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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 2
If Toshiya Miura can be said to love one particular type of player, it's a reliable utility midfielder. A case could be made to say that there are four such players in or on the edges of the Ardija first team at present, all carrying out different tasks and roles, but all of them to a greater or lesser extent having what we might term defensive responsibilities in the midfield. And if there's one phrase that is likely to get the Squirrels coach's pulse racing, it's "defensive responsibilities".

Yosuke Kataoka, for instance, actually considers himself to be a central defender, but has nevertheless in 2006 earned a place at the heart o the Omiya midfield, despite facing stiff competition from more experienced members of the squad. A committed team player, Kataoka has a muscular, no-nonsense approach to the game and possesses a powerful shot that he's eager to exploit, but is a decent enough footballer and provides more than just a physical presence.

A player able to slot into a similar range of positions as Kataoka is Masato Saito, enormously well-respected and much-used as a substitute who provides extra stability to a team under pressure. Saito has made enough appearances so far this season to demonstrate that he is still thought of as having a role to play, even though regular first-team opportunities are becoming more limited.

Reliable utility player #3 is a little more controversial. Yoshiyuki Kobayashi can play in central or wide midfield positions and, since moving from Tokyo Verdy 1969, has been used in both roles. Miura would doubtless regard Yoshiyuki as a key fixture in the team's engine room, buzzing around busily, picking up jobs whenever they need doing and filling in pretty much anywhere. The question mark hanging over the frequency of his participation, however, is that the squad would seem to offer more skilled specialists than Yoshiyuki as a jack-of-all-trades: what does Kobayashi senior really bring to Omiya? Many fans will be pondering the answer to this knotty problem.

Our final utility player, then, is of course Tatsunori Hisanaga. Ostensibly used in an attacking position wide on the right, in actual fact Hisanaga offers very little as an attacking threat and indeed the Squirrels' offensive focus - such as it is - goes almost entirely through Chikara Fujimoto and Daigo Kobayashi. His appeal to the coach lies instead as someone who offers flexibility and an essentially defensive mindset, meaning that he is able to swap around with Hato or Nishimura on the right-hand side of the back four, or even move into one of the central midfield roles when required. As such, Hisanaga personifies Miura's enthusiasm for functionality over flair and in the more specific context of 2006 has restricted the opportunities for the likes of Kota Yoshihara and most obviously the now-departed Saul Martinez.

But let's get a little more positive for a moment. The aforementioned Daigo has without a shadow of a doubt been the shining star of Omiya's season so far and the evidence to date would suggest that the former Verdy man has a footballing imagination and vision far superior to almost all of his team-mates. Combine these two assets with technique, a delicious touch and accuracy and you're left with someone who is simply waiting to pick up a Player of the Year award - not to mention, surely at some point in the future, a Japan international cap.

Are there any disadvantages to the new King of Omiya? Well, his build is somewhat slight and as a result he can be harried of the ball by more physical opponents, but the other main problem seems to lie elsewhere: simply that his team-mates seem not to realise how potent a threat Daigo can be and thus they fail to take advantage of his skills as someone around whom a team can be built. We can for now gloss over the danger that he'll be sold on to a bigger club at the end of the season.

It was of course Chikara Fujimoto who acted as playmaker for Ardija last year, but it has to be said that Daigo's arrival would seem to have led to something of a downturn in Chikara's fortunes. Clearly he thrived on the responsibility of being arguably the key individual in the team and the shift away from him in favour of the incomer means that, while still a vital player, Fujimoto is perhaps less effective than before.

Previously, he could dictate a relationship with the strikers and be relied upon to come up with assists to create chances. In 2006, the poor link-up play between midfield and front men has been the major difficulty - and so ideally, Chikara would reassert himself, while also overcoming this nagging habit of doing the difficult things well but failing to deliver when it comes to a simple final ball.

Finally, we return to the out-and-out central defensive midfield players - and it's been a very curious 2006 indeed for both Jun Marques Davidson and Naoya Saeki. Marques, a star of 2005, was undoubtedly under pressure from the new signings at the start of the year, but seemed to give a good account of himself and has broadly speaking held on to his place in league games, even though his partners have chopped and changed between Kataoka and Yoshiyuki.

But it's hard to escape the feeling that Marques is a player who has been made to suffer for the team's broader failings, given that he has been squeezed out of the recent Nabisco Cup matches and rarely seems to be given credit for doing what he does well. Marques could be a player to provide a vital sense of solidity in midfield, but the constant changes being made around him seem almost designed to ensure that this doesn't take place.

And if things are puzzling for Marques, Saeki must be wondering what he has let himself in for in moving to Omiya. Regarded as one of the very few bright spots in a catastrophic 2005 at Kobe, he impressed in pre-season, has done well in the Nabisco Cup matches in which he's been selected - but has had scarcely a sniff of league action. Like Marques, Saeki's strength is limited (if "limited" is the word) to the central defensive roles in midfield and Miura seems reluctant to allow the two of them to play at the same time, preferring instead to see players of more apparent flexibility move around and plug the gaps as they occur; for this is rarely about creating chances and almost always about supporting the defence.

A general conclusion would suggest that confusion as to midfield roles and responsibilities is, not surprisingly, impacting upon the heart of the team. The constant changing of team members can only create uncertainty and insecurity, making it hard to develop the relationships that need to be in place in order for Omiya to progress as genuine challengers in J1. Will Toshiya Miura then be able to provide a clear sense of direction for the players in the second part of the season? This has to be the key question.
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【2006/05/26 21:53】 The Squirrel's Eye View | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(2)
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Just read your assessment of the mf`s and I think you are right on target!Of course,as a fan of Marques I was interested in what you said and that is what I feel is going on,too.Hopefully,this time off,will give the coach a chance to realize that Marques is the one for the job!He may not be polished yet and I am not sure if Miura is one that can do that but the coach needs to show confidence in him and allow him to be free!It looks like Miura is bottling up Marques` abilities!
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