2011-03-22 Hisato named in J League “Team as One”
Posted by stefanole on 2011/03/23
Hisato will line up against three Sanfrecce players who have been included in the “Samurai Blue” squad for the match: GK Nishikawa, DF Moriwaki and FW “Chunson” Lee, along with ex-purple archer DFW Makino.
Unfortunately, there are no players on either side representing J1’s Omiya Ardija, Montedio Yamagata, Avispa Fukuoka or Kashiwa Reysol, making the “Team as One” slightly less inclusive, though Mainichi claim the team was chosen from a shortlist of 2010 MVP nominees. J2’s FC Tokyo and Yokohama FC are also represented.
Tickets for the match sold out in one hour, according to Kyodo. Along with Hisato, “King” Kazu MIURA has been selected for the Team as One, who at 44 is the oldest player in the J League. The team will be coached by Dragan “Piksi” STOJKOVIC, who coaches current J League champions Nagoya Grampus.
Samurai Blue (Japan National Team)
Coach: Alberto “Zac” ZACCHERONI
GK: KAWASHIMA Eiji (Lierse SK), HIGASHIGUCHI Masaki (Albirex Niigata), NISHIKAWA “Big Smile” Shusaku (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
DF(W): IWAMASA Daiki (Kashima Antlers), KONNO Yasuyuki (FC Tokyo), KURIHARA Yuzo (Yokohama F. Marinos), INOHA Masahiko (Kashima Antlers), MORIWAKI Ryota (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), NAGATOMO Yuto (Inter Milan), MAKINO Tomoaki (1. FC Köln), UCHIDA Atsuto (FC Shalke 04), YOSHIDA Maya (VVV Venlo)
MF: ENDO Yasuhito (Gamba Osaka), ABE Yuki (Leicester City), HASEBE Makoto (VfL Wolfsburg), HONDA Takuya (Kashima Anlters), HOSOGAI Hajime (Augsburg), KASHIWAGI Yosuke (Urawa Reds), MATSUI Daisuke (Grenoble), FUJIMOTO Jungo (Nagoya Grampus), HONDA Keisuke (CSKA Moscow)
FW: MAEDA Ryoichi (Jubilo Iwata), LEE “Chunson” Tadanari (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), OKAZAKI Shinji (VfB Stuttgart), IENAGA Akihiro (RCD Mallorca), INUI Takashi (Cerezo Osaka)
Team as One (J League selection)
Coach: Dragan “Piksi” STOJKOVIC
GK: KAWAGUCHI Yoshikatsu (Jubilo Iwata), NARAZAKI Seigo (Nagoya Grampus)
ARAIBA Toru (Kashima Antlers), TANAKA Marcus “Tulio” (Nagoya Grampus), NAKAZAWA “Bomber” Yuji (Yokohama F. Marinos), KOMIYAMA Takanobu (Kawasaki Frontale), MONIWA Teruyuki (Cerezo Osaka)
MF: SEKIGUCHI Kunimitsu (Vegalta Sendai), NAKAMURA Shunsuke (Yokohama F. Marinos), RYANG Yong-Gi (Vegalta Sendai), ONO Shinji (Shimizu S-Pulse), OGASAWARA Mitsuo (Kashima Antlers), KOMANO Yuichi (Jubilo Iwata), NAKAMURA Kengo (Kawasaki Frontale)
FW: HARAGUCHI Genki (Urawa Reds), OKUBO Yoshito (Vissel Kobe), HAVENAAR Mike (Ventforet Kofu), SATO Hisato (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), HIRAI Shoki (Gamba Osaka), MIURA “King” Kazu (Yokohama FC)