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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!

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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs SANGA TOSU (May, 14th, 2017)

may 14th: 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 Sanga Tosu (Saga Prefecture, Kyushu Island!

Once again took the special limousine bus sponsored by Shizutetsu Company (600 yen single way) across from Shizuoka Railway Station north exit!
This time I had the pleasure to meet a young German football/soccer fan by the name of Paul Schultze from Hannover who had already watched soccer games in 46 different countries, Japan being the latest!

This time unfortunately I had not time to indulge in some of the food offered by the many stands!

The home fans stand where I guided Paul in (he said later he had a very good time in a great atmosphere!)!

The away fans stand!
Not so many but very local! After all, saga Prefecture is a long way off Shizuoka!

Young local soccer players introduction!

It must difficult for the players to ignore the beautiful cheerleaders! LOL

The teams!

Kick off at 13:04

2′ S-Pulse leads the first attack ending with a shot well over the Sanga goal bar.
4′ Free kick for S-Pulse 40 meters form Sanga goal. Corner kick. Barely cleared by Sanga defense! Corner again. Inconclusive.
7′ Corner kick for s-Pulse. wasted away.

8′ Corner again for S-Pulse. wasted away again.
10′ S-Pulse falling back into old habits and playing within a handkerchief.
13′ Dangerous scramble in front of Sanga goal. Kick well over the bar but corner ick again for S-Pulse. heading over the bar.
15′ Dangerous center kick by sanga but well caught by S-Pulse keeper.
18′ Too ambitious shoot by S-pulse well ovr the bar.
22′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Sanga Tosu 0
Blunder by Sanga defense giving a chance to Tiago Alves to shoot unmarked just from outside the box!
27′ Dangerous center kick by Sana but finally easily caught by S-Pulse keeper.
29′ Free kick for Sanga right of the box. Inconclusive.
20′ Very dangerous two close-range shots by Sanga saved by by beautiful S-Pulse keeper parries.
33′ Coner kick for Sanga. wasted away.
One more corner kick. Greta parry by S-Pulse keeper again!
35′ S-Pulse soaking off pressure.
39′ Free kick outside the box fr S-Pulse.Very dangerous, just over the bar!
41’ Dangerous kick by Sanga!
43′ Free kick just outside S-Pulse box. Inconclusive.
44′ Dangerous From outside the box for Sanga. Poor execution.
55′ + 1′ Free kick from outside the box for S-Pulse. wasted away

Half time: Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Sanga Tosu 0

First half well balanced. Difference made by Thiago Alves’ exploit.
Sanga dangerous on the wings.
S-Pulse still playing inside a handkerchief.

46′ Dangerous kick flying in front of Sanga goal!
47′ No less than 3 errors in a row by S-Pulse defense who is well saved in the end by their goalkeeper!
53′ Game coming alive with both sides trading dangerous counter attacks.
55′ Corner kick wasted by Sanga.

55′ Corner kick for Sanga. wasted.
58′ Very dangerous attack by S-Pulse ending into corner kick. Inconclusive.
62′ Shimizu S-Pulse Tae-Se Jong finds himself alone in front the Sanga keeper after a defense blunder. Dallies too long and sees his poor shot parried into corner kick which wasted away. A 99percent chance to put the game away wasted! Frustration screams from the S-Pulse fans!
67′ Dangerous pressure for Sanga who sees their shot at goal barely missing the left pole!
70′ Dangerous center kick by S-Pulse well caught by Sanga Keeper.
71′ Free kick outside the box for Sanga. Inconclusive.
82′ Heavy pressure by Sanga.

86′ God ball wasted by S-Pulse.
90′ Dangerous heading over the bar by Sanga!
90′ + 2′ Heavy pressure by Sanga.
Corner kick.
Sanga goalkeeper has been playing infield for more than 2 minutes but S-Pulse keeper refuses to take advantage of it (unwritten rule bu\y Japanese goalkeepers)!
90′ + 4′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Sanga Tosu 1
One more attack on the left wing by Sanga sending the ball behind S-Pulse defense ending up with goal by K. Mizuno assisted by T. Tomiyama!
)0′ + 5′ Full time: Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Sanga Tosu 1

A very frustrating draw for Shimizu S-Pulse who has not won a game home this year yet!
Witnessed for the first time Shimizu S-Pulse fans booing their team out of the ground!
Actually all in all the draw is a fair result.
But S-Pulse will have to play more on their wings instead of playing a predictable game within a handkerchief and take notice that most of the goals conceded were resulting from center kicks around their right flank!

