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Match Report: J1 Round 19: Kawasaki Frontale vs. FC Tokyo

J.League Division 1 Week 19
First Half
0 – 1

Second Half
2 – 0

Final
2 – 1

August 1st 2009, 7PM Kickoff at Todoroki Soccer Stadium (Nakahara, Kawasaki) Attendance ##,###
GK 1 Eiji Kawashima
DF 19 Yusuke Mori
DF 13 Shuhei Terada
DF 2 Hiroki Ito
DF 26 Kazuhiro Murakami
MF 18 Tomonobu Yokoyama
MF 29 Hiroyuki Taniguchi
MF 14 Kengo Nakamura
FW 15 Takuro Yajima
FW 10 Juninho
FW 8 Satoru Yamagishi
Starting Members
GK 20 Shuichi Gonda
DF 25 Yuhei Tokunaga
DF 4 Bruno Quadros
DF 6 Yasuyuki Konno
DF 5 Yuto Nagatomo
MF 10 Yohei Kajiyama
MF 28 Takuji Yonemoto
MF 18 Naohiro Ishikawa
MF 22 Naotake Hanyu
FW 9 Cabore
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FW 13 Sota Hirayama
53' 34 Renatinho (for Satoru Yamagishi)
65' 4 Yusuke Igawa (for Kazuhiro Murakami)
71' 20 Yuji Yabu (for Tomonobu Yokoyama)
Substitutes 70' 27 Sotan Tanabe (for Takuji Yonemoto)
77' 40 Tatsuya Suzuki (for Cabore)
82' 24 Shingo Akamine (for Naohiro Ishikawa)
55' Juninho
89' Hiroyuki Taniguchi
Goals 37' Naohiro Ishikawa
44' Shuhei Terada
87' Renatinho
Cautions 3' Bruno Quadros
73' Yohei Kajiyama
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Sorry this came late but I was at Rock In Japan Festival all weekend and spent the rest of the week recovering.  From the looks of it, doesn't seem like a match I would have enjoyed attending much anyway.  Jofuku returned to the lineup that had given the team so much success in the last couple months, but a failure to keep the lead resulted in a heartbreaking injury time loss.  Tokyo now sits at 6th place in the standings (edged out by Shimizu on points) and Kashima's loss means that the top half of the table draws ever closer.

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Match Report: Nabisco Cup Quarterfinals Second Leg: Nagoya Grampus vs. FC Tokyo

Nabisco Cup Quarterfinals Second Leg: Nagoya Grampus vs. FC Tokyo
First Half
1 – 0

Second Half
1 – 1

Final
2 – 1

July 29th 2009, 8PM Kickoff at Mizuho Athletic Stadium (Mizuho, Nagoya) Attendance 6,463
GK 30 Koichi Hirono
DF 32 Hayuma Tanaka
DF 3 Milos Bajalica
DF 4 Maya Yoshida
DF 6 Shohei Abe
MF 10 Yoshizumi Ogawa
MF 14 Keiji Yoshimura
MF 13 Kei Yamaguchi
MF 19 Keita Sugimoto
FW 17 Yuki Maki
FW 16 Joshua Kennedy
Starting Members
GK 1 Hitoshi Shiota
DF 33 Kenta Mukuhara
DF 4 Bruno Quadros
DF 6 Yasuyuki Konno
DF 5 Yuto Nagatomo
MF 10 Yohei Kajiyama
MF 22 Naotake Hanyu
MF 40 Tatsuya Suzuki
MF 27 Sotan Tanabe
FW 9 Cabore
FW 24 Shingo Akamine
55' 18 Tomohiro Tsuda (for Keiji Yoshimura)
62' 28 Taishi Taguchi (for Keita Sugimoto)
83' 26 Masaya Sato (for Kei Yamaguchi)
Substitutes 55' 25 Yuhei Tokunaga (for Cabore)
58' 18 Naohiro Ishikawa (for Naotake Hanyu)
77' 13 Sota Hirayama (for Sotan Tanabe)
33' Yuki Maki
65' Maya Yoshida
Goals 85' Sota Hirayma
15' Keiji Yoshimura Cautions
Ejections

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We came with an adjusted lineup from the previous 8 games, they scored 2 goals, but Hirayama put one in the net late to seal Tokyo's victory.  Sadly the game wasn't broadcast so I had no way of seeing it, but the 1-2 loss was enough to get Tokyo to the semifinals 6-3 on aggregate.  Our next opponent will be Shimizu S-Pulse (again), with the away leg on 9/2 and the home leg on 9/6.  Winner plays the winner of Yokohama vs. Kawasaki in the final.

