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!

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-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 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!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-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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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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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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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 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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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 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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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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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!

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

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The Hidden Gems of Japan!