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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs KAWASAKI FRONTALE (September, 16th, 2017)

Faithful Shimizu s-Pulse fans in the driving rain.

Shimizu S-Pulse were welcoming the the currently J1 League second-placed Kawasaki Frontale at Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City on Saturday, September 26th!

Kawasaki Frontale fans!

A tough game for a tired team having somehow come back with 3 points from Kofu last week-end and still missing first-choice players!

S-Pulse players’ entry into the stadium!

Pre-match practice!

Teams introduction!

TODAY’S SQUADS:

SHIMIZU S-PULSE:
GK 13 Yuji ROKUTAN
DF16 Taisuke MURAMATSU
DF 45 Makoto KAKUdA
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 5 Shoma KAMATA
MF 7 Mitsunari MUSAKA
MF 20 Ryo TaKEUCHI
MF 19 MITCHELL DUKE
MF 10 Ryohei SHIRASAKI
MF 18 Yu HASEGAWA
FW 23 Koya KITAGAWA

Substitutes:
GK 21 Toru TAKAGIWA
DF 4 KANU
DF 44 FREIRE
MF 22 Takuma ADAMURA
MF 2 Kohei SHIMIZU
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
FW 8 THIAGO ALVES

Head Coach: Shinji KOBAYASHI

KAWASAKI FRONTALE
GK 1 JUNG Sung Ryong
DF 10 ELSINHO
DF 3 Tatsuki NARA
DF 5 Shogo TANIGUCHI
DF 7 Shintaro KURUMAYA
MF 10 Ryota OSHIMA
MF 14 Kengo NAKAMURA
MF 19 Kentaro MORIYA
MF 16 Tastuya HASEGAWA
MF 41 Akihiro IENAGA
FW 11 Yu KOBAYASHI

Substitutes:
GK 30 Shota ARAI
DF 28 Ko ITAKURA
MF 6 Yusuke TASAKA
MF 21 EDUARDO NETO
MF 8 Hiroyuki ABE
FW 22 RHAYNER
FW 9 Takayuki MORIMOTO

Head Coach: Toru ONIKI

Referee: Futoshi NAKAMURA
Assistant Referee: Hironobu KIKAWADA
Assistant Referee: Yasuhito FUKUOKA
4th Official: Takeshi SUHARA

0′ Kick off by Kawasaki Frontale.
2′ Weak shot by S-Pulse wide of right post.
3′ Dangerous free kick for Frontale. Second free kick o same spot 30 meters in front of goal. Dangerous cross!Corner kick for Frontale. Inconclusive. Shot wide over bar.
8′ Frontale dangerously attacking on S-Pulse right flank.
9′ Frontale attacking S-Pulse left flank.
10′ Dangerous attack by S-Pulse following an excellent 1-2.
12′ S-Pulse living dangerously inside own box.
137 dangerous free kick right of box!
GOAL! Shimizu s-Pulse 0 Kawasaki Frontale 1
Very easy goal gifted to defender Taniguchi running and heading inside left post! Gifted on a plate!
14′ Free kick for S-Pulse outside the box. Wasted.
17′ Very dangerous counter attack by Frontale!
17′ Frontale’shot over the bar.
21′ yellow card against S-Pulse Musaka.
227 Scramble in front of Frontale goal.
25′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Kawasaki Frontale 2
Once again S-Pulse is extended on its right flank ending with a great cross giving an easy goal to forward Kobayashi!
25′ S-Pulse completely dominated!
28′ S-Pulse’s flat-footed defense not able to raise tempo.
32′ Free kick for S-Pulse 28 meters right off the box.
Corner kick. Wasted. Frontale immediately dangerously counter-attacking followed by S-Pulse counter attack who obtain a corner kick. Inconclusive.
36′ S-Pulse left flank stretched again. Corner kick. Dangerous diving heading just over the bar!
39′ Another dangerous Frontale attack resulting in a corner kick.
40′ And another dangerous attack stretching S-Pulse’s right flank. Corner kick. Dangerously rollling past left post!
427 Fee kick for S-Pulse 30 meters right of box. Headed over the bar.
44′ Promisig S-Pulse attack aborted by off-side.
45′ Dangerous cross by S-Pulse palmed away by Frontale goalkeeper!
2 minutes extra time

HALF TIME Shimizu S-Pulse 0 KAWASAKI Frontale 2

First half time saw a Kawasaki Frontale team dominating collectively and tactically a flat-footed S-Pulse team running out of ideas in attack and leaving their flanks dangerously exposed to fast running opponents.
The 2-nil score unfortunately reflects the situation of the game.
Can S-Pulse reverse the sorry tendency in the second half?

