Friday, January 25, 2008
The all-yellow isn't my favorite. Last year's blue was excellent. This year kinda is a let down.
Here is a pic of Fukunishi sporting green
Leandro in white. I don't mind the white look but last years road uniform was something special. One thing we learned is that Leandro is very short.
Finally the pink is back and we know how Takagi responds to pink. The orange piping makes this the most hideous keeper kit since last year's Omiya Samon jubilee. This year it's Krappa.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Here is the link to the schedule
Tough go till the derby on April 12th
Leandro officially signed with the squad yesterday
Keiji Sonoda is headed to V Varen Nagasaki........I have a scarf from V Varen Nagasaki
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
1. Yes, we have a schedule.....or at least part of one. Those wacky guys in the J League scheduling department decided it would be groovy to have an old fashioned grudge match for Verdy's first game back. So Verdy gets to go back to where it all began for their first game in the big show........that's right, Verdy goes to Kawasaki! March 9th the green boys get to face Hulk, Masato Ohashi and Shinya Yoshihara in what could be an epic battle......or a Globetrotters/Washington Generals match......Who knows.
The Home opener sees Verdy take on Defending Champions Kahima and old friend Marquinios on the 15th. SUPER! the league must not like Tokyo having two teams in J1.
For the second straight year, J1 Champs will take on the cream of the J2 crop as Consadole takes a trip south to Kashima for their opener.
Taisei Fujita accepted a contract to play for Tokushima Vortis. Fujita only appeared in 10 games but I was impressed with him for the most part. I think Vortis will be a good situation for him.
AL BANGURA UPDATE: An arbitration panel ruled that Bangura offers enough to English Society to be granted a work permit. It's good news for now, but Bangura is still not quite out of the woods yet. He still needs to get a more permanent status before we can stop worrying. But great news nonetheless. Here's hoping he can stay for good.
Finally, Adieu to Kento Tsurumaki who takes a 1 year trip north to Mito Hollyhock in hopes of getting some playing time. Tsurumaki last appeared with recent JFL promotees Fagiano Okayama, appearing in 19 games and notching 5 goals. Tsurumaki is just 20 years old so this could be a really good thing for the kid.
BTW.......Here is a list of all the home openers for J1 and J2
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
So to get you up to date on signings thus far
DF Takuya Wada Yokohama FC
MF Takashi Fukunishi FC TOKYO
GK Yoichi Doi FC TOKYO
FW Hiroki Kawano Verdy youth
GK Tomoyuki Suzuki Kokushikan University
DF Sho Azuke Kokushikan University
Coach Takuya Takagi
MF Yuskue Sato Tochigi SC
DF Naoki Mihara Fagiano Okayama
DF Takaya Shigemitsu Fagiano Okayama
FW Hulk Kawasaki Frontale
FW Martin Saito
DF Taisei Fujita
GK Shinji Muro
MF Masato Ohashi
MF Hiroshi Nanami Jubilo Iwata
MF Shin Kanazawa Omiya Ardija
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
In other news, Sports Hochi has Atsushi Yanagisawa joining up with the newly promoted Kyoto Sanga and not joining Verdy.
Our friend Gora has a mock up of Yanagisawa in purple here
The Hochi article is here
NAGOYA IN FOR BIG CHANGES
Rumors are that alot of changes are in store for the always underwhelming Nagoya Grampus not 8. Watch in a couple days and you might see this man sign for the Grampusistas
Also look for Oita DF Takashi Miki to head north to Nagoya. I looked at the magic site so put money on it.
Finally.......I have been very impressed with J2 squad Shonan Bellmare and their moves. Not only did they add 16 goal scorer Lincoln from Avispa, they also added Yoshiro Abe from FC Tokyo via Kashiwa Reysol as well as two young guns from Urawa in MF Shunsuke Oyama (46 games for Ehime) and MF Yuya Nakamura. Also coming in are DF Kohei Usui who appeared in 27 games for Montedio and Niigata DF Hikaru Mita, who fell out of favor after starting the lions share of games for Niigata in 2006.
Amongst all the talk of Sanfrecce coming back with a super squad, Cerezo coming in with the young guns, and Avispa and Vegalta reloading, it would be wise not to overlook a team that was not too far away from promotion.