Monday, June 30, 2008

Help is on the way?

Sponichi Annex is reporting that former NT player and goal leader of Gamba's incredible championship run is possibly ready to make up his mind about his next team.

It could happen tonight according to the article and Verdy is the likely destination

Everything goes well and Oguro could be suited up for July games.

How I'd use him

Hulk Oguro


Kawano Leandro

Fukunishi Sugawara

Hattori Nasu Tsuchiya


Almost a 5-5 and speed is finally on the wings. The middle is a bit slow but there's coverage.

Good signing and maybe you even think about jettisoning Leandro for a good strong foreign presence in the back or Ze Luis except talented and skilled.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Let me get this off my chest.....

Seriously, this isn't going to be a report so much as a rant.

Today saw a team bear all of it's flaws in one ugly picture. While one could say the back line was not at full speed with the insertion of a plodding and ineffective Tomisawa in for Wada or that Verdy was hard done by an ineffective and indecisive official, the end result was that this team showed a lack of heart at the top of the offense and a lack of speed in the middle and back. While the stats say that Verdy dominated play, they didn't. A couple of nice stretches were surronded by garbage, especially with the two formerly AWOL Brazilian strikers Hulk and Leandro.

Seriously, when you aren't getting calls and your team is down, whining isn't going to get you any sack up and play. The difference in the two offenses were Denis Marquez whined for a bit, saw it wasn't going to fly with Hellen Keller with a whistle and put two in the back of the net, Hulk on the other hand did everything but play today. Leandro meanwhile did little better but showed at least a passing interest in the game, playing some decent defense and getting a couple deep runs in the box. Actually, the two most dangerous chances for Verdy came from Yukio Tsuchiya and Seitaro Tomisawa, who bounced shots of the post and crossbar respectively.

Unfortunately, the defense was Brokeback more than Jake Glyllenhall on the prarie, allowing numerous Omiya players chances in the box. I'm not sure if playing two slow wingbacks in Hattori and Tomisawa along with two plodders in the midfield in Ono and Fukunishi is really a sound strategy. And after today, I'm not sure if playing two talented but uninterested Brazilian strikers is better than playing two less talented but fully motivated strikers in Kaz Iio and Kazuki Hiramoto, neither of which thrills me in the least. Hiramoto was hard done late when on a breakaway, he was grabbed by the arm in the box by I believe the always disastrous Yosuke Kataoka and given on a free kick instead of a PK. Part of the blame goes to a completely useless official who let both sides get away with murder. The other part of the blame lies with Verdy themselves, who argued and whined constantly all game.......watching Hattori go down like he was hit by sniper fire after Leandro barely touched him was embarassing. And Hulk, Diego, and Leandro got way too close to the official, making a decent amount of contact...........a more assertive ref would have red carded at least two of them and the league would have slapped 3 more games on for good measure.

This should be a wakeup call for a team who had a nice bit of momentum going into the last break. When this team of veterans shuts up and plays, they can beat almost anyone. However when they choose to cry in the most Urawaesque fashion, they deserve to get beat .

Time to play for the shirt.

Friday, June 27, 2008


Tomorrow marks the first Soilent Green Derby. Why is it named Soilent Green Derby? Because I'm the only one that probably actually gives a rat's ass about this game.

Quick facts for those at home.

Tokyo Verdy has played Omiya twice in league play, both times in 2005. Verdy took a 3-2 victory at the forerunner to NACK5 Stadium, Omiya Koen.

The return match saw a late goal by Tuto tie up the game and give Omiya a point. This was the first game for Verdy after humiliating Real Madrid and Fiorentina in back to back friendlies.

Verdy has one former Omiya player, DF Yukio Tsuchiya, who should expect a real warm welcome from the Omiya faithful after bailing out on the squad for a division 2 team after only one year.

Omiya boasts 4 former Verdy men, including Daigo and Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Naoto Sakurai, and Shin Kanazawa.

Tokyo Verdy has had a tumultuos break, with two of their 3 star Brazilians, Hulk and Leandro showing up late to training camp after Nabisco Cup action. News reports have implied that one or both might not be on the field at the start of the game as a means of discipline.

