Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
5.5 million euros to boot....not too shabby!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
PSG : Intêret pour Piquionne ? "Hulk" direction Porto ?
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L'internationale français de l'AS Monaco, Frédéric Piquionne, aurait vu son nom coché sur la liste de Charles Villeneuve et Paul le Guen concernant le chantier de l'attaque parisienne. Concernant la folle rumeur "Hulk", brésilien évoluant dans le championnat Japonnais aurais été promis par Pinto Da Costa, président du club champion d'Europe 2004 à ses supporters. A noté que le club portugais se trompe rarement lorsqu'il s'agit de parier sur des futurs talents brésiliens; on se rapelle de Diégo, Pépé, Déco ou encore Léandro Lima futur grand talent pour ne citer qu'eux.
Le Paris Saint-Germain a du mal à finaliser l'arrivée d'un attaquant. Le club de la capitale se heurte toujours pour l'instant au refus du Stade Rennais de laisser partir son attaquant Jimmy Briand (22 ans, 37 matches en Ligue 1 en 2007/2008, 7 buts) malgré des offres parisiennes très intéressantes. C'est pourquoi les dirigeants du PSG réfléchiraient à la piste menant au buteur monégasque Frédéric Piquionne (29 ans, 32 matches en Ligue 1 cette saison, 7 buts). L'international français n'est pas insensible au charme de la ville lumière et il a déjà clamé plus d'une fois son amour pour le maillot Rouge et Bleu. L'Olympique Lyonnais suit également l'ancien Stéphanois mais doit tout d'abord dégraisser son effectif. Ce timing pourrait permettre à Paris de séduire et enrôler le natif de Nouméa.
Quant au second, le président du FC Porto Pinto da Costa viens de promettre la signature de Givanildo Vieira de Sousa dit "Hulk" (21 ans, 13 matches en J-League en 2008, 7 buts) avant la fin de la semaine à ses supporters. Le quotidien portugais Ojogo publie dans son édition de jeudi l'information selon laquelle le dirigeant portugais espère présenter officiellement l'attaquant brésilien du Tokyo Verdy samedi au plus tard. Si aucun accord n'a été trouvé pour l'instant entre les différentes parties, la finalisation du dossier semble proche, toujours selon le journal. Attention toutefois à l'intérêt du Paris Saint-Germain qui pourrait ne pas avoir dit son dernier mot dans cette histoire. Le club français a déjà transmis une offre de 4 millions d'euros, indemnité compensatoire acceptée par son homologue japonais.
De resto, as mesmas características também lhe permitem ser utilizado mais encostado às alas, surgindo, no Tokyo Verdy, muitas vezes à direita, a driblar para o interior, à procura de espaços para o remate, quase sempre muito forte.
Aliás, a potência e colocação do remate também fazem dele o principal cobrador de livres da equipa japonesa e ajudam a explicar os 37 golos apontados na última temporada. Uma característica que Jesualdo Ferreira certamente estará interessado em explorar, dado ser essa uma das principais pechas do futebol ofensivo dos portistas.
Refira-se que "Hulk" foi dado como certo no Paris Saint-Germain durante as últimas semanas, falando-se, na altura, de um valor de aquisição na ordem dos quatro milhões de euros. No Japão, onde é considerado uma estrela, é frequentemente perseguido pelos fãs pelas ruas.
What? Why? 4 goals.....2 of which were PK's. He's barely starting for possibly the worst J league team ever and the J league decides to honor him because Bare has left. Seriously? Diego is having a better year than that guy. Are they having the game in Chiba? Kazu was busy? What?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Anyhow, I'm not real excited about this camp because you could literally make a starting 11 out of guys from the bottom of the table and top of J2. At least there won't be any Seichiro Maki this weekend, but rest assured he will manage to squeeze his untalented and thouroughly overrated arse into a starting spot come qualifiers even though Alex miller doesn't seem to think too highly of the 4okuen man.
Nice job and enjoy the s'mores!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Seriously though, 3 overturned goals and 1 iffy PK in the two games since VERY Special Referee Iemoto has come back. What a twat.
