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

A Shizuoka specialty on offer at Nihondaira Stadium: Sakuraebi Kakiage to shirasu donburi/bowl of rice topped with cherry shrimps fritters and biled sardine whiting (Seasonal only!)!

Watching a soccer/game, even in Japan, is certainly a hungry and thirsty job!
But do not worry, there is plenty on offer at food stands both outside and inside the stadium to satisfy all palates!

Plenty of beer with Sapporo Company, on of Shimizu S-Pulse official sponsors which also has a big brewery in the Prefecture! Outside the stadium!

Inside the stadium!
Of course soft drinks are available!

As for food, there is really a lot to chose from!
Let’s start with outside the stadium!

No less than 8 kinds of snacks from yaki soba/pan-fried noodles to jagaimo/boiled and buttered potatoes and 6 sof drinks!

What do they make here?

Taiyaki/hot fish-shaped pancake filled with bean jam!

Tako yaki/hot octopus dumplings!

Shaved ice!
Choose your topping!

Shorounpo/hot and juicy Chinese dumplings!

Chinese fried rice!

And more Chinese treats!

Bread and cakes!

Pop corn!

Seafood ramen, curry noodles and chicken karaage!

Bento!

And more from sausages to fried potatoes!

Let’s go inside1
Fried potatoes (French fires for the Americans! LOL)!

No less than 9 dishes from Bacon steak to Japanese Chazuke!

Pineapple!

Fried chicken!

Brochettes!

And for dessert, a smile form the pop corn girls!

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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′
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: vs SENDAI VEGALTA (April, 30th, 2017)

April 30th: 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 Sendai Vegalta!

Once again took the special limousine bus sponsored by Shizutetsu Company (600 yen single way) across from Shizuoka Railway Station north exit!

Long queues as usual! Nothing extraordinary as 14,000 fans were expected on that day!

Plenty of food and drinks on arrival, but that is for a separate article!

Mascots forever!

I arrived early to have a good look again at familiar sights: Shimizu S-Pulse supporters stand!

The opposite main stand!

The away team stand!

Leisurely look at the players’ practice and warming up!

In Japan they have only one game on the card. Pity as it would be nice to watch the youth team for example!

Last watering of the artificial turf!

Sponsors introduction!

Teams entering the ground!

Teams introduction!

Kick-off: 13:03. Sendai kicking off and S-Pulse starting on own half.

2′: free kick for S-Pulse. 25 m, right of the box. Inconclusive, poor shot wide.
3′: Centering wide off the mark by Sendai.
5′: Throw in towards S-Pulse goal. Cleared.
6′: Complete miss kicked volley by S-Pulse in front of almost empty goal!
8′: two consecutive shots at goal by s-Pulse failing in last execution.
Early domination by S-Pulse thwarted by poor shooting.
12′: S-Pulse falling back into their bad habits, especially plying within a handkerchief.

13′: Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poor shot wide right of goal.
14′: Free kick outside S-Pulse box. Heading wide.
17′ Good play by S-Pulse ended by poor shooting.
19′: Sendai domination. S-Pulse running out of ideas.
23′: Sendai Goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt fouls Kaneko outside his box. Lucky to escape with only a yellow card as nobody was between keeper and goal! Lenient umpiring… Fee kick just outside left of box. just wide1
28′: Corner for Sendai. Inconclusive.
31′: very dangerous center by S-Pulse!
32′: Terrible shot from just outside box by S-Pulse.
33′: Sendai shot easily parried.
36′: Sendai pressure. Inconclusive. Too simple an approach.
41′: very poor center by S-Pulse. Building up too slow.
43′: Two successive close-range shots saved by Sendai.

44′: Late pressure from S-Pulse.
45′: S-Pulse attempt barely saved1

half time: Shimizu S-Pulse 0, Sendai Vegalta 0
More domination by S-Pulse who wasted too many many chances because of a too narrow pass play and generally poor finishing.
Should have led by at least one goal with better skill and strategy.


45′: S-Pulse still playing on a handkerchief.
Dangerous S-Pulse center kick. Nobody manages a clean shot.
46′: S-Pulse pressure. Poor finishing.
55′: Penalty kick! Chrislan who had been earlier lucky to escape from a yellow card for dissent manages somehow to convince the referee with a crafty dive! Decision doubtful at best…
GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 1 (against the run of play, but this is soccer!)
54′: Yellow card (Yasuhiro Hiraoka, Sendai) for Cynicla foul preventing clear run at goal.
56′: Good center kick by S-Pulse but once again poor finishing with head wide off ,ark.
57′: Kaneko substituted by Tiago Alves for S-Pulse.
63′: Dangerous kick at goal by S-Pulse well parried by Sendai keeper.
65′: Very dangerous attack by S-Pulse. Corner kick. Easily caught by Sendai keeper.
66′: GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 2
Wide gap on S-Pulse left side exploited, center kick, terrible defense, easy goal by Crislan again!
69′: Dangerous center kick by S-Pulse. Terrible finishing again!
70′: S-Pulse Takamura Edamura alone in front of goal shoots above bar1
Sendai’s Crislan carried out. Replaced by Hitrokai Okuno.
S-Pulse’s Gakuto Notsuda substituted by Mitchell Duke.
74′: GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 3
Terrible defense by two S-Pulse backs exploited by Naoki Sugai with a simple tap-in!
75′: Dangerous center kick by Mitchell Duke.
79′: Sendai’s Takuma Edamura substituted by kazuya Murata.
80′: Close heading by Tiago Alves easily caught by opposite keeper.
84′: Free kick shot wide by S-Pulse. Desperation!
85′: Good shot at angle from narrow angle by Tiago Alves well-parried by Sendai keeper.
87′: Corner kick by Mitchell Duke. Easily kicked away by Sendai defense.
88′: Corner kick for SPulse. Poor execution again.
Full time: Shizmizu s-Pulse 0, Sendai Vegalta 3

Game analysis:
Horrendous finishing by S-Pulse forwards.
Naive defense.
Insipid strategy (playing on a handkerchief, back passes by strikers,…).
Dubious and lenient to a fault umpiring.
The wost recipe!
I thought I had been sorely disappointed by the game against Kashima Antlers but this borders on helpless frustration!
Congratulations on a limited Sendai Vegalata team which made most of their very few chances through craftiness and sheer luck!
Lost no less than 11 points in four home games!
C’mon, boys (and coaches!)!

I’m turning into a true S-Pulse fan!

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 20 Ryo Takeuchi
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
FW 8 Tiago Alves
FW 19 Mitchell DUKE

Head Coach Shinji KOBAYASHI

SENDAI VEGALTA
GK 1 Daniel Schmidt
DF 25 naoki Sugai
DF 27 Kazuki Oiwa
DF 13 Yasuhiro Hiraoka
DF 50 Tatsuya Matsushima
MF 17 Shingo Tomita
MF 18 Hirotaka Mita
MF 10 Yong Gi Ryang
MF 2 Katsuya Nagato
FW 20 Crislan
FW 11 Naoki Ishibara
Subs:
GK 21 Kentaro Seki
DF 4 Koji Hachisuka
DF 5 Naoki Ishikawa
MF 7 Hiroaki Okuno
MF 28 Takumi sasaki
MF 34 Keiya Shiihashi
FW 30 Takuma Nishimura

Head Coach: Susumu watanabe

Referee: Yuho Yamamoto
Assistant Referee: Jun Mihara
Assistant Referee:Yosuke Takabe

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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!

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
rre.Cuisine
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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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