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Match Report: J1 Round 19: FC Tokyo vs. Sanfrecce Hiroshima

J.League Division 1 Round 19
First Half
0 – 0Second Half
0 – 0

Final
0 – 0

July 25th 2009, 6PM Kickoff at Ajinomoto Stadium (Chofu, Tokyo) Attendance 27,846
GK 20 Shuichi gonda
DF 25 Yuhei Tokunaga
DF 4 Bruno Quadros
DF 6 Yasuyuki Konno
DF 5 Yuto Nagatomo
MF 10 Yohei Kajiyama
MF 28 Takuji Yonemoto
MF 18 Naohiro Ishikawa
MF 22 Naotake Hanyu
FW 9 Cabore
FW 13 Sota Hirayama
Starting Members
GK 34 Hirotsugu Nakabayashi
DF 24 Ryota Moriwaki
DF 2 Ilian Stoyanov
DF 19 Kohei Morita
MF 16 Ri Han-Jae
MF 35 Koji Nakajima
MF 6 Toshihiro Aoyama
MF 17 Kota Hattori
MF 25 Issei Takayanagi
MF 10 Yosuke Kashiwagi
FW 11 Hisato Sato
78′ 27 Sotan Tanabe (for Naotake Hanyu)
84′ 24 Shingo Akamine (for Sota Hirayama)
88′ 40 Tetsuya Suzuki (for Naohiro Ishikawa)
Substitutes Half 15 Yojiro Takahagi (for Issei Takayanagi)
73′ 33 Takashi Rakuyama (for Ri Han-Jae)
88′ 22 Tsubasa Yokotake (for Yosuke Kasiwagi)
Goals
34′ Yohei Kajiyama
50′ Cabore
80′ Sota Hirayama
Cautions
Ejections

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Match Report: Nabisco Cup Quarterfinals First Leg: FC Tokyo vs. Nagoya Grampus

J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Quarterfinal Round Game 1
First Half
4 – 0 Second Half
1 – 1

Final
5 – 1

July 15th 2009, 7:30PM Kickoff at Ajinomoto Stadium (Chofu, Tokyo) Attendance 12,226
GK 20 Shuichi Gonda
DF 25 Yuhei Tokunaga
DF 4 Bruno Quadros
DF 6 Yasuyuki Konno
DF 5 Yuto Nagatomo
MF 28 Takuji Yonemoto
MF 10 Yohei Kajiyama
MF 18 Naohiro Ishikawa
MF 22 Naotake Hanyu
FW 9 Cabore
FW 13 Sota Hirayama
Starting Members
GK 21 Koji Nishimura
DF 32 Hayuma Tanaka
DF 2 Akira Takeuchi
DF 5 Takahiro Masukawa
DF 26 Masaya Sato
MF 10 Yoshizumi Ogawa
MF 7 Naoshi Nakamura
MF 14 Keiji Yoshimura
MF 8 Magnum
FW 19 Keita Sugimoto
FW 9 Davi
Half 24 Shingo Akamine (for Cabore)
68′ 40 Tatsuya Suzuki (for Takuji Yonemoto)
71′ 27 Sotan Tanabe (for Naohiro Ishikawa)
Substitutes Half 11 Keiji Tamada (for Davi)
61′ 13 Kei Yamaguchi (for Keiji Yoshimura)
70′ 18 Tomohiro Tsuda (for Keita Sugimoto)
3′ Sota Hirayama
10′ Takuji Yonemoto
11′ Naohiro Ishikawa
26′ Yuto Nagatomo
75′ Own Goal
Goals 53′ Yoshizumi Ogawa
  Cautions 26′ Akira Takeuchi
88′ Hayuma Tanaka
  Ejections  

