Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Grampus Roundup (+ FC Gifu)


Last, but certainly not least, a round up of all the comings and goings at Nagoya Grampus and FC Gifu, for all our readers in the Tokai region (which is about 40% of our readers in Japan). As I have already noted elsewhere, Grampus have moved quickly and decisively during this off season, and overall look in a good position to challenge for the J1 title this year. But, a lot will depend on how quickly the new players settle into the team.

IN Age OUT Age
DF: Tatsuya Arai (From Chuo University)
22 MF: Kei Yamaguchi (Full transfer to JEF United)
MF: Mu Kanazki (Full transfer from Oita Trinita) 20FW: Oribe Niikawa (Full transfer to FC Ryukyu)
DF: Marcus Tulio Tanaka (Full transfer from Urawa Reds) 28 GK: Koichi Hirono (Retired)
MF: Danilson (Loan from Consadole Sapporo) 23 DF: Kazuto Tsuyuki (Full transfer to Roasso Kumamoto, from loan at Tokushima Vortis) 25
GK: Yoshinari Takagi (Full transfer from Tokyo Verdy) 30 DF: Milos Bajalica (Released) 28
DF: Mitsuru Chiyotanda (Full transfer from Albirex Niigata) 29 DF: Maya Yoshida (Full transfer to VVV Venlo) 21
MF: Yoshiki Hiraki (Loan to Roasso Kumamato) 23
DF: Masaya Sato (Loan to Thespa Kusatsu) 19
FW: Tomohiro Tsuda (Loan to Tokushima Vortis) 23
MF: Jun Aoyama (Full transfer to Tokushima Vortis) 22


Meanwhile, FC Gifu will be looking to consolidate their position in J2. Last season saw them finish a respectable 12th in J2 and make it to the quarter-finals of the Emperor's Cup; not bad for a recently promoted team. They will be hard-pressed to match such heroics this year, I suspect.

FW: Kazuto Sakamoto (From Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School) DF: Kan Kikuchi (Released)
DF: Flavio Augusto Pereira (From Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen High School) MF: Seo Kwan Soo (Released)
GK: Tatsuya Murao (From Miyazaki Sangyo-Keiei University) MF: Satoshi Otomo (Released)
DF: Tomohiro Yamauchi (From Tokai Gakuen University) GK: Masatoshi Mizutani (Released)
DF: Kazuki Murakami (From Hiroshima University) FW: Masato Katayama (Full transfer to Mito Hollyhock)
FW: Kang Hyo-Il (Released after loan to FC Kariya)
FW: Hiromi Kojima (Released after loan to FC Kariya)
MF: Yosuke Kawasaki (Released after loan to FC Kariya)
FW: Cha Dong Hoon (Released after loan to FC Kariya)
FW: Yuki Tamura (Released after loan to Gainare Tottori)

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