Song of the day http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=xrr81SRhp_s Andre 3000 down with Tokyo Hearts?
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.