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Those of you who are familiar with the legendary Blizzard game Starcraft probably remember the one time you played against a Korean player.  You shoulders immediately tensed, the hairs on your arm stuck straight up, a fine line of sweat formed across your brow; all of this before the game even started.  While you attempted to build up your noble Terran army and began to construct factories and even a few bunkers, your opponent already had an army under his command.  Then, out of nowhere, a wave of zerglings overruns you as if you were the last Tickle-Me-Elmo on Black Friday, and they leave behind them a twisted mass of wreckage akin to New Orleans, post-Katrina.  You sat at your computer, desolate, perhaps a small wet spot spreading on the front of your pants, wondering why you’d even bothered showing up in the first place.

That’s more or less what it must have felt like to be a Nagoya fan in Ajinomoto Stadium last night.

Nagoya, stung by a 3-0 defeat on Sunday, attempted to barrel their way to the Tokyo goal and get a couple goals that would, at the very least, help them in the event of a tiebreaker.  Tokyo had other intentions, however, and the first goal was so quick that some fans were probably still pouring into the stadium.  10 minutes later the score was 3-0 courtesy of an incredibly well-placed shot by Yonemoto and yet another score by Ishikawa, bringing his streak to 6 games in a row which sets a new team record.  Nagatomo contributed a score of his own at 26′, and the team basically spent the rest of the first half in incredibly intricate passing sequences, much like bullies passing a stuffed animal back and forth to keep it away from a little kid.  Nagoya’s players were visibly frustrated, as were the fans who hoisted a banner exclaiming “Fight back if you’re man enough! behind their goal.  Pixi looked like he wanted to impale himself on the corner kick flag and end it all right then and there.

The second half featured a lot more miscues, errors, and generally sloppy play by Tokyo; not enough to turn the game to Nagoya’s favor but just enough to wipe out the afterglow of an amazing first half.  One could argue that playing 2 games in 4 days against the same opponent is quite tiring, especially when Nagoya played some dirty football in an attempt to derail Tokyo’s concentration, but some of these mistakes were facepalm-worthy.  Poor clearing choices, missed passes, hesitations on the attack… you name it, they screwed it up.  Fortunately this lapse only lasted long enough to give away one goal, and Tokyo went back to kicking ass and taking names for the rest of the match until newly-signed striker Owen Gouru, appearing on a one-day contract, knocked in the 5th goal.

With the win, Tokyo takes a 4-goal difference into Nagoya in two weeks.  A 3-goal loss or a better result would be enough to send Tokyo into the semifinals, where it will face either Shimizu or Urawa (who won their first match 2-1 at home).

Match Report: J1 Round 14: Kashiwa Reysol vs. FC Tokyo

J.League Division 1 Week 14
First Half
0 – 2Second Half
0 – 1

Final
0 – 3

June 7th 2009, 1PM Kickoff at Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium (Kashiwa, Chiba) Attendance 10,266
GK 33 Takanori Sugeno
DF 25 Yusuke Murakami
DF 5 Mashiro Koga
DF 13 Yuzo Kobayashi
DF 7 Hidekazu Otani
MF 14 Keisuke Ota
MF 28 Ryoichi Kurisawa
MF 19 Shu Abe
FW 15 Minoru Suganuma
FW 20 Tadanari Lee
FW 9 Hideaki Kitajima
Starting Members
GK 20 Shuichi Gonda
DF 25 Yuhei Tokunaga
DF 4 Bruno Quadros
DF 6 Yasuyuki Konno
DF 5 Yuto Nagatomo
MF 28 Takuji Yonemoto
MF 10 Yohei Kajiyama
MF 18 Naohiro Ishikawa
MF 22 Naotake Hanyu
FW 9 Cabore
FW 13 Sota Hirayama
51′ 10 França (for Hideaki Kitajima)
51′ 11 Popo (for Keisuke Ota)
60′ 27 Yuki Otsu (for Tadanari Lee)
Substitutes 68′ 27 Sotan Tanabe (for Naotake Hanyu)
71′ 24 Shingo Akamine (for Cabore)
79′ 40 Tatsuya Suzuki (for Sota Hirayama)
  Goals 9′ Naohiro Ishikawa
20′ Cabore
46′ Sota Hirayama
  Cautions  
  Ejections  

