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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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Kota Scores As Squirrels Snatch Points
Kota Yoshihara finally scored his first goal for Omiya Ardija last night in the most dramatic of circumstances, as the Squirrels grabbed all three points to confirm their status as one of the form teams in J1 at present. After Yoshiyuki Kobayashi's fine shot had given them a first-half lead, Ardija had conceded a late Naoki Matsuda penalty and with it, it appeared, the chance of victory. But an ecstatic Yoshihara popped up in injury time to claim his 50th career goal in the top flight of Japanese club football, enabling Omiya to hold on to eighth position and in touching distance of the teams above them.

With the first-choice duo of Hiroshi Morita suspended and Naoto Sakurai having picked up an injury in the defeat by Gamba Osaka at the weekend, coach Toshiya Miura was forced to make changes up front and to the relief of fans elected to give a rare start to Yoshihara, supported by Daigo Kobayashi and with Masato Saito, Yosuke Kataoka, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi and Tatsunori Hisanaga across the midfield.

And Omiya started brightly enough, the lively Yoshihara keen to get involved, to make runs and thereby pull open space in the Marinos defence. For their part, the home side were seeking to develop attacks via the midfield pairing of Hayuma Tanaka and Yukihiro Tanaka - but Toninho and Yukio Tsuchiya were in a bullish mood and it was a rare occurrence indeed for Hiroki Aratani's goal to be seriously under threat.

23 Aug 06 -

"Well, y’know, the ball came over and I hit it and it went in"

But with Yoshihara leading the line, Daigo and Hisanaga picking up the ball and making passes, Kataoka and Yoshiyuki moving forward whenever possible and Hato and Tomita looking to advance on the overlap, it was Ardija who seemed the more balanced unit playing the better football. 26 minutes in, the Squirrels got their reward when Hisanaga was fouled on the halfway line. Daigo launched a long free-kick up towards the penalty area, where Toninho fought for the ball and set up Yoshiyuki for a left-foot shot from just outside box that beat keeper Tatsuya Enomoto for the opening goal.

23 Aug 06 - Yoshihara’s moment of glory

Yoshihara’s moment of glory

Taking the lead seemed to inspire the men in white to yet greater efforts and they continued to take the play to the home defence, Yoshiyuki and Yoshihara combining well shortly before the interval, but they were unable to make further progress and the teams went in at the break just the one goal apart. Nevertheless it was the Squirrels who continued to look more dangerous as the second period got underway with no substitutions having been made on either side, Daisuke Tomita's header from a corner and another Yoshiyuki shot causing panic amongst the Marinos back line.

Dutra and Tanaka provided some difficulties at the other end - but this was a solid, tenacious defensive performance by Ardija and even when Tatsuhiko Kubo and his colleagues were able to make some headway, Hiroki Aratani was alert and ready to pull off some fine saves, most notably from Takayuki Yoshida's 70th-minute shot.

Eight minutes later, the first chink in the Omiya armour appeared when Yukio Tsuchiya was forced off the field through injury, necessitating something of a tactical re-shuffle as Kataoka dropped into defence alongside Toninho, Jun Marques Davidson slotting into midfield with Saito. Marinos were by this time in the ascendancy as they struggled to find an equaliser and, just when it seemed that the Squirrels would get away with a 1-0 win, Tomita was adjudged to have fouled Kubo and the referee awarded a penalty.

Naoki Matsuda made no mistake from the spot and it looked as though two vital points had been thrown away at the death. With the match moving into injury time, however, substitute Yasunari Hiraoka competed successfully for a corner kick and the heroic Yoshihara was on hand to stab the ball over the line for the winner.

23 Aug 06 - Congratulations, Kota-kun!

Congratulations, Kota-kun!

A tight, disciplined defensive performance, then, that was the bedrock for a good attacking display, this was Omiya Ardija at their best. "Marinos had a lot of possession, but we didn't let them have many chances. The defence was secure and we looked good on the counter," commented Toshiya Miura afterwards. The last word, though, should definitely go to Kota Yoshihara, hero of the hour after waiting so long to be allowed to make an impact following his move from Gamba Osaka.

"Looking back on the match," he said, "I was able to play the kind of game that I like and I coped well with the physical aspect. Getting the goal was really a fantastic experience and I appreciate the support of the fans very much. I'll never forget this goal for the rest of my life."

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