Or, as you will see, Going and Comings. A quick round-up of all the transfer activity since the end of 2007. And it will be pretty quick seeing as not much has happened, although that isn’t to say nothing interesting has happened. Sadly, though, the most time consuming part of this article was finding the photos and not thinking of 40 more superlatives to describe the wealth of international talent MOIST hoped we’d sign. Still time though, Mr Out-of-favour-at-the-Nou-Camp-Brazilian-playboy.
On your way, sonny: The Goings.
Hayano Hiroshi (Won:18 Drew:10 Lost:18). The biggest news of the winter probably wasn’t the sacking/resignation/’Mr Hayano just go outside for a second,’ *locks doors* ‘yoiks.’ It was pretty much common knowledge he’d be leaving the Marinos for the second time, even before his close to tears speech after the last home game against Albirex sealed the deal. To his credit he took us to our best position since 2004. To his discredit he seemed quite barmy, a lot of his decisions still haven’t been figured out by the University of Tokyo What the Hell? Department and 7th, frankly, wasn’t good enough. Gone to: Back to the TV job, probably, to make a fortune as a knowledgeable pundit. Ah, the irony.
Nasu Daisuke (Played:167 Goals:9). Again, the departure of Nasu was about as shocking as putting your finger into a nice bowl of lukewarm water considering he’s been linked with FC Tokyo earlier in the season, where he’d get a game. The cental defender, midfielder, left back, right back, substitute, teacher’s pet had an up and down season last year. He was constantly fighting for playing time scraps off the table of Yuji, Yuzo, Naoki, Hayuma, Komiyama, Kawai and Yosuke and wasn’t really getting anywhere. MOIST are very sad to see him leave because he was a fantastic player. Luckily for us, and sadly for him, we have solid players in his favoured positions. All the best, Nasu. Actually, considering where you’ve gone, MOIST takes that back. Gone to: Tokyo Verdy, to help them fight unsuccessfully against relegation. Hopefully.
Ueno Yoshiharu (P:376 G:30). A sad farewell to Mr One Club. After 13 years and over 300 games for the Marinos never again will we hear his fantastic chant. At 34 years old the old campaigner has hung up his boots and can spend his days gazing at his 3 championship medals and his one league cup medal. A great midfielder and a great servant to the Marinos. Many thanks Ueno. Gone to: Potter around in the garden in his slippers whilst polishing his medals.
Havenaar Mike (P:34 G:1). Now, hopefully at the start of next season you’ll be seeing this big old white face in the Comings section, fingers crossed and all that, but for 2008 Mike will be way off down south banging in the goals in J2. His one year loan deal to Avispa Fukuoka will hopefully be just that and won’t morph into a permanent deal. Rumour has it that Mike was quite peeved with his treatment in 2007, MOIST were peeved, too, Mike, but with any luck after a year away it will be time to kiss, make up and come back to the Marinos. If you’re reading this, Mike, MOIST and friends will hopefully be in the away end at the Yokohama FC, Shonan Bellmare and, if we’re drunk enough, Mito Hollyhock to cheer you on. Gone to: Avispa Fukuoka for one year and no more. Just one year, you hear, and then straight back.
Yoshida Takayuki (P:70 G:4). This will be the start of section when all the goodwill goes out the window and MOIST stops being upset that certain players have left. Take Yoshida for example. Has there been a more frustrating player over the past few seasons? Clearly there is talent in there somewhere, enough that we re-signed him after a few seasons in Oita, and on the odd occasion it even pops out, but generally…well, generally, uugghh. What boggles the mind, though, is that one of his most insipid performance of the year (the first 45 minutes away at Kobe) came against the team that ended up signing him. Perhaps their coach was only watching his own players, poor fool. Gone to: Vissel Kobe, to piss off their fans with his wayward crossing and poor shooting.
Marques (P:40 G:5). There is an old jokey folk story that is often told in the pubs and bars of Yokohama where Marinos fans gather and always get a good laugh. Once upon a time, long, long ago, so the story goes, there was a soccer player. Not just any soccer player but a Brazilian soccer player. This player was a striker. Not just any striker but a goalscorer. Not just any goalscorer but a proven goalscorer. And his name, shall I tell you? the story teller continues to cries of tell us, tell us. His name was, the story teller pauses for dramatic effect, his name was Marques. And, oh, do the people laugh and how they laugh. But it gives the children nightmares. Gone to: Atletico Mineiro, because 1000 players left Brazil last year so they need some back.
Suzuki Takayuki (P:4 G:0). The sad thing about Suzuki is that there isn’t even a comedy folk story about him ever scoring goals. Bringing him back from the Balkans was a huge gamble and one that went horribly, horribly wrong. God only knows how much he was paid for the four games he actually took part in for us this season. And even Duncan Ferguson hasn’t finished a season with more red cards than goals. Well, he might of but you get my point. Gone to: Nowhere, it’s unlikely that anyone actually knows he is still alive.
Shiokawa Taketo (P:9 G:2). Maybe Shiokawa should be a little higher up the list because MOIST actually have some nice things to say about him. Scored more goals for us than Suzuki with two. In fact, his lone league goal came in a 1-0 away win over Sanfrecce so it was a pretty big deal. The previous fact might be wrong but MOIST are fairly sure it’s correct, so, nice one, Shiokawa. In 2007 he played 33 games for Tokushima so he has obviously fitted in well at his new club. Best of luck to you, Taketo, and thanks for the goals. Gone to: Tokushima Vortis, it’s warmer down there which is nice.