Shimizu in for Muaramatsu at half time.
45′ Kick off by S-Pulse.
48′ S-Pulse playing backwards.
50′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Inconclusive.
51′ S-Pulse7s slow and predictable making Frontale’s defense work easy.
57′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Punched away.
60′ Scramble inside Frontale’s box. Lost chance!
62′ Very dangerous cross rolling in front of S-Pulse goal!
Musaka in for Edamura.
63′ Counter by Frontale barely saved by Keeper Rokutan’s leg!
dangerous heading floating over S-Pulse bar!
68′ very dangerous counter attack by Frontale barely repulsed into corner kick! Cross, heading saved by Rokutan. S-Pulse living dangerously again!
70′ S-Pulse7s kick deflected into corner kick. Punched away and cleared by Frontale’s defense resulting in dangerous counter attack.
Thiago Alves in for Hasegawa.
Frontale’s Abe in for Hasegawa.
Audience announced at 13385 in spite of the rain.
727 Silly free kick given away by S-Pulse forcing Rokutan into another fine save!
75′ Free kick for S-Pulse 30 meters from goal box’s left.
Great kick by Thiago Alves barely palms away by opposite goal keeper into corner kick. Inconclusive.
Kobayashi in for Morimoto for Frontale.
79′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Kawasaki Frontale 3
Rapid counter attack by Frontale leaving Morimoto completely free to shoot at goal!
807 S-pulse’ s dangerous cross. Inconclusive.
83′ S-Pulse’s Mitchell Duke slices difficult chance.
83′ S-Pulse throwing their last efforts to save their honor.
Rhayner in for Ienaga for Frontale.
90′ Shot by S-Pulse saved at last second!
4 minutes extra time.
90 + 27 Very dangerous cross by Frontale again extending S-Pulse defense!

FULL TIME: Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Kawasaki Frontale 3

Logic victory for Kawasaki Frontale who completely dominated S-Pulse collectively, individually, technically and strategically.
S-Pulse were flat-footed and without any juice in front of one of the J1 leaders chasing shadows all evening.
They will have to regroup quickly as the battle for staying in the top division of J League still has a long way to go in spite of their 7-point cushion above the red zone!

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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs KASHIWA REYSOL (August, 13th, 2017) Live Coverage!

Shimizu S-Pulse players’ entry!

Stay with us with the live report of the J1 League game (Game 22, return match) played in Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City between Shimizu S-Pulse and one of the top teams in the J1 League, Kashiwa Reysol!

After the incredible comeback last Wednesday against the then leaders of the J1 League Kashiwa Reysol will not take that game lightly. We are in for a cracker!

TODAY’S SQUADS:

SHIMIZU S-PULSE:
GK 13 Yuji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoma KAMATA
DF 4 KANU
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunari MUSAKA
MF 20 Ryo TaKEUCHI
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 19 MITCHELL DUKE
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 18 Yu HASEGAWA

Substitutes:
GK 21 Toru TAKAGIWA
DF 45 Makoto KAKUDA
DF 16 Taisuke MURAMATSU
MF 44 FREIRE
MF 24 Chikashi MASUDA
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
FW 23 Koya KITAGAWA

Head Coach: Shinji KOBAYASHI

KASHIWA REYSOL
GK 23 Kosuke NAKAMURA
DF 13 Ryuta KOIKE
DF 4 Shinnosuke NAKATANI
DF 5 Yuta NAKAYAMA
DF 3 YUN Suk Young
MF 7 Hidekazu OTANI
MF 6 Yusuke KOBAYASHI
MF 8 Kosuke TAKETOMI
MF 14 Junya ITO
FW 9 CHRISTIANO
FW 20 RAMON LOPES

Substitutes:
GK 1 Kazushige KIRIHATA
DF 2 Jiro KAMATA
DF 26 Taiyo KOGA
MF 37 Hajime HOSOGAI
MF 28 Ryoichi KURISAWA
MF 10 Yuki OTSU
FW 19 Hiroto NAKGAWA

Head Coach Takahiro SHIMOTAIRA

Referee: Masuya UEDA
Assistant Referee: Kazushiro MIYAJIMA
Assistant Referee: Masahiro HORIKOSHI
4th Official: Daisuke SAKURAI

Kick off scheduled at 18:03

0′ Kick off by Shimizu s-Pulse
1′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Barely punched away by Reysol keeper!
3′ Dangerous counter attack by Reysol but shot wide above bar!
5′ Free kick for Reysol 35 meters away. Headed wide past left post.
7′ Reysol better organised than S-Pulse so far.
8′ Good double action which forces two saves from goal keeper!
16′ match getting a bit dull.
19′ Great chance wasted by Hasegawa alone in front of goalkeeper!
20′ Great save point blank by SPulse keeper who parries away great heading!
21′ very dangerous cross by S-Pulse!
24′ Shot wide over Reysol’s bar by Duke!
29′ S-Pulse creates a half chance but the final execution is too imprecise!
32′ Free kick for S-Pulse 23 meters from goal in far right. Aborted by off-side.
34′ Dangerous center kick by Reysol ending in corner kick. Inconclusive.
37′ Very dangerous S-Pulse long rang shot barely pushed into corner kick! Wasted.
39′ Reysol becoming rough.
40′ Left corner kick for Reysol. barely saved by a SPulse leg!
45′ GOAL!
Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Kashiwa Reysol 1
A unfavourable rebound by the Reysol defense and a blunder by the S-Pulse defense gives away a silly goal a bit against the run of play well taken by Reysol’s Ito!
HALF TIME: Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Kashiwa Reysol 1

A first half time very unequal, exciting at times, dull the rest.
Reysol took well a gifted goal a bit against the run of play.
S-Pulse will have to show more precision and sharpness if they want to wrest away this disappointing. Will Reysol play safely or press S-Pulse?
See you in the second half!

