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Omiya Ardija’s three-week Okinawa camp opened on January 24. A practice game was held four times, and overall it was a productive training camp. This season’s J2 League will kick off on February 18, with Omiya’s season opener being an away match against Mito Holylhock.
It was revealed on January 25 that Atsushi Kurokawa, who was negotiating a transfer to a club overseas, did not pass the medical and negotiations fell through. Kurokawa will be playing for Omiya Ardija again this season, and came back to the team in mid-February.
On February 6, Omiya Ardija Ventus held a press conference at the clubhouse. Mizuho Sakaguchi, a member on the team that captured the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, was among the players who attended the press conference, which was delivered online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “I will do my best and won’t hesitate to use all my past experiences for the benefit of this team. I want to make a solid contribution to the community, and make women’s football really exciting for everyone.”
On January 25, Saitama City’s honorary citizen, Soichi Aikawa, passed away. Mr. Aikawa served as mayor when three cities were merged to create Saitama City, the ownership of Omiya Park Football Stadium was transferred from Saitama Prefecture to Saitama City, and the stadium was renovated to its current state. After the three-city merger, Mr. Aikawa continued to generously support Omiya Ardija, serving as President of the Ardija Supporters Club. Mr. Aikawa helped Ardija take root in Saitama City and make NACK5 Stadium Omiya its home. We express our sincere gratitude and respect for Mr. Aikawa’s many achievements over the years, and thank him for being such a long-standing supporter.
On January 30, Omiya Ardija announced that Total Adviser Norio Sasaki and Club Ambassador Taishi Tsukamoto will continue in their roles through the 2021 season.
On February 1, the club announced its vision: “Be strong for Omiya. Be professional to exceed expectations.” “Be strong for Omiya” expresses the need for each player and staff to be strong and be prepared to overcome any challenge or difficulty to reach their goal. If each individual becomes stronger and works together as a team, the organization as a whole will become even stronger. “Be professional to exceed expectations” means that everyone involved in the club should make their best effort to fulfill expectations and produce results as a member of a professional football club. A real professional not only meets expectations but exceeds them.