JNews & Rumours

JNews & Rumours

By Mario Kawata (follow Mario on twitter @MarioUrawa)

With just two games remaining in the J. League season the transfer news and rumours are heating up. With his eye across all the news, Mario brings you the latest news from the Land of the Rising Sun from this past week.

Omae closer to Germany

Shimizu's Genki Omae looks headed for the Bundesliga

After last week’s rumour of a move to Bremen, Shimizu S-Pulse forward Genki Omae moved one step closer to Germany this week as Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf made an official offer.

Düsseldorf were linked with Nagoya Grampus striker Kensuke Nagai earlier this year and seem eager to bring a Japanese player to their hometown, which has the largest Japanese community in Germany. General Manager Wolf Werner told the local Japanese fanzine last year that they always had signing a Japanese player in mind but it was difficult because of their status as a second division club and financial reasons.

With their promotion to the Bundesliga and Omae’s expiring contract, there are not many obstacles now. At the same time, it would show how bad in business some J-League clubs still are if Omae moves to Germany leaving no money to Shimizu. Cerezo Osaka are exporting young players one after another but at least they are making some profits.


Hasebe back to Urawa?

Sports Hochi reported possibility of Japan captain Makoto Hasebe returning to Urawa Reds in January , however, it is highly unlikely since Hasebe recently regained a starting spot at Wolfsburg after the departure of Felix Magath, and more importantly, the whole story is based on his comment “I haven’t received any official offers, but Reds told me that I was welcome to come back anytime.”

On Sunday, FC Tokyo announced that Brazilian striker Edmilson would leave the club as his loan from Qatari Al-Gharafa expired at the end of the season . Edmilson only managed to add 2 goals to his impressive goal record in J1 at Albirex Niigata and Urawa Reds after coming back to Japan in July.

Meanwhile, Kawasaki Frontale’s Brazilians Renato and Jeci are reported to be staying at the club for the next season.


Mito release Ichikawa and Yoshihara

Ending the regular seasons earlier than J1, several J2 clubs have revealed the names of players they are letting go. The list includes former Japanese international defender Daisuke Ichikawa and striker Kota Yoshihara from Mito Hollyhock, Ehime FC’s journeyman Kenji Fukuda, defender Daisuke Tomita and striker Genki Nagasato from Ventforet Kofu, and Tochigi SC’s former under-20 Japanese striker Kazuhisa Kawahara.

On the other hand, 45-year-old legend Kazuyoshi Miura was offered contract extension at Yokohama FC. Sponichi suggests that King Kazu might extend his contact for more than one year.


Yasu Miura returns to Verdy

Kazu’s older brother, Giravanz Kitakyushu manager Yasutoshi Miura has officially left the J2 club, and according to several reports, is expected to return to Tokyo Verdy where he spent a big part of his career as player.

Machida Zelvia manager Osvaldo Ardiles’s departure is also official after failing to avoid relegation to the third division.

As for J1 managers, Levir Culpi has signed a new contract for the next season. Jorginho is likely to keep his job unless Kashima Antlers get relegated and Yasuhiro Higuchi is expected to stay at Yokohama F-Marinos.

It seem there won’t be many new managers in J1 next season.

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