46′ Kick off by Reysol.
Very dangerous center kick by Reysol!
Reysol getting rough again…
48′ GOAL!
Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Reysol 2
Christiano takes full advantage of poor covering by the S-Pulse defense to slide the ball past a S-Pulse goal Keeper
GOAL!
49′ Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Reysol 2
Quick attack by S-Pulse ends up with Kanata beating the Reysol keeper with a neat shot across the goal!
52′ Splendid long-range effort by S-Pulse barely parried into corner kick! Inconclusive and very dangerous Reysol counter attack!
53′ Corner kick for Reysol.
57′ The S-Pulse defense again almost gifting a goal!
59′ Kitagawa in For Duke for S-Pulse.
62′ Very dangerous center rolling in front of S-Pulse goal. Corner Kick.
Inconclusive.
63′ GOAL!
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Reysol 3
This time Reysol took advantage of S-Pulse poor defense with YUN Suk Young slotting an easy goal in!
67′ Reysol dominating.
68′ S-Pulse falling back into their bad habits playing in a handkerchief.
Murata in for Edamura for S-Pulse.
74′ Good attack by S-Pulse but heading over the bar.
Masuda in for Kaneko
78′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Headed away
79! GOAL!
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Reysol 4
On the counter attack Christiano finds himself alone in front of goal and doesn’t make a mistake!
81′ Dangerous free kick for Reysol. Headed away.
82′ S-Pulse slowly disappearing from the game…
83′ Poor finish again by S-Pulse.
Hosogai for Otani for Reysol.
89′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poor finish that epitomizes the day for S-Pulse.
Nakagawa in for Nakatani for Reysol.
90′ Corner kick for Reysol. Punched away.

FULL TIME
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Kashiwa REysol 4

A game to forget for S-Pulse!
Reysol took their last chance during the first half and had only to control the game in the second half taking S-Pulse flat footed almost at will, especially on the left side.
Reysol was clinical and mature, S-Pulse was febrile and childish.
More was hoped from the Shimizu guys after the incredible win last Wednesday.
Tired legs?
Let’s hope for a better show next game!
The season is still not safely away!

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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs GAMBA OSAKA (July, 8th, 2017)

Shimizu S-Pulse fans on fire!

Very loud Gamba Osaka fans!

Today, Saturday, July 8th sees Shimizu S-Pulse welcoming one of the bigwigs of the J1 Leagure, namely Gamba Osaka at Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!
Tough, tough game! Let’s hope hope that S-Pulse will push themselves to new limits!

mitchell Duke at practice!

TODAY’S SQUADS:

SHIMIZU S-PULSE:
GK 13 Yuji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoma KAMATA
DF 4 KANU
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunari MUSAKA
MF 20 Ryo TAKEUCHI
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 19 MITCHELL DUKE
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 18 Yu HASEGAWA

Substitutes:
GK 21 Toru TAKAGIWA
DF 45 Makoto KAKUDA
DF 16 Taisuke MURAMATSU
MF 44 FREIRE
MF 14 Gakuto NOTSUDA
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
FW 23 Koya KITAGAWA

Head Coach: Shinji KOBAYASHI

GAMBA OSAKA
GK 1 Masaaki HIGSHIGUCHI
DF 22 OH Jae suk
DF 2 Genta MIURA
DF 3 FABIO
DF 33 Ryo HATSUSE
MF 8 Yosuke IDEUCHI
MF 7 Yasuhito ENDO
MF 25 Jungo FUJIMOTO
MF 39 Jin IZUMISAWA
MF 10 Shu KURATA
FW 13 Hiroto GOYA Substitutes:
GK 18 Yosuke FUJIGAYA
DF 4 Hiroki FUJIHARU
DF 6 KIM Jungya
FW 9 ADENILSON
FW 20 Shun NAGASWA
FW 53 Shuhei AKASAKI
Head Coach: Kenta HASEGAWA

Referee: Jumpei IIDA
Assistant Referee: Toshiyuki NAGI
Assistant Referee: Jun MIHARA
4th Official: Shuichi MAJIMA

Great pageant before kick off!

Kick off at 18:03 (Japan time)

The teams and the last ceremony before the start!

