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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 Slump As Frontale Take Control
Just when it seemed as if Omiya Ardija's season was right back on track, along comes the disappointment of a performance and a result such as Sunday's at J1 high-flyers Kawasaki Frontale. Coach Toshiya Miura seemed to have it all going in his favour beforehand, picking what seemed a strong side with a mixture of creativity, flair and muscle.

Kota Yoshihara and Naoto Sakurai started together up front supported by Daigo Kobayashi and Chikara Fujimoto, while the now-familiar partnership of Jun Marques Davidson and Yosuke Kataoka was intended to shore things up in the central midfield - conscious of the fact that Kawasaki have started the league season lethally up front, having scored more goals than any other club in Japan so far in 2006.

Things started reasonably well for the Squirrels, as they got into a good rhythm and seemed able to bring Fujimoto and Daigo into the game; Chikara's understanding with Sakurai in particular looked as if it might bear fruit as play went on, while Daigo sent a free-kick past the post on ten minutes. But Omiya were unable to score when on top of the game and little by little, Frontale began to impose themselves on the match via the triangle of Kazuki Ganaha, Marcus and Juninho, who were constantly seeking to get behind the Ardija defence.

16 Apr 06 - Tsuchiya battles it out with Ganaha

Tsuchiya battles it out with Ganaha

Yusuke Mori went close with a header from a Marcao cross in the 27th minute, but the alarm bells were already ringing by that time, as Mori and fellow midfielder Kengo Nakamura took charge of the middle of the park. The Squirrels were forced to rely on an offside trap on a number of occasions as Frontale pushed forward again and again, and it was something of a miracle that Juninho and co were unable to get on the scoresheet by the time the interval came round.

Perhaps surprisingly, Miura didn't take the opportunity to make any changes, but seventeen minutes into the second half - with the pattern of play more or less unchanged - just as Yoshiyuki Kobayashi was replacing Kota Yoshihara, Yoshinobu Minowa headed home a free kick and Omiya were once again behind to a goal conceded from a set piece.

16 Apr 06 - Grrrrr. Juninho's scored, obviously

Grrrrr. Juninho's scored, obviously

With Ardija attempting to get back on level terms as quickly as possible, Kataoka hit the cross bar with a powerful shot just three minutes later - but sixty seconds after that, it was 2-0 Kawasaki as Juninho despatched Marcao's cross with a diving header for his seventh of the season. By this time, Omiya were more or less out of the game, but Miura nevertheless attempted a positive substitution, bringing on Hiroshi Morita for Jun Marques Davidson to aid the hunt for a goal and a way back into the match. With 74 minutes on the clock, Morita shrugged off a challenge and fired in a decent effort that Takashi Aizawa struggled to keep out.

But on 78th minute, Juninho hammered the final nail in the Omiya coffin as he broke down the Kawasaki right and played in a cross that caused chaos amongst the Squirrels defence. Miscommunication between Hiroki Aratani and Toninho resulted in the ball bouncing away from the big Brazilian and Taku Harada was on hand to tap home a third goal. A delightful Fujimoto header from Toninho's long ball was never going to be more than a consolation and it was a disappointing and disappointed Omiya side that trudged from the field.

16 Apr 06 - Omiya's one moment of glory, as Chikara nets

Chikara goals for glory in a rare moment of Squirrels pressure

"A bad performance from ourselves and I thought that Kawasaki were a really good side," was Chikara Fujimoto's summary of events. "We started well, creating lots of space and Sakurai was really getting involved in our build-up play, but then Juninho and Marques started to influence the play more and we had to concentrate on defence as a result.

"At half-time, the coach said that it was important to get the ball to myself and Daigo to release pressure on the defence and just to help us try and retain possession for longer spells - the comparison was with Juninho, because when he gets the ball, it sticks to him and Kawasaki's play revolves around him. We really had to stop the ball getting through to him and to prevent the development of Kawasaki counter attacks. But it didn't go well and we still found it very hard to keep the ball in midfield."

16 Apr 06 -

"Made a note in my diary. Simply reads, 'Bugger'"

"First twenty minutes we did okay, but after that Kawasaki took control and the game was played at their pace," said Toshiya Miura. "Really it was just luck that we were still 0-0 at half-time and I made the point during the break that we were spending too much time on the back foot and not enough time with the ball. Obviously we weren't able to change things around enough in the second half and they scored just after I made the first tactical substitution.

"We sort of woke up after the second goal, but the Frontale defence was very strong and by then it was too late for us. We've had a few games lately where we put on a decent performance but didn't get the result. Then, against Marinos, we played well and got the right result - but today, we played poorly and got a bad result."

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