The Top Team
The 2019 season opened with two consecutive home matches for Omiya Ardija’s top team. Match 1 of the Meiji Yasuda J2 League ended in a scoreless draw with Ventforet Kofu. In Match 2 against FC Ryukyu, FW Juanma DELGADO scored his first goal since joining the club, but Omiya conceded three goals in the second half, losing the match 3-4. Desperate for a victory, Omiya changed the line-up in Match 3 against Tokushima Vortis. MF David BABUNSKI scored 25 minutes into the second half, and Omiya defended the solo goal, clutching their first win of the season. The next match was also an away game played against Montedio Yamagata. Omiya couldn’t break Yamagata’s solid defense, and were defeated 0-1.
The February 24 match against Kofu marked the 100th J.League match for MF Keisuke Oyama. Meanwhile, DF Taisuke Nakamura played his 200th J.League match on March 2 against Ryukyu.
MF Soya Takada of the Omiya Ardija’s U-18 team was selected to the U-18 Japan national team and will be traveling with them on a tour to the UAE between March 17 – 25. The U-18 national team will be competing for a berth in the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in 2021.
A graduation ceremony for the 2018 Omiya Ardija Soccer School sixth-graders was held at NACK5 Stadium Omiya on Saturday, March 23, before the match against Mito Hollyhock. A graduation certificate and a “Together, For the Future: Kizuna” card were presented to 154 sixth-grade students from 13 Ardija soccer schools.
Saitama City’s Council for the Promotion of a Football Community installed a foot relief of FW Genki Omae in front of Omiya Takashimaya department store. It is the 18th relief to be placed there. Club mascot Miya attended the unveiling ceremony that took place on Sunday, March 24. The relief was unveiled and a commemorative clear file was distributed to the people who attended the ceremony.
On Thursday, March 7, Omiya Ardija carried out a “Team as One Fund Raiser” on the streets of Omiya to support the regeneration of the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. This time the fund-raising activity was conducted around JR Omiya Station with the participation of club staff and nine top team players as well as some of the team supporters. A total of 33,782 yen was collected, and the funds were used to invite victims of the earthquake to Match 5 of the Meiji Yasuda J2 League against Mito Hollyhock.
On the occasion of the “Saitama International Football Festival 2019” which was held on Sunday, March 17, Omiya Ardija hosted a football clinic jointly organized by the club’s Community Produce Department coaches and the Urawa Reds Heartful coaches. The participating children ran around energetically and enjoyed chasing the ball.