Monthly Archives: January 2008

A Festival of Fun

And food poisoning if you are MOIST.

Yes, MOISTists, your number one supporters group had a touch of Delhi Belly on Monday morning after an exciting Sunday out at the Marinos Festa.

Somebody get these white people off me, please!Now, the event wasn’t exactly the best planned. Each player was given a 30 minute slot to sign autographs and have photos taken. This mean that you could only really get to see 2 players because, with the numbers, you were likely to be queueing for most of that 30 minutes to get to the front of the queue.

A bit of shame with so many players around to see. Koji, Yuji and, newly promoted from the youth team, Kanai were absent because of international duties but apart from that Marinos Town was chock full of quality Marinos action.Hoping for a bit off this kind of action in 2008.

As you can see from the photos, MOIST and not MOIST please stop asking him if he is stalker type bloke Brendan chose to see MOIST Player of the Year 2007, Ryuji Kawai, Wellington “The Beast” Lopes and, ahem, Roni. Honest, like. And not forgetting the fact that we got to meet and greet with Aria’s dad who was an absolutely fantastic bloke.

Absolute Legend.Bless him, Kawai was a little on the scared side when MOIST strolled up to the front of the queue. God knows how he trained with Mike everyday. Lopes, on the other hand, took it all in his stride. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French. Bit of a bugger because MOIST and Brendan speak none of those.

So, we’re off to learn Portuguese.

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New Fixture List Equals 4th Title Shocker?

The complete fixture list for the 2008 J-League and Nabisco Cup has been released this week and has thrown up a deja vu start and finish to the season.

Fingers crossed for Dutra, lads.The last time the Marinos won the J-League, way back in 2004, we opened the season at home to the Reds and then went on to pick up the trophy on the last day of the J-League season, admittedly it was the Suntory Championship and not a regular league fixture, at Saitama Stadium.You little Brazilian beauty.

Thanks to the suits at J-League HQ we have a golden chance to do exactly the same again. Who will be this year’s Dutra? Roni or Lopes, the chance is yours.

Will 2008 see the glory days return?You might notice that this season we have a few games at Nippatsu. Nippatsu, so it seems, is the new name for Mitsuzawa Stadium presumably because the new owners are the NHK Spring Company, NHK Nippatsu to the locals. Clearly they must be hoping Yokohama FC spring back into J1 and will recoil at the thought of it not happening. Ahem.

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National Team Call-Ups

Everyone’s favourite 2 time J-League winning manager, Okada Takeshi, has announced his Japan squad for the Kirin Cup games against Chile and Bosnia. Oka-chan has called up the standard two Marinos players, Nakazawa Yuji and Yamase Koji, to the Nakazawa Yujisquad.

Yuji is a probable starter but it will be interesting to see if Koji, who Yamase Kojiplayed under Okada in Sapporo and was later signed by the same bespectacled genius at the Marinos, will be favoured for a starting role or assume his position on the bench.

Yuji will be looking to earn his 67th and 68th caps for Japan whilst Koji, who is a long way behind, will be looking to earn his 3rd and 4th.

The games will be played at the National Stadium on the 26th and 30th of January with Chile up first.

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What’s New, Pussycat?

A good question, Woody, a good question. The answer is, lots of things. The past week has seen new fixtures, new numbers and new uniforms. So where to begin?

The front of the new kit.Let’s go in reverse order and have a look at the new uniforms.  As you may very well know, the Marinos recently sold its soul and switched from God’s own Adidas to Satan’s choice of leisurewear, Nike, much to the displeasure of half of MOIST (the other half spends most of his waking hours looking like an advert for L.L. Bean, complete with named bag, and has failed to so far comment on the change).300 Free Tees Invade Royal Box Shocker

Last Saturday was the official unveiling of the new and, thanks to Nike, presumed to be horrible, uniform down at the Nissan. The first 300 lucky fans to arrive would win a free t-shirt and the chance to sit in the Royal Box for the ceremony.

