Omiya Ardija

Omiya Ardija (大宮アルディージャ, Ōmiya Arudīja) is a professional association football club based in Ōmiya in Saitama, Japan. Its "hometown" as designated by the league is the whole of Saitama city, which is shared with neighbours Urawa Red Diamonds. The team currently competes in the J2 League, the Japanese second tier of professional football.

Omiya Ardija
大宮アルディージャ
Omiya Ardija logo.svg
Full nameOmiya Ardija
Nickname(s)Risu (The Squirrels)
Founded1969; 54 years ago (1969)
StadiumNACK5 Stadium Ōmiya
Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama
Capacity15,500
OwnerNTT Group
ChairmanMasashi Mori
ManagerNaoki Soma
LeagueJ2 League
2022J2 League, 19th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Their home field is Nack5 Stadium Ōmiya (Nack5スタジアム大宮, Nakku-faibu Sutajiamu Ōmiya): Ōmiya Park Soccer Stadium by the naming rights with occasional games being played at the Kumagaya Athletic Stadium.

CrestEdit

Omiya Ardija's crest features a squirrel on the right, which is the animal of Omiya. On the left, there are 5 lines, which reference the historic roads that run through Omiya, including the famous Nakasendō, which runs to the Hikawa Shrine, right near Nack5 Stadium.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The team were founded in 1968 as NTT Saitama Soccer Selection in Urawa, Saitama and later known as the NTT Kantō Soccer Club in 1969. They were first promoted to the Japan Soccer League (JSL) Division 2 in 1987/88, and when the JSL folded, joined the former Japan Football League.[3]

In 1998 it was separately incorporated as NTT Sport Community K.K. based in Ōmiya to participate in the J. League. The name "Ardija" is a transcription of the Spanish language ardilla (squirrel) which is the mascot of Ōmiya and the park in which their home stadium is located.[3][4]

Their matches against Urawa Red Diamonds have been called the "Saitama Derby".[5]

In 2005–2007 most of Omiya's home matches were held at Saitama Stadium 2002 and Urawa Komaba Stadium due to expansion works at their home ground. In October 2007 the expansion was complete. On November 11, the re-opening match was held as a J. League season match between the Ardija and Ōita Trinita (1–2).[6]

Omiya competed in the J1 League following an immediate promotion in 2015 after being relegated in 2014. Omiya was relegated again following the 2017 season. They competed in J1 2005 and continued to remain until 2014, following promotion from J2 in 2004 as the second placed team.

MascotsEdit

Omiya Ardija has two squirrels as its mascots, named Ardi and Miya. Both wear the team kits. According to the club website, Miya is one size smaller than Ardi, being then, slightly shorter than him.[7][3]

Record as J. League memberEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J. League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
Season Div. Teams Pos. P W (OTW) D L (OTL) F A GD Pts Attendance/G
1999 J2 10 6th 36 14 (4) 1 15 (2) 47 44 3 51 2,674 1st round 3rd round
2000 11 4th 40 21 (2) 1 14 (2) 55 49 6 68 3,477 1st round 3rd round
2001 12 5th 44 20 (6) 6 11(1) 73 43 30 78 3,864 1st round 1st round
2002 12 6th 44 14 17 13 52 42 10 59 5,266 Not eligible 4th round
2003 12 6th 44 18 7 19 52 61 -9 61 5,058 3rd round
2004 12 2nd 44 26 9 9 63 38 25 87 6,108 5th round
2005 J1 18 13th 34 12 5 17 39 50 -11 41 9,980 Quarter final Semi-final
2006 18 12th 34 13 5 16 43 55 -12 44 10,234 Group stage 5th round
2007 18 15th 34 8 11 15 24 40 -16 35 11,465 Group stage 4th round
2008 18 12th 34 12 7 15 36 45 -9 43 9,350 Group stage 5th round
2009 18 13th 34 9 12 13 40 47 -7 39 13,707 Group stage 3rd round
2010 18 12th 34 11 9 14 39 45 -6 42 11,064 Group stage 4th round
2011 18 13th 34 10 12 12 38 48 -10 42 12,221 2nd round 2nd round
2012 18 13th 34 11 11 12 38 45 -7 44 10,637 Group stage 4th round
2013 18 14th 34 14 3 17 45 48 -3 45 11,138 Group stage 2nd round
2014 18 16th 34 9 8 17 44 60 -16 35 10,811 Group stage Quarter final
2015 J2 22 1st 42 26 8 8 72 37 35 86 9,490 Not eligible 3rd round
2016 J1 18 5th 34 15 11 8 41 36 5 56 11,814 Quarter final Semi-final
2017 18 18th 34 5 10 19 28 60 -32 25 11,464 Group stage Quarter final
2018 J2 22 5th 42 21 8 13 65 48 17 71 9,224 Not eligible 3rd round
2019 22 3rd 42 20 15 7 62 40 22 75 9,478 3rd round
2020 22 15th 42 14 11 17 43 52 -9 53 2,515 Did not qualify
2021 22 16th 42 9 15 18 51 56 -5 42 4,311 2nd round
2022 22 19th 42 10 13 19 48 64 -16 43 5,272 3rd round
2023 22 TBA 42
Key
  • Pos. = Position in league; P = Games played; W = Games won; D = Games drawn; L = Games lost; F = Goals scored; A = Goals conceded; GD = Goals difference; Pts = Points gained
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 & 2021 seasons attendances reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
  • Source: J. League Data Site