SHIMIZU S-PULSE
13 Y. Rokutan
5 S. Kamata
3 T. Inukai Substituted
26 H. Futami
25 K. Matsubara
22 T. Edamura Substituted
20 R. Takeuchi
7 M. Musaka yellow card 72′
9 Tae-Se Jong
8 Tiago Alves Substituted
10 R. Shirasaki

Substitutes
45 M. Kakuda Substituted for T. Inukai 71′ yellow card 90+6′
30 S. Kaneko Substituted for Tiago Alves 76′
14 G. Notsuda Substituted for T. Edamura 84′

Coach: S. Kobayashi

SANGA TOSU

33 S. Gonda
35 T. Aoki Substituted
13 Yuzo Kobayashi
23 Y. Yoshida
5 Min Hyeok Kim
14 Y. Takahashi
4 R. Harakawa
6 A. Fukuta Substituted
7 D. Kamada
9 Dong-Geon Cho
32 V. Ibarbo Substituted

Substitutes
22 K. Ikeda Substituted for V. Ibarbo 65′
50 K. Mizuno Substituted for A. Fukuta 70′
18 T. Tomiyama Substituted for T. Aoki 88′

Coach: M. Ficcadenti

Referee: M. Tojo
Assistants M. Yamagiwa, B. Ueda
Fourth official: T. Suhara

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Shimizu S-Pulse Soccer Club: How to reach Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Shimizu -S Pulse, the only non corporate-owned soccer/football club in the top Japanese J-League, generally have home League matches either on Saturday or Sunday afternoon and Cup games on Wednesday evenings!

A practical, especially if you plan on a drink or two, to reach their official ground located in Nihondaira, Shizmizu Ku, Shizuoka City  is to use the Shizutetsu shuttle bus.

The shuttle going exclusively to the Nihondaira Stadium on home games is to be boarded along Matsuzakaya Depatment Store across from Shizuoka Station north exit. The bus stop number is 17!

Great staff on hand always ready to answer your questions with a smile!
Buses swill start leaving from Shizuoka Sttation about 2 hours before kick-off, bu come early as the buses are crowded!

Remember that bus stop!

Expect long queues constantly growing!

One of the  shuttle buses!

40 minutes ride!

Arrival at your destination!

Getting off the bus and walking to the entrance gates!

Local fans having stickers applied on their faces!

17,000 visitors for 20,000 seats available!

Very efficient information desk!

The back stand, from the back! Lol

The main stand!

Game day!

Players in action!

Remember to start early back after the game as the queues for their return bus are extremely long!

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Shimizu S-Pulse Soccer Practice Ground Visit

Another way to enjoy soccer and support your favorite players is to visit your club practice gorund and facilities!
Here, in Shizuoka Cit, visiting the practice ground of Shimizu S-Pulse is not only simple enough but also makes for an excellent day out!

Shin Shimizu Station, Shizutetsu Raolway Line, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

You can always go by car as they have ample parking facilities but the easiest way, especially on your own is to go there by train and bus!
As far as the train is concerned you have to choices although the bus line is the same.
Either get off Shizimiu Station on the Tokaido Railway Line and take a Shizutetsu bus from Bus Platform N0 3.

As for me it is easier to use the Shizutetsu Line (Any station from Cenova Station) and get off at the Shin Shimizu Station Terminal.

Once out of the station go to the Sun Route Hotel across from the station!

Go to No3 bus stop and board the “Tokai Daigaku Miho Suizokukan/東海大学三保水族館”.

The schedule is on the left column above (about 2 buses an hour).

If you use the same bus on weekends note that the schedule is different!

Get off at “S-Pulse Renshuujyou/エスパルス練習場”!

You can’t miss it!

Follow the signs!

Check the map!

Here you are!

Two sets of tiered seats are available for free for visitors!
Note the temperatures can be extreme there, so bring an extra coat in winter and a large sun hat in summer!

Both gender washrooms and a soft drink vending machine are available!

Note that the ground is off limits for casual visitors!

Here in come the players!

Practices are conducted very similarly to any professional soccer/football club all across the Globe!

Practices are held from 11:00 am from Tuesday to Friday unless there is a cup game mid-week!

Separate practice for goal keepers!

Warming up exercises!

Shooting practice!

Mitchell Duke in action!

Sterner practice for goal keepers!

More of the same!

Whole ground team practice!

Half ground practice for faster passing and shooting!

