Thursday, 27 August 2009

Pedro Heading For Gamba?

The Yomiuri Shimbun are reporting, here, that J1 rivals Gamba Osaka have signed on a permanent deal Omiya Ardija striker Pedro Junior, who is currently on loan at Albirex Niigata. The 22-year-old therefore looks set to be the Blue and Blacks' replacement for another former Squirrel, Leandro, who has departed Japan in a big money move to Qatar.

Pedro originally came to Omiya midway through the 2007 season but made a bigger impact last year, when he worked his way into the starting line-up and scored impressive goals against Albirex and JEF United. In the middle of 2008, however, he was loaned back to Brazil before being rented out to Niigata on a twelve-month deal over the close season. Pedro has found the net ten times for the Swans, including a hat-trick against Sanfrecce Hiroshima.



Omiya Fan,  27 August 2009 at 06:29  

If we own him surely they pay us the transfer fee? I recall it was quite a large investment at the time.

Furtho 27 August 2009 at 06:59  

OF! It seems like ages. It seems like I should welcome you back. It also seems that you're right - we should be getting a nice percentage of Gamba's billion yen.

Omiya Fan,  27 August 2009 at 07:03  

Now back in England - will only see highlights of Ardija once the wife gets JSTV in!

Furtho 27 August 2009 at 07:06  

Wow, you're rich. £30 a month for one channel.

Omiya Fan,  27 August 2009 at 07:12  

I thought it was two? I really don't want it as Japanese TV must be the most inane in the world. You don't have it then? Good decision!

Furtho 27 August 2009 at 07:21  

We had it briefly, years ago. It was nice to be able to see the news exactly the same and at the same time as it was being broadcast in Japan, but other than that... nah. I may be wrong about the number of channels (it was definitely one when we had it), but you sure don't get much for your, er, buck.

You can get NHK World for free if you have a Sky dish, mind.

Furtho 27 August 2009 at 16:20  

Pedro Junior's permanent move to Gamba has been confirmed.

Omiya Fan,  27 August 2009 at 16:23  

Got NHK World but it's in English and she wants J-go. Maybe Pedro's wonga will pay for the reputed $3m that Dudu cost. Struggle to believe that really.

Furtho 27 August 2009 at 16:30  

I was talking about JSTV with Mrs F this morning and she was saying that it was her perception that very few people over here (or at least, private individuals) subscribe, which is a bit surprising. The English-language website is pathetically unhelpful in terms of explaining exactly what you get for your cash.

Omiya Fan,  27 August 2009 at 16:38  

'Er Indoors' mates all have it so I guess she didn't want to feel left out. Has all the rubbish on it that I managed to escape from although I think they show J-League highlights on a Sunday night. Doesn't Eurosport show a live game every week too?

Furtho 27 August 2009 at 16:43  

I think Eurosport 2 has a live game, but am not sure how regularly.

taipei squirrel,  28 August 2009 at 16:46  

check out If you are a member (free i think) they have live streaming games of j-league, sometimes up to three games a week

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