Sunday, March 15, 2009
Well, It's been a fun 3 years but now it's time to close up shop.
With the new and already outstanding TOKYO NERDY 1969 up and running, there is no longer a need for Soilent Green. 2 Verdy blogs in English is too much. Besides, if you want snark, DOKOOL is always willing to write a 5 page essay on why FC Tokyo is doing things much better than Verdy so you don't need me for that either.
What we do need however is an English Language Blog for all 36 J1 and J2 teams. Currently we have 18 teams covered by people from all walks of life. When I started, it was just Furtho at G!G!O!A!, the Grampalogue, and Shrimp at Yokohama FC along with Ken at RSN(The godfather of all J league writers) and Rie at the dearly missed Lost in Translation.
All of the new blogs are wonderful and appreciated, from the German who writes about Fukuoka, the Norwegian who writes about Cerezo, the Hawaiian Italian who writes about Kyoto, and the numerous Japanese, Americans, Australians, and Englishmen who have sites as well.Our own Mike Tuckerman has made a name for himself in the international papers......good for him, he actually has talent. And our man Vendo has cornered the market on Ibaraki J2 news.
I also want to thank Nick, the two Ultras and all the other folks who popped in and made the blog more interesting. Comments are appreciated always because half the time it feels like I'm talking to myself.
So I urge everybody to check out the new Verdy blog http://tokyonerdy1969.blogspot.com/
Soilent Green will stay up as a giant rotting memorial to Rui Ramos and the lost years of Tokyo Verdy but won't be updated much if at all.
Also check out all the blogs on J League teams.....the Gamba, Yokohama Marinos and FC Tokyo ones are works of art and the Frontale and Shimizu ones are great. Hands down the best one has to be Omiya though (not that I'm biased).
If you do feel the need to read my stuff, I post occasionally on another blog.....you'll figure it out.
And I see a certain team in Kanagawa has not been duly represented in the blogrolls.
http://fatsaco.blogspot.com/ Now we're at 19, bitches!
Am I the Joaquin Phoenix of the J League? I think I am!
I call SHONANIGANS!!!!!!!!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I always thought the blog was most interesting when he would give sporadic game reports so now we might be able to see more of that.
One more big announcement tonight. Tune in!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
early REM, like early Verdy was the best
Ken Matsushima has a more in-depth preview at RSN which is a pretty good read
Here it is
The only thing I don't like about it is the 4th-6th place qualifiers......stop being such a sissy, pick it and stick with it.
Anyhow considering I have not really seen much of any of these teams and don't really know what the hell I'm talking about.......here is my expert opinion.
1. Cerezo Osaka- I'm not drinking the Culpi kool-aid here.....I think he gets canned after a slow start. I think they bring in someone who is able to get the young guys going past the also ran threshhold.
2. Consadole Sapporo- I am however drinking the Ishizaki kool-aid. He's a J League manager and if Verdy let him do the job in 2005, they would never have played in J2. Kashiwa will regret the move.
3. Ventforet Kofu- I thought they were coming around. They were the only one last year to stare down Hiroshima without blinking. AND they added Miracle Mo to boot......so that is nice!
4. Vegalta Sendai-Summer is warm, water is wet, and Vegalta is the last team to be eliminated from the J1 promotion. I think they need a good shaman or something.....I don't get it.
5. TOKYO VERDY- Not so much cause they are good but more so cause the rest of the league is fairly soft. Three or Four of the bigger names won't be with the team by the end. Which is good because I think the younguns are gonna get some shots to show that they are players. So it's gonna be a good thing. Seriously.
6. Shonan Bellmare- They have one of the older teams in the league and they opt for a U-23 manager. NIIIIIIICE! And Tuto? Really? F$$$ing TUTO? You deserve to stay in J2.
7. Avispa Fukuoka-Best team in Kyuushu playing in J2. The best team in Kyuushu period is New Wave Kitakyuushu, followed by the LA GALAXY.
8. Thespa Kusatsu- Did you know that the active J2 goalscoring leader of all-time plays for Kusatsu (Yasunori Takada with 70). freaky, huh? Nozomi Hiroyama is gonna tear J2 a new one.