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Unfortunately due to photography commitments I wasn’t able to make the trek out to Hitachi this time, but I would have apparently had a much better time than I did the first time I went there bck in March.

Cabore breaks his slump in league games, Ishikawa moves into a tie for 3rd among goal-scorers (tied for 1st among Japanese players), and the battlin’ monk Hirayama gets his first goal of the season.   Now let’s see them keep it up.

Here’s the video:

Nabisco Cup Group B Round 6: FC Tokyo vs. Shimizu S-Pulse

Nabisco Cup Group B Round 6
First Half
1 – 0Second Half
2 – 1

Final
3 – 1

June 13th 2009, 2PM Kickoff at Komazawa Stadium (Setagawa, Tokyo) Attendance 12,538
GK 20 Shuichi Gonda
DF 33 Kenta Mukuhara
DF 4 Bruno Quadros
DF 15 Daishi Hiramatsu
DF 25 Yuhei Tokunaga
MF 28 Takuji Yonemoto
MF 10 Yohei Kajiyama
MF 18 Naohiro Ishikawa
MF 27 Sotan Tanabe
FW 9 Cabore
FW 32 Yusuke Kondo
Starting Members
GK 21 Yohei Nishibe
DF 25 Daisuke Ichikawa
DF 3 Naoaki Aoyama
DF 5 Keisuke Iwashita
DF 2 Arata Kodama
MF 10 Jungo Fujimoto
MF 7 Teruyoshi Ito
MF 16 Takuya Honda
MF 13 Akihiro Hyodo
FW 8 Takuma Edamura
FW 11 Kazuki Hara
57' 40Tatsuya Suzuki (for Yusuke Kondo)
66' 24 Shingo Akamine (for Cabore)
75' 19 Yohei Otake (for Sotan Tanabe)
Substitutes Half 20 Shun Nagasawa (for Teruyoshi Ito)
68' 22 Genki Omae (for Jungo Fujimoto)
68' 4 Kosuke Ota (for Arata Kodama)
6' Cabore
61' Naohiro Ishikawa
73' Shingo Akamine (PK)
Goals 83' Genko Omae
34' Kenta Mukuhara
58' Yuhei Tokunaga
Cautions 70' Naoaki Aoyama
71' Naoaki Aoyama
73' Keisuke Iwashita
  Ejections 71' Naoaki Aoyama

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For what may be the first time this season, Tokyo played 90 minutes of exciting, fast-pced, attack-oriented football and managed to absolutely decimate Shimizu S-Pulse in what was essentially a dead-rubber game for the orange legion.  Shimizu had locked up a berth in the quarterfinals already; a win would guarantee first place and a matchup with Nagoya Grampus, while a loss or draw could possibly knock the team down to 2nd and result in a tieup with Group A's first place squad (which turned out to be Urawa.  Tokyo, on the other hand, controlled its own destiny and could make it to the second round (and win Group B) with a win.

The match ws a wild back -and-forth affair from the start; topped with an early goal by Cabore that gave Tokyo a rare first-half lead.  Though Tokyo (particularly Kajiyama) made many silly passing mistakes, the lead held and the boys in blue and red went into the locker room feeling pretty good about themselves.

