Well, the first leg of Promotion/Relegation went down featuring 16th place J1 squad Avispa Fukuoka featuring the effervescent Kazunori Iio and J2 3rd squatter Vissel Kobe featuring Atsuhiro Miura, another former Verdy guy.....well actually no, Miura got red carded and wasn't available for game 1. First leg took place in Kobe and ended in a 0-0 draw.
My take on the second leg is this.....whoever scores first will win. If Avispa notches first they will bunker in and its not as easy to score on Avispa as you might think. If Avispa goes down early, they will bring the house and counterattacks are possible. I think the pressure is all on Avispa now so I'm gonna say Vissel 3 Avispa 1 and Fukuoka road trips ahead.
Where did they go?
A ton of people have been released in the deuce the past couple of days and I'll try and update as much as possible
Consadole Sapporo- The big loss for Consadole is the exit of Jubilo rental Kenichi Kaga. Kaga played 44 games in the back for Sapporo, notching 4 goals.
Vegalta Sendai- documented in a previous article. Daijiro Takakuwa needs to sign a contract in Tokyo........today.
Mito Hollyhock- Cut 10 players, all of whom played 10 or more games.....probably poorly.
Thespa Kusatsu- 14 players were shown the door, including arguably their two best players, Yusuke Shimada and GK Takahiro Takagi......both of whom will go back to Omiya.
Montedio Yamagata- A bit of a shock here as young striker Ryuta Hara got dropped from the squad. Hara had a bit of a down year, only notching 5 goals in 26 games.
Shonan Bellmare- Satoshi Yokoyama gets the axe after notching a less than staggering 8 goals for Bellmare. My fondest recollection of Yokoyama was a game versus Verdy in which an American guy says to his kid: "See number 29, he's not a good player". Mehhhh.
Kyoto Sanga- Besides 4000+ fans, their place in J1, and the color purple (Oprah would be pissed!) NOT MUCH
Cerezo Osaka- Takuya Yamada........the angel of death!
More tomorrow....I'm sleepy and I'm not in the mood to comb through Ehime FC drops right now!