Saturday, January 06, 2007

Around the League

Former Yomiuri Club/Verdy Kawasaki mainstay and National team defender Hisashi Kato has joined Kyoto Sanga as a techinical advisor (I believe). The former Verdy man was lounging in the Kyushu leagues serving various clubs as GM before the callup. You might recall Kato as the manager of the ill-fated 1997 club which finished 16th and 12th in the split season......10 years later and the team might just be starting to recover.
Bruno Quadros to Consadole
Nikkan Sport is reporting that Brazilian tabloids have said the Quadros to Consadole is a done deal. The article said that he club had targeted Shonan Bellmare acquisition Jean and former Omiya man Toninho to shore up a porous defense. The pricy acquisition probably puts the club out of contention for mercurial striker Hulk.
Ehime adds 4
Looks the orangemen from the south are becoming a little more red. Ehime added 4 young prospects from Urawa in attempts to boost their 2007 campaign. none of the player had any signifigant minutes for Urawa in either of their championships.
Davidson leaves Omiya, Kanazawa to take his place?
One of my favorite Omiya players, Jun Marques Davidson, is leaving the club to head west to Albirex Niigata. The holding midfielder was billed as one of Omiyas rising stars before losing his position to former Verdy man Yoshiyuki Kobayashi (I'm not sure why). The move opens the way for Shin Kanazawa to compete for a position with Omiya


Aaron said...

I've obviously seen Shin play before (he sometimes runs past my house!) although I've no idea how he did for Verdy. Any good?

SMB said...

He came on strong at the end, putting in some good play in the back......didn't mesh well with Ono but played good with Sugawara and Tomisawa

The first half of the season he was one of the worst players on the pitch.....I think it had something to do with the team being a mess in the midfield and the constant shuffling in and out of players. When Rui settled down and stuck with a reasonably stable midfield, Shin was pretty good

He's young and he needs a place to play and make mistakes and Verdy isn't gonna be it next year with the influx of older guys that Rui tends to favor.

The jump to J1 is a bit scary, I don't know how it would work but he is a player so who knows

Nick might be able to fill you in more. He probably saw him more than I.