MOIST rocking some sweet hat hair.You guessed it, MOIST were there on a freezing cold morning to claim our free t-shirt and bask in the glory of being tall enough to get on camera. It wasn’t just the new kit that got an outing, the new signings were paraded before us drooling fans and painted an upbeat picture of the coming season.

First off, Kuwahara exudes confidence and seems to possess a large set of marbles. He talked about resurrecting the Marinos and then winning. How did he plan to win, he50% Rooney, 50% Romario, 100% Marinos was asked by a reporter. By scoring more goals than the opposition, he fired back. Long gone are the days of po-faced Hayano.

Seriously, Ogura might be mental.Secondly, the atmosphere amongst the new signings was excellent. They all seemed to be very happy to be there and were laughing and joking amongst themselves. Ogura Shohei was especially mental and, even though he might not feature too much this season, he will bring a great spirit into the dressing room.

Finally, Lopes is an absolute beast. Lopes the BeastA monster of a man. I highly doubt there is anyway he can be stopped bar a large scale military The back of the new kit.intervention.

Oh, yeah, the new kit, I forgot about that. In what is hopefully the first of many pleasant surprises this season, Nike have done a good job on the new kit. Like last season, the away kit looks especially nice and although the new look isn’t as good as 2007 at least we haven’t ended up with a nasty Kashima style affair. The only view of the white uniform is at the at the Marinos website.

Backs against the wall lads.This year’s squad numbers have also been released and contain a few notable changes. Of the old hands the most notable changes are Kawai and Yuzo leaving behind double figures and changing to 6 and 4, respectively, MOIST are loving Kawai being number 6 as it gives us visions of Keano playing for Ireland, and Yukihiro who has changed to 16. New boys Lopes and Roni have taken 8 and 9 but the number 5 shirt is still available, perhaps the players are worried that there can only be one Dutra.Thug life at the Nissan

All the squad details can be found here at the Squad page.

Last but not least the J-League have also announced each team’s first home game of the season. This means the first two fixtures of the season are now known and what a way to start the season we have. The first game of the season is home to last year’s J-League bottlers, Urawa Reds, and the second game of the season sees us travel to Sapporo and play Consadole in their first game in J1 since 2002. Hopefully the first two games will produce back to back wins with the Reds losing their second straight J-League game at the Nissan and a successful return home for Yamase Koji.

All the fixtures, when they come out, along with the results can be found here at the Fixtures page.

That is the end of the first wordpress post. Sorry about all the blog changes, with any luck MOIST is settled here now. Not forgetting a specail thanks to Nick, my graphics guru.

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Comings and Goings

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.

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MOIST 2007 Season Awards

I think I said, I can’t be bothered to check but you can, that next up would be the comings and goings off the off-season. Well, I changed my mind because we still haven’t signed Ronaldhino and I don’t want to make him big-headed when he comes by giving him a whole post to himself.

So, whilst we wait for him to sign on the dotted line you can feast your eyes on the MOIST 2007 Season Awards. We have 4 categories: Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, Goal of the Season and Game of the Season.

Each category has 5 nominees and will be announced in reverse order. If you don’t agree with the results, let me know. You’ll be wrong but let me know anyway.

Player of the Season

5. Shimizu Norihisa
The much maligned, around these parts at least, Shimizu was something of a revelation this season. Although he didn’t figure for a significant amount of the campaign he was a real threat and a livewire in the games he did play in. Moved into a wider position than his former off-the-striker role he was able to use his pace and experience to play havoc with full backs.

With a squad full of younger players it is unlikely that Shimizu will start many games in the 2008 campaign but his ability to come off the bench and make things happen combined with the experience he can pass down to the younger players should make him a vital cog in the works next season.

