With the J1 league season fast approaching, Omiya Ardija coach Robert Verbeek has been putting the squad through their paces with some final pieces of preparation before the big kick-off. And the rumours of the toughness of Verbeek's regime, substantiated by Takuro Nishimura's remarks reported on this site yesterday, are further confirmed by visitors to the club training ground yesterday.
Fujimoto and friends
With the intention that players learn to be careful and to think well how to make space, how to move, how to control and to pass the ball, the Dutchman has introduced a series of punishments that impact upon the whole squad, even if an error is made by an individual player. If Hayato Hashimoto played an inaccurate cross, for instance, his team-mates were required to perform twenty press-ups; even if Hashimoto played in a quality pass, if a striker then missed the opportunity, press-ups all round was the result.