Saturday, January 29, 2011


Went a volcano (no shit!!) in Miyazaki-ken today so the Boys are on the way back early, then off to Gotemba in Shizuoka instead. That is all.....hopefully we can get a pissed up Scotsman in to give his feelings on the eruption...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The King Of Camp

I`ll tell you all about it back at mine Barack....
So here we go again, the holidays are done, everyone is back to work including the Boys. First week back and it`s off to Miyazaki-ken for a week of tents, bbqs, swimming in the river, fishing and general allround outdoor goodness. I would do that at camp but unfortunately for the Boys; they are off for a training camp and team bonding mission. This probably involves loads of running, fitness testing, more running, exercise, bleep tests, running, sprinting, cross country, up steps, down steps, press ups, star jumps and maybe a Micheal Jackson dance-off at the end to keep the spirits up.
In amongst all the running, they have a few a training games lined up against two University squads, plus Tokushima Vortis, Roasso Kumamoto and Yokohama Marinos. Hopefully, Verdy will blitz everybody and come back having met some loose local Miyazaki girls, with tall tales of holiday romace aplenty.
The new guys will be brown-nosing Kawakatsu to try and get the nod for the opening game and we shall be keeping tabs on who scores the goals. Surely, with 137 strikers now on the books at least ONE must be good on sheer probability alone. Joey Tempest has turned on his mic, flicked his mane and is ready to begin....d-d-du,duuuuh-du-d-d-d-duuuu!!

The Undisputed King Of Camp....Colonel, that`s a fine looking tent.

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Kit Stripy Minty Celtic Zebra Shocker??

New owners so why not a new kit?? Stripes?? Controversial but why not eh?? If the Green Zebra`s can sneak past the lion, wee in his dinner and make it to the waterhole of J1 then the stripes can be deemed a resounding success. If we stay down, blame the stripes. Ridiculous idea.


The New Boy!!
After a couple of hours ago suggesting we were done for new signings, Verdy today announced THREE new signings. First up and initially the most exciting is the signing of Venforet Kofu hitman Luis Martins who plays under the name "Maranhao" or rather confusingly ”マラニヨン”. He has hit 37 goals over 91 games for the Mountain Men over the last 3 seasons. He has signed for a loan period that runs out on New Years Day 2012. First of the 3 foriegner slots is filled and we will now wait with eager anticipation to see whether he turns out to be another Hulk (unlikely) or yet another Random Samba Merchant of Questionable Pedigree. 27 years old, so should be in his prime.
Second signing of the day, is ANOTHER forward Koki Takenaka (18) who will be playing for the Greens whilst staying on at some University. Finally goalkeeper Shota Arai (21) has been signed from another University squad to add cover for Doi (assuming he comes back) and Shibasaki.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It`s the Final Countdown!!! We`re leaving Venus and still we sta-and tall!!

The hair is an absolute disgrace in 2011.....but 1987?? Smokin`!!
Joey Tempest... probably the prettiest boy in pretty boy rock with the prettiest hair....and probably the only worldwide smash rock hit renowned for it`s.......erm......keyboard riff...ahem. Still the boufanted wonder probably bagged more birds than I`ve had hot dinners and all this done on the back of a Lion-o from Thundercats "do" , a zebra shirt and a keyboard. Can`t be doing with keyboards. The old rule in my house as a teenage metalhead was "If they have a keyboard player they must be shit". It was true in 1988 and I`m sure it still applies. How can you "rock" on a keyboard? Not possible.
Anyway Tempest The Mulleted 80`s Love God has inspired the opening title of the opening bit of news about the opening games of the season.The Countdown is on...... First up is March 6th........drum roll...... Roasso Kumamoto...same opening opposition as last year, thought his time Away. Lost 2-1 last year with a goal from Goal Machine operating in a ridiculous left back role. First home game is 13th March, Mito Hollyhock have been invited to come and play at our house. Let`s hope we can steal their sweets, break their toys, poke them with a stick and play poo-pickers with them. (Poo pickers is a potentially unsanitary game involving a long stick, dog shit, and a deft flick of the wrist). Reasonably popular in the summer holidays amongst the bored youth of Staffordshire as I recall.
Just had the strangest feeling that I wrote the same introduction before sometime.....or did I dream of Joey Tempest.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Goodbye... See You.

Masashi Oguro has signed for Marinos and will score for them being as he scores everywhere he goes (in Japan). Masahiro Nasakawa spent last season on loan at SC Tochigi and did enough to earn a full transfer. We still haven`t signed Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo (though I would only be happy to sign that twat to have every person I know poke him with very sharp sticks indeed) or a time travelling Steve Bull, BUT there is still time!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Forward Thinking...

Seems like Kawakatsu knows what the problem was last year...not enough goals. The solution?? Sign as many forwards as possible before the opening game. Joining today (for a loan I think) is Masahiko Ichikawa from Omiya Ardija`s sattelite squad/bench. 25 years old, limited J1 experience but another body to at least give some competition for places. I for one applaud the signings as it shows the Boss can see where the problems were last season. Verdy will never bother the big kids with Hiramoto/Inoue/Iio/Kawano as strikers as the latter two aren`t full on forwards and the second one is shit. At least we will be able to give each new forward the benefit of the doubt until we see them. WITH INOUE AS BACK UP YOU KNOW THE OUTCOME WILL BE SHIT. These new guys have a chance to make a name for themselves and let`s hope they can grab their opportunity with both hands.
Must be cold in the photoshop.....

 According to Furtho at Go!Go! Omiya Ardija " I think Ichikawa could do okay for Verdy, despite his stats. He came to us from university in 2008 but didn't get a sniff of the first team that year, then started to get some playing time at the start of 2009 but very unluckily picked up a serious injury against Gamba in April 09 that kept him out for months.

Ichi was looking pretty promising in this first few appearances and scored at Hiroshima but I think he's found it hard to recapture that since the injury. He did get a decent amount of playing time - mostly, although not all, as sub - in 2010, but if anything he's just a bit too keen. You can tell he's just absolutely desperate to do well and take the chances that come his way... which he then hasn't really done, probably because of that desperation.

I'd say there's a reasonable chance that a year in J2 will enable him to get his confidence back and to reassure himself that he can score goals. He seems like a good kid and I think Ardija fans would love to see him succeed". A decent review, and let`s hope he can do the business!!