-In the hopes that he can possibly return before the end of the season, Naohiro Ishikawa has been recieving rehabilitation treatment at the team’s Kodaira training facility. The star midfielder has received countless letters of support including many from non-Tokyo supporters. Nao is scheduled to have a followup checkup on the 28th and the team will release details of his injury that day.
-Tokyo veteran Ryuji Fujiyama, who has been with the team for 16 years (extending back to the Tokyo Gas era), will be released following the 2009 season. The team has apparently offered Fujiyama a coaching position, but, in his words, “I intend to keep playing until my body falls apart.”
-Yuto Nagatomo rejoined the team in practice this week and is expected to start against Shimizu on Sunday.
-In the last week Touchuu (the FC Tokyo edition of Chunichi Sports) has ran articles claiming that Tatsuya Suzuki, Naotake Hanyu, and Sota Hirayama are all ready/willing to fill the goal-scoring gap left by Ishikawa. Where were they all season…?
It appears that FC Tokyo may play up to 4 consecutive sold out J.League games in the next month:
-Tomorrow’s match against Shimizu sold out as of Thursday (10/23)
-the Nabisco Cup Final has long been sold out
-The team announced earlier this week that the lower bowl of Ajinomoto has been sold out for the 11/8 matchup versus Urawa
-Visitor end tickets for the late-November tie against Chiba sold out within minutes upon going on sale Friday.
And this morning the ‘remaining’ tickets went on sale for the Nabisco Cup (pretty much all credit card-only); I nearly got a ticket but Visa fucked things up and so no SB ticket for me (which if one looks at the prices at scalper shops, I could have sold for enough profit to pay for tomorrow’s trip to Shimizu). Me? Bitter. Somewhat. In fact very. But see below.
Note that this doesn’t include the 11/11 Emperor’s Cup Game, which takes place on a Wednesday night in Nagasaki and will attract maybe a couple dozen Tokyo supporters. Seriously, JFA, knock this neutral venue bullshit off.
Nabisco Cup News:
-J’s Goal is getting choreography fans pumped up with a 6-year retrospective of pre-game tifos. Y’all know I love this shit.
-Dunno what LA12’s tifo display will be but ours (as in me and previous special reporter Andre) will be awesome. Pics this week, hopefully!
-Design tickets are in the mail! Here’s my haul:
Original Design Ticket 4x, FC Tokyo ticket lottery allotment 2x, SOCIO allotment 1x. These are all going for at least 6-7,000 yen each on the open market, but I am being a good supporter and giving them to friends at face value. Because lord knows I’m immoral in every other way so I might as well make up for it 😉