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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. 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. The team currently competes in the J2 League.

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Full nameOmiya Ardija
Nickname(s)Risu (The Squirrels)
Founded1969; 50 years ago (1969)
GroundNACK5 Stadium Ōmiya
Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama
Capacity15,500
OwnerNTT Group
ChairmanMasashi Mori
ManagerMasatada Ishii
LeagueJ2 League
2018J2 League, 5th
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.

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HistoryEdit

The team were founded in 1964 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 Second Division in 1987, and when the JSL folded, joined the former Japan Football League.[1]

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.[1][2]

Their matches against Urawa Red Diamonds have been called the "Saitama Derby".[3]

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).[4]

Record as J. League memberEdit

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
1999 J2 10 6 2,674 1st Round 3rd Round
2000 J2 11 4 3,477 1st Round 3rd Round
2001 J2 12 5 3,864 1st Round 1st Round
2002 J2 12 6 5,266 4th Round
2003 J2 12 6 5,058 3rd Round
2004 J2 12 2 6,108 5th Round
2005 J1 18 13 9,980 Quarter-final Semi-final
2006 J1 18 12 10,234 Group Stage 5th Round
2007 J1 18 15 11,465 Group Stage 4th Round
2008 J1 18 12 9,350 Group Stage 5th Round
2009 J1 18 13 13,707 Group Stage 3rd Round
2010 J1 18 12 11,064 Group Stage 4th Round
2011 J1 18 13 12,221 2nd Round 2nd Round
2012 J1 18 13 10,637 Group stage 4th Round
2013 J1 18 14 11,138 Group stage 2nd Round
2014 J1 18 16 10,811 Group stage Quarter-final
2015 J2 22 1 9,490 3rd Round
2016 J1 18 5 11,814 Quarter-final Semi-final
2017 J1 18 18 11,464 Group Stage Quarter-final
2018 J2 22 5 9,224 3rd Round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site

Current playersEdit

As of 4 July 2019.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Takashi Kasahara
2   DF Kosuke Kikuchi (captain)
3   DF Hiroyuki Komoto
4   DF Kohei Yamakoshi
5   MF Toshiki Ishikawa
6   DF Akinari Kawazura
7   MF Yuta Mikado
8   MF Akimi Barada
9   FW Robin Simović
10   FW Genki Omae
11   MF David Babunski
13   DF Daisuke Watabe
15   MF Keisuke Oyama
17   DF Taisuke Nakamura
18   MF Ippei Shinozuka
19   DF Ryo Okui
No. Position Player
20   DF Noriyoshi Sakai
21   GK Hitoshi Shiota
22   FW Juanma
23   MF Shin Kanazawa
25   DF Kazuma Takayama
26   MF Masato Kojima
28   FW Takamitsu Tomiyama
31   GK Keiki Shimizu
32   GK Yuki Kato
33   MF Kanji Okunuki
34   FW Kazuaki Saso
36   FW Shoi Yoshinaga
39   MF Shintaro Shimada
41   MF Masahito Ono
50   DF Hiroto Hatao

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Atsushi Kurokawa (at Mito HollyHock)
  MF Riku Yamada (at AC Nagano Parceiro)
  FW Takumu Fujinuma (at Blaublitz Akita)
No. Position Player
  FW Kento Kawata (at Tochigi SC)
  FW Shintaro Shimizu (at Mito HollyHock)
  • Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here

ManagersEdit

Coach Nation Tenure
Pim Verbeek   Netherlands 1998–1999
Toshiya Miura   Japan 2000–2001
Henk Duut   Netherlands 2002
Masaaki Kanno   Japan 2003
Eijun Kiyokumo   Japan 2003
Toshiya Miura   Japan 2004–2006
Robert Verbeek   Netherlands 2007
Satoru Sakuma   Japan 2007
Yasuhiro Higuchi   Japan 2008
Chang Woe-ryong   South Korea 2009–2010
Jun Suzuki   Japan 2010–2012
Takeyuki Okamoto (interim)   Japan 2012
Zdenko Verdenik   Slovenia 2012–2013
Takeyuki Okamoto (interim)   Japan 2013
Tsutomu Ogura   Japan 2013
Kiyoshi Okuma   Japan 2014
Hiroki Shibuya   Japan 2014–2017
Akira Ito   Japan 2017
Masatada Ishii   Japan 2017–

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Omiya Ardija Club Profile". J. League. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Club Profile". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Notice of 2019 season team structure decision". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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