Anyhow Nick has provided us with another stellar PBP
Here it is
Well I thought the game was great, all action, woodwork rattled aplenty at both ends, a noisy crowd and 3 points in the bag. The whole approach was different from the word go, the previous tactic of "feed Hulk let him go with it and see what happens" was obviously not the plan on yesterday. I thought we showed that we can play a little yesterday. We moved it around well had lots of options going forward and could have scored more. Standouts for me were Hiramoto, Diego and Oguro. All played very well and all 3 involved in both goals. Superb.At the same time though we were a crossbar away from turning 3 points into 1 deep into second half injury time, with a curling free kick from just outside the box beating Doi in about five different ways!! Anyhow, it came back off the bar and was bundled in by Lee (who was a pain for our defence all night by the way).The ref blew for high feet and a bit of wrestling by the erstwhile striker.To be fair to the ref he blew BEFORE the ball was in the net and tv replays show that there was a push and his feet were high. However, I wouldnt have been up in arms if the goal was allowed to stand. 50-50 call which went our way. No comfort to the Reysol support behind the goal though. I hope the ref doesnt live anywhere near Kashiwa thats for sure!! Well what the heck is going on with Hulk then?? There has been no official word from the club that he has gone and the website is reporting on the birth of Hulks first kid, hence him going back to Brazil. The kids new name??? Youve guessed it "Ian". Hows that for a traditional South American name?? Unless his wifes Welsh and loves Ian Rush or something.... the plot thickens, or doesn`t as the case may be.
Nice work as always Nick. And a good win for Verdy. Next up is Jubilo Iwata who might be without their keeper and Captain Kawaguchi.
Reserve Action AHOY
。リザーブ ＧＫ鈴木 Suzuki、ＤＦ八塚 Hatsuka(ユース)、大木Ooki(ユース)、ＭＦ三竿(ユース)、ＦＷ井上 Inoue。
Goals were scored in the 66th minute by Kaz Iio and the 87th by Taira Inoue after Verdy had gone down 1-0 at the half
Box score here
Let me backtrack a little. As of today, there has been no official word on Hulk's status as a player for Verdy. All the news I have reported on the subject has been pieced together using Japanese wire services, rumors from other boards and my opinion. While I do believe that we have seen the last of Hulk in green given his lackluster play, recent antics, and events over the past couple of weeks, it is still possible he could turn up next month wearing green and acting like a spoiled child. I think the PSG bid has legs and if I had to bet, I would put my money on that, but Ken Matsushima rightly pointed out on his message board that there has been no official word on the transfer of Hulk to France, Portugal or any other destination. As of this moment he is still a member of Verdy.
Also to make it clear, I have about as much inside knowledge of Verdy as anyone else.....which is to say, none. All of my posts are opinion unless sourced so there you go.
Sorry if I have been misleading.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
FW El Samni
Who's missing? Oh yes.......Leandro.
In other news, Vissel Kobe was given a 2 man advantage and still could manage only a tie against Consadole Sapporo. The tie means that Sapporo is 2 points out of the relegation promotion spot and 4 points away from catching Verdy, thus putting even more of an impetus on tonight's little get together.
I'm on Vacation and it's getting interesting. Let's hope the Leandro/new foreign imports break before my trip to the USA!
Feel free to post today here.....I will be checking the ticker
You can also see highlights of the Urawa match and future matches here
I'll pop in later!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
High Point of the season- Arguably the game against then 1st place Nagoya was the best moment in a rocky first half. Verdy had come off a shelling by.....you guessed it....Kashiwa Reysol and had only one win on the entire season. A loss could have put the team in JEF Chiba territory but the men in green came through with a decent 2-0 effort and turned the season around to go on a nice 4-1-1 streak headed into the June break
Low point of the season-It wasn't the worst loss of the season scoring wise, but the 2-0 loss to Omiya after the break really was the most disheartening for a squad that had some momentum before the respite. After a tumultuos rest which saw 2 of the 3 Brazilians show up very late to training and throw the team into upheaval, the performance by Verdy was a step back. Did Coach Hashiratani lose the squad by failing to crack down on the two erstwhile mercenaries? It was a mess to be sure.
The Dedimar award- Goes to Leandro for being highly touted and offering little but excuses and uninspired performances. The man was brought into create, and create he did.........team turmoil and a poisonous atmosphere leading to bad team chemistry.
