Thursday, 16 April 2015

Oh Dear. Cerezo Osaka 0-2 Zweigen Kanazawa

Zweigen Kanazawa didn't exist ten years ago but it didn't take them long to figure out that if they kept calm and played football, beyond the hype (in J2), we are more than beatable this year. Once they realised that for brief moments they looked like vintage Barcelona for short spells, we were that bad. Mesmerised by a team able to string more than a few passes together. Still we were treated to Sato's beautiful goal and then they were treated to a soft penalty given as a parting gift from Maruhashi to Kanazawa with love. What next (in J2)?

Just bad timing with this picture, there must be millions of better pictures of Forlan playing for Cerezo...taken by other people.
Kanazawa fans expectant after some nice spells and a wonder strike
Despite the best efforts of behind the goal flag waving this went in
Did Puma ask for a refund due to poor product placement?

Saturday, 4 April 2015

JEF United Chiba 4 - 4 Cerezo Osaka

This was a proper old skool result and match for us with a very fortunate equaliser at the end, was it a goal?

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Cerezo Osaka 2 - 0 Yokohama FC

This really felt like an exhibition game, whether I'm still getting used to Sunday matches or seeing 48 year old Kazu Miura being warmly applauded by our supporters for doing the simplest of things it was an odd game. No tackles of note, no real passion or drive and no distinct pattern of play. Our star players failed to dominate this game and King Kazu didn't look his age at all. Forlan missed a penalty but goals from Hasegawa and Pablo Felipe mean another listless performance will soon be forgotten. Shame because on paper it looked like a really attack-minded team. We are now in 3rd place (in J2). We face the early league leaders next.

Enough people turned up today (14518) to make the appearance of the big flag possible
Physio 1: Did you remember to bring the bandages? Physio 2: I'm sure I put them in there. Physio 1: The king is waiting.
Looks worse than it was
This was Autuori's main pose today as we were pretty shoddy for most of the game
Huge respect for the Yokohama FC fans who made the trip down

Friday, 20 March 2015

Feelgood Factor returns for a few minutes! Cerezo Osaka 3 - 1 Omiya Ardija

Keiji Tamada bagged a brace on his home debut and Ogihara scored a beauty. As usual our defence had a brain fart defending a cleared corner but despite that and the rain (which meant a slightly lower than expected attendance of 15584) everyone was happy for the last few minutes. All the goals came in the 2nd half. Tamada gave us the lead early in the 2nd half with a calm finish after a neat flick from Sekiguchi, who also made his home debut. Omiya equalised with minutes remaining but two injury time goals were enough to see us grab 3 points. Ex-captain Moniwa came on for little cameo as the Squirrels left empty handed. Omiya Ardija came down with us from J1 last year and usually do pretty well when they come to Osaka so this was a good result for us (in J2, always remember this is J2). 
This is J2! Again
Like the old Chelsea shed end but with less cars
One of those horrible heart breaking finishes to a game for away fans

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Back in J2! Tokyo Verdy 1 - 1 Cerezo Osaka

We did enough to win but couldn't quite get the winner. Pablo Felipe looked good, well good enough for J2 anyway, but managed to get himself sent off. No predictions for this season based on that performance although you'd hope we won't get relegated again and have only one manager this year. If our players enjoy playing under Paulo Autuori we have more than enough quality to put a run of games together and get back to J1. After the disaster of last season I'll only be truly happy if we return as champions...when the 2 stage format in J1 has been scrapped ideally. I can go back to enjoying football more this year in J2 anyway, Forlan should too if he keeps playing and scoring. Just over 12,000 came to Ajinomoto Stadium and I suspect we will manage to beat that figure this coming Sunday in Yanmar Stadium. I think they lookalike anyway (see the last two pictures). 

Outside the stadium is surrounded by the colours of Verdy's ground sharing partners FC Tokyo

Very impressive numbers and as always loud and enthusiastic 

Dejan Savicevic
Pablo Felipe