Friday, July 09, 2010

Goodbye Eiji, Tese

And we're back!

Wednesday night sees the welcome return of J.League action with Omiya Ardija visiting a sweaty Todoroki Stadium.

Not only will fans get to see what progress the stay-at-home members of the team have made during their mid-season training camp, it will also be an emotional farewell to two fine servants of the club - Eiji Kawashima and Chong Tese.

Eiji is heading for the bright lights of the Belgian top flight with newly-promoted Lierse SK. While Tese will be testing his mettle in the German 2nd division with recently-relegated VfL Bochum. Good luck to them both - they will be missed.

No news of any replacements, but judging by Riki Sugiyama's assured performances in goal last season, I'd say a new striker would be the higher priority (after all, who knows what state Juninho will be in after 6 months on the sidelines?). As well as maybe a defender...or two.

Here's the team I hope to see starting against Omiya (assuming Mori is serving his suspension and the rest are all match-fit):



Ben said...

When do the kick off times for the latter part of the season get confirmed?

I'm back in town for a couple weeks later in the year and will definitely be going to the home game against Jubilo on Oct 30th. Wasn't gonna go to the one the week before against Omiya as I should probably just see friends on a Sunday, but was planning to catch the shinkansen up north that evening anyway, which goes through Omiya station.
If the timing works out, I guess I'll go to both.
At the moment, though, the times aren't up on the J League site past the end of August.

manyar said...

Not sure, but pretty soon I would imagine.

I thought they usually left it until the ACL fixtures had been sorted, but seeing as all the Japanese teams are already out...

Ben said...

Yeah, I'll keep an eye on the schedules.

There was a story/interview on Tese here in Australia last night, also focusing on the status of Korean descendants living in Japan. It can be viewed at
for anybody that's interested

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