4. Yamase Yukihiro
Yokohama’s very own Phil Neville didn’t have to move cities to get from under the wing of his older brother and, in some ways, impressed more than Koji in 2007.
Playing on either flank, swapping sided regularly during a game, and often popping up in the middle, Yukihiro covered a lot of ground in his own, highly amusing comedy running way. Weighing in with a handful of goals and assists he had a great season and proved to be an additional attacking weapon from midfield. With more consistency through, perhaps, better rotation he should have a great 2008.

3. Komiyama Takanobu
After Dutra was told to pack his bags it seemed like their would be an unfillable hole down the left side of the field. However, this season, three players have shown that Dutra’s departure wasn’t the end of left-footed world.
Komiyama spent the season vying with Tanaka Yusuke, and occassionally Nasu, for the left-back spot and, in the opinion of MOIST, was the better full-back. Although he was initially third choice for the position he forced himself into the team and enjoyed a long run once selected. His battle with Yusuke next season should be interesting to watch.

2. Yamase Koji
Perhaps a shock choice for number 2 being the top scoring midfielder in J1 and the creative force in midfield but, although Koji has had a fantastic season and, hopefully, laid to rest any doubts about his injury proneness, he needs to work on one aspect of his game to make the jump to number one.
Now, this isn’t to disrespect the man, but his dead ball delivery this season has been fairly woeful. When’s he aimed for goal he’s either hit the target of come damn close but when’s he aimed for players he’s usually found the other team. If he can improve on his delivery it’s star number 4 for the Albatross Nation.

1. Kawai Ryuji
Oh, oh, oh, oh Kawai. Oh, oh, oh, oh Kawai. Oh, oh, oh, oh Kawai. Kawai Ryuji re-oh.
Yes, MOIST 2007 Player of the Season is midfield hardman Kawai Ryuji. Kawai was Mr. Consistency in 2007 mopping up in front of the back four. Indeed, he went above and beyond with 3 goals and a vastly improved passing performance. MOIST, we must admit, had a preference for the younger, more skillful Nasu in the middle of the park but Kawai has proved us wrong and brings to the team a great amount of steel that, perhaps, Nasu lacks. He also brings some comedy passing and comedy shooting but when they work, oh, yes, how they work! All-in-all: Legend.

Young Player of the Season

5~2. (clockwise from top left) Havenaar Mike, Inui Takashi, Mizunuma Kota, Hasegawa Aria Jasuru
The Young Player of the Year Award is a little different. This season the fans haven’t been treated to a large amount of playing time from the youngsters so, rather than try and praise the players for their achievements in 2007 we are going to look at the potential of the cream of the crop.
From the brief amount of action we got to see from the 4 players on the left, it is clear that they all have the potential to be great players in the future.
Mike scored in 50% of his starting appearance (2 games, 1 goal) but was a constant threat when brought on at the end of games. More skillful use of him by Hayano could easily have seen him score more and the Marinos pick up more point.
Inui, who was told by Hayano he’d never play in the J-League again in 2007 early in the season and then was called into the team for the Nabisco Cup semi-final, struggled but showed some flashes of fantastic close control, trickery and skill. Again, he was often thrown in at the end of losing games when the opposition defence was sat back waiting for him and his brand of football perhaps wasn’t what was needed.
Mizunuma Kota figured in the last few games of the campaign and showed a mature head on young shoulders. Unlucky not to open his account against Kobe, the U17 Japan captain could be the next big thing in Yokohama.
Aria, if he ever gets fit again, promises to be an exciting midfield option. Vieira-esque with his tall and rangey style he looks strong in the tackle, quick with his feet and has the ability to get from box to box.

1. Tanaka Yusuke
One of the few youngsters who got a run in the team this season and did well enough to be called into the Japan Olympic squad. His battle for left-back spot with Komiyama was interrupted when Hayano claimed he was too lazy at training. However, he seemed to have got that monkey off his back and worked hard enough to earn a recall towards the end of the season. Perhaps not as strong going forward as Komiyama but equally adept at the back he will hopefully be jetting off to Beijing this year to bring gold home to Yokohama.

