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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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Shut-out Enough As King Daigo Steals It
A week after Omiya Ardija met with defeat for the first time this season at the hands of Albirex Niigata, coincidentally it was J1's other men in orange Shimizu S-Pulse who visited Komaba on Saturday afternoon - perhaps not, under the circumstances, the opponents that a nervy Ardija team would have wanted, given their own jittery beginning to 2006.

Kenta Hasegawa's S-Pulse team, in contrast, have been among the early league leaders, winning their first three matches without conceding a single goal and only going down to a late Naotake Hanyu effort at JEF United in midweek. With Korean forward Cho Jae-Jin providing plenty of firepower at the other end, there was much to exercise the mind of Squirrels coach Toshiya Miura in advance of kick-off.

27 Mar 06 - The two teams greet the cauldron that is Komaba

The two teams greet the cauldron that is Komaba

And Miura elected to change things round following the loss against Niigata, sensationally dropping his main close season signing, fish-out-of-water striker Saul Martinez, as well as fellow new boy Yoshiyuki Kobayashi - although the Honduran was later described as having picked up a knock to his ankle in Friday's training.

The club's instant star of 2006, Daigo Kobayashi, supported big Manabu Wakabayshi up front, with Chikara Fujimoto coming back on the left following a couple of matches out injured and Yosuke Kataoka making his first start of the year alongside Jun Marques Davidson in the middle of midfield.

A key concern before the match for Omiya fans was that the team get out of the habit of conceding early, with pressure on the front players - in particular Fujimoto - to retain possession for longer periods and thus keep the direction of play away from Hiroki Aratani's goal. Ardija began with some neat passing and simple swift attacking movements, but couldn't get any attempts in on goal and the balance of play slowly shifted to favour the visitors. But Toninho especially was in fine form at the back, snuffing out attacks and frustrating the efforts of Cho Jae-Jin and Jungo Fujimoto. The latter was also denied by Aratani when he struck a fine free kick midway through the opening period and the Squirrels' defensive mindset and organisation effectively shut the game down until the break.

27 Mar 06 - Aratani lies down on the job

Aratani lies down on the job

A goalless first half is, however, music to the ears of Toshiya Miura and during the interval he drummed into the players his belief that they could take at least one scoring opportunity and go on to win the game. As quickly as five minutes after the re-start, that chance came when Daigo Kobayashi sent a re-taken free-kick from just outside the S-Pulse area kick past the defensive wall, utterly wrong-footing keeper Yohei Nishibe and into the net: Omiya were in front.

Although the goal seemed to inspire Miura's team, again the initiative soon swang back to the opposition as coach Hasegawa made three substitutions and switched to a more attacking formation. Nevertheless, the Squirrels defence held firm, maintaining their concentration and demonstrating a willingness to throw bodies in front of the ball if necessary. In the end, perhaps, Omiya were just that little bit more determined and, despite Shimizu's dominance in the latter stages, Kobayashi's second goal of the season proved enough to win the game.

27 Mar 06 - Kobayashi celebration. Wait, that's Kobayashi Large

Kobayashi celebration. Wait, that's Kobayashi Large

Toshiya Miura was gleeful afterwards, seeing the result as a vindication of his tactical approach and delighted with his players at how well the plan had been executed. "S-Pulse lost their 100% record in the last match, but they're a strong side - the defence is good and they have two powerful forwards, so we were expecting a tough game," he said later.

"We knew in particular that things would be tight in the first half and that after half-time would be the key part of the match. Basically, if we could get to the break at 0-0, we'd felt we'd be holding most of the cards. It was my feeling that if we scored once we could probably go on and get another, but in the end it was more important not to take any risks and to hold on to our advantage."

27 Mar 06 - Toninho does battle with Cho

Toninho does battle with Cho

His opposite number Kenta Hasegawa reflected on a frustrating afternoon for his team. "I think the game was decided by Omiya's technique - if you look at their team, they've got good defensive players and they work hard to protect their goal. It was difficult for us to pull them out of position and they get a lot of men behind the ball. We were aiming to score from a set play, not concede, so it's disappointing to lose like that."

But Squirrels goal hero Daigo had the last word, saying, "The game developed well for us and we knew we could go on and win when it was 0-0 at half-time. Then when we got the free-kick, there was a lot of discussion about who was going to take it - but Chikara [Fujimoto] said, "Go on, it's yours," and that gave me some self-confidence to have a go."

Many thanks to Jay and to Omiya Fan for photos.
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