Sunday, February 22, 2009

Pre Season Match 2009

Nagoya Grampus 2 - 0 FC Gifu (ht 1-0)

Different year, same result. Once again Nagoya came out trumps in the Kisogawa Derby but this time it was them who controlled the match. While the first half was reasonably even Grampus showed their power in the second half.
All things considered though, Gifu, with half of the team having never played a J game before, played a pretty good match against a team containing Japan international Tamada, and J-super star Davi. Defense was in general pretty good but too often balls weren't cleared well enough and second ball wasn't regathered.
Still the 2009 season looks like it will be an interesting one, with a very young team playing over 50 games... roll on March 8th and Tochigi!


Arne said...

Yo Richy!

How are you? Feeling optimistic of Gifu's chances for the upcoming season? I hope they have enough players, because over 50 games... Damn! Are the J-League crazy or something?

It will be interesting to see FC Gifu against the newly promoted sides like Fagiano.. A good indicator of their growth in their first season in the J2.

I'll be looking forward to reading your match reports. :)

richy said...

Hey Arne,
been a while!

Hmm how am I feeling about Gifu's chances... Im not feeling too optimistic. If they can stay off the bottom of the table I'll be happy!
They're a very young team and its going to be a very developmental year for the whole team.

But yeah, 51 games is crazy. and as youve noticed, the team roster is a little thin at the moment. Should at least mean good game time for most players!

Good to have you on board again mate, go the greens!!