New Face Award- Of all the former J Legends to be brought in, the new face of 2008 has to be the youngster Hiroki Kawano. Kawano has managed to notch 2 goals in limited minutes and has produced numerous chances. While his slight build and defensive lapses put the team at risk from time to time, the Verdy youth product has brought excitement and hope back to Ajinomoto. And I'll go ahead and say it, this kid is much better than the more hyped Morimoto but you won't see that in the Japanese press.
MVP Defense- Yukio Tsuchiya has been the only consistent performer on an otherwise mediocre back line. Tsuchiya has disrupted and guarded well for most of the season, only having a few lapses and he's managed to be a presence in the attack on set pieces. A few more centimeters and he would have been a NT mainstay.
MVP Offense- Diego has been the only consistent performer on an otherwise mediocre front line....Deja Vu! No seriously, Hulk has had flashes of brilliance but when you shoot 100 times you should have more to show for it and Diego has nearly matched him in less than half the shots. And Diego has been professional and in shape the whole year. I had my doubts about the big man stepping up to J1 but he has been decent as a creator.
Biggest disappointment not named Hulk- Captain Toshihiro Hattori follow in the footsteps of previous captains Harutaka Ono and Takuya Yamada as guys who are known for being vocal and inspirational and truly out of their depths on the field. If Hattori isn't making an erstwhile cross, he's falling over and letting someone get off a clean shot. The team is filled with guys like this but he is the most noticeable. The policy nest year needs to be no more old dudes from Jubilo's glory days. I'm serious.
The pressure is on- Coach Hashiratani. The whole Hulk mess and Japanese player group sob really has you in a bind. Yokohama F Marinos fired their coach and arguably their squad was in much better shape. I imagine the hairdo will give you about 6 games to get the team to a respectable 10th or 11th before he cuts you out and installs a FANTASTICO big name guy to take your place. A name that starts with Rui and ends with Ramos perhaps?
Grades (on a G scale of 1 to 5....5 being best)
Doi 3 Gs- Decent performance but the age is showing. Why they didn't push harder for Sugeno is beyond me.
Wada 2Gs- Injuries and less than inspired play brings the score down on this former Fulie.
Nasu 2Gs- Another disappointment thus far. Expected more out of him as the big punsher to accent the crafty Tsuchiya
Tsuchiya 4Gs- Ohhhhh, how I wish he had never left Omiya. Good player and one of the better signings for Verdy. That's a veteran signing.
Tomisawa 1G- All around player, meaning he manages to play all positions equally bad. Why is he on the field?
Hattori 1G-Not going to beat a dead horse on this one but I'm not impressed to say the least.
Sugawara 3Gs- Really been a bit of a surprise considering he was pretty poor in J2. Quietly efficient this year and not many mistakes.
Fukunishi 2Gs- I think he is more a case of not having a set position in this team. He's too slow to be on the wings and not good enough to replace Diego up top. Decent player, bad signing.
Ono 1G-Like Fukunishi except without the talent. He's just getting in the way of Shibasaki and Kawano's development. Not a J1 player.
Kawano and Shibasaki 3Gs- Good effort in limited time. Making rookie mistakes but contributing something to the team. I'd love to see more.
Hiroyama 1G- Injuries and erratic play have hampered one of my favorite players. Here's hoping he can turn it around
Iio 2Gs- I haven't noticed him too much so that's probably a good thing.
Leandro 1G- Unbelievably bad signing. Moments of good play surrounded by piles of dreck.
Hiramoto 2Gs- Very limited time, now's your chance to show you are a player..........been waiting for a good 4 years now.
Oguro N/A- Not yet......but soon.
Funakoshi- Just kidding, Bikkuri Donkey has been on the shelf too long to get a grade.
Hulk 0Gs- 7 goals and one huge cancerous tumor have been your contributions to this squad. Bon Voyage Les Enfants Terrible..........I imagine you'll be the Jerry Lewis of soccer with your clownish facial expression and fake cries of anguish and pain. As the Nike saying goes JUST gerard deparDIEU IT.
Hasiratani 1G- I don't blame him for the results so much as his mishandling of the Brazilian situation. The second half needs to be better and the losses by 2 or 3 goals need to be cut down.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
29 shots between the two clubs only produced one goal however as Fernandinho hit a streaking Atsushi Yanagisawa who caused the ever increasingly innefective Toshihiro Hattori to fall on his posterior and struck for an easy goal.
