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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 3
When Omiya Ardija announced the signing during the close season of former Consadole Sapporo striker Kota Yoshihara from J-League champions Gamba Osaka, there were two main aspects of Yoshihara's circumstances that sprang to mind when considering the likelihood of it being a successful deal. First, that there was little doubt that Yoshihara had the talent and the goalscoring record to make a valuable contribution to the Squirrels as they set out to establish themselves on a firmer footing in J1. Second, that his confidence would undoubtedly nevertheless have taken something of a battering during the course of 2005, a campaign that saw him squeezed out of the front line at Gamba in favour of the Oguro / Araujo partnership that was ultimately to play a major part in winning the title.

The main priority for Omiya fans, therefore, was to see the club help a key new signing to put last year behind him and concentrate on making the most of his undoubted talent, to the benefit of both player and team. And it has to be acknowledged that in the case of Chikara Fujimoto, coach Toshiya Miura and his staff do have a track record in guiding a player back to form - for Fujimoto's desire to prove himself once again at the top level was clearly exploited to everyone's advantage, particularly in the first two thirds of last season. Yoshihara, however, can look back on 2006 as so far having been a year more akin to that of Seiichiro Okuno than 2005-vintage Fujimoto.

Very unluckily struck down with a niggling injury in pre-season, Yoshihara's start to his Omiya career was unavoidably delayed as he struggled to get over a back problem and he eventually made a promising debut in the sixth J1 game of the season against Kashima Antlers. His pace and also his evident quickness of thought enabled him to link up well with Fujimoto and Daigo Kobayashi and on another day he could have had a goal to celebrate, as the Squirrels slipped to a distinctly unfortunate defeat. But since popping up as an unused substitute against Urawa Reds at the end of April, Kota has experienced an Okuno-esque disappearance from the Squirrels first team scene.

As with Okuno, it is totally unclear whether the one-time Japan international is injured or has simply fallen from favour with Miura, as the coach has juggled his attacking options not only in terms of selection, but also by bringing in Gral and letting go Saul Martinez. If Yoshihara is injured, there would surely be no issue with club management explaining this fact to confused supporters keen to see a potential new star wear the orange shirt.

If Yoshihara has for some reason clashed with Miura, 2006 will surely be shaping up to be a season far more frustrating for the player than 2005 ever was, for he must have felt confident that in moving to a smaller club he would be given every opportunity to slot into the team and to find his form. Admittedly, Kota has yet to find the net in his handful of appearances - but neither could he be said to have put in bad performances, particularly in the context of a team struggling to find its attacking feet.

Although the forward line has been chopped and changed with every game, most of the time, then, Miura has eventually ended up adopting the fallback position of using Naoto Sakurai and Hiroshi Morita up front. While it would be unfair to ignore the fact that his heading has improved and that Morita chipped in three goals to the Squirrels' failed Nabisco Cup campaign, the ex-Albirex Niigata and Sagan Tosu man has been less successful in the league and has a single strike against Oita Trinita to show for his efforts - and comparatively extensive playing time - in J1.

Morita essentially fails to pose that much of a physical threat to opposing defences, lacking as he does the strength to fight for the ball in the penalty area. He is also poor as a target man due to an amply-demonstrated inability to hold on to possession when the the likes of Daigo and Fujimoto play a longer pass upfield: in blunt terms, it bounces off him and comes straight back at the under-pressure Ardija defence.

Sakurai has also been a key player, showing more obvious strengths than Morita in what he has himself acknowledged as a good start to the season. While wearing a permanent look of apparently pie-eyed exhaustion, Sakurai is someone who is quick to exploit space in the penalty area and to take advantage of any sloppy defensive play, resulting in his having scored three J1 goals so far. But that said, really stamping his mark on a game is something that Saku finds more difficult and a at a time when Omiya need to assert themselves as more of an attacking force his tendency to go missing for long periods is not a positive characteristic.

All of which highly unsatisfactory state of affairs leaves just the two other strikers to consider. Manabu Wakabayashi has most frequently been used as a substitute to replace Morita as "the other tall front man". Having made only a limited number of appearances - and, in typical Miura style this year, those appearances have generally been for thirty minutes here and twenty minutes there - it's difficult to have a truly clear idea of Wakabayashi's strengths and weaknesses, especially in contrast with Morita.

However, although like Morita he's no target man, Waka is a hard worker, reasonably mobile and seems to have a better idea of what his role is in the team in terms of making his presence felt in and around the penalty area. The former non-league striker never looks as if he's going to contribute goals of beauty, but to his credit he does on occasions do the dirty jobs and come up with some assists.

On loan from Yokohama F Marinos and with every indication being that he will return to Kanagawa at the end of July, Gral has by and large been charged with the job of forming a partnership with Morita. His highly impressive record in the J-League would indicate that he's more of an out-and-out goalscorer - not something of which Sakurai or Morita could ever be accused - but in the midst of the disarray around him has hit the target only three times, all in the Nabisco Cup.

When paired up with Morita, the Brazilian's style is in sharp contrast with that of Sakurai, in that his game is built far less on pace and more on a kind of bustling muscularity that requires accurate service to feet in the box to help him play to his strengths. In this, he has been something of a hostage to fortune, given the downturn in form of Fujimoto and the lack of clarity with which the midfield generally have set about their tasks.
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