0′ Kick off by Gamba
2′ Round of observation…
11′ lack of precision from both teams.
12′ First shot at goal by S-Pulse easily caught by keeper.
14′ Weak shot at goal by S-Pulse.
17′ Great shot by Mitchell Duke just past the left post!
18′ Domination by Gamba.
21′ A few hard tackles by booth teams.
22′ Corner kick for S-Pulse.
23′ Scramble inside Gamba box. Last shot parried easily.
24′ Corner kick for Gamba. Headed away.
25′ Free kick for Gamba 30 meters in front of goal! Shot wide of left post.
26′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poorly executed.
31′ Very dangerous shot by S-Pulse barely repulsed into corner by great save from Gamba Keeper.
GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Gamba 0!
Easy tap in by Ko Matsubara near far post completely unmarked on corner kick from Right of Gamba goal.
32′ Goal disallowed to S-Pulse for offside following free kick 33 meters from box!
33′ Shot wide by S-Pulse dominating.
34′ Shot by Mitchell Duke parried by Keeper!

40’GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 2 Gamba 0
The third attempt was the right one! Scramble inside box before Shoma KAMATA heads in an easy goal!
42′ One more shot at goal by S-Pulse heavily dominating.
Additional time: 1 minute.

HALF TIME: Shimizu S-Pulse 2 GAMBA OSAKA 0

Noticeable change of strategy by a suddenly refreshed S-Pulse with a new-look attack.
Gamba unusually timorous in their attacks while S-Pulse has been playing wider than before with immediate results.
Poor attitude from Gamba fans booing their own team.
All in all, S-Pulse deserved their lead against Gamba who didn’t have a single shot at goal.
Now, can S-Pulse achieve the surprise of the day?

45′ Second half kick off by S-Pulse.
Yasuhito ENDO substitued by Shun NAGASWA for Gamba.
48′ Very dangerous S-Pulse shot after free kick clearance. Corner Kick.
Barely headed away.
49′ Dangerous attack by FUJIMOTO of Gamba which forces ROKUTAN to make great save!
53′ pressure by Gamba which earns a corner kick.
53′ Corner kick for Gamba. Inconclusive.
56′ Dangerous attack by Gamba but poorly executed center kick.
57′ Corner kick for S-Pulse.
Followed by very dangerous counter attack by Gamba who completely wastes it away!
58′ Dangerous free kick for Gamba from 25 meters right of S-Pulse box. Cleared away.
59′ Corner kick for S-Pulse after excellent attack. Volley wide over the bar.
61′ Gamba hit S-Pulse right post!
Corner kick. Cleared away.
Shota KANEKO substitued by Koya KITAGWA for S-Pulse.
66′ Great attack by S-Pulse but poor final shot wide over the bar.
68′ Corner kick for S-Pulse.
Corner kick again.
Mitchell Duke’s heading just past far post!
69′ very dangerous center kick by Gamba with final heading just past right post!
Jun IZUMISAWA substitued by ADENILSON for Gamba.
Gamba players warned for rough play.
70′ Dangerous heading over the bar by Gamba.
77′ Heavy pressure by Gamba which forces again a great save by ROKUTAN!
81′ Sustained pressure by Gamba. S-Pulse tiring.
Kazuya KURATA substituting Mitchell DUKE.
86′ More pressure from Gamba.
88′ Gamba getting desperate.
Yuu HASEGAWA substituted by FREIRE.
3 minutes additional time.
90′ + 1′ S-Pulse throwing their bodies in defense.
FULL TIME: Shimizu S-Pulse 2 Gamba Osaka 0!!!!!!

Shimizu S-Pulse which showed a totally different approach and a new look attack deserved their win although the result might look a little flattering after the heavy pressure soaked in during the second half, but Gamba disappointed.
It seems at last that the future is bright for S-Pulse

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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs VENTFORET KOFU (June, 25th, 2017)

Today Sunday, June 25th 2017 sees Shimizu S-Pulse playing against Ventforet Kofu for the J-League 1 at Nihondaira Stadium in Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku!

The “game of fear” for both teams whose win will open a safety gap with the relegation zone or defeat that will mean tight fights every Sunday until the end of the season!

Today’s opponents are almost neighbors as they come from Yamanashi Prefecture!

TODAY’S SQUADS:

SHIMIZU S-PULSE:
GK 13 Yuji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoma KAMATA
DF 4 KANU
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunari MUSAKA
MF 20 Ryo TAKEUCHI
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 19 Mitchell DUKE
MF 8 TIAGO ALVES
FW 9 CHONG Tese

Substitutes:
GK 21 Toru TAKIGAWA
DF 45 Makoto KAKUDA
DF 16 Taisuke MURAMATSU
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 23 Koya KITAGAWA
FW 18 Yu HASEGAWA

Manager: Shinji KOBAYASHI

VENTFORET KOFU
GK 23 Hiroki OKA
DF 5 Ryo SHINZATO
DF 3 Hiroto HATAO
DF 6 EDER LIMA
MF 16 Masaru MATSUHASHI
MF 8 Ryohei ARAI
MF 15 Akihiro HYODO
MF 21 OLIVER BOZANIC
MF 27 Shohei ABE
FW 13 Akihito KAWAMOTO
FW 9 WILSON

Substitutes:
GK 31 Kosuke OKANISHI
DF 4 Hideomi YAMAMOTO
MF 2 Toshio SHIWAKAWA
MF 28 Yuki HASHIZUME
MF 40 Shohei OGURA
FW 14 Yusuke TANAKA
FW 29 JUNIOR BARROS

Manager: Tatsuma YOSHIDA

Referee: Masuya UEDA
Assistant Ref: Seiichi KANAI
Assistant Ref: Yusuke SEINO
4th Official: Noriyuki SUZUKI

Well, well, I discovered that the pitch is full natural grass of the best quality!
Really impressive!

