The Top Team
Team captain Genki Omae’s free kick gave Omiya Ardija a victory in Match 27 of the Meiji Yasuda J2 League. Omiya captured another victory in the next match against Jef United Ichihara Chiba with goals from defenders Hiroyuki Komoto and Ryo Okui, marking five straight matches without a loss. Two away matches followed, and Omiya lost consecutively for the first time this season: Match 29 against Ehime FC and Match 30 against Ventforet Kofu. Returning home for Match 31 against FC Machida Zelvia, Omiya conceded the opening goal but managed to equalize in the second half with a goal by MF Ippei Shinozuka, ending the match in a draw. Omiya went up against Yokohama FC, their competition for the automatic promotion to J1. GK Takahashi Kasahara, who was out with an injury, led the Ardija defense and shut out the opponent, though the match ended in a 0-0 draw. After 33 league matches, Omiya stands at fifth place with 54 points, marking 14 wins, 12 draws, and 6 losses.
The Omiya Ardija U18 team played three matches in the Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League 2019 East during August and September. With a 0-0 draw in Match 11 against Ichiritsu Funabashi High School, a 2-2 draw in Match 12 against Aomori Yamada High School, and a 0-1 loss in Match 13 against Jubio Iwata U-18, they are in eighth place with 14 points.
Top team players paid a visit to the Omiya Ardija Soccer Schools. On Tuesday, September 3, DF Kazuki Kushibiki and MF Ippei Shinozuka dropped in at the Lumine Omiya School; on Wednesday, Septmber 4, FW Takamitsu Tomiyama visited the Ageo School; and on Wednesday, September 11, FW Juanma Delgado went to the Omiya West School. Juanma Delgado says, “When I was a kid, I also had a chance to play with professional players like this, and that experience made me want to become a pro too. I had a lot of fun today and I hope I can play football with the kids again some time.” The top team players enjoyed spending time with the school students.
Omiya Ardija’s “Total Advisor” Norio Sasaki was inducted into the Japan Football Hall of Fame and joined the other inductees who are displayed in the Japan Hall of Fame. The Japan Football Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to Japanese football, and there is a dedicated corner in the Japan Football Museum. There are a total of eighty individuals and two teams displayed, and this time the names of Total Advisor Sasaki as well as Akira Nishino and Takeshi Okada were put up in the Hall of Fame.
The “Omiya Ardija Football Clinic in Vietnam” took place between Monday, September 9, and Wednesday, September 11, under the cooperation of Omiya Ardija’s global partners JCB and CBC, as well as NTT Vietnam. It was the second football clinic organized in Vietnam this year. In Hanoi, students attending the Japanese School in Hanoi received coaching, Club Ambassador Taishi Tsukamoto lectured on morals and proper behavior, and local children were invited to take part in a football clinic session. In Danang, a football clinic for children with impairments was held, with 267 kids participating, all smiling and having a lot of fun.