The second half featured drama, intrigue, and a rare officiating decision that favored Tokyo.  16 minutes into the second half, Naohiro Ishikwa let off a ripping shot that would prove to be the game winner.  10 minutes later, Akamine was pulled down inside the box by Shimizu defender Naoki Aoyama, who began protesting practically before the referee pointed to the penalty spot.  With the Tokyo fans egging him on, Aoyama continued to protest and was eventually showed a red card for his trouble.  Akamine's first attempt was blocked, but the referee gave another Shimizu player a yellow for encroaching on the penalty area and called a redo.  Akamine didn't miss the second time and Tokyo steamed on to a 3-1 victory despite getting a bit lazy on defense with a 3-goal lead and a 1-man advantage (hence the '1' in the equation.  Gonda proved his skills by stopping a penalty shot late in the second half that would have made it 3-2 and caused heart rates to go up behind the Tokyo goal, and from then on it was merely a question of which songs to sing until the final whistle.

Having captured Group B, Tokyo will now take on Nagoya Grampus in the quarterfinals of the Cup.  The home leg will be July 15th at Ajinomoto Stadium (4 days after the teams meet in J1 play at the same stadium), while the away leg will be on July 29th.  The winner will play the winner of the Urawa-Shimizu series in the semifinals.

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Match Report: Nabisco Cup Group B Round 5: FC Tokyo vs. Montedio Yamagata

J.League Division 1 Week #
First Half
0 – 1Second Half
3 – 0

Final
3 – 1

June 3th 2009, 7:30PM Kickoff at Kokuritsu Stadium (Shinjuku, Tokyo) Attendance 14,259
GK 20 Shuichi Gonda
DF 14 Hokuto Nakamura
DF 4 Bruno Quadros
DF 15 Daishi Hiramatsu
DF 25 Yuhei Tokunaga
MF 28 Takuji Yonemoto
MF 10 Yohei Kajiyama
MF 18 Naohiro Ishikawa
MF 27 Sotan Tanabe
FW 9 Cabore
FW 13 Sota Hirayama
Starting Members
GK 21 Taishi Endo
DF 14 Takuya Miyamoto
DF 22 Takuya Sonoda
DF 23 Hidenori Ishii
DF 13 Tatsuya Ishikawa
MF 16 Kim Byung-Suk
MF 19 Masaru Akiba
MF 5 Takumi Watanabe
MF 29 Tomoyasu Hirose
FW 15 Yu Hasegawa
FW 6 Kohei Miyazaki
29′ 33 Kenta Mukuhara (for Hokuto Nakamura)
71′ 19 Yohei Otake (for Sotan Tanabe)
76′ 24 Shingo Akamine (for Cabore)
Substitutes 43′ 17 Kentaro Sato (for Masaru Akiba)
Half 20 Ryo Kobayashi (for Kim Byung-Suk)
76′ 7 Katsuyuki Miyazawa (for Takuya Miyamoto)
57′ Yohei Kajiyama
63′ Cabore
71′ Cabore
Goals 3′ Tomoyasu Hirose
17′ Sota Hirayama
43′ Kenta Mukuhara
Cautions 32′ Takuya Sonoda
44′ Takuya Miyamoto
51′ Kentaro Sato
  Ejections  

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For once, Tokyo fans were treated to a come-from-behind victory against Montedio Yamagata on a Wednesday night game at Kokuritsu.  Tokyo came out of the gates… poorly, to say the least, allowing a goal in the 3rd minute when the defense plain collapsed.  Tokyo spent the next 30 minutes or so plodding along before finally gaining some semblance of structure.

Whatever coach Jofuku told the team at halftime seemed to kick in, however, as the team struck back with a vengeance in the second half.  Our favorite player to bitch about, Yohei Kajiyama, came up big in the 57th minue with a beauty of a strike to tie the game.  6 minutes later Cabore displayed incredible follow-through effort in scoring the tiebreaker, and 8 minutes after that sealed the deal with his second goal of the game.