18:03 Kick off by Shimizu S-Pulse!
3′ Teams taking no risks. Both playing inside a handkerchief.
5′ Dangerous center kick by Kofu flying out left of Shizmizu goal.
7′ Slight domination by S-Pulse.
9′ Dangerous center kick by S-Pulse from the right side.
10′ Shot wide over the bar by Shimizu.
12′ Dangerous center from the left side by Kofu.
13′ Very dangerous pass by Duke inside Kofu box. Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poorly executed.
17′ Pressure by Kofu.
18′ Weak shot past post by S-Pulse.
22′ Very dangerous attack by Shimizu but last pass is intercepted.
26′ Dangerous 3 successive shots at goal by S-Pulse.
27′ Dangerous action by Kofu ended with a very wide shot.
28′ Both teams rivaling in clumsiness.
29′ Corner Kick for Kofu. Poor execution.

34′ Center kick by S-Pulse easily cleard by Kofu defense.
42′ Dangerous attack by S-Pulse

Half time score: Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Ventforet Kofu 0
Insipid first half played by two teams paralyzed by the stakes of this game of fear. Both teams playing in a handkerchief and daring not widen their attacks.
A total draw by any means!

45′ Kick off by Kofu
45′ Dangerous attack initiated by Duke.
45′ Very dangerous counter attack by S-Pulse barely cleared into corner. The ball hit the far post! First real scoring chance of the day!
46′ Silly yellow card against Tiago ALVES who interferes with a free kick!
47′ unbelievable miss by S-Pulse! So close! All by himself in front of the goal! Heading over the bar from a couple of meters!
56′ Free kick for S-Pulse 27 meters left of the box. Easily caught by Kofu keeper.
57′ Heading by Kofu easily caught by S-Pulse keeper.
58′ Free kick for S-Puise from 27 meters right of the box. Great heading but oo straight to beat Kofu keeper!
62′ Left corner kick for S-Pulse.
GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Ventforet Kofu 0
Ball headed down by Kanu and slotted in by Hroshi FUTAMI past far post.
63′ Shot wide of goal by Kofu.
67′ Yusuke TANAKA substituting OLIVER BOZANIC and JUNIOR BARROS substituting Akito KAWAMOTO for Kofu.
68′ Shota KANEKO substituting TIAGO ALVES for S-Pulse.
71′ Fee kick for Kofu 28 meters left of box. Cleared into corner kick, S-Pulse throwing their bodies to save he day!
73′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poorly executed.
74′ Free kick for Kofu 40 meters from box resulting in corner kick. Easily cleared. But Kofu keeps on the pressure!
Koya KITAGAWA substituting Takuma EDAMURA for S-Pulse.
79′ S-Pulse soaking of pressure.
Dangerous center kick by Kofucleard in extremis by S-Pulse defense. S-Pulse surviving by the skin of their teeth! Corner kick. Barely cleared.
Yuki HASHIZUME substituting Shohei ABE for Kofu.
Corner kick for Kofu. Barely cleared again.
82′ Fee kick for Kofu 24 meters left of the box. Cleared away.
86′ Game becoming really crazy!
88′ S-Pulse surrendering their midfield.
5 minutes extra time!
90′ + 2′ Dangerous free kick for Kofu 33 meters right of the box. Twice cleared off by desperate SPulse defense!

Final whistle!
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Ventforet Kofu 0

At long last the first home win of the season!
Barely deserved by S-Pulse who once again threatened to falter in the closing minutes.
S-Pulse will still have to widen their play in the future.
Let’s hope it will be the start of a better season, though!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs FC TOKYO (June, 4th, 2017)

Today Sunday, June 4th 2017 sees Shimizu S-Pulse playing against FC Tokyo for the J-League 1 at Nihondaira Stadium in Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku!

Quite a few fans for Tokyo, all in blue and red!

And of course plenty of fans supporting Shimizu S-Pulse in their orange jerseys! After all, Shizuoka (and Shimizu) is the land of oranges! They even make orange Craft Beers here!

Live music before the game!