The club house is next to the ground but you need special permission to enter it!

For collectors!

Another rare item!

The official Shimizu S-Pulse Soccer Club Flag!

The mascot of Sekisui Haim Real estate Agents, one of Shimizu s-Pulse official sponsors!

Exchanged flags including quite a few South Korea and even Ajax!

Note that the return bus stop inside the ground!

And don’t forget to check the return bus schedule!

See you again there soon!

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Shimizu S-Pulse Soccer Club Player: Mitchell Duke (first interview)

Mitchell Duke (Mitchell Thomas Duke) is your tough through and through Ozzie who is nonetheless a very loveable chap with an eternal smile.
True to say he has apparently lost some of his Australian drawl thanks to his lovely English wife, Charlotte, who keeps strong ties with her country where their son, Jaxson, was born.
Mitchell, one son with 6 sisters and 2 brothers of Arlene and Bill Duke, traces back his origins, five generations back, to Scotland and Ireland.
Although he has gone through harrowing times after a practice in January last year when he badly damaged the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee (his kicking leg, although he can shoot with both), fortunately repaired by a famous surgeon back in Australia, he is extremely positive about life in Japan, and Shizuoka for that matter, a country blessed with a rare safety, reliable hygiene and unequaled service. To top it all he is still discovering the culinary joys of Shizuoka City and Prefecture, actually helping him cut the excess food, red meat in particular, and in the bargain easily control his weight, a major concern for any professional athlete.

When asked to cite a negative aspect of his life in Japan he could not think of one. He went as as far as averring that many of his foreign colleagues in soccer were persuaded that Shizuoka Prefeture was the most propitious place to ply their trade hanks to a neutral climate and a mild winter.

his favorite food in Australai was basically BBQ-style, but he learned to appreciate lighter fare in Japan, sushi and Italian cuisines in particular.
Incidentally his favorite (at present) diners are Massimo in Miho, Shimizu Ku, shizuoka City and Gyoko Fuku Ichi Maru Sushi restaurant at Markis department Store in Shizuoka City.
He was also very complimentary with Tequila’s Diner and Blue Books Cafe in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City and he cannot wait to discover Aoi Beer Stand!
But the best chance to meet him in person would be at one of the HUG COFFEE shops whose coffee he rates as the best in town.
During his free time he enjoys going out for lunch with Charlotte and Jaxson and shopping for great produce in local markets. His wife in particular feels a great attraction to local vegetables which can be acquired all year round as Shizuoka Prefecture is renown for its incredible array of organic products.
Mind you, on game days it’s plenty of carbohydrates for Mitchell’s lunch!

This was my first interview held at Shimizu S-Pulse club house in Miho, Shimizu Ku, and it actually turned into double one as we met shortly after downtown to sip coffee together with wife and a very busy body Jaxson.
in between truly enjoyable socializing we naturally talked about the more serious matters of playing soccer as a profession:

Q: Have your tried your hand (or foot) at other sports?
A: I did play cricket but at the early age of 13 I had to make a decision and it was soccer from then on although my own father was very much into cricket, the top summer sport in Australia.

Q: How has you rehabilitation gone?
A: I’m now fully recovered thanks to the best surgeon in Australia. Actually his methods of operation are completely different from those in Japan. Instead of concentrating on the knee only he will go down as far as the calf muscles and tendons for a full repair job. Back on my feet after 5 months, a comparatively short time after such an injury!

Q:: You were still recently hampered by a pulled muscle , but that also seemed to be cared for. When do you ex@ect to play as a starting team member after this recent series of substitute appearances?
A: It should be very soon indeed and I’m giving my best to prove my worth at practice.

Q: Are you looking forward to playing again for the Socceroos (Australia National Soccer Team)?
A: Honestly speaking, I’m always looking forward to that day in spite of the long break. Now is in fact a good time to remind the selectors and my skills. It is up to me to prove I have the will and talent to represent my country, the ultimate goal for any athlete!

Well, that’s it for the moment gals and guys, but I convinced Mitchell to meet me again soon around a drink (it will be an embarrassment of choice, but I ave an inkling of what would be the first place!) and talk more about soccer at Shimizu S-Pulse, in Japan and in Australia!