9. Sagan Tosu- 5. That's the number of goals scored by Koji Hirose. He happens to be the top returning scorer for Tosu. Shimada was a nice pickup. And Takuya Yamada-EXOTIC TERMINATER CLAD IN SOFT PASTEL COLORS REMINISCENT OF AN EASTER PAGEANT joins up as well.
10. Yokohama FC- Look for them to start fast and then peter out like every other Higuchi team that ever played the beautiful game. At least the uniforms are better.
11. Mito Hollyhock- They play hard every game......which is something you can't say about at least 20 other teams in Japan.
GOD THIS IS TIRING........WHO CARES AFTER 11..........ok, let's continue. I can't even name the last 6.
12. Kattaler Toyama-Sure.
13. FC Gifu-OK
14. Roasso Kumamoto- Screw you Tetsu Kina.
15. Ehime FC-It seems like they get worse every year. The cartoons are nice though.
16. Tochigi SC- Allright, I saw them today and they looked awful. Really bad. No defense and not much of an attack to speak of. They have alot of big names but they ain't good.
17. Fagiano Okayama- Go Kosuke!
18. Tokushima Vortis-consistenly bad!
Top 5 scorers
1. Shinji Kagawa-Cerezo
2. Maranhao-Ventforet Kofu
3. Tomoyuki Arata- Mito
4. Tetsuya Okubo-Avispa Fukuoka
Best manager- Ishizaki
Best keeper- Shinji Muro Sagan Tosu
First manager fired- Naohiko Minobe Tokushima Vortis
Kazu goal total-1
Leandro goal total-0
Oguro goes to.........Vissel Kobe on a loan in July.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Verdy ties Thespa 3-3
Drops one to Reysol 1-0
Wins 2-1 over Yokohama on a Leonardo brace
and ties FC Gifu 1-1 on a Hiramoto goal
Sat League announced
Verdy gets placed in a 5 team pool with last years sat league playmates Omiya and Vegalta as well as Kashiwa Reysol and Consadole Sapporo
Soooooooo......if you like Yuzo Funakoshi, March 8th in Kashiwa is your first chance to watch him lumber up and down the pitch.
Finally, Nick reminded me of a band I liked but a song I didn't
this is the song of the day
Finally......The player guides are out!!!!!!!
WSM is a bit disappointing.....Soccer Digest better have a better one!
This one is better
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Somebody likes the Doors a bit too much!
First off, Verdy played FC Machida Zelvia in a trainer today and won 2-1 off of a brace by Leonard. Camp starts monday and they have a full slate with games against Thespa, Kashiwa, and Yokohama FC just to name a few.
We start off Soilent Green's barely trying preview of J2 with a visit to the 3 new kids on the block.
Toyama was founded just two years ago, merging regional powerhouse clubs YKK AP and ALO's Hokuriku into one Toyama superclub. One year later, Kataller would find themselves promoted into J2 on the strength of a 3rd place finish. Unlike it's other promoted brethren, Toyama will stick with the core of the club that got them to J2.
The offense is led by the combination of striker Mitsuru Hasegawa and Hideyuki Ishida, who combined last year for 27 goals. Makoto Watanabe anchors the midfield.
A familiar face joins Kataller in defense with the addition of former Verdy defender Sho Asuke.
Not a lot of talent on this squad but it shouldn't matter in year 1.
Okayama has alot of similarities to their Toyama cohorts. They both entered JFL in 2007 and gained promotion to J2 in 2008. Okayama finished 4th, just grabbing the last promotion spot. Unlike Kataller, Okayama is not sitting still, bringing in 19 players with various levels of experience in the J2 game.
Fagiano will hope to put alot of goals in the net with a proloific trio of former Verdy man Kohei Kiyama (18 goals), Yasutaka Kobayashi (19 goals), and new signee Kohei Nishino (8 goals at Mito). You might remember Yuhei Ono and Naoki Mihara from their days on the Verdy practice fields.