TODAY’S SQUADS:

SHIMIZU S-PULSE:
GK 13 Yuji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoma KAMATA
DF 16 Taisuke MURAMATSU
DF 45 Makoto KAKUDA
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunari MUSAKA
MF 20 Ryo TAKEUCHI
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 10 Ryohei SHIRASAKI
MF 8 TIAGO ALVES
FW 19 MITCHELL DUKE

Substitutes:
GK 21 Toru TAKIGAWA
DF 4 KANU
DF Takahiro IIDA
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 23 Koya KITAGAWA
FW 18 Yu HASEGAWA

Manager: Shinji KOBAYASHI

FC TOKYO:
GK 33 Akihiro HAYASHI
DF 2 Sei MUROYA
DF 3 Masato MORISHIGE
DF 4 Kazunori YOSHIMOTO
DF 6 Kosuke OTA
MF 8 Yojiro TAKAHAGI
MF 37 Kento HASHIMOTO
MF 13 Yoshito OKUBO
MF 23 Shoya NAKAJIMA
FW 20 Ryoichi MAEDA

Substitutes:
GK 1 Takuo OKUBO
DF 5 Yuichi MARUYAMA
DF 22 Yuhei TOKUNAGA
MF 7 Takuji YONEMOTO
MF 10 Yohei KAJIYAMA
MF 15 Kensuke NAGAI
FW 9 PETER UTAKA

Manager: Yoshiyuki SHINODA

Referee: Masaaki TEMOTO
Assistant Ref: Toru SAGARA
Assistant Ref: Masahiro HORIKOSHI
4th Official: Hiroki KATSUMATA

Teams warming up!

Mitchell Duke at Practice!

Shimizu S–Pulse kids preparing their entry!

Kickoff at 13:03!
Strong wind sweeping ground from left to right!

Teams making their entrance!

The teams!

2′ Teams feeling each other.
3′ Free kick 30 meters away from goal for S-Pulse. Inconclusive.
4′ Free kick 25 meters in front of goal for S-Pulse. Wasted over the bar.
7′ Free kick 24 meters from right for S-Pulse. Wasted again over the bar!
10′ Very dangerous S-Pulse combimation ending in aggravation!
S-Pulse dominating beginning of the game.
14′ Free kick for FC Tokyo 35 meters in front of box. Wasted away past left post.
16′ Free kick again for FC Tokyo 35 meters from box. Very dangerous! Punched away in-extremis by goal keeper! Shot speeding past left post!
19′ S-Pulse Shirasaki substituted by Kitagawa.

21′ Game speeding up with both teams trying hard to find the chink. A bit untidy from both sides.
26′ very dangerous cross rolling in front of Tokyo goal!
32′ Free kick 22 meters from right of S-Pulse box. Inconclusive.
But! Loose S-Pulse defense allows long shot barely parried by S-Pulse goal keeper!
34′ Strong pressure from S-Pulse.
35′ Shot wide of Tokyo goal.
37′ Dangerous cross in front of S-Pulse goal!
41′ Strong pressure inside FC Tokyo box!
44′ Late pressure by FC Tokyo.

Half Time: Shimizu S-Pulse 0 FC Tokyo 0

Shimizu S-Pulse dominated in long periods but lacked the last touch. FC Tokyo had less chances but two of them could have brought a goal.
Shimizu S-Pulse will have to be more inventive in the secon half. FC Tokyo should be content lurking for a chance.

47′ Early pressure by S-Pulse.
48′ Corner kick earned by Duke for S-Pulse. Wasted away.
54′ Free kick for S-Pulse 35 meters from box. Wasted away!
56′ very dangerous and confuse situation in front of S-Pulse goal!
57′ Free kick for Tokyo near box. Wasted.

9 Peter Utaka substituting 20 Ryouchi Ueda for Tokyo
60′ Shot wide off Tokyo goal.
61′ Tokyo wasting chance in front of S-Pulse goal!
Corner kick. Inconclusive.
64′ Shot at goal past right post for S-Pulse!
67′ free kick 40 meters from bx for S-Pulse. Inconclusive.
Quick counter attack by Tokyo >>> GOAL! by 13 Yoshito Okubo

Shimizu S-Pulse 0 FC Tokyo 1

68′ Free kick for Tokyo 35 meters from S-Pulse box. Headed away
11 Kazuya Murata substituting 22 Takuma Eadamura for S-Pulse
73′ Heavy pressure by okyo.
75′ Corner kick for Tokyo. Inconclusive.
76′ Free kick for S-Pulse 40 meter from box. Headed just over the bar!
80′ Dangerous free kick on the edge of the box for S-Pulse. Completely wasted away!
82′ Shot wide off S-PUlse goal by Tokyo.
18 Yu Hasegawa substituting 7 Mitsunari Musaka for SPulse.
83′ GOAL!
Shimizu S-Pulse 0 FC Tokyo 2
Poor S-Pulse defense allows free header for 13 Yoshito Okubo.
85′ Shot wide off Tokyo goal by S-Pulse.
7 Takuji Yonemoto substituting 23 Shoya Nakajima for Tokyo.
89′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Easily caught by Tokyo goal keeper.