MITCHELL THOMAS DUKE CARD

Born on 18th of January 1991 (26 years old as of 2017) in Liverpool, New south wales, Australia
Height: 1.86 m
Position: striker, winger
Present club: Shimizu S-Pulse
Jersey No: 19
Four caps and two goals for the Australian National soccer team
Began his career with Paramatta Eagles (also called Melita, in South Granville, New south Wales)
Moved into the Central Coast mariners (Gosford, Central Coast, New south wales) on 9th of February 2012
signed his first contract with Central Mariners on 24th of January 2012
In August 2013 had a two-week trial with English Premier League side West ham United.
Signed and moved to Shimizu S-Pulse on the 9th of February 2015
In April 2016 suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, ruling him out out football/soccer for six months
Appearnces for Shimizu S-Pulse:
2015: 29 + 3 (1 goal)
2016: 7 (1 goal)

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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs KASHIMA ANTLERS (March, 18th, 2017)

Today, Saturday March, 18th was a great day to watch sports and more precisely my local soccer club, Shimizu -SPulse, the only non corporate-owned soccer/football club in the top Japanese J-League!

A practical, especially if you plan on a drink or two, to reach their official ground is to use the Shizutetsu shuttle bus.

The shuttle going exclusively to the Nihondaira Stadium on home games is to be boarded along Matsuzakaya Department Store across from Shizuoka Station north exit. The bus stop number is 17!

Great staff on hand always ready to answer your questions with a smile!
I was told on that that no less than 25 buses (30 seats each) had been booked!

Remember that bus stop!

Long queue constantly growing!

Our shuttle bus!

40 minutes ride!

Arrival at our destination!

Getting off the bus and walking to the entrance gates!

Local fans having stickers applied on their faces!

17,000 visitors for 20,000 seats available! Quite a good crowd, isn’t it?

Very efficient information desk!

The back stand, from the back! Lol

The main stand where my seat is waiting for me!

My lunch! One you can find only in Shimizu, Shizuoka City Stadium: fried sakuraebi/cherry shrimps and steamed shirasu/sardine whiting rice bowl! Delicious!

Looking for my seat!

Home supporters stand!

The back stand with the VIP room!

The visitor supporter stand!

My stand, the main one!
I actually found seating by two very nice Kashima Antkers who told me that the Shimizu S-Pulse was just the right size as their own ground devised to welcome 80,000 fans always looked half empty!

Japan is such a safe country!
Where would fans leave their belongings unattended on their seats?
Not only that, but everyone will clean their seats after the game!

Since I had some time in my hands, I decided to have a look around and was pleased to find out that beer was available!

Incidentally the gender separated washrooms are better than average!

Plenty of food on sale: takoyaki/octopus dumplings!

Yakiniku/Korean BBQ bento!

Ramen, of course!

sausages et al!

Candy!

And popcorn! (I’ll have the ladies! LOL)

Back to more serious matters: S-Pulse players warming up!

Kashima Antlers players warming up!

Screaming Shimizu S-Pulse fans!

Screeching Kashima Antlers fans!

My quiet stand!

Teams presentation!

Kick off!

1′ slow start. Uncertain passes. No risks taken. Tense.

5′ No clear-cut chances. Both teams still gauging each other.

7′ First shot at goal by S-Pulse. Flying high over the bar.

12′ Pressing from S-Pulse but last passes missing their targets. Too vague an approach.

13′ Kashima Antlers pressing back. Fruitless.

14′ S-Pulse playing to small. Too many simple faults and misses.

16′ First kick at gaol by Kashima Antlers. Volley flying just over the bar.

18′ Blunder by Kashima Antlers Keeper resulting in first corner kick.

21′ First real chance to S-Pulse ending in a weak shot easily caught by keeper.

23′ Kick by S-Pulse sailing over the bar. Too imprecise passing from bith sides.

27′ Risky defense from S-Pulse.

31′ S-Pulse playing too small, missing real possibilities.

33′ Dangerous free kick given away to Kashima Antlers who waste the chance.

37′ Kashima becoming really dangerous, but shot beautifully parried by S-Pulse keeper.

41′ Kashima dominating.

41′ dangerous counter attack by S-Pulse.

41′ Kashma Antlers immediately replies with a dangerous free kick.

42′ GOAL! The free kick poorly aimed is claered off and Kashima’s defense makes a mess of it offering a sucker goal to S-Pulse against the run of play to the delight of Shota Kaneko!

43′ Corner kick for S–Pulse.

44′ S-Pulse Chong Tese yellow carded for elbowing. Would have been a red card in Europe…

45′ Corner kick for Kashima Antlers.

Last seconds of the first half: Antlers’ Yuma Suzuki slicing easy chance past goal.

