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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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Gral On Target But Sloppy Squirrels Slip Up Again
Two games in and Omiya Ardija's 2006 Nabisco Cup campaign is practically over already. For the second time within a matter of a few days, a poor second half display threw away a hard-earned lead and three points - and while it was an improved performance against Jubilo Iwata when compared with that against Oita Trinita at the weekend, it's becoming clear that the Squirrels are a fragile, directionless team indeed.

In league or cup competition, coach Toshiya Miura's tinkering with the line-up only seems to confirm that he has little idea of his strongest team; how to get the most out of what everyone agrees is man-for-man an improved group of players over 2005; is lacking in confidence in his own players and his own judgement; and has no idea of the tactical approach required to take a game by the scruff of the neck and then to remain in control. It could even be that he has taken the club as far as he is able to go and it is time for someone else to have the opportunity to oversee the development of Omiya Ardija as a top-half-of-the-table team.

26 Apr 06 - The answer to Omiya Ardija's goalscoring problems?

The answer to Omiya Ardija's goalscoring problems?

But to go back to the match at hand. As with the previous Nabisco Cup fixture at the beginning of the month, Miura made a considerable number of changes from the Oita match, bringing in Naoya Saeki and Yoshiyuki Kobayashi in the middle of midfield, Tomoyasu Ando in goal, Takuro Nishimura, Yasunari Hiraoka and Daisuke Tomita in defence and starting with loan signing Gral up front alongside Hiroshi Morita. Indeed, Chikara Fujimoto and Toninho were the only cast-iron certain starters to take to the field in front of a small crowd of just over 5000 at Komaba.

They nevertheless almost made the perfect start to the match, when 45 seconds in Daigo Kobayashi and Naoya Saeki combining to feed Fujimoto on the left and his delicious cross was headed goalwards by debutant Gral, only for international keeper Yoshi Kawaguchi to make a top draw save and prevent a sensational opener.

Ardija continued brightly enough, but it was Jubilo who came closest to getting on the scoresheet via Fabricio's eighth minute free kick, which brought a smart stop from Tomoyasu Ando. Yoshiyuki Kobayashi was involved in most of Omiya's more promising moves, but they came to nothing until four minutes before the break when a Toninho header from a corner was only parried by Kawaguchi. Gral was first to the ball to tap home an opportunistic goal and give the Squirrels a 1-0 lead at the interval.

26 Apr 06 - Hiroshi Morita puts the Squirrels back in front

Hiroshi Morita puts the Squirrels back in front

Almost inevitably, that was the Brazilian's last contribution to the match as he was replaced at half-time by Naoto Sakurai and Jubilo began the brighter of the two teams following the re-start as Yoshiaki Ota came more into the play on the right-hand side. In the 54th minute, however, it was the visitors' 23-year-old former Corinthians midfielder Fabricio who lashed an unstoppable 30-yard shot past Ando to level the match up.

Just when it seemed that the men in orange would fade from the picture as had occurred against Trinita, though, a long ball from Tatsunori Hisanaga was controlled by Morita, who advanced somewhat hesitantly upon Kawaguchi and slotted it in to restore the Squirrels' lead.

With Jubilo's veteran Gon Nakayama on as a substitute, the direction of play altered once again and Ardija's inability to defend a lead was demonstrated all too starkly when the defence failed to pick up a second ball following a cross from Fabricio and sure enough, Nakayama pounced for the equaliser. Takuro Nishimura was instrumental in attempting to find a way back in front for Omiya via his overlapping runs, but Sakurai and Fujimoto were unable to take advantage and the match remained at 2-2 until four minutes from time when Shinji Murai took advantage of more sloppy defending down the Omiya left to claim the winner for Jubilo.

26 Apr 06 - It's called a

It's called a "shot", Toninho. You don't see many from your team-mates, I realise

"The coach asked me to play the first half and I think I did okay," commented Gral afterwards. "I haven't played properly for a good while and need to play my way back into things, but it felt good and I don't see why we shouldn't get some good results. There was a chance almost straight from the kick-off, but Kawaguchi made a brilliant save. The coach has given me a lot of freedom in terms of my role and I think that suits my game and enables me to take up good positions. I want to show my strengths to the Omiya fans now and am working towards playing for ninety minutes. I do feel a bit heavy now and don't want to over-stretch myself, especially knowing that there are a lot of games coming up and Urawa on Saturday."

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