90′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Inconclusive.
15 Kensuke Kanai substituting 38 Keigo Higashi for Tokyo.

Final score: Shimizu S-Pulse 0 FC Tokyo 2

It costing me no end to admit it but FC Tokyo deserve their win for showing more finishing power than S-Pulse who once again wasted so much possession playing too small and forgetting simple tactics such as overlapping by backs.
It is going to be along road this year for a S-Pulse fan!

Now, we will have to fight back to stay in J1 League!
C’mon, guys!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs YOKOHAMA F MARINOS (May, 28th, 2017)

May 28th: Another game with my favorite and local soccer/football team/club, Shimizu S-Pulse with a home game for the J1 League home game against very strong Yokohama F Marinos!

Once again took the special limousine bus sponsored by Shizutetsu Company (600 yen single way) across from Shizuoka Railway Station north exit!
One young Westerner and his whole family had joined the queue!

Thanks to the heavy rain the day before we had an unusually clear view of Mount Fuji!

Incidentally, on the way to my seat I noticed that the Stadium was very wheelchair user-friendly with fully equipped washroom!

With a slope leading down to priority seats!

The home fan stand was full well before kick off!

The Yokohama F Marinos were supported by very noisy fans!

Teams warming up!

Cheerleaders warming the fans!

The teams’ entrance1

One last picture with the kids!

Kick off by Yokohama F Marinos at 14:03

2′ Great through pass by Duke breaking Marinos left flank.
4′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Great heading barely over the bar!
6′ Corner kick for Marinos. Well cleared.
8′ Ambitious shot from 45 meters by S-Pulse missing the goal by far.
12′ Free kick 30 meters from the box for Marinos. Inconclusive.
13′ Dangerous attack on left flank by S-Pulse.
14′ S-Pulse playing inside a hanfdkerchief again.
17′ GOAL! S-Pulse 0 Marinos 1
S-Pulse defense gives away soft goal well taken by K. Matsubara slotting the ball inside the far post.
19′ Heavy pressure by Marinos. Free kick 27 meters from S-Pulse goal. Very dangerous! Barely cleared off into corner kick.

21′ Corner kick for Marinos. Inconclusive.
26′ Three successive close-range shots saved by Marinos goal keeper!
27′ Hugo Vieira substitutes for S. Ito fro Marinos.
29′ Shot barely carded by S-Pulse goal keeper!
35′ T. Kanai of Marinos yellow carded for foul on Duke.
Shot wide over bar by S-Pulse.
37′ Heavy pressure by S-Pulse.
39′ Persistent Duke wins a dangerous free kick just outside the box for S-Pulse. Wasted away.
40′ S-Pulse cross shot barely cleared into corner kick.
Corner kick again for S-Pulse. Inconclusive.
43′ Corner kick for S-PUlse. Inconclusive.
45′ Dangerous cross by Marinos.
45′ + 1′ Free kick for S-Pulse 38 meters from goal. Head barely over the bar!
45′ + 2′ Dangerous shot form center outside the box ably parried by S-Pulse keeper.

Half Time score: Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Yokohama F Marinos 1

Poor finishing cost the lead to S-Pulse who had more close-range shots at goal than Marinos (4-1) whereas marinos clinically took their rare chance.
S-Pulse playing in a handkerchief as usual. General lack of speed.
Will have to think things over through the break!

46′ All 4 S-Pulse foreign players first back onto the pitch!
S-Pulse starts the game with a big defense blunder forcing the keeper to parry in a hurry!
47′ Dangerous center by Marinos headed ove rthe bar!
48′ S-Pulse Duke’s shot over the bar!
50′ GOAL Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Yokohama F Marinos 1
Fast center cross resulting into a 2-1 situation well exploited by Ryohei Shirasaki assisted by Tae Se.
52′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Yokohama F Marinos 2
Another blunder by the S-Pulse gives away a soft goal to Hugo Vieira assisted by Q. Martinus.
54′ Corner kick for S-Pulse parried away by keeper. Poor finishing wasting the chance.
57′ Heavy pressure by S-Pulse with a dangerous cross.
58′ Dangerous free kick by Thiago Alves barely saved by Marinos keeper. Corner inconclusive.
64′ S-Pulse head coach Kobayashi in danger of being thrown out of game for dissent!
65′ dangerous cross by Duke barely parried into corner kick by Marinos keeper.
Center cross by Thiago Alves, b\headed just over the bar!
67′ Heavy pressure by S-Pulse held away by Marinos keeper.
69′ Yuzo Kurihara substitutes N. Maeda for Marinos.
Koya Kitagawa substitutes S. Kamata for S-Pulse.

