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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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Omiya Claim Historic Last 4 Spot
For the first time ever, Omiya Ardija participated on Christmas Eve in the last eight of the Emperor's Cup, matched up with a full-strength Kashima Antlers side desperate to bring to an end in style the reign of coach Toninho Cerezo. And although Antlers fielded all their stars at a chilly Sendai Stadium, such as Alex Mineiro and Mitsuo Ogasawara, the Squirrels in contrast had something of a weakened look to their line-up, with Toninho back in Brazil and skipper Seiichiro Okuno missing due to a lack of recent training, as a result of his continuing work towards achieving coaching certification.

This meant a back four of Takuro Nishimura and Kazuyoshi Mikami on each side, while Yosuke Kataoka and Daisuke Tomita provided a distinctly unfamiliar partnership in the middle. Naoto Sakurai and Hiroshi Morita led the front line, Manabu Wakabayashi sitting things out on the bench. And so the stage was set for a match up of individual skill against organisational strategy, the Squirrels being particularly mindful of the damage caused by Antlers in scoring early goals in both of the league matches between the two sides.

It was therefore something of a surprise that the clearer chances in the opening 45 minutes were in fact created by Ardija, who although playing mostly on the back foot were always looking to move forward as quickly as possible whenever the opportunity presented itself, Tatsunori Hisanaga's long-range shot in the fourth minute setting the tone. At the other end, Kataoka and Tomita coped well with the speed of Masashi Motoyama and Alex Mineiro.

24 Dec 05 - And at a packed Sendai Stadium...

And at a packed Sendai Stadium...

Always alert to the idea of setting up attacks, the Squirrels' next half-chance came on seventeen minutes, when a swift break down the left by Sakurai led to a shot from Morita that was saved by Hitoshi Sogahata in the Kashima goal. But the main source of opportunities was good work from overlapping fullbacks Mikami and especially Nishimura, who nearly opened the scoring with what would have been a wonder goal in the 24th minute when he ran from around the half-way line but was robbed of possession when about to shoot. Omiya nevertheless kept things solid at the back to hold at bay their more illustrious opponents and the score remained 0-0 at half-time.

Antlers started the second period brightly, Alex Mineiro going close in the early stages although Kataoka deserves credit for preventing a clear goal-scoring opportunity for the dangerous Brazilian forward. Tomita did the same on 54 minutes to stop Motoyama's shot and just a minute later, the Squirrels' defensive resilience paid dividends as Fujimoto intercepted a stray ball the ball on the half-way line and, with Omiya moving rapidly out of defence, a great through pass fed Morita, who shook off the attentions of the Kashima defence and fired it past Sogahata for a 1-0 lead to the men in white.

24 Dec 05 - Hiroshi Morita, goal hero

Hiroshi Morita, goal hero

Toninho Cerezo responded by replacing defender Toru Araiba with international forward Takayuki Suzuki as Antlers increased the pressure on the Ardija goal. But Hiroki Aratani and his defence held firm, assisted in the closing stages by Shin Kanazawa, thrown on by Toshiya Miura in place of Sakurai - and Omiya held on to triumph over one of J1's power houses and so proceed to the last four of the Emperor's Cup for the first time in the club's history.

"It's a big thing for us to beat Antlers after the two defeats in the league against them," commented Miura afterwards. "They put out a strong side and it was our attitude that helped us to win the game - we didn't have any fear of their aggression and we knew we could keep our discipline and keep a clean sheet. It was a team performance rather than one for lots of individuals."

"That was a good win - and it was a relief," Yosuke Kataoka said. "It's so good to have come out of a game like that without having conceded, especially as other players had to take the responsibility normally picked up by Okuno and Toninho. As for my playing in central defence, it wasn't something we really talked about a lot beforehand. We just kept things simple and played to our strengths. Tomita and Nishimura made fantastic contributions and because it was a real team effort, we felt confident and as if we could cope without too many major problems. We're in the semis now, but it's our aim now to go as far as possible in the competition."

24 Dec 05 - We did 'em lads, we did 'em

We did 'em lads, we did 'em

But as the club now look forward to Thursday's historic semi-final against deadly rivals Urawa Reds - without, it should be reported, the suspended Chikara Fujimoto - the last word must go to goal hero Hiroshi Morita. "Kashima are a strong side, so for us to be able to beat them is fantastic - and it was a really tough match. We had to be defensive, be patient and wait for our chance to come, working our way into the match like that.

"Even when they were putting us under a lot of pressure, though, the defence held firm and we didn't look like cracking. That's what enabled us to win the game, the level of defensive organisation. As for the goal, it was based on Chikara's usual great timing and he played a brilliant ball through for me to run on to - we weren't able to make that many other decent scoring opportunities, to it was important to make that one count. And now we're in a position where we can look forward to another Saitama derby game in the semi-final."

Some clips from this game can be seen at the SportsNavi site, here. Thanks to Jay for the photo

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