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March 6, 2010

Random thoughts – 3 times running J-league champs Kashima vs Matthew Spiranovic`s new club Urawa Reds …

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 1:25 pm

Well, no Matt.  Injured apparently.  The commentators seemed quite excited about him.

Onto the game itself – a 2 – 0 win to Kashima.  Players shaking off the start of year rust, slipping over on a very nice, but very wet surface.

I think Matt is joining a team that has talent, but lacks cohesion in the final third.  Or maybe it just looks like that when they are playing the current champions, who don`t seem to have changed their personnel.

Is the Centre forward Edmilson a dud, or was he just well marshalled by should be starting in the national team Mr Iwamasa?  I really think this guy should be taking either Tulio Tanaka or Nakazawa`s starting spot.  Because he keeps it simple, owns any crosses that comes into the box (excellent header of the ball) and generally looks a half step faster than the current centrebacks.

Heard about the Kashima central midfielder Ogasawa before, but hadn`t seen him.  2009 MVP.  Directs things from the middle.  Never quite became a core part of the national team.  Well, he plays calmly, sees things well, good defensively and has “presence”.

Kashima just seem like a smooth running machine.  Disciplined.  Patient.  Their defenders stay back usually, they rely on their attackers to do the job without the extra man.  I guess this is similar to what SFC are aiming for.

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