70′ Marinos content to defend their goal.
72′ Very dangerous cross by Marinos rolling in front of S-Pulse goal!
Another dangerous move ending in Marinos shooting just past the near post.
73′ S-Pulse obtains a corner kick.
74′ S-Pulse Ryohei Shrasaki showed a yellow card.
76′ Corner kick for S-Pulse.
77′ Very poor finishing by S-Pulse frustrates their fans!
78′ Dangerous center cross by Marinos sailing in front of S-Pulse goal!
78′ G. Notsuda substitues Mitchell Duke.
78′ Marinos goal keeper shown the yellow card.
80′ Marinos center cross well caught by S-Pulse goalkeeper.
82′ S-Pulse running out of ideas…
83′ Dangerous cross by S-Pulse.
84′ Increasingly bad-tempered game.
85′ Very poor shot by S-Pulse harmlessly sailing over the bar.
88′ S-Pulse shot over the bar!
89′ Shota Kaneko substitutes Mitsunari Musaka for S-Pulse.
R. Yamanaka substitues Takashi Kanai for Marinos.
90′ Confusion in front of Marinos goal!
90′ + 2′ S-Pulse heading just past left post!
90′ + 4′ GOAL! S-Pulse 1 Marinos 3
Hugo Vieiramurders S-Pulse with a right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Takahiro Ogihara following a fast break leaving S-Pulse goal undefended.

Full time: Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Yokohama F Marinos 3

Poor finishing definitely cost the game for S-Pulse who had 3 times as many chances as Marinos woho took theirs clinically showing the difference in approach, strategy and execution!

A game to forget and let’s concentrate onto he next game against FC Tokyo next Sunday at home!

SHIMIZU S-PULSE

13 Y. Rokutan
44 Freire
5 S.Kamata
45 M. Kakuda
25 Ko Matsubara
20 Ryo Takeuchi
7 Mitsunari Musaka
10 Ryohei Shirasaki
8 Tiago
19 M. Duke
9 Tae-Se Jong

Substitutes
23 Koya Kitagawa for 5 S. Kamata 69′
14 G. Notsuda for 19 Mitchell Duke. 78′
30 Shota Kaneko for 7 Mitsunari Musaka 89′

Coach: S. Kobayashi

YOKOHAMA F MARINOS

21 Hiroki Iikura
27 K. Matsubara
13 Takashi Kanai
22 Y. Nakazawa
34 M. Degenek
14 Jun Amano
5 T. Kida
6 Takahiro Ogihara
20 Q. Martinus
25 N. Maeda
16 S. Ito

Substitutes
7 Hugo Vieira for16 S. Ito 27′
4 Yuzo Kurihara for 25 N. Maeda 69′
R. Yamanaka for Takashi Kanai 89′

Coach: Erick Mombaerts

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shimizu S-Pulse Soccer Club: Atmosphere at Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City is the home of Shimizu S-Pulse Soccer Club

The two official mascots of Shimizu S-Pulse soccer Club was created in 1993 to become one the teams taking part in the inaugural Japan League (J-League) the same year.
It is still the only non-corporate-owned club in the upper tier of Japan Professional soccer leagues, and the atmosphere is certainly different from in other clubs!

Most come by bus, although some do choose to reach the stadium in many ways from walking to private cars.
Do check the parking availability first!

Even the home team comes by bus, but this is fairly normal!

As it can be pretty crowded I advise to come at least an hour before kick-off to enjoy the atmosphere at ease!

It is a very children-friendly stadium and the mascots make sure they enjoy their trip!
Fans are extremely well-behaved by European and South American standards, and although you should ensure a minimum of care thefts and fights are unheard of, even during the most crowded games, whatever the result!

The venue has become increasingly popular with overseas fans of both genders and any age for many reasons: safety, great hygiene, superlative service and crowds truly enjoying themselves!

Staff at the information are extremely dedicated and will gladly serve you beyond the language barrier!

Join the local fans and get your face painted to the colors and emblems of Shimizu S-Pulse!

There are plenty of food stands outside and inside the stadium for hungry and thirsty fans!
Plenty of beer available!

I will introduce the food stands in a separate article but you must try the Japanese specialty: octopus dumplings!

And tai yaki/sweetmeat fish-shaped cakes, freshly cooked for the sweet tooth!

And there is plenty to choose from the souvenir stand!

Don’t worry, there plenty of washrooms all around inside the stadium, gender-separated and even for wheelchair users!

The home fan stand!
The seatings are divided between 4 stands, the main, the back stand, the home fans stand and the away fans stand!
The big difference is that many fans choose to mingle with other fans, difficult to imagine abroad!

The stadium with a capacity of 19,000 is very compact and the stands are very close to the pitch!
Some Kashima Antlers fans pointed out to me that Shimizu SPulse ground had a great atmosphere because it is just right size with a great proximity to the players. A German fan I met during the Sanga Tosa game said the same thing with the safety added to it!

Especially for those arriving early young fans’ bags can be left on their seats safely!

Local fans are passionate and keep singing all the time, all in good humor!

And you can be assured there plenty of competition from visiting fans!

Shimizu SPulse who boasts one of the best youth clubs in the whole country always give an important place to youngsters!

Pageantry is at a premium, too!

Game on!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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