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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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Aloisi Interview
There's a nice 2004 interview with reported Ardija transfer target John Aloisi on the website of UK newspaper The Guardian, here: http://sport.guardian.co.uk/smalltalk/story/0,,1192774,00.html
Aloisi was with Pamplona club Osasuna at the time. The full text is reproduced here:

Small Talk caught up with ex-Portsmouth and Coventry striker John Aloisi, fresh from sending Real Madrid plunging deeper into crisis, with a convincing 3-0 victory for Osasuna at a chillingly quiet Bernabéu. An Aussie who just can't stop laughing, but who disappointingly never once said "fair dinkum" or "dag," there was only ever going to be one answer to the Kylie Minogue or Britney Spears question...

From Coventry and Portsmouth to hammering the galácticos of Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu... what's the secret, John?

"I don't know what the secret is. Catching Madrid on a bad day, I suppose. Everyone knows how good they are. We seemed to be able to create quite a few chances - and we put them away. They had a couple of half chances but that's it. I thought we were the better side."

Bad day? Bah! You stuffed them in your first league match against them this season as well, up in Pamplona. It finished 1-1, but you should have slaughtered them, they were [lucky]...

"Yeah, we were really unlucky not to win there, I thought. They only had one chance, for Ronaldo from a pass by David Beckham, and they ended up equalising."

What was the plan this time?

"To pressure their defenders, not give them any time on the ball, don't let them play - because you know what they're like if you let them play, the players they've got. We were lucky enough to score in the first 15 minutes, which put pressure on them. They had the crowd against them after a bad loss in midweek and we kept that pressure on them. We looked to get the ball up in the air against them, too - throw-ins and everything."

23 Jul 07 - John Aloisi in action for Osasuna against a Mr D Beckham

John Aloisi in action for Osasuna against a Mr D Beckham

Honestly, what did you think of the Bernabéu?

"Well, er, the atmosphere was a bit, I dunno..."

It's not exactly Osasuna's rocking El Sadar, is it?

[Laughs loudly] "No, no. The arena's unbelievable and when the team plays well it would be brilliant to be here to witness it, but I don't know that they really helped their players out that much... there is this thing here, a bit like with the Italians, where they turn on their team. Whereas in England, I remember playing with Coventry and the fans did more to gee up their team and that does help. I don't think Madrid's fans helped at all."

Is El Sadar the most English of Spanish grounds?

"Yeah, I think so. Also because it's a close, tight ground. The atmosphere is great, and even more so when we play a team like Madrid because, well... ha ha ha... they don't like Madrid very much. Our fans are going to be over the moon with us beating Madrid. The last win here was 4-0, back in 1991, I think, so we nearly, nearly made it... I had the chance, we could have made it..."

What's Osasuna's aim this year, then? Everyone was talking about a relegation battle and now you could get a Uefa Cup place...

"Yeah, and I think we've got a good chance. We have to win our home games now, because we're always pretty dangerous away... if we can make it, it would be the biggest achievement of my career, I reckon." [In fact, Osasuna's form collapsed after the win at Real Madrid referred to above: they lost all of their remaining six matches to end the season in thirteenth place.]

And beating Madrid?

"Oh, it's great. They're the best team in the world, with the stars, Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Raúl, Luis Figo..."

Who's your favourite galáctico?

"Raúl, because he's achieved so much through the years and he's still only young. He scores a lot of goals - although not so many this year - and he's the one that really works hard for the team. I really like the way he plays."

So, how are you getting on up in Pamplona? Have you run with the bulls yet?

"No, not yet. I'm thinking of staying this year. I'll go to Australia for a bit and then go back to Pamplona for a couple of days. But, no, no, I won't actually run - they wouldn't let me run... ha ha!"

Your Spanish is pretty good...

"Yeah, it's not bad, I get along."

What's the secret to learning it so quickly?

"Erm, well, quickly? This is my third season... [But you're better than most foreigners at this stage, Small Talk protests]. Maybe. The reason I speak better Spanish than most foreigners is because no one at the club speaks any English. So, it's needs-must really. The only one who speaks English is our coach, Javier Aguirre. [Small Talk lets out a kind of pathetic squeak of surprise] Yeah, yeah. Well, he's Mexican and lived in the States for a while."

23 Jul 07 - John Aloisi in a particularly good mood

John Aloisi in a particularly good mood

Right, enough small talk. Here come the really important questions... Kylie or Britney?

[Aloisi bursts into laughter] "That's not a question!... Ha ha ha... Come on, Kylie or Britney?! Of course it's Kylie! Ha ha ha. [Five minutes later. But why?] She's Australian!... And she's got a better body."

What's your favourite biscuit?

"My favourite biscuit? Tim Tams [Small Talk looks blank, just for a change.] It's an Australian biscuit, with Caramel and Chocolate. It's quite nice."

Sounds lovely. Who'd win a fight between a lion and a tiger?

"I haven't got a clue... ha ha... I dunno, the tiger? I wouldn't have a clue..."

Do you miss anything from England?

"I miss the football over there. I love the supporters, I think they're brilliant. I don't miss the weather or the food much, mind."

Is Coventry as rubbish as they say?

[Laughs loudly again] "Er, I don't know. I lived in Leamington Spa, so I couldn't say. I enjoyed my time there."

Sounds like [you're just being polite] there, John. Barcelona or Real Madrid?

"As a kid Barcelona, because they had the better team when I was growing up. At the moment, I guess Madrid have the better team. It's a hard one."

Man United or Arsenal?

"As a kid Man United. [Small Talk rolls its eyes]. Hang on, but that was when they weren't winning anything."

What have you got in your pockets?

"My mobile, my credit card and... not much money."

What colour pants are you wearing today?


And, finally, where are you going now?

"Onto the bus back to Pamplona..." [Having driven the horrendous Pamplona-Madrid trip before, and run out of petrol on the windy moors half way, Small Talk can't believe it. What? You're driving back tonight? It's midnight already and it's miles...] "Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Nightmare. But we'll have a few beers on the bus and celebrate."

Well, enjoy the trip. Thanks John.

"No worries, Small Talk."

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