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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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Kofu Crushed As Hisanaga Shines
It may be Daigo Kobayashi of all the current Omiya Ardija squad who is on the verge of international recognition, but the identity of perhaps the most significant figure in the team's excellent form at the moment is far more of a shock to Squirrels fans. Nevertheless, it is indeed much-maligned midfielder Tatsunori Hisanaga who has weighed in with no fewer than three assists and a goal in the victories against Jubilo Iwata in midweek and on Saturday in the team's latest triumph over Ventforet Kofu.

The 28-year-old, who is on a long-term loan from Avispa Fukuoka and indeed nearly returned to Kyushu in the close season, seems to have had a new lease of life since the league programme re-started, bringing a fresh attacking element to Omiya's play that has been marked by its absence for almost the whole of the time since Hisanaga came into the team.

22 Jul 06 - Omiya’s danger men, Naoto Sakurai and Gral

Omiya’s danger men, Naoto Sakurai and Gral

But Omiya's re-start to the J1 programme has been nothing short of inspirational, with five goals scored from open play and six points in the bag, meaning that players and supporters alike can begin to look up the table at the teams to be caught, rather than glancing over a nervous shoulder at the likes of Nagoya and Fukuoka. Only one change was made from the side that beat Jubilo, Toninho returning from suspension in place of club captain Seiichiro Okuno, who dropped to the subs' bench. Yosuke Kataoka and Masato Saito therefore held on to their positions in the middle of midfield, while Gral and Naoto Sakurai similarly continued up front.

It was nevertheless Kofu, 3-1 winners over Kyoto Purple Sanga in mid-week, who were actually quicker out of the starting blocks, causing all sort of problems for Yukio Tsuchiya and co. in the Omiya defence. In the seventh minute, Ardija were out-fought in the midfield and the ball came to striker Taro Hasegawa, who lashed it against Hiroki Aratani's crossbar.

Seconds later, however, Daisuke Tomita freed Hisanaga on the left and the wide man made good progress down the flank before flighting in a cross that was met by Gral with a diving header that made it 1-0 to Omiya. The game had suddenly and dramatically been turned on its head and this new-look Squirrels team were not about to let their advantage slip.

22 Jul 06 - Another goal attempt from Tatsunori Hisanaga

Another goal attempt from Tatsunori Hisanaga

Just before the quarter-hour, Kobayashi received the ball near the centre circle and produced from his bag of tricks a superb through ball for Sakurai, who, with the Ventforet defence split open, grabbed his second smart finish in two games for a 2-0 lead. On twenty minutes, amazingly, it was 3-0 - a pacy, dangerous attack this time based on Tsuchiya's pass to Hisanaga, who calmly served up an assist for another header from Gral. Daigo came closest to adding a fourth with a 31st-minute header that went over the bar following good work from Tomita, but all in all it was a 45 minutes the like of which Omiya supporters have not witnessed for a long time.

After the re-start, Ardija were yet again somewhat sluggish in their play but even so Yasuhiro Hato can consider himself highly unfortunate to have given away a penalty when a long ball into the area simply appeared to strike his hand. Bare reduced the deficit with his spot kick and for the second game in succession Aratani found himself picking the ball out of his net very early in the second half.

Omiya seemed to have restored their advantage six minutes later when the consistently dangerous Sakurai netted, only to have it chalked off for a questionable foul by Gral on Ventforet keeper Kensaku Abe. The flow of play then moved to being more of a midfield battle, for which the tiring Saito was replaced by Jun Marques Davidson, but although Ardija fans hoping for more goals were disappointed, there was never a chance that Kofu were going to get back into the game.

22 Jul 06 - Gral makes it 3-0 with another powerful header

Gral makes it 3-0 with a powerful header

"When we played Kofu before, it was obvious that they're a very aggressive side - but we feel like a settled team now and I never thought we'd lose the game," commented Toshiya Miura. "As against Jubilo, we were conscious that the start was very important and I'm not satisfied with that aspect of our game, because Kofu really got to grips with things quickly. Going ahead when we did, so soon after they'd almost scored, that really changed the direction of the match.

"After that, we could play comfortably on the counter and know that we'd be able to create chances, especially down the left-hand side. We were very aware at half-time that we'd started the second half against Jubilo badly and obviously wanted to avoid the same mistake, but I think we were unlucky with the penalty decision. I'm happy if we play on the counter in the second half when the match is like that and we have a sense of security at being able to carry it off now. That was a good win. There are things to reflect on, of course, but we're looking forward to the next game with a lot of confidence."
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