Tochigi looks to be the strongest of the three debutants with a group of players on paper that boast a plethora of J league experience. The big signing was former Verdy DF Atsushi Yoneyama who looks to partner with another Verdy alum in captain Yusuke Sato in order to lock down the midfield. Manabu Wakabayashi comes home from Ehime to try and regain the touch that helped him lead the JFL in goals scored in 2005 before he was grabbed up by Omiya. Another Verdy OB is in between the pipes for Tochigi when dreadlocked shotstopper Kiyomitsu Kobari gets the nod.
Don't be too surprised if Tochigi is up near the top of the leader board midway through the season. they have a team of vets who have been through the wars before.
Friday, February 06, 2009
I'll give you a more in-depth one later.
You asked so you shall recieve
The first game is away at Tokushima
The first home game is versus pre-season favorite Cerezo Osaka
the last game is at home versus Consadole Sapporo.
And yes Vendo, in June Verdy has their blowout loss at Kokuritsu to Mito.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Rumor in the dirtsheets is that Verdy will go 4-3-3 this year. I'm not sure yet how I feel about that.
Meet the Mids
5. Takahiro Kawamura- It seems like every year, Verdy has to fill it's Jubilo fetish with a member from the Championship teams of the early 2000's and Kawamura fits the bill. The 29 year old central mid comes in after traveling around with Cerezo, Kawasaki, and last year's version of Jubilo in order to fill in the spot left by the "talented" Takashi Fukunishi. Seems a little more like Harutaka Ono.
6. Tomo Sugawara- The gritty little product of the old Yomiuri youth system comes back for his 4th year manning the center of the field for Verdy. A tenacious defender, Sugawara makes up for lack of size and skill with speed and hustle. Unfortunately, Sugawara has been known to pick up small dings throughout the year that keep him out for one or two games at a time. Sugawara is one of a handful of Yomiuri Verdy guys to spend time in Brazil.
7. Hiroki Kawano- The future. Kawano came in as a speedy little wing from the Verdy youth system and scored 2 goals in limited minutes. Kawano was part of the U-20 squads that ventured to the Middle East in 2008-2009 to try and qualify for the U-20 World Cup. His most memorable quote was during one of his U-20 trips when he said something to the effect of, "I don't want to play Mito next year!" Verdy will play Mito 3 times in 2009.
8. Kosei Shibasaki- Versatile midfielder can play either in the center or on the wing. Last year was his first as a regular starter and full-time contributor after coming from Kokushikaan University. Not a great scorer, more of a disruptor in the midfield.
15. Kunihiko Takizawa- Takizawa is another member of Takagi's old Yokohama FC folly to join Verdy. A major contributor over the past 3 years to the Fulie, Takizawa made his mark as a member of Grampus is the early 2000's. Takizawa specializes as a left wing so expect him to challenge and provide depth on the left side of the field.
18. Genki Nagasato- After 3 years of prime time play for Shonan Bellmare, Nagasato inexplicably fell out of favor with the brass at the Kanagawa club and found himself out of a job starting the 2009 campaign. Nagasato is young and versatile. He can play all 6 offensive positions in the lineup. His problem is consistently finding the back of the net.
23. Masato Fujita- Highly touted project out of Meiji University. The MF/DF is said to play in the mold of Yukio Tsuchiya so he's come to the right place.
28. Kento Tsurumaki- Returns after a dissapointing stint at Mito Hollyhock. Tsurumaki looks to add depth on the wing and fill out the practice squad.
30. Yu Tomidokoro- Tomidokoro really started getting noticed after notching late goals in 2 straight Sahara Cup knockout games to help his team advance to a semifinal berth. Tomidokoro will probably learn from the sides early on, but Verdy brass are hoping that he can partner up with Kawano to lay the foundation for the next great Verdy squad.
31. Junpei Shinmura- Another Verdy youth product to not see much time on the field. Shinmura goes into camp as the number 1 backup in central midfield so we might get to see if he actually has some game or not.
Meet the Forwards
9. Masashi Oguro- The former J League scoring king and National Team player came back to Japan from a disappointing stint at Torino in Italy. Flush with cash and unrealistic expectations, Oguro was slated to fill in at Hulk's spot of playmaker. Unfortunately for him and the team, Oguro works best when he is A. in shape and B. playing with a creative partner up top. He had neither. Oguro was only able to manage two goals in 2008. Oguro will try to resuscitate his career in J2 as the main target man and possibly get noticed by a J1 squad desperate for scoring help.