Half-time: S-Pulse 1, Kashima Antlers 0
A somewhat lucky lead for S-Pulse but well taken. kashima Antlers will have to change their strategy and try to use their advantage in height.

Half time majorettes show!

48′ Risky passing by Kashima Antlers.

51′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Volley sailing over the bar.

55′ S-Pulse barely clears a very dangerous center kick. Poor execution by Kashima Antlers of resulting corner kick.

61′ Kashima Antlers curl the ball past S-Pulse far post
Kashima Antlers booing the opposition.

62′ S-Pulse clears off dangerous cross kick in a hurry. Corner kick. Antlers dominating.

63′ S-Pulse clears dangerous kick.
General tempo rising.

66′ Weak shot at goal by S-Pulse easily parried.
Kashima Antlers Yuma Suzuki yellow-carded.

68′ S-Pulse hits the left post!
Kashima Antlers Mu Kanazaki yellow carded for silly dissent.
Kashima Antlers fans booing. Not nice…

69′ S-Pulse kick cleared into corner kick.

70′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 2, Kashima Antlers 0
Ryohei Shirasaki ends up with a close shot after Kashima Antlers careless defense.

73′ GOAL! Shimizu SPulse 2, Kashma Antlers 1
Naomichi Ueda scores unmarked from a corner kick.

77′ Kashima Antlers dominating. S-Pulse tiring.

79′ Corner for Kashima.

79′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 2, Kashima Antlers 2
After a long pressure Yuma Suzuki scores from short range after repeated pressure.
That is when I find out that my neighbors are the very parents of S-Pulse’s assassin!

84′ Kashima misses clear chance with poor shot.

85′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 2, Kashima Antlers 3
Great diving heading inside far post by Mu Kanazaki who exploits poor defense by exhausted S-Pulse.

89′ Free kick poorly executed by S-Pulse.

90′ Kick over the bar by Kashima.

Overtime Kashima soaks up desperate pressure from S-Pulse.

Full time: Win for Kashima Antlers!

Game analysis:
Kashima Antlers deserve heir win through unending pressure, making great use of their wings in the second half.
Shimizu S-Pulse had a great chance to create a shock win, but lost in the end for lack of stamina and too a conservative approach to the game. At tomes they seemed to play in a handkerchief, preferring the safe back pass to the adventurous forward kick. The coaching missed a trick or two by not using their three substitutes at once after the second goal when the team was already obviously tiring. It might sound harsh, but at this level one does not lose a 2-nil advantage with only 20 minutes left in the game! Introducing a forward substitute in the last minutes when the game was lost is not a very good sign…
Kashima Antlers deserve their win and will play the first roles in the League this year.
I sincerely hope that S-Pulse will have learned from their mistakes and will bounce back!

A minus point: Kashima Antlers supporters very un-Japanese constant booing…

But all in all a great afternoon!
Looking forward to more of the same!

SHIMIZU S-PULSE
GK 13 Seiji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoa KAMATA
DF 3 Tomoya INUKAI
DF 45 Makoto KAKUTA
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunarai MUSAKA
MF 14 Gakuto NOTSUDA
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 10 Ryohei SHIRASAKI
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 9 CHONG TOSE
Subs:
GK 43 Yuki UEKUSA
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 27 Takahiro IIDA
MF 44 Leoandro FREIRE de Aranje
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
FW 19 Mitchell DUKE
FW 18 Yu HASEGAWA

Head Coach Shinji KOBAYASHI

KASHIMA ANTLERS

GK 1 KWOUN SUNTAE
DF 24 Yukitoshi ITO
DF 5 Naomichi UEDA
DF 3 Gen SHOJI
DF 16 Shuto YAMAMOTO
MF 6 Ryota NAGAKI
MF 40 Mitsuo OGASAWARA
MF 8 Shoma DOI
MF 25 Yasushi ENDO
FW 9 Yuma SUZUKI
FW 7 PEDRO JUNIOR
Subs:
GK 21 Hitoshi SOGAHATA
DF 22 Daigo NISHI
DF 28 Koki MACHIDA
MF 4 LEO SILVA
MF 11 LEANDRO
MF 13 Atsutaka NAKAMURA
FW 33 Mu KANAZAKI

Had Coach: Masatada ISHI

Referee: Masuya UEDA
Assistant Referee:Seiichi KANAI
Assistant Referee:Satoshi KARAKAMI
4th Official:Tsuyoshi OGURA

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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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