WE ARE STILL ALIVE! We won 2:0 against 2nd placed Sagan Tosu at our first Kyushu-Derby this season! This was the right game to show that the team is still alive and we fans can count on them.
Young defender Tomokazu Nagira and Toru Miyamoto made their season debut. Nagira replaced Nuno and Toru replaced Nakajima on the left side. Hokuto went back to the right side of the defence and Tanaka played on the right side.
We started really agressvie and wanted a early goal. And it worked out. Griffiths made pressure on a Sagan defender who wanted controll it. Griffiths took the ball on the left side, dribbled and played a cross to Yusuke Tanaka who was free in the box. Tanaka stopped it with his right foot and shot with the left right into Sagan's goal. In the 32 minute, Sagan dender Yuichi Shibakoya stopped an Avispa player by a cynical foul andreferee Minoru Tojo sent him off so Sagan had to play with 10 players for ca. 60 minutes. Just five minutes after the red card for Tosu, Toru Miyamoto scored the second goal of the game and it was an unbelieveble one. It was a combinations of the two new defenders Nagira and Miyamoto. Sagan wanted clear the ball but it landed on Nagira's head. Nagira headed the ball to Miyamoto and he shot from the middle. Everyone thought the situation is over and Sagan's goalkeeper Taku Agahoshi would grapped the ball easily, but the ball slid trough his hands and bounced into the goal.
In the 2nd half, we didn't make more than we had to do by a 2:0-lead and one man more on the pitch , so Litti made 2 substitutions just after the 75 minute. Yamagata came in for Tanaka and Nuno came for Nagira in the 85 minute.
In view of the other results of sunday, the J2 got a 11-team-pool now. There are just 4 points between leader Sanfrecce Hiroshima and the 11th we, Avispa Fukuoka. Like a blogger-friend said: "...J2 hasn't started yet!"
Midfielder Hokuto Nakamura got a call up from coach Yasuhari Sorimachi to japanese U-23 trainingscamp in Saitama from 21st to 23rd april.
Hokuto's last match for NT is a shadow in his young career. At 22nd november 2006, Hokuto played with the U-21 against South Korea. He got fouled very bad by a south korean and after just 12 minutes he was out. After that the doctors diagnosed a bad knee-injury and Hokuto made only 3 games in 2007.
Now, over 1 1/2 year later, Hokuto is a regular starter for Avispa again and he made his first goal last week against FC Gifu.
Avispa opend a new shop on last sunday with a great ceremonie. It's a fanshop and a little museum in one with old Avispa shirts from the 90's and an old german NT-shirt from Litti. Midfielder Daisuke Nakaharai and forward Tatsuya Okubo were part of the opening ceremonie together with Litti and other officials from our team. Later, Naka and Okubo wrote some autographs and took pictures with the fans who jointed the opening.
The sadest moment of the season came last saturday at the game against new J2-member FC Gifu. We had to amend alot after the dissappointing lost against Tokushima Vortis the sunday before and everybody knew in what good shape Gifu is at the moment, but the fans couldn't believe what happend then. We started well and Hokuto, who played in the midfield this time, bring us the lead in the 18th minute, but what happend after the break was unbelieveble. Gifu played very aggressive after the break and forward Atsushi Katagiri scored a goal and tied the game in the 56th minute. Just one minute later it was Katagiri again who scored the lead for the green ones and Avispa was shocked like in the Tokushima-game one week before and Gifu punished us for it. 4 minutes later, Gifu had scored another 2 goals by Kazumasa Takagi and Takashi Umeda. Litti tried everything to get back into the game and subed in Tanaka for Nunobe and Okubo of Nakajima but the team was already knocked out. Takashi Umeda scored another goal in the 83rd minute and this was the end after a brutal rape by the guys in green...
It was like a punch in the belly when i read that Avispa lost 3:1 to Tokushima Vortis last sunday at Pocarisweat Stadium. With a win we had a big chance to climb in the table and would only one point behind the leader Sanfrecce Hiroshima who played just a 1:1 draw against our next opponent FC Gifu who is in good shape and we should have alot of respect to the new ones in the league, but we don't show it on the pitch. But to the game... it looked good for us first against the last ones from Tokushima because Joel Griffiths bring us the lead with his second goal of the season just three minutes after the half-time break, but Vortis tie it just one minute later with a goal from Shogo Nishikawa. After that we was a bit shocked so Tokushima saw there chance and score another goal two minutes after the first. Jun Tamano socred it this time. 15 minutes later 20 year-old ivorian Doumbia gave us the knockout with another goal for Vortis.
Now we are on the 9th place of the table and we want to get up quickly, so we need a victory against FC Gifu badly.
Avispa's talent and U-19 japanese international Jun Suzuki (18) got a call up for Japan U-19 trainingcamp in Shizuoka. The camp will be held from 6.4. to 9.4. They already train for next years FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.
Suzuki made his season debut against Vegalta Sendai on J2 3rd Round. He was subed in in the 73. minute for Takanori Nakajima.
U19-SQUAD GK Takuya Matsumoto - Jutendo U. Shuichi Gonda - FC Tokyo DF Kyohei Suzaki - Jubilo Iwata Nobuhisa Urata - Yokohama F-Marinos Kazuya Yamamura - Ryutsu Keizai U. Taisuke Muramatsu - Honda FC Takashi Kanai - Yokohama F-Marinos Masaya Sato - Nagoya Grampus Eight MF Jun Suzuki - Avispa Fukuoka Yohei Otake - FC Tokyo Takuya Aoki - Omiya Ardija Kosuke Yamamoto - Jubilo Iwata Yutaka Yoshida - Ventforet Kofu Kota Mizunuma - Yokohama F-Marinos Tomotaka Okamoto - Sanfrecce Hiroshima U-18 FW Kensuke Nagai - Fukuoka U. Ryohei Yamazaki - Jubilo Iwata Takuya Marutani - Sanfrecce Hiroshima Genki Omae - Shimizu S-Pulse Yuki Otsu - Kashiwa Reysol Yuya Osako - Kagoshima Josai HS
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