Goal of the Season

5. Yamase Yukihiro vs Yokohama FC (August 11, Nissan Stadium)
25 yards out, left foot, top corner. Pick that one out.

 

4. Oshima Hideo vs Yokohama FC (August 11, Nissan Stadium)
Edge of the box, swivels, sidesteps, left foot, bottom corner. Hat-trick hero.

3. Kawai Ryuji vs Oita Trinita (April 22, Nissan Stadium)
Yokohama, Japan (MOIST News Agency) – Three minutes later it was 4-0. Possibly the pick of the bunch as Kawai strode upfield, picked up a ball from Yukihiro Yamase on the edge of box, cut inside past the despairing dives of two defenders before rolling the ball into the net. His third league goal in 3 seasons and, without a doubt, his best.
Sadly there are no highlights of the best goal of Ryuji’s career, so the official MOIST report is al we have to remember his moment of magic by. If anyone has any clips please send me a message and let the world see this wonder strike.

2. Yamase Koji vs Ventforet Kofu (March 3, Nissan Stadium)
Suzuki to Aria, little lay off on the centre circle into feet, powerful run, ghosts past 2 defenders, flicks it past the keeper. Let the season begin.

1. Yamase Koji vs Urawa Reds (May 27, Saitama Stadium)
40 yards out, ball from Kawai, skips past a challenge, left foot, loops it over the keeper into the far corner. Reds drop two points, lose the title.

Game of the Season

5. vs Albirex Niigata (April 28, Big Swan)
6-0 away at the Big Swan right on the back of a 5-0 win over Oita at home. A fantastic set of results but 6 away from home edges it. This game also saw the worst penalty decision in the history of man.
1-0 Yamase Y (37), 2-0 Yamase K (38), 3-0 Yoshida (47), 4-0 Sakata (51), 5-0 Sakata (56), 6-0 Oshima (69).

4. vs Jubilo Iwata (August 29, Mitsuzawa Stadium)
After going down a goal early, the Marinos fought back in the latter stages of the first half before totally dominating and out playing Jubilo in the second.
0-1 Kaga (11), 1-1 Oshima (43), 2-1 Shimizu (55), 3-1 Yamase K (58), 4-1 Sakata (71).

3. vs Kawasaki Frontale (May 3, Nissan Stadium)
Not a classic by any means but a wonderfully committed display that overwhelmed a good Kawasaki side and recorded the first victory over our Kanagawa rivals.
1-0 Oshima (4), 2-0 Yamase K (66), 2-1 Magnum (77).

2 vs FC Tokyo (August 14, Aijinomoto Stadium)
After a listless 1-0 loss in the first leg of this Nabisco quarter-final, the Marinos raced into a 4 goal lead in the second leg. Two late FC goals made it a nervy finish but the team held out for a great victory. Sadly there are no highlights available of this game played in the driving rain which is notable for producing the only goal scored by a foreigner for the Marinos this season as well as Elthinho’s sole appearance of the campaign.
1-0 Yamase K (19), 2-0 Oshima (48), 3-0 Oshima (68), 4-0 Marques (72), 4-1 Ishikawa (78), 4-2 Kanezawa (87)

1 vs Yokohama FC (August 11, Nissan Stadium)
The ultimate in revenge against our cross city rivals. Maybe not the final nail in their J1 coffin – more like a bag of nails, a couple of handles and a large hole dug for them.
1-0 Oshima (30), 2-0 Sakata (44), 3-0 Yamase K (51), 4-0 Yamase Y (62), 5-0 Oshima (65), 6-0 Oshima (72), 7-0 Yamase K (74), 7-1 Hiramoto (82), 8-1 Oshima (88)

And that, MOIST fans, is the end of another long post. Hope you enjoyed it. We’ll be back soon with all the comings and goings since the end of the 2007 season. Promise.

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