10. Leandro-Last year's big offseason flop comes back for another year of competition with Verdy prodigy Kawano for the wing position. Managed to aid Hulk in disrupting team chemistry by showing up late from spring vacation without team permission. Had a couple bright moments and a few nice goals but mostly put in lethargic performances on the wing. Only one of two foreign players on the roster this year.
11. Leonard- Mystery man for Verdy who came in from the prestigious Aomori Yamada program and was immediately shipped off to Sagan Tosu for 2 years. Displayed up and performances and fell in and out of the starting 11 for the southern club. Can play as a target forward or on the wing.
13. Taira Inoue- Speedy striker has yet to find the back of the net in 2 seasons as a Verdy player. Kind of fell out favor with the constant upheval in the front. Very slight build and can get knocked off the ball in a crowd.
16. Kazunori Iio- Iio is one of those players who you have to marvel at. Not possessing either great speed or size. Iio always seems to be a guy who coaches really like to have on their squad. Iio comes into camp as the backup for the top and wing positions.
19. Yuzo Funakoshi- The big donkey comes back for one more stink with pockets a bit lighter after taking a pay cut. Funakoshi had the dubious distinction of only appearing in losing games for Verdy in 2008. Possibly his finest moment was scoring the goal that helped Verdy gain promotion in 2007. Funakoshi is the tallest player in the J league at 194 centimeters.
25. Kazuki Hiramoto- Hiramoto currently boasts the longest stint as a Verdy player, starting his 11th campaign. Last year was a disaster for the mercurial forward, coming into camp grossly overweight and putting in less than stellar performances. Hiramoto has on occasion put in great displays of ball skills and determination for goals in the past, so it is a mystery why he can't do that on a more regular basis. Another bad season could doom his career as a Verdy player.
27. Ryohei Hayashi- Hayashi comes out of the Verdy youth and Meiji University sytem to challenge for a spot as the main target man. Hayashi was recognized as a University best 11 member in 2007.
First off.........Osama El Samni heads to FK Teplice in Czechoslovakia. In 2 years he couldn't crack the starting lineup.......that might have had something to do with Hashiratani and Takagi being player gatekeepers. Anyhow, the Egyptian-Japanese striker has a chance to make his mark in Europe......good luck!
Meet the Keepers
1. Yoichi Doi- The 35 year old keeper comes back to Verdy for a cut rate price after shockingly being told that his services were no longer necessary just days before the final game of the season. The former FC Tokyo stalwart and National Team keeper has lost a step but can conjure up classic performances between the pipes. With the athleticism gone, Doi now relies on good instincts and precise distribution to succeed. After 14 years of J1 play for Kashiwa, FC Tokyo, and Verdy, this will be Doi's first stint in J2. (2nd year with Verdy)
21. Yoshinari Takagi- The longest tenured consecutive Verdy player, Takagi comes into 2009 as a backup to Doi yet again. After 5 years of starting, Takagi found himself watching, only appearing in 3 cup games in 2008. Takagi has always had the talent and physical skills to be a decent J1 keeper but his iffy decision making and lapses in judgement at crucial times leaves coaches leery of completely putting their faith in the big man. (10th year with Verdy)
26. Takahiro Shibasaki- The first man in the net........if you have a training match with Arte Takasaki. Shibasaki starts year 9 as a professional keeper. He has appeared in 3 league matches and 1 cup game in stints with Verdy, Yokohama, and FC Tokyo. With 51 games this year, he might see a match or two.
34. Tomoyuki Suzuki- Suzuki starts his second year as the 4th keeper for Verdy and the presumed keeper of the future. Last year he apprenticed under the professional Doi.
Meet the Defenders
2. Kensuke Fukuda- The pressure is on young Fukuda in year 3 to show he can be a full-time side back. Fukuda has good speed and a nice cross but often misses on defensive assignments and can be overpowered in one on one situtations. Fukuda was unable to unseat (current JEF defender) Takumi Wada from the starting lineup in 2008. Now with the right side vacant, Fukuda heads into camp as the frontrunner for the job.