Eltinho (P:1 G:0). No-one knows hold old he is and, MOIST supposes, no-one needs to care anymore. Known as a free scoring, yellow card getting left sided player for the reserve team his 45 minutes of first team action certainly hinted at that. Sadly for Eltinho that was his lot and back to Brazil he went. Gone to: Parana, to impress all the Brazilian ladies with his well travelled self.
Yoshimura Koji (P:0 G:0). Who the hell are you? That’s what you’re all thinking, aren’t you? A year ago when we signed Mr Whatshisname, MOIST said it was a waste of time, not that it was a difficult call to make. A complete waste of an otherwise decent number 16 shirt. Gone to: Nowhere. Truth be known, I don’t even know who he is.
Tominaga Yasuhiro (P:0 G:0). Another of those unknown players although at least this chap has a reason. Spent all of 2007 with Consadole Sapporo and has made his move permanent. At 6’4 he’s a beast of a Japanese man but I don’t think that has helped him get any games. Still, he’ll be in J1 next year keeping Sapporo’s bench nice and warm. Gone to: Consadole Sapporo, to help his team mates reach things on high shelves.
You’re welcome: The Comings
Kuwahara Takashi: Manager. A warm MOIST welcome to all of the new faces in the Seagull Nation, even the ones, like the new manager here, who we aren’t too sure about. It does have to be said that Kuwahara has a great CV, 2 league titles and, before everyone loved the Reds, an Asian Champions Cup. They, however, were many moons ago football wise and questions could be asked about whether he can manage a J1 team in the 21st century. He comes to us from Hamamatsu University and hopefully he’ll be able to teach our players some new things, paper over any cracks and help us make the grade this year. Ahem.
Roniéliton Pereira dos Santos (Roni): FW. Just the one Roni, British comedy fans, but perhaps a decent one. At age 30 he is, according to that old pundit’s tale, reaching maturity as a striker. Looking at his history it seemed his best days were behind him, 24 goals in 87 apperances for Fluminese between 1997 and 2000 along with 6 caps and 4 goals for Brazil in 1999, but in 2007 he had a solid year at Cruzeiro, scoring 12 goals in 30 games. Judging by his photo and knowing that he is 171cm tall, he would appear to be built like a mini Wayne Rooney. This would seem to suggest an Oshima Roni partnership so hopefully the lad has some pace.
Welington Nogueira Lopes (Lopes) MF/FW. Another Brazilian from Cruzeiro joins the Marinos fun bus, although this one, Lopes, has spent the last two years on loan at Vegalta Sendai. His two years appear to have been very successful. Playing in midfield he managed to score 28 goals in 87 games for the Sendai club. Admittedly that was in J2 but MOIST would like to think that the better players around his this year will help his game improve. At 28 years old he has some good years ahead of him and, if he forges a nice partnership with Koji, should help us do well this year. Was apparently linked with a move to the Reds so he must be a bit of alright. Even if he isn’t, at least he isn’t Alex Santos.
Mizunuma Kota: MF. What more is there to say about Kota that MOIST hasn’t already said? Technically a new signing this year as he has officially been called up from the youth squad, people are well aware of his talent and potential. MOIST would, of course, like to see him feature in 2008 but, seeing as he is only 17 years old, don’t want him to feature too much and burn out. Any chance the new manager is Ferguson-esque and knows how to handle our Beckhams and our Giggses?
Ogura Shohei: MF. If you’ve been bored enough to read the comments pages on this here blog you’d have been pleased to discover that Ogura is “easily the most underrated Japanese defensive midfielder today.” Of course, that opinion comes from a Mito Hollyhock supporter and to them a goal is like Christmas and a point the Second Coming. Only 22 but already having played 108 times in 3 seasons for Hollyhock he comes to us with a shedload of experience. And even though Hollyhock have been camped at the foot of J2 for those three seasons, Ogura played well enough to earn a call up to the U22 Olympic side. Presumably bought to fill the gap left by Nasu it seems he could be a good signing in his own right and keep Kawai on his toes.
Furube Kenta: FW. This is the stage of the Comings section where MOIST in entering moslty unknown territory; University and youth team players. We will soldier on valiantly to keep you informed, though, dear reader. A while back we talked about this signing on the old blog but we’ll give a quick recap. Born in 1985, Furuba is a tallish striker at 180cm. Whilst he was at Ritsumeikan University he got called up to the U22 Olympic squad, in 2006, and took part in the Summer Universiade, in 2007. Definitely looks to have the potential to be a good player.
Kanai Takashi: DF/MF. Being on the bench for the last home game of the season and, possibly, being a central defender is about all the information MOIST have on Kanai. But wait, an update, he is a member of the U17 National Team. Promoted from the youth team, 2008 will probably be a season of Satellite Leagues games and training with the big boys.
Hyodo Shingo: MF. Hyodo, so it seems, is a quality act. A 22yr old midfielder he was a regular in the Japan Youth Team during his High School days and was invited to take part in an U20 Japan training camp. Whilst at Waseda he was the captain, and number 10, of the U20 team that played in the 2005 World Youth Championships. Also in 2005 he took part in the Summer Universiade. In his final year at Waseda, 2007, he was MVP as they won the 56th All Japan University Football Challenge.
Urata Nobuhisa: DF. He’s a defender from Teikyo High School. That’s all MOIST have got right now.
Umei Daiki: DF. 190cm of big Maruoka High School defender. Nothing else to report.
That’s all the transfer news so far this off season. If and when we sign anyone else you can read it here first. Ok, maybe not first, probably not even second but you’ll be able to read it here at some point.