The second half saw the debut of Masashi Oguro, who had one nice cross to a hesitant Hulk who was a bit slow in striking.
Overall not a bad effort, especially from the two young mids Kawano and Shibasaki and erstwhile forwards Hiramoto and Leandro.
Clown moment of the game came when Kyoto defender Tatsuya Masushima, taking a note out of the Hattori school of acting dropped like a rock when brushed by Hulk in the box.
Next up for Verdy is a short trip down the Musashino line to Urawa and the Red stench of Saitama. This game has an interesting undercurrent as Yukio Tsuchiya faces up against the man who he put out of action for a year with an erstwhile tackle. Tsuchiya didn't face the Reds when Tanaka came back, having been pulled out with injury. A story floating around Omiya is that Tsuchiya left for Verdy because of increasing harassment of himself and his family during his one year stint in orange so I imagine the atmosphere will be a little tense.
During the weekend, Verdy comes home to face Kashiwa in a biannual bludgeoning by the yellow thugs of Chiba prefeture. Good news though, the 20th will be An-pan-man day so when Kashiwa is putting up their 5th goal against Verdy.........again.......you can at least be happy with the fact that you got a free An-pan-man file folder or whatever the hell they are going to foist upon the unsuspecting fans at this seedy affair.
ODDS OF CROWD CONFRONTATIONS
Friday, July 11, 2008
Today sees two teams with high expectations and lower results. Verdy is coming off one of their better performances with a 3-0 dismantling of bottom barrel JEF Chiba while Sanga returns after a 1-1 tie to Oita. Seemingly every game this year is a must-win for positioning and both teams look to get a win to distance themselves from relegation.
All reports are that Masashi Oguro will make some of apperance in today's contest. Questions remain about the fitness and confidence level of the former goal king. I imagine he won't be in the best shape, but getting on the field probably is the most important thing today.
Wings Fukunishi Shibasaki
FW Hulk Hiramoto
(Yahoo has said Oguro, El Golazo calls it for Hiramoto. I'm gonna say he comes in early second half for the emotional lift)
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Shut down Fernandinho early
3. Control the midfield
VERDY signs another for the future
Meiji University midfielder Masato Fujita is the second commitment for 2009. That is all
Sunday, July 06, 2008
After 45 minutes of slipping and sliding around, Hashiratani made the switch of Harutaka Ono for Shibasaki and it paid off. Hulk started the bloodletting with a 35 meter rocket shot against JEF's woeful keeper and it went downhill from there. Shibasaki and Diego added to the count and it was over.
The only bad news out of the game was that Diego will be out for the game against Kyoto who tied Oita 1-1.
In other news, Verdy picked up their first win in the Sattelite campaign with a 3-2 win in Niigata.
Osama El Samni notched one and Kawano picked up 2 more before Albirex got two back late.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Kawano becomes a man
Actually, he becomes a better paid man, qualifying for his A contract after accruing enough minutes to be a full fledged J leaguer. Nice job!
Weekly Soccer Digest name 3 to the weeks worst 11
Leandro, Daisuke Nasu, and Tomo Sugawara all found themselves in the wheezing 11. I would have found a place for Hulk too but they seem to be nicer.
If the reports from Sponichi are to be believed, Verdy signed Oguro to a 3 year, 700,000,000 yen deal. http://sports.yahoo.co.jp/news/20080701-00000025-spn-spo.html
Maybe it's a tad high, but they did get a proven goalscorer in J league competition, albeit 2005 J league competition. And one wonders what 2 years of frustration and inaction has done to the big mans psyche.
A more perplexing pattern is that of Verdy's blast to the past of signing big name stars of yesteryear whether or not they fit into the team mold. Hattori, Doi, Fukunishi......former National teamers who have seen better days. Now Oguro. If it works, it will be a sight to see......if it doesn't, well 2005 comes to mind. And not in a good Gamba way but a bad Ossie Ardilles 7-0 way. Where's Kazuyuki Toda when you need him?
That was Toda huffing and puffing in bright yellow for JEF Chiba the other day. Toda is quickly becoming Exotic Terminater 2.0, helping to see another squad down to relegation land. Granted, they were bad before he came around but 50 minutes of uninspired chugging against a 10 man Gas Attack didn't dispell any notions about the sell-by date of this old hash.
Yokohama FC, the next stop?