El Golazo posted this lineup for both squads

GK Omiya EZUMI Verdy DOI

If you had asked me 2 years ago, I could have easily answered Doi was the better of the two keepers, but Ezumi has been great between the sticks while Doi has been prone to let up a ton once in a while. Doi however usually turns in a good performance against Verdy.

I give the slight advantage to Omiya

DF Tanaka, Tomita, Leandro, Hato OMIYA Hattori, Nasu, Tsuchiya, Tomisawa VERDY

Both teams try out new wing backs in Tanaka and Tomisawa. I think Omiya is stronger in the middle and maybe Verdy has the edge on the wings. Both teams tend to make mental errors....note this is a matchup of 1 and 2 when it comes to own goals.

Slight nod goes to Verdy on this one.....Hattori is better on the wing than either Omiya player and distribution is key.

MF Kobayashi D and Y, Saeki, Fujimoto OMIYA Ono, Diego, Hattori, Sugawara VERDY

Offensively Verdy gets the advantage, Diego and Fukunishi have been in form as of late. Defensively it's a push, Yoshiyuki is the best midfielder of the 8 right now. If Daigo and Fujimoto can get something going, it will be a long day for tired wheels of Ono and Fukunishi. Saeki and Sugawara are both retreads from Vissel who are limited in range and skill......if they weren't wearing different unis, I doubt you could tell them apart.


FW Denis Marquez, Yoshihara OMIYA ???????????? VERDY

Who knows if it's Hulk and Leandro or Hiramoto and Iio. Omiya boasts the more creative player in Denis. Verdy counters with the most prolific one in Hulk.


Sparkplug Tokita OMIYA Kawano VERDY

Both players have come from the depths to be fresh faces on older squads. Kawano might be the best prospect to come out of the youth system, ever and Tokita has improved by leaps and bounds from the start of the season.

Advantage VERDY- Kawano is a truly special player and could be a great one. Tokita is a hustler but can't match what the kid brings.


I have to give this one to Saito because Hiroyama has struggled with fitness all year, but both players have done whatever it takes to fill in any role for their squad. Saito has been better this year.

Advantage OMIYA

Intangibles- Verdy is coming in with secret practices and AWOL Brazilians. Omiya is playing in Kumagaya, where to be blunt, they suck. Add to the fact that they ahve never grabbed a point in J1 against a Tokyo squad in Saitama and you can see trouble is a brewin. Plus Kumagaya sucks.

Advantage VERDY

Coaches Higuchi OMIYA Hashiratani VERDY

Push- both seem to not adapt too much to change, keeping their own styles. They seem very similar so I'm not sure either will have an effect.

Final prediction Omiya gets the win. Daigo gets off the schnide and puts in one goal and 2 assists, including one to Morita. Hulk gets the one for Verdy.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Oguro in, Hulk out, and Kyoto has a new player personnel director?

Well, long time no see to all of you readers out in Verdy land. Sorry, just couldn't get enthused about writing about Nabisco cup or the 35th installment of embarassing ways to lose to FC Tokyo Gas donkey punchers united 1998 or whatever they call the other team in Ajinomoto these days.

Anyhow, Sponichi Annex dropped this little bomb this morning

And a few days ago this was posted by Sports Hochi

Well to sum up, the rumor is that Hulk might go to France and play for Marseilles. Other teams mentioned include Sporting and Porto in Portugal and Atletico Madrid in La Liga. The other player mentioned to be leaving for other opportunities would be Leandro, which in my opinion might not be such a bad thing. He has been for the most part a bust and leaving would open up a spot for a new player who could adjust better to the J league.

The new bit of information was the teams interest in Oguro, formerly of Gamba and recently a giant bust in Serie A. Who knows if he has anything left in the tank but he was a guy who could put massive goals on the board and if Verdy were to keep him with Hulk, there could be some goal records set if he can regain his form.


Sources around the league have disclosed to me the identity of th new man running Kyoto's FO. After the recent signings of Fernandinho from Shimizu and U-23 defender Mizumoto, I was curious to see who the mastermind was.

It's Satan.