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2009-05-30 Sanfrecce 7-0 Omiya Ardija partial youtube highlights

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/31


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2009-05-30 Sanfrecce 7-0 Omiya Ardija

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/30

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

I didn’t go to the game as it was a pointless cup game. But still, what about them Purple Archers eh? Some more results like this in the league would be nice.

H. Sato 4′ 1 – 0
I. Stoyanov 12′ 2 – 0
Y. Kashiwagi 35′ 3 – 0
Y. Kashiwagi 56′ 4 – 0
T. Aoyama 67′ 5 – 0
T. Yokotake 89′ 6 – 0

Don’t know who the seventh scorer was yet.

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2009-05-27 Japan 4-0 Chile (Kirin Cup)

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/29

Makino didn’t play, so he didn’t win his first full cap.


Okazaki 20′, 24′
Abe 53′
Honda 90’+2

I don’t remember Japan being really great or Chile being really poor, but there we are. The number 3 (Komano) should be yanked for Makino. Maybe I’ll have more to say when I have time.

Belgium play Chile tonight (live stream, or check here if that stream is down). Japan’s next Kirin Cup game is this Sunday against Belgium.

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Japan vs Chile live

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/27

Link (pops up in new window).

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Makino named in Japan squad

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/26

Makino Tomoaki by Stephen Packer

Makino Tomoaki by stefanole

I’m a little late on this, but Sanfrecce’s Makino Tomoaki has been named in the Japan squad for the upcoming Kirin Cup, as well as the three upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Well done Makino, but there are more than a few voices asking why Sato Hisato has been again overlooked. Source.

Makino is currently uncapped at full senior level and would likely see action as a substitute. He has previously been capped nine times at U18, U19 and U20 level for Japan, including three caps for Japan as a starter at the U20 FIFA World Cup in 2007 (along with Kashiwagi Yosuke) in a team that fell in the Round of 16 to the Czech U20s on penalties (both Makino and Kashiwagi scored their spot kicks) after drawing 2-2 in normal time (Makino also scored in the 22nd minute of normal time). Hirashige Ryuichi also travelled to Canada with the U20 squad but was not capped. The current U20 squad will not play at the 2009 U20 World Cup in Egypt as they did not qualify for it.

The first Kirin Cup game will be tomorrow against Chile. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch it and the other four matches and report back.

The full Japanese squad is as follows:

1 Seigo Narazaki (Nagoya Grampus)
18 Ryota Tsuzuki (Urawa Reds)
23 Eiji Kawashima (Kawasaki Frontale)


22 Yuji Nakazawa (Yokohama F. Marinos)
5 Satoshi Yamaguchi (Gamba Osaka)
4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka (Urawa Reds)
3 Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata)
20 Yasuyuki Konno (FC Tokyo)
15 Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo)
21 Tomoaki Makino (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
6 Atsuto Uchida (Kashima Antlers)


10 Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic/Scotland)
27 Hideo Hashimoto (Gamba Osaka)
7 Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka)
14 Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale)
8 Daisuke Matsui (Saint Etienne/France)
2 Yuki Abe (Urawa Red Diamonds)
17 Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg/Germany)
19 Keisuke Honda (VVV Venlo/Holland)
25 Shinji Kagawa (Cerezo Osaka)
24 Naoki Yamada (Urawa Reds)


11 Keiji Tamada (Nagoya Grampus)
16 Yoshito Okubo (Wolfsburg/Germany)
12 Kisho Yano (Albirex Niigata)
9 Shinji Okazaki (Shimizu S-Pulse)
13 Shinzo Koroki (Kashima Antlers)

Credit to Samurai Warrior for the translation.

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2009-05-23 Oita Trinita 0-1 Sanfrecce

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/24

I mistook this game for a cup game. The previous game was a cup game as are the next four, but for some reason that escapes me this weekend was scheduled for league fixtures. Whatever, the three points come in very handy. Although Sanfrecce would have been expected to win this game since Trinita are currently rock bottom, they did manage a draw last week in the cup against Urawa (2nd in the league) and nobody wants to be facing a team who have their backs against the wall and a new-found purpose. Hisato put paid to that with his second goal in two games, which after today (Sunday)’s games, means Sanfrecce are in sixth place, level on points with Gamba Osaka.

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2009-05-20 Yokohama F. Marinos 3-1 Sanfrecce youtube highlights

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/24

All I can say is that I’m glad the boys save this kind of defending for when they’re playing away from home, where I’m not going to see it in person.

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2009-05-20 Yokohama F. Marinos 3-1 Sanfrecce

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/22

Sanfrecce fell away from home in the Nabisco Cup. Big who cares. We don’t need a cup run to distract from our league form. Last year’s winner was Oita Trinita, and look what good its done them.

Sanfrecce’s scorer was Hisato.

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2009-05-16 vs Montedio Yamagata youtube highlights

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/18

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2009-05-16 Sanfrecce 3-1 Montedio Yamagata

Posted by stefanole on 2009/05/17

Y. Kashiwagi 8′ 1 – 0
T. Makino 10′ 2 – 0
Y. Takahagi 45′ 3 – 0
3 – 1 67′ M. Akiba

Sanfrecce claimed three points against a lacklustre Yamagata at the Big Arch.

I got some good photos including two of the three Sanfrecce goals, but I’ve no idea when the crap with Flickr will be sorted since it’s been a week of talking to the brick wall that is Flickr’s customer support. Anyway, here is Kashiwagi poking the ball in for the first goal. I’ll try to write a quick summary before next weekend.

Kashiwagi scores the first of Sanfrecce's three goals

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