HonoursEdit

PlayersEdit

As of 9 January 2023.[8][9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   JPN Takashi Kasahara
3 DF   JPN Shuto Okaniwa (on loan from FC Tokyo)
5 DF   JPN Niki Urakami
6 MF   JPN Hisashi Ohashi
7 MF   JPN Masato Kojima
8 MF   JPN Hiroki Kurimoto
9 FW   JPN Seiya Nakano
10 FW   JPN Atsushi Kawata
13 FW   JPN Rin Yamazaki
14 MF   JPN Hidetoshi Miyuki
15 MF   JPN Keisuke Oyama
16 MF   JPN Toshiki Ishikawa
17 DF   JPN Ryo Shinzato
19 MF   BRA Rodrigo Angelotti (on loan from Kashiwa Reysol)
22 DF   JPN Rikiya Motegi
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   JPN Kiichi Yajima
25 DF   JPN Yutaro Hakamata
28 FW   JPN Takamitsu Tomiyama
31 MF   JPN Raisei Abe
32 MF   JPN Fumiya Takayanagi
33 FW   JPN Keisuke Muroi
34 DF   JPN Rio Omori (on loan from FC Tokyo)
35 GK   JPN Yuta Minami
38 DF   JPN Shunya Suzuki
39 MF   JPN Jin Izumisawa
40 GK   JPN Ko Shimura
46 DF   JPN Masato Nuki
48 MF   JPN Masaya Shibayama
49 MF   JPN Tomoya Osawa
50 GK   JPN Manafu Wakabayashi

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   JPN Yūki Katō (On loan at Giravanz Kitakyushu)
DF   JPN Shoi Yoshinaga (On loan at Ehime FC)
DF   JPN Keisuke Nishimura (On loan at Montedio Yamagata)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JPN Kanji Okunuki (On loan at Górnik Zabrze)
MF   JPN Soya Takada (On loan at Tokushima Vortis)
  • Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here

Coaching staffEdit

For the 2023 season.

Position Staff
Manager   Naoki Soma
Assistant manager   Masato Harasaki
First-team coach   Shin Kanazawa
Goalkeeping coach   Noriyuki Yamagishi
Physical coach   Tomonobu Yokoyama
Technical staff   Yuki Fukuro
Physiotherapist   Yukihiso Miyama
Trainer   Tetsuji Wada
  Ryosuke Kaji
Chief manager   Yosuke Hakamada
Manager   Shoki Kokawa
Interpreter   Leonardo Uehara
Athletic trainer   Takafumi Kazama
  Ryosuke Kaji
  Natsuya Yashiro
Chief doctor   Daisuke Iwasawa
Doctor   Shoichi Hasegawa

Managerial historyEdit

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Pim Verbeek   Netherlands 1 January 1999 31 December 1999
Toshiya Miura   Japan 1 February 2000 31 January 2002
Henk Duut   Netherlands 22 December 2001 22 December 2002
Masaaki Kanno   Japan 1 February 2003 13 October 2003
Eijun Kiyokumo   Japan 10 October 2003 31 December 2003
Toshiya Miura   Japan 1 February 2004 31 January 2007
Robert Verbeek   Netherlands 1 January 2007 30 June 2007
Satoru Sakuma   Japan 1 July 2007 31. December 2007
Yasuhiro Higuchi   Japan 1 February 2008 31 January 2009
Chang Woe-ryong   South Korea 1. February 2009 26 April 2010
Jun Suzuki   Japan 24 April 2010 19 May 2012
Takeyuki Okamoto (interim)   Japan 31 Mai 2012 10 June 2012
Zdenko Verdenik   Slovenia 10 June 2012 11 August 2013
Takeyuki Okamoto (interim)   Japan 11 August 2013 20 August 2013
Tsutomu Ogura   Japan 20 August 2013 31 December 2013
Kiyoshi Okuma   Japan 1 February 2014 31 August 2014
Hiroki Shibuya   Japan 31 August 2014 28 May 2017
Akira Ito   Japan 29 Mai 2017 5 November 2017
Masatada Ishii   Japan 6 November 2017 31 January 2019
Takuya Takagi   Japan 1 February 2019 31 January 2021
Ken Iwase   Japan 1 February 2021 25 May 2021
Norio Sasaki   Japan 26 May 2021 9 June 2021
Masahiro Shimoda   Japan 10 June 2021 26 May 2022
Naoki Soma[2]   Japan 28 May 2022 current

Kit evolutionEdit

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20th anniversary

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Every J.League club badge explained | The meaning behind every J.League team crest, retrieved 31 May 2022
  2. ^ a b "相馬直樹 監督 就任のお知らせ" (in Japanese). 26 May 2022. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Omiya Ardija Club Profile". J. League. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Club Profile". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  5. ^ "The 13th Saitama derby in the football-mad region comes around this Saturday in Japan's J-League when Urawa Red Diamonds face Omiya Ardija". Goal.com. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  6. ^ "オレンジの聖地一新 NACK5スタジアム大宮". Saitama Shimbun (in Japanese). 47news. 23 October 2007.
  7. ^ "大宮アルディージャ公式サイト". www.ardija.co.jp. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  8. ^ "2023シーズントップチーム体制ならびにスローガンについて". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 9 January 2023.
  9. ^ "TOPTEAM". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 16 March 2022.

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