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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

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    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

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    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

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    J1 Table final

    1. Kashima 63 (+26)
    2. Kawasaki 60 (+23)
    3. Nagoya 59 (+13)

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    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)
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    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

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    J2 Table final

    1. Hiroshima 100 (+64)
    2. Yamagata 78 (+26)
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    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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Brave Squirrels Fall At Final Hurdle
Omiya Ardija's battling performance against Kashima Antlers earned them a mouthwatering clash with Saitama rivals Urawa Reds in the Emperor's Cup semi-final at Sendagaya on Thursday afternoon - the fifth occasion in which the two have squared up to each other during the course of what has been an amazing year for the Mighty Squirrels.

And as had been the case against Toninho Cerezo's Antlers, it was a more or less full strength opposition that Ardija were up against, while Toshiya Miura's XI had something of a makeshift look to it: Satoshi Yokoyama was eventually selected ahead of Yusuke Shimada as a replacement for the suspended Chikara Fujimoto and captain Seiichiro Okuno came in for Kazuyoshi Mikami to partner Yosuke Kataoka in the centre of defence, Daisuke Tomita again moving back out to the left.

29 Dec 05 - Preparing for kick-off

Preparing for kick-off

The match began somewhat as expected, with Reds having most of the possession via the likes of Makoto Hasebe in midfield as well as the front pairing of Tomislav Maric and the experienced Masayuki Okano, Robson Ponte too contributing to the fast-flowing Urawa play. But Okuno was again marshalling the Omiya defence effectively and he ensured that in the final third, the Reds front players were denied space and time.

Yet another injury to the luckless Naoto Sakurai as early as the twelfth minute necessitated a change of approach for the Squirrels up front, as Manabu Wakabayashi came on to partner Hiroshi Morita, although chances for the men in orange were few and far between. 23 minutes in, a Robson Ponte free kick from the left hand side was met by Maric ahead of his marker and Urawa were 1-0 ahead, seemingly in control of the match.

29 Dec 05 - Kataoka and friends in celebratory mood

Kataoka and friends in celebratory mood

Just three minutes later, however, Omiya stunned the Reds support when a free kick of their own was nudged to one side by Tatsunori Hisanaga for Kataoka to lash the ball inside Ryota Tsuzuki's right hand post for an equaliser. The game stayed level for the remainder of the first half and it was Urawa who retained the majority of possession after the re-start, Nobuhisa Yamada and Alex Santos looking dangerous as they went close to taking the lead once again - and in the 62nd minute, a Santos cross was nodded over a hapless Hiroki Aratani by Hasebe to make it 2-1.

Ardija once again tried to fight their way back into the match, with Miura throwing on Shin Kanazawa and Shimada in place of the Yokoyama and the distinctly unfortunate Jun Marques Davidson, but on this occasion it seemed as if Urawa would be able to weather the storm and hold on for a win. With the ninety minutes almost up, the Squirrels launched a final desperate assualt on the Reds goal from Aratani and in the resulting scramble, Morita competed with Tsuzuki for the ball and Tomita headed it over the line for a sensational equaliser.

And so the match now moved into extra time - but the massive effort made by the Omiya side to haul themselves back into the tie was to take its toll almost immediately, a loss of concentration enabling Urawa captain Yamada space to curl home a shot from the edge of the area just five minutes in. Shortly afterwards, with Omiya again hurling everything at the Reds defence, Hasebe and Maric broke quickly from the edge of their own area and it was Hasebe who notched up the fourth with a great run and finish to knock Omiya Ardija out of the competition and so put an end to the 2005 campaign for the Mighty Squirrels.

29 Dec 05 - The Squirrels defend a Reds corner

The Squirrels defend a Reds corner

"We really wanted the result today, so it's very frustrating to have lost the match," said goal hero Yosuke Kataoka afterwards. "There was a lot of focus and a lot of hard work from all the players on keeping things tight defensively and everyone really appreciates that. At the first goal, though, it was my job to mark Maric and it was my mistake that he scored.

"I need to practice that kind of situation more in the future, but it made me very determined to help the team get back on level terms, and the free kick was a great moment. I think we've learned a lot over the course of the season, about the strengths you need to compete with the top teams - and we've done okay, without being satisfied, we want to keep going next year."

Daisuke Tomita agreed with this assessment of both the individual game and the season overall. "We weren't under that much pressure in the first half apart from at set pieces, and Wakabayashi having to come on so early in some senses made things simpler for us in terms of how we approached our attacking play," he commented. "Kataoka's been practicing his free kicks and it was a cracking shot that he scored with. After half time, we were again just trying to keep things under control at free kicks and corners.

"As for my goal, well, I owe it to Morita, he did really well - and it was doubly frustrating, then, to go 3-2 down so soon after the start of extra time. But I think that to be able to fight our way back into the game twice shows how we've progressed this year. It can be difficult to maintain your motivation after the league campaign has finished, but we kept on going throughout these Emperor's Cup ties and have achieved a lot: to be able to stay up in J1 is a massive thing for our club. And as a team and individually, we haven't finished growing yet."

29 Dec 05 - Blimey, it's cold

Blimey, it's cold

But the last word must surely go to coach Toshiya Miura, reviewing a truly thrilling year for his team.
"This is the fifth time we've played Reds this year, so we knew the kinds of problems we'd face and that it would be a really tough match. We were especially concerned to be on our guard against and at set pieces, but then the injury to Sakurai so early was a blow to us.

"Having two bigger strikers like Wakabayashi and Morita gave us an advantage in terms of winning the ball in the air, though, and we were able to make modifications to the way we played to exploit that. But looking back over the season, we've managed to stay in J1, we've got to the last eight of the Nabisco Cup and the last four of the Emperor's Cup - that's not a bad record, and the players have bonded together to form a good group. We lost today, but we feel proud of our achievements this year and are looking forward to 2006."

Thanks to Omiya Fan and Jay for photos. Click here to launch a stream of first half highlights in Windows Media Player; and here for the rest of the match
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