Friday, January 05, 2007

Another piece is added to the Verdy puzzle

The team bolstered its netminding today by adding Shinya Yoshihara from Kawasaki Frontale on a loan deal. Yoshihara was the man that manned the pipes when Kawasaki won promotion in 2004 but lost his job to a younger and better Takashi Aizawa. With the addition of Nagoya Grampus 8 netminer Eija Kawashima, Yoshihara found himself in the less than savory postion of being third netminder.

Yoshihara appeared in 10 games for the club, allowing 19 goals in ten contests. the team also made it official that Masahiro Ohashi is joining Kawasaki Frontale on a 1 year loan deal.

Consadole names its coach

Former Omiya Ardija head man Toshiya Miura has officially taken the reigns of Consadole Sapporo. Miura had trouble getting Omiya past mid-lower table status in his 2 years of J1 but has a formidable track record in J2, posting a 75 win 16 tie 37 loss record in about 3 seasons of work. Miura is known for being a defensive strategist who loves the 1-0 win much more than a 5-4 slugfest.


I went out to Yomiuriland to renew my supporter card. While the team shop was shut down until the 9th, somebody from the school helped me get renewed. Very good customer service today, unlike at the games sometimes and I was very happy. If you get a chance to go to Yomiuriland, make sure you go into the lobby of the soccer school. In it you will find the trophies of Yomiuri club/Verdy over the years, including a horn shaped thing signifying the teams J League conquests, the old JSL championship trophy and golden balls signifying the Emperors Cup. I also got a look at the brand new conquests of NTV Beleza. The trophy case is very understated, It looked like an afterthought.

Anyhow, if you have the supporters card, January 28th is supporters day where they take the picture for the Yearbook and you get to mingle with the players. I am going to try and get out there.

Ahhh.......sweet news, I missed you!

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