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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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Saeki Shines But Omiya Slip Up Again
Omiya Ardija hit the Nabisco Cup trail at Jubilo Iwata on Wednesday night, but could only come away with a 2-1 defeat, meaning that the Squirrels have somewhat ominously lost three-in-a-row. But Toshiya Miura had elected to make major changes to the side which played at Kashima Antlers at the weekend, and Naoya Saeki in particular impressed in a central midfield role during what was his first game in an orange shirt.

Keeper Koji Ezumi also made his debut in goal, with Hayato Hashimoto replacing Chikara Fujimoto on the left and the defensive pair of Kazuyoshi Mikami and Takuro Nishimura also returning to first team action as Yasuhiro Hato and Yukio Tsuchiya were rested.

06 Apr 06 - Taku Nishimura back in the first team

Taku Nishimura back in the first team

Saeki and Masato Saito in the middle were dominant figures right from the start, enabling Omiya to take a control of proceedings that has been lacking in league games throughout the season so far, in which Ardija have been particularly slow off the mark in practically every match. They coped well with Jubilo's tactic of spreading the play and using the full width of the pitch, 22-year-old midfielder Yoshiaki Ota a key man for the home side.

A quarter of an hour in, the Squirrels had their first good chance when a superb through ball from Yoshiyuki Kobayashi set Kota Yoshihara through on goal, but a mixture of Yoshi Kawaguchi in the Jubilo goal and defender Kentaro Oi smothered the opportunity. Seconds later, though, Nishimura's cross from the right found the head of Hiroshi Morita, who muscled his way past the Jubilo defence and opened the scoring for Omiya.

06 Apr 06 - Morita gets in another header

Hiroshi Morita gets in another header

From then, the Squirrels were able to keep Jubilo at arm's length but were at the same time unable to carve out any decent openings at the other end. It seemed as if the match was heading for half time with Ardija one in front, but eleven minutes before the interval the troublesome Naoya Kikuchi's own right-wing cross was headed in by Ota for an equaliser. The game speeded up after the re-start as Kikuchi in particular become more involved for Jubilo, but on 55 minutes the Squirrels almost re-took the lead with another Morita header that narrowly missed the target after excellent work from Hashimoto.

Subsequently, the two midfields shaped up for a fight, with goalscorer Ota on the right causing problems for Omiya. It was Kikuchi, however, who eventually opened up the Ardija defence with a beautiful pass that enabled Ryoichi Maeda to bypass Ezumi and put Jubilo into the lead.

Toshiya Miura responded by throwing on Fujimoto for Hashimoto and then the returning Saul Martinez for Yoshihara, and Fujimoto with seven minutes remaining put Morita through for a one-on-one with Kawaguchi, but the striker's shot hit the woodwork and the chance to equalise went begging. Then in the last minute, as the Squirrels pressed forward desperately, a Martinez overhead kick was blocked by Kawaguchi after a flick on by Morita - and even then, that wasn't the final opportunity as in injury time the Honduran international was able to get in another shot on goal.

06 Apr 06 - Jubilo's Ota on the run

Jubilo's Ota on the run

Another defeat for Omiya, then, but not a match without positives - the first occasion this season that the men in orange have taken the lead in the first half and some fine individual performances, with Naoya Saeki now being talked of as in contention for a starting place in the first team. "We were thinking only of winning the game, so are very frustrated to come away with a defeat like this," commented the former Vissel Kobe man. "The spirit among the players was good going in to the match and we passed the ball well in the midfield during the first half.

"Morita was a good target man for us, always giving something to aim for up front. Then after half-time, Jubilo put us under a lot of pressure and we weren't able to pick up on the second ball so well. We lost our shape and I think a simpler approach would have helped us to deal with that better and to attack more. But the tactical approach is getting clearer all the time, meshing together more effectively with the skills of the players that we have available."

06 Apr 06 - Stickminder Koji Ezumi on his Omiya debut

Stickminder Koji Ezumi on his Omiya debut

Yoshiyuki Kobayashi said, "Today we had two players in the middle of the field who could win the ball and at times, we really played well as a team: we can be a good side with these players. We had a couple of decent chances, but so did Jubilo and they took theirs."

Coach Miura explained his perspective on team selection and on the match like this: "Just because we've got a lot of games in a short period of time, we decided to replace some of the players for tonight's match. And the guys who came in did a good job, showing the calibre of our squad. Mikami and Nishimura played pretty regularly last season and we know what they can do - they slotted in without any difficulties. Saeki put in an excellent performance, he can hold the ball well and pass it. Yoshihara needs the match practice at the moment, but we just decided to give him a break and bring him off with a few minutes to go. We just need to persevere and the results will go our way - after this match, I think we can cope with the busy schedule of the next few weeks."

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