Sunday, 25 October 2009

Urawa Video Clip

Coach interviews and highlights are here.

[Edit - the after-game show is here].



richy 26 October 2009 at 21:42  

Great win by Omiya mate!
They now look safe for next year.
Good to see.

I wonder which team they will field for this weekends game against Sendai, and vice-versa.
Omiya now prety much out of relegation territory might put in a strong team, but Sendai, still about two wins away from promotion, might put in a weaker team..
Anyway, I really wanted to go to the game, but Im going to the NZ/Auz rugby game at Kokuritsu so I can't make it! Damn it!
Well, if Sendai go up, I guess I can meet you there next year!

And how about those reds fans??? Doesn't surprise me but still... how old are they all???

Furtho 27 October 2009 at 04:17  

Ah, thanks very much Richy. It was a startling game but a totally deserved win. We're not safe yet, of course, but it does seem as if Kashiwa have very little left in their locker and JEF of course are pretty much gone already.

As regards the Emperor's Cup, I am pretty sure that the club have placed quite some importance upon it this year. Bearing in mind that before the season their target was to get in the Asian Champions League for 2010 - don't laugh - they actually referred to the game against Sony Sendai in the previous round as being the start of the Road To ACL. So I would be surprised if it isn't a full-strength line-up that's selected against Vegalta. Potentially of course a very interesting match.

richy 28 October 2009 at 22:10  

It's funny that you mention that. i think quite a few teams are realizing that their ACL berth will be through the Emperors Cup!
In an interview with Koichi Satou from Gifu after last rounds win over Tochigi SC he said that he has the dream of getting into the ACL next year (by winning the cup!) lol. I had to laugh, but it's good to have a dream I guess!

Knowing our luck, we'll get knocked out against Matsumoto this weekend!

Anyway, I will sacrifice a Sendai win for promotion this year anyway. Surely, this year...

Furtho 29 October 2009 at 04:21  

I think it will be a very interesting game for Gifu at Matsumoto as well; Yamaga have clearly made very significant improvements and seem serious about going for a league place. By the way, lately I've been in touch with what I assume is Gifu's one other gaijin supporter.

As for Vegalta... God... if they mess up promotion this time... Hopefully they will be prepared to sacrifice a cup run to get into J1, although in contrast Matsumoto are evidently having their cake and eating it.

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