Match Report: Nabisco Cup Group B Round 4: Kyoto Sanga vs. FC Tokyo

Nabisco Cup Group B Round 4: Kyoto Sanga vs. FC Tokyo
First Half
0 – 1Second Half
1 – 0

Final
1 – 1

May 30th 2009, 2PM Kickoff at Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium (Ukyo, Kyoto) Attendance 7,508
GK 21 Yuichi Mizutani
DF 24 Tatsuya Masushima
DF 4 Hiroki Mizumoto
DF 5 Kazuki Teshima
DF 22 Daigo Watanabe
MF 18 Koken Kato
MF 16 Jun Ando
MF 3 Sidiclei
MF 10 Diego
FW 20 Paulinho
FW 9 Yohei Toyoda
Starting Members
GK 20 Shuichi Gonda
DF 33 Kenta Mukuhara
DF 3 Hideki Sahara
DF 15 Daishi Hiramatsu
DF 25 Yuhei Tokunaga
MF 28 Takuji Yonemoto
MF 10 Yohei Kajiyama
MF 18 Naohiro Ishikawa
MF 27 Sotan Tanabe
FW 9 Cabore
FW 13 Sota Hirayama
27′ 17 Taisuke Nakamura (for Koken Kato)
64′ 13 Atsushi Yanagisawa (for Kazuki Teshima)
80′ 23 Atsutaka Nakamura (for Paulinho)
Substitutes 64′ 40 Tatsuya Suzuki (for Cabore)
65′ 24 Shingo Akamine (for Sotan Tanabe)
71′ 19 Yohei Otake (for Naohiro Ishikawa)
69′ Atsushi Yanagisawa Goals 12′ Naohiro Ishikawa
60′ Diego Cautions 38′ Sota Hirayama
52′ Yohei Kajiyama
  Ejections  

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Neither of us saw this match, box score should say it all.

Match Report: J1 Round 13: FC Tokyo vs. Kawasaki Frontale

J-League Round 13
First Half
1 – 0Second Half
1 – 3

Final
0 – 1

May 24th 2009, 2PM Kickoff at Ajinomoto Stadium (Chofu, Tokyo) Attendance 27,851
GK 20 Shuichi Gonda
DF 25 Yuhei Tokunaga
DF 4 Bruno Quadros
DF 6 Yasuyuki Konno
DF 5 Yuto Nagatomo
MF 10 Yohei Kajiyama
MF 28 Takuji Yonemoto
MF 18 Naohiro Ishikawa
MF 22 Naotake Hanyu
FW 9 Cabore
FW 13 Sota Hirayama
Starting Members
GK 1 Eiji Kawashima
DF 19 Yusuke Mori
DF 4 Yusuke Igawa
DF 17 Kosuke Kikuchi
DF 2 Hiroki Ito
MF 6 Yusuke Tasaka
MF 14 Kengo Nakamura
MF 29 Hiroyuki Taniguchi
FW 34 Renatinho
FW 9 Chong Tese
FW 10 Juninho
Half 40 Tatsuya Suzuki (for Naotake Hanyu)
59′ 2 Teruyuki Moniwa (for Naohiro Ishikawa)
75′ 14 Hokuto Nakamura (for Sota Hirayama)
Substitutes 54′ 11 Vitor Junior (for Yusuke Tasaka)
79′ 18 Tomonobu Yokoyama (for Renatinho)
89′ 7 Masaru Kurotsu (for Chong Tese)
28′ Yasuyuki Konno
54′ Naohiro Ishikawa
Goals 58′ Juninho
65′ Hiroyuki Taniguchi
68′ Renatinho
  Cautions 15′ Yusuke Tasaka
65′ Chong Tese
89′ Masaru Kurotsu
57′ Bruno Quadros Ejections  

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This was a great match spoiled by the team’s quick and utter collapse following the ejection of Bruno Quadros 13 minutes into the second half.  Though Tokyo managed to control the flow of the game for most of the first half and into the second, going down to 10 men proved to be the catalyst as Kawasaki took over and FCT quickly became demoralized.  It was painful to watch, quite frankly.  Definitely a case where one decision by the referee can affect the entire game, and nobody likes to see that.  Had Bruno not gotten a stupid red card (I didn’t even bother to check the video; Matsu over at TRSN had no problem with it so it was probably deserved.

On the plus side, the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra live before the game was pretty rad, so there’s that.