Friday, 12 June 2009

Urawa Preview

As with last weekend's match with Yokohama F Marinos, the forthcoming encounter with Urawa Reds is a difficult one to preview. The task is made harder due to the fact that the Reds game has become the most important in the tenure of Squirrels coach Jang Wae Ryong, on account of what seems to be a sudden and profound loss of confidence in Jang - certainly among Omiya supporters but also, it would seem, among the players as well. The parallel with Robert Verbeek, in charge at Ardija in the first half of 2007, grows more and more obvious.

If the Marinos game was a test to see how the Squirrels team had recovered from their record 7-0 thrashing in Hiroshima, Jang failed in his responsibility to rally the players and somehow persuade them to perform. An unmotivated side was outplayed and outfought by the Sailors and if the Ardija boss is not able to make rapid improvements before Saturday, then Omiya are most likely heading for a heavy defeat at the hands of their Saitama rivals. An Ardija team without fight will surely get overturned by the Reds if Volker Finke is able to do anything approaching a half-decent job.

In his quest for flexibility, Jang seems to have failed to communicate a message of what he wants from his players, and without doubt there is confusion among Squirrels fans regarding how the team is playing. Mato Neretljak aside, it's questionable, too, how much the players themselves - especially the senior squad members - are taking responsibility. Injuries have not helped, although aside from Masahiko Ichikawa there have been no clear announcements about the likes of Hayato Hashimoto, Park Won Jae or Naoki Ishihara. If anything at all good is to come out the Reds game, the Omiya team needs leadership and focus. At the moment, it's hard to see where either of those things are coming from.



Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 12:12  

Would you try to save your job with this lineup?


Sounds reasonable so far



and your second striker

Masa Saito

with a bench of


Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 14:24  

In his defense, this is a very meaningless game so getting Mato and Hato some rest for next week isn't an awful proposition.

We might see the logic in this tomorrow with the satellite game.

If Hato, Mato and Park are teamed with Fukuda, you might be seeing a shift in defense for next week.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 14:34  

We are currently up 3-1

in yellow cards

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 14:35  

Well, if we assume that you're right, I'll observe that it takes some considerable balls to regard any match with Urawa as a "very meaningless game".

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 14:42  

Well our man jang has proven that he has no hesitation in pissing anyone off at any given time so balls ain't the problem.

At least when it comes to the coaching staff

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 14:43  

1-0 them

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 14:44  

He does have God on his side, though.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 14:50  

I'm gonna guess that something will tell him to pull Tsukamoto, Tokita, or Arai and bring in Denis

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 14:51  

If that something is God, we'll be OK, definitely.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:04  

I don't think god can help a team that consistently fields Kataoka.

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:08  

Of the two, you choose to capitalise Kataoka?

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:10  

OHHHHH CAPTAIN.......Yellow number 2! Out for Kyoto

PK to boot

good point

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:11  

Wheels off the bus now!

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:13  

Put Denis on! Put Denis on!

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:13  

Saito out Hayato in.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:15  

If Denis does come on, what are the chances he comes in as LSB?

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:17  

It's all perfectly possible. Looks like we're on for a real hammering if Reds can be bothered to keep it up.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:18  

Might as well go for 10

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:20  

This is the sort of result that may go some distance towards ensuring there'll be a tasty atmosphere at the meeting on Wednesday.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:21  

Ishihara back

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:23  

Now he scores

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:23  

Holy Moly! Great timing, Kohei.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:26  

Maybe he's the new Morita

If you need 4......he'll get you one.

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:28  

Hey, don't joke around like that. No-one can be the new Mighty Mo - not even Mighty Ko.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:33  

Tsukamoto out

Denis in


Looks like Taishi won't be seen again this year.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:35  

5-1 btw

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:36  

God alone knows what formation they're actually playing, or how any individual is supposed to know what they're doing.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:42  


Fujita gets one

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:42  

Well don't I just feel like a silly now!

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:44  

Wish I could go to the meeting on Wednesday because I would tell them to fire God.

It's far more likely God went to Brazil with Leandro

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:48  

Attendance is also tricky (at the meeting, rather than with God). It's first come first served, effectively excluding most people who actually have to go to work bearing in mind the start time.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:51  

6-2 now

Satan is obviously more into soccer.

Why else would Real Madrid be making money

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:52  

Who do you think will get the axe first Higuchi or Jang?

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 15:55  

Right now I would go for the latter.

Anything at all you can do to go to the meeting?

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 15:58  


Even if I was there, I wouldn't understand what was going on.

Furtho 13 June 2009 at 16:03  

Who do you go for in the Higuchi / Jang battle?

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 16:11  

I think Jang will be fired first because FC has no money.

As a manager for Omiya, I'd lean towards Higuchi because he seemed to know what the team could and couldn't do. He was kind of weak but maybe that's the only manager that can be successful with our collection of veterans.

I will write about it after I watch the carnage tonight.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 16:39  

this is disasters...Jang Wae Ryong he must be fired...MUSTTTTT... and YUKI g.menager the same...bout distroid complitly OMIYA...go back in Koriya....pleas good fire him...

Omiya Fan,  13 June 2009 at 19:24  

Went to Saistuta today and we were lucky to get away with six. It could have been double figures on another day.

It's looking like he's lost the players - not surprising with the line-ups he's been putting out.

There seems no method to his madness - random and quite bizarre teams with puzzling tactics and clear bias for less gifted players.

The worst part for me have been the hammerings - some of the worst results in our history and losing 6-2 to Urawa will surely be the final nail in his coffin.

Time to start again. Hopefuly we look for someone who will commit for more than one season.

The ironic thing for me is we've all been crying out for an attacking manager after Miura, boring Bob and a lesser extent Higuchi.

What chance the third coming of little Toshiya?

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 19:54  

Just saw the first goal and the preordained NEWHERO was far offsides. The Fujita yellow was a garbage call too.

Anonymous,  13 June 2009 at 20:31  

Jang Wae Ryong,Haruo Yuuki and Seigo Watanabe DESTROYED our OMIYA...GOOOO OUT...people we must protest and to FIRED from our OMIYA all this tree stupid idiottt...GOOOOO OUTTTTT IDIOTTSSSS...

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