4. Masaki Iida- The big defender starts year 3 of his Verdy adventure. Wada saw some time in the lineup last year after toiling as a practice sqaud player in 2007. Iida is a good physical presence and will challenge for the starting spot at center back.
14. Seitaro Tomisawa- Tomisawa starts his 8th year with Verdy and is known for doing everything.......poorly. Tomisawa is a big, physical player who can play central defense, midfield, or side back and has the infuriating habit of following a good play with an awful decision. He probably will get the nod in Daisuke Nasu's spot at centerback.
17. Yukio Tsuchiya- Tsuchiya is a man who plays far bigger than his size. Tsuchiya had one of the few great years for Verdy but the wear and tear of the season seemed to slow him near the end. An unfortunate incident with Tatsuya Tanaka while at Kashiwa made him public enemy #1 with the Urawa crowd and drove him from Omiya to anchor Verdy. Tsuchiya will be 35 in July so it will be seen if he can keep up his physical, athletic style for much longer.
20. Kazuya Iwakura- Iwakura rejoins his former manager at Yokohama FC after a one year stint at New Wave KitaKyushu. Iwakura was brought in to compete with Fukuda at the right back position and provide some depth for the squad.
22. Toshihiro Hattori- Hattori comes back to captain the squad after a painful and well detailed break from the team a week before the end of the 2008 season. The longtime Jubilo and National team wing lines up on the left for the third year in a row after taking a huge paycut. Hattori will hit 36 this year, which is old but not uncommon for J2 defenders. Seemed to lose a step last year and relied more on physical play and theatrics when he was beaten. Good locker room presence.
24. Masahiro Nasukawa- Nasukawa's main job this year is to learn everything he can from Hattori and be ready to fill in on the left if he has to. Nasukawa is a highly rated prospect from the Aomori Yamada program and Chukyo University.
29. Takumi Wada- Wada was a starting member of the Verdy youth system that made two semi-final and one quarterfinal appearances in the three major club youth competitions in 2008. Wada is a speedy right back who should see most of his time in practice matches and training.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Influenza!!!! I'm sick!
Verdy puts up the numbers for each player this year. Before you check them out though, read this from the brilliant writer of 3rd Degree, Buzz Carrick. It has nothing to do with Verdy per se, but it outlines the importance of numbers in ways I never could
Allright here are the numbers
1. Yoichi Doi
2. Kensuke Fukuda
4. Masaaki Iida
5. Takahiro Kawamura
6. Tomo Sugawara
7. Hiroki Kawano
8. Kohei Shibasaki
9. Masashi Oguro
12. YOU GUYS
13. Taira Inoue
14. Seitaro Tomisawa
15. Kunihiko Takizawa
16. Kasunori Iio
17. Yukio Tsuchiya
18. Genki Nagasato
19. Yuzo Funakoshi
20. Kazuya Iwakura
21. Yoshinari Takagi
22. Toshihiro Hattori (CAP)
23. Masato Fujita
24. Masahiro Nasukawa
25. Kazuki Hiramoto
26. Takahiro Shibasaki
27. Ryohei Hayashi
28. Kento Tsurumaki
29. Takuya Wada
30. Yu Tomidokoro
31. Junpei Shinmura
34. Tomoyuki Suzuki
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Like the home ones, don't like the road ones, and do I really need to say anything about the keeper jerseys?
VERDY VICTORIOUS IN FIRST TM
2 35 minute halves against Jobu University saw Verdy go old first and new second in a 4-3-3 alignment
ＧＫ 高木 Takagi
ＤＦ 福田 Fukuda、土屋、Tsuchiya 富澤 Tomisawa、永里 Nagasato
ＭＦ 河村 Kawamura 、菅原 Sugawara、滝澤 Takizawa
ＦＷ 飯尾、Iio 大黒 Oguro、平本 Hiramoto
they went down 1-0 at the half
ＧＫ 鈴木 Suzuki ＤＦ 岩倉Iwakura、飯田 Iida、新村 Shinmura、高橋 Takahashi(ユース)ＭＦ 弦巻、Tsurumaki ブルーノ Bruno (練習生)、柴崎(晃)ShibasakiＦＷ レオナルドLeonardo、井上 Inoue、河野 Kawano
2-0 to the kids as Inoue and Leonardo scored.
