a positive card during the brief break before extra time started, withdrawing Mikami in favour of striker Satoshi Yokoyama. Play in the last thirty minutes moved rapidly from end to end but it was Omiya who deservedly made the breakthrough with just a couple of minutes remaining of the first period, when Sakurai dribbled into the box and crossed from the right for Fujimoto to dive and head home.

Just when it seemed that the Squirrels had done enough to earn their first-ever place in the last eight of the Emperor's Cup, Naoshi Nakamura seconds later took advantage of slack defending from a Nagoya corner to make it one apiece - and it appeared as if a penalty shoot-out was to be the only way to separate the teams. Six minutes into the second period of extra time, however, substitute Yosuke Kataoka played the ball in for Toninho to send in a beautifully accurate header and grab a winner for Ardija, sending then through to face Kashima Antlers in two weeks' time.

12 Dec 05 - Toninho heads Omiya into the last eight

Toninho heads Omiya into the last eight

"We've reached the quarter finals and that's something the club has never done before, so the players can be proud of that," said coach Miura afterwards. "I thought we imposed ourselves on the game, knowing that a draw wasn't good enough and the game was there to be won. We did pretty well in the first half but I decided to out on Saito to add a bit of stability when Nagoya seemed to be getting more into the match. The first goal was a great bit of skill from Sakurai, but we went to sleep a little bit for the equaliser. I was very pleased with the winner because that was really what we deserved from the match today."

12 Dec 05 - Chikara Fujimoto celebrates putting the Squirrels 1-0 ahead

Chikara Fujimoto celebrates putting the Squirrels 1-0 ahead

"I got pretty tired over the course of 120 minutes," acknowledged Chikara Fujimoto, "but we never really thought we'd lose the game, knowing that if we could keep up the attacks, the goals would come. Kashima will probably start the quarter final as favourites, but we're a motivated side, looking to win the game and anything can happen on the day. There'll be a quieter two weeks of preparation beforehand, but we can recharge our batteries and go into that match refreshed and with no injuries."

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