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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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The Season So Far - Squad Assessment pt 1
After the excitement of undergoing an ultimately successful fight against relegation at the end of their inaugural J1 season, Omiya Ardija came into 2006 with lofty ambitions: a top seven finish and fifty goals scored, proclaimed the management, eager to progress the club towards a more stable position as top division contenders. Money was spent - indeed, budgets were blown - to boost the squad across the board, younger players loaned out to pick up more playing time elsewhere, replaced in the main by experienced J1 campaigners of apparently higher quality. All looked set when the new season got underway at the beginning of March for a campaign of real development and progress away from being one of the division's also-rans.

So what's gone wrong? Struggling in the league, failing to find the net regularly, eliminated at the preliminary round stage of the Nabisco Cup and with the highest profile close season signing already having been shunted out of the door as an acknowledged disaster - all this is a long way from the 2006 that Squirrels fans had been anticipating. And speaking of supporters, the target stated three months ago of a 12,000 average crowd already looks hopelessly unrealistic, as Toshiya Miura's team have turned in one unconvincing display after another while the Red half of Saitama have raced towards the top of the league.

The World Cup break in the J1 programme therefore provides an opportunity for the coaching staff to work with the players and - it would seem - for two new foreign signings to be made, presumably at least one of whom will be a striker. Go! Go! Omiya Ardija, meanwhile, has seen extensive discussion of Toshiya Miura's tactics amidst a series of incoherent performances, but would like to revisit the individual profiles presented at the start of the season in the light of the results achieved to date. With midfielders and forwards to follow in due course, to begin with the defenders and, first, the goalkeepers...

Which thus far means Hiroki Aratani. The stats show he was one of the least reliable keepers in J1 last year and, while bare statistics don't necessarily tell the full story, it's probably true to say that Aratani fails to convince as a consistent J1 net minder of the required quality. A reasonable enough shot-stopper, he nevertheless has a tendency to flap at free-kicks that should be kept out, his concentration on occasions goes missing and moreover he does little to inspire confidence as a truly dominant force in his own penalty area. Aratani's main deputy now is new signing Koji Ezumi, but the 27-year-old former Oita Trinita man's first-team duties have so far been restricted to the Nabisco Cup. As was suspected, Ezumi's arrival from Kyushu has pushed Tomoyasu Ando down the pecking order to third choice.

Moving on to the defenders, Seiichiro Okuno's year so far will one that is baffling Squirrels fans; for he seems simply to have disappeared. Most recently selected for the first team against Oita Trinita on 22nd April, he was an unfielded substitute in the derby match with Urawa a week later but since then has moved off the radar completely, not only making way for Daisuke Tomita in the team but indeed also not even being selected as a sub.

With the club issuing no indication that he is injured, one is left to assume that Okuno has fallen out of favour with Miura, a bizarre situation for the club captain to be in. Tomita himself, on the other hand, continues to work hard - an unsung hero, perhaps, but developing a reasonable enough partnership with Toninho in the centre of defence and also possessing the flexibility to play in wide positions when required. Whether his reputation has actually been boosted this season is debatable, but Tomita has done well to force himself into the first team picture when other players were brought into the club.

As for Toninho, the big Brazilian clearly deserves credit for notching up his 200th J-League appearance for the Squirrels, a phenomenal achievement and one that pays tribute to his loyalty and commitment as a servant of Omiya Ardija. But there are rumours that his fitness is not now all it could be, combined with evidence that his all-important reliability is no longer the strong card that it was - put simply, Toninho seems to make more mistakes than he used to. More positively, however, after a shaky start Yukio Tsuchiya is developing as a player upon which defences can be built. His positional sense and awareness have bloomed, he's quick, versatile, good in the air for someone who isn't the tallest and fears about a poor disciplinary record have so far proved unfounded, even though he's got plenty of steel in the tackle.

Signed with Tsuchiya from Kashiwa Reysol, Yasuhiro Hato has slotted into the right back position in place of Takuro Nishimura and, although he undoubtedly brings experience to the team, in all honesty it's not clear whether the one-time Japanese international actually possesses greater quality than the popular Nishimura, who has spent some weeks unavailable through injury. Hato is an unfussy player, well-organised and solid, but at times looks uncertain as to how best to link up with his team-mates, especially when the chance is there to get forward and play a more attacking role.

Yosuke Kataoka has made most of his first team appearances in more of a midfield role and will therefore be considered in the next of these pieces, while Yasunari Hiraoka as a mainly central defender and Kazuyoshi Mikami on the left-hand side have slipped towards the fringes of the squad.
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