Hattori gets the armband back and the new slogan is DASH 2009.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Song of the day http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=xrr81SRhp_s Andre 3000 down with Tokyo Hearts?
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sponichi says yes
Or maybe Sponichi says Fukunishi likes salad.........my Japanese ain't so good!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Song of the day http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=xGyyB9OU66s
OK lots of news and little motivation to do this so let's do this quick!
First....that guy up above. Kazuya Iwakura. New Verdy member.......welcome!
Second.....former Verdy Kawasaki player and recent Consadole Sapporo retiree Junji Nishizawa joined the scouting staff for Verdy on the 19th.....welcome!
Third.....Technical Director Kato.....the guy who managed to blow up the team a week before the big game is out as of January 31st. The rumor is Kazu's brother Yasu Miura will take over ( how come that sounds like a cartoon pair of birds?).....soooooo....welcome!
New uniforms for 2009? This was on the site. Looks like there is a 40 year badge on the uni. The uniform looks the same but something is missing. I'll get to that in a minute.
The team announced Friday that no deal was done yet and NTV was super excited about the upcoming year and getting Verdy back to J1. http://www.verdy.co.jp/news/report/?cmd=DispNews&news_id=613
So in the 40th year of Verdy Yomiuri/NTV there is no sponsor on the jersey from either Yomiuri or NTV. Huh? Seem odd to you too?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Song of the day http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=209ArurxVG4&feature=related oddly fitting don't ya think?
Training started yesterday and all the boys were in full jog. I still think Iio should have to ride on the donkeys back.
Anyhow, the other tabloids picked up on the TOMAS story, including Yomiuri
Ramos has to have his say
Fan goes nuts over the possibility of the end of the Yomiuri era
You can find the other ones yourself
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Yesterday was the big press conference to introduce the new guys and say nice things about the upcoming year.
Takagi talked about how great it was to be a part of the 40th anniversary team and how the number 1 priority is to get back to J1.
Let's build a new Verdy. No mention of a new slogan or new uniforms.....maybe that will be held on the Fan day on February 1st.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wow......rough day yesterday. Reading team president Hagimura try to spin the huge payout for Diego by saying.......OHHH, the player wanted to go nearly made me throw up. Don't lie about it. He might have wanted to go but there was no way you weren't taking that money.
Anyhow.....the team looks like it's gonna be what it's gonna be
Takagi gets the job by default. The best thing for the team though is getting the kid in once in a while to see if he is a player. Shibasaki isn't much of an option but is a good backup.
Budget boy gets a second chance at the spot after a huge pay cut. Nasukawa is the only long term challenge at the spot but I'm thinking the young guy only gets in if there is a crisis.
I think Iida gets the nod initially because Tomisawa plays everywhere on defense and a team with no depth needs the flexibility on the bench.
RCB Tsuchiya- Tomisawa-Wada-Tsurumaki
Easiest position on the team to call. Put this in ink.
The boy gets a 3rd chance to prove himself.
LM Iio- Kawano-Takizawa-Leonardo
Not sure about this position. Takagi may opt to move Iio up top. Too many options here and not enough differentiation.
Sugawara gets first crack at the space. Not much depth in the middle.
Again I think Tomisawa gets the bench because he is more versatile than the new Jubilo man. Shibasaki could compete for the spot here as well
RM Leandro- Shibasaki-Nagasato-Tomidokoro
Yeah, I don't believe I'm putting him here either. He is the highest paid guy on the team though so he's gonna play until they can foist him on some Brazilian club. Everyone will get a shot here.
2nd FW Hiramoto-Leandro-Iio-Inoue-Leandro
Best of a weak bunch. If Hiramoto comes in with his head straight, he could have a big year.
Target FW- Oguro- Funakoshi-Hayashi
Best not to talk about this.
