Friday, 19 June 2009

Kyoto Preview

J1 restarts on Saturday evening, with a home game for Omiya Ardija against Kyoto Sanga. Both sides are in less than convincing form, although the Squirrels' collapse in the last three Nabisco Cup fixtures means that Sanga can probably go into the match feeling more confident of victory - in spite of the fact that they have not won themselves in their last five outings. Ahead of the game, it would be good to be able to talk about players, but Ardija club management having committed themselves to under fire coach Jang Wae Ryong means that this is difficult.

The focus of attention instead remains on whether or not Jang and the reaction to him of the Ardija supporters following on from the Wednesday night meeting. Omiya president Seigo Watanabe has indicated that any form of protest - or at least visual protest - against the Korean and against club management will not be tolerated. How will the Squirrels fans react to this? What impact will this change or redefining of the relationship between club and supporters impact upon the team?

It's as impossible to know the answers to these questions as it is to predict the Ardija line-up, bearing in mind Jang's own unpredictability and the injury list about which Watanabe and Haruo Yuuki spent so much time complaining. But we can be reassured that the coach puts out a team to win a match. Once again, then: it's over to you, Mr Jang.



Furtho 19 June 2009 at 17:45  

What a strange picture to choose in order to communicate that everyone's focused on starting back in the league and winning the Kyoto: Watanabe and Yuuki delivering a lecture to the team, with Jang standing in the background.

Furtho 19 June 2009 at 21:46  

Yahoo line-up:

GK Ezumi
DF Hato
DF Tomita
DF Neretljak
DF Park
MF Tokita
MF Kanazawa
MF Kataoka
MF Hashimoto
FW Ishihara
FW Fujita

Omiya Fan,  19 June 2009 at 22:46  

That's a nasty midfield!

Kataoka and Kanazawa....

Oh dear.

Furtho 19 June 2009 at 23:29  

I don't especially rate him either, but you've got to hand it to Kanazawa, he has provided a cracking couple of assists in the Reds games. I never knew he had it in him to deal out passes like that.

Omiya Fan,  19 June 2009 at 23:39  

Kanazawa is not bad but he's not good either. He really is Mr. Average although if you compare that to the plonker next to him he certainly looks a lot better.

Why oh why does Kataoka get starting games in central midfield when he is the antithesis of what a central midfielder needs to be?

Answers on a postcard to:

Omiya Fan,
President Yosuke Kataoka Fan Club.

Furtho 19 June 2009 at 23:51  

He's the midfield destroyer and Kanazawa is the, er, creative heart of the team?

Look, it's just a suggestion.

Anonymous,  20 June 2009 at 00:29  

Seigo Watanabe and Haruo Yuuki is stupid he can suspendet a is angry about resultat becaus the team play very bad and very bad is organisation of the club...this stupid idiots only protect by self...he distroyed complitly team..he talking about injuries of Marques and Lavric...laiersss..give him to chance...Media informacion from Korea talk Omiya want buy Radoncic from Seongnam Ilhwa and one Korea players..laierssss idiot..i want see 5 games together our bout strikers and if he dont play good we change..not like what he doing this stupid idiots..DISASTERSSSSSS...gooo out idiotsss

Agent Orange,  20 June 2009 at 15:57  






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