This is going to be quic
OUT: Kosuke Kijima to Fagiano Okayama
Nozomi Hiroyama Thespa Kusatsu
Daisuke Nasu Jubilo Iwata
Diego Kyoto Sanga (Knew it was coming but still gutting. Is it just me or is the new trend in the Kansai area to not scout your own foreign players.........instead wait for others to do it. Gamba was notorious for it and now Kyoto seems to do the same thing. Shimizu tries doing sloppy seconds as well but they aren't as good as these two. Mehh.....one off the 29 predictions)
In: Kunihiko Takizawa Yokohama FC
Takahiro Kawamura Jubilo Iwata
Back: Toshihiro Hattori
Yuzo Funakoshi (2 out of 3, that's another one off my list)
The full squad is here http://www.verdy.co.jp/information/introduction/player.pdf
28 players for 51 games.........hmm.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
2009 marks the 40th of the team currently known as Tokyo Verdy and I need your help! I'm trying to gather a list of the 40 most influential figures in Verdy history. Send in nominees for the Verdy 40 and I will compile the list. Could be great players like Bismarck or Hashiratani or bad players like Dedimar or Kenichi Uemura. It matters not!
Just to let you know, Kazu, Rui Ramos and Hashiratani will be on the list so you don't have to nominate them. Eugene Killoran? Not so likely so you don't need to nominate guys like that either. They don't have to be players or coaches......they could be moneymen, announcers, GM's......sky's the limit!
Send em in. Arigato!
Friday, January 09, 2009
Well Sponichi is churning it out again. Seems the re-signing of Hattori is a done deal...they are saying it will be 10,000,000 yen base with incentive kickers to jump it up to 12,000,000.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Kento Tsurumaki comes back from Mito after playing a whopping 8 minutes. Nice! He is young though so that's a plus.
Good news from the front office, Taira Inoue and Hiroki Kawano both got re-upped for 2009
If you are keeping track at home, the team looks like this so far
GK Takagi, Shibasaki, Suzuki
DF Fukuda, Iida, Nasukawa, Fujita, Wada
MF Leonardo, Tsurumaki, Tomidokoro, Shinmura, Shibasaki
FW Inoue, Hayashi
Finally, there has been more rumblings that Daisuke Nasu will move from the 16th worst defense in the 2008 J League to Jubilo Iwata in order to bolster the 15th worst defense in J1.
Awesome! Looks like it's going to be a loan deal so if Jubilo goes down in financial flames like Verdy and Yokohama seem to be doing, then he can be rented to yet another team on the verge of monetary armageddon! Good Luck Daisuke!!!!
Monday, January 05, 2009
Somebody on BS posted a blog site that has all the salaries of J1 players from 2008
Bit surprising actually
Hashiratani 44歳 ３、５００万
Hattori MF 35歳 ５、０００万
Tsuchiya DF 34歳 ４、５００万
Fukunishi（FC東京→） MF 32歳 ４、０００万
Kaimoto DF 31歳 ３、０００万
Hagimura DF 32歳 ３、０００万
Nasu（横浜M→） DF 26歳 ２、５００万
Takagi GK 29歳 ２、５００万
Ono MF 30歳 ２、４００万
Hiroyama MF 31歳 ２、０００万
Sugawara MF 32歳 １、５００万
Doi（FC東京→） GK 35 歳 １、５００万
Tomisawa DF 26歳 １、２００万
Iio FW 26歳 ８００万
Funakoshi FW 31歳 ７２０万
Yoshitake MF 27歳 ７００万
Fukuda DF 24歳 ６００万
Inoue FW 25歳 ６００万
Hiramoto（横浜FC→） FW 27歳 ６００万
Wada （横浜FC→） DF 27歳 ５００万
Shibasaki MF 24歳 ４８０万
Shibasaki GK 26歳 ４８０万
Kawano（プロデビュー） MF 18歳 ３６０万
Miyahara DF 20歳 ３６０万
El Samni FW 20歳 ３６０万
Shinmura MF 20歳 ３６０万
Iida（プロデビュー） DF 23歳 ３６０万
Asuke（プロデビュー） DF 23歳 ３６０万
Suzuki（プロデビュー） GK 23歳 ３６０万
日本人選手総額 ４億１、１００万〈10位〉 日本人選手平均 １、４６７万８、５７１円〈10位〉（昨季資料なし） 平均年齢 27.04歳〈1位〉（昨季より＋0.31歳）
Diego MF 22歳 ５、０００万
Leandro（サンパウロ〈ブラジル〉→） FW 28歳 ５、０００万
Francisimare（川崎→） MF 24歳 年俸資料なし（２、０００万と推定）
Hulk（東京V→） FW 22歳 １、０００万 *Kawasaki number
外国籍選手総額 １億２、０００万 全選手総額 ５億３、１００万〈11位〉（昨季資料なし） 外国籍選手依
Are you serious, the 4th and 5th highest paid guys (Japanese) were Kaimoto and Hagimura?
And why would you cut Doi when he outplayed Takagi and made １、０００万 yen less? And if Hulk was only making that it's no wonder he blew up.
OK so a quick add up shows about 2億4,000万 cut from the payroll with no real boost.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Well another one hass left the nest. One year wonder Takumi Wada leaves the club after the agreement between Shimizu and Verdy expires. This was the second year in a row that Wada started for a relegated team after manning the back for Yokohama FC in 2007.
The next stop for Wada.......JEF Chiba. Playing with fire aren't we?
Larry can go back to sleep now.
Larry is back.....due to the overwhelming demand (and serious lack of news)
Here's some more
If Princess Diana were alive, she would absolutely be a Kyoto Purple Sanga fan. Think about it.
I'll let you in on a little secret, drinking an ice cold beer while watching Verdy makes the experience that much better. Take it to the bank.
I'm concerned that we might never know who killed Jon Benet Ramsey.
I think Verdy would get a little more pumped up if we played Kylie Minogues version of the Locomotion before each game http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=CcPofgs7vSs
OK, I'll give you a hint, Purple equals royalty and since she was a princess she would like Kyoto.
DeBarge was vastly underrated.
Y'know who would make a good Verdy manager.........Ossie Ardilles.
Dilbert would make a great Verdy mascot.
Kumi Koda......Hubba hubba!
Sometimes at halftime, I like to take a small nap.
Steven Segal would also be good in the role of Rui Ramos. Just saying.
Don't ever break wind in a half empty stadium. Trust me on this one.
I still don't understand why Verdy wear red and blue half the time.
Why is being Rick Rolled such a bad thing?
OK that's all for Larry......he'll be back unless there's actual news or I just get bored with the whole dang thing.
Friday, January 02, 2009
Song of the day http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=d8sf2dAZnwk&feature=related
Anyhow, Here's Larry!
Verdy had a rough season but they will bounce back.
Rui Ramos still looks like he could start for Verdy.
Mike Myers new comedy, "THE GURU" looks like a sure hit!
Relegation makes people sad.
Barack Obama will be the first African American President.........ever.
My favorite Verdy player of all time.........Rick.
There's a Japanese guy playing in Italy named Oguro, maybe Verdy should think about signing him.
The best team team in the J league comes down to wins, losses, and ties.
Why has there been no interest in a NASH BRIDGES movie? As my kids would say, Don Johnson is the bomb!
Speaking of movies, you know who would make a great Rui Ramos..........Heath Ledger. That kid is going places.
Akiko Wada is one handsome lady!
The best day to go fishing.........Tuesday.
The 3 players I'd pay to see play...........Kazu Miura, Kazu Miura, and Kazu Miura.
The league should make a special rule that allows him to score every game so we can see him dance.
How come there are no good mysteries based on a Safari adventure? Come to think of it pornography too!
I think that if Yuzo Funakoshi comes back, he should have to wear a hockey mask and carry Kazu Iio on his back like "Thunderdome"
Speaking of that......I saw Tina Turner the other day. As my kids would say, I'd tap that!
Final word.......Verdy won't win the J league championship unless they pick up that Oguro kid. They will however win the Nabisco Cup.
* The views expressed by Larry King do not reflect the views of Soilent Green, CNN, or Larry King. Any copying or reproduction without the express written consent of Larry King or Soilent Green would be downright shocking considering even I think this column sucks.
Vacation is over!
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Song of the day http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=908MNJnjSiQ&feature=related For the ladies of NTV Beleza.