I don’t really think too much importance can be attached to the results of pre-season matches, and in fact think a bad set of results pre-season can be good for the start of the season, but with a new manager and lots of new players it is probably a good time to get off to a positive start.
We started with a game in Fukuoka against Kyunghee University who had traveled over from Korea.
With only a week under the new manager and team-mates it wasn’t the best result:
Avispa Fukuoka 0 : 1 Kyunghee University
Things got a little better the following week as the team got a win, but only against students from Kyushu University.
Nishida seems to have continued his bright start after his good showing in the first training session with 2 goals.
Avispa Fukuoka 3 : 2 Kyushu University
Sakata, Nishida 2
The club then moved down to their annual camp at Sea-Gaia in Miyazaki.
It seems like they were coming together well as they hit 4 goals past Honda Lock. Honda Lock are not the best team in Japan, but they do have a history of competing against teams at this level in the Emperor’s Cup.
I’ve heard that Park Gon was played in midfield in this game, and looked good as an anchor.
Avispa Fukuoka 4 : 0 Honda Lock
Park Gon, Sakata, Ushinohama, Nishida.
The opposition then took a step up as we played against J1 team Yokohama F Marinos.
While it’s only a friendly game, getting a 1-1 draw after taking the lead has to be good for squad morale.
A goal from Koga suggests that set-pieces might be more effective.
Avispa 1 : 1 Yokohama F Marinos
Played across 3 45 minute periods the team then played against a club relegated to J2; Vissel Kobe.
Drawing 2 of the periods 1-1 and winning the other one the team could maintain they won the match 3-2.
One of the goals was scored by an un-named trainee.
Avispa Fukuoka 3 – 2 Vissel Kobe
Sakata, Trainee, Nishida
In another match-up with relegated opposition we finished our camp with a match against fallen Gamba Osaka.
Trainee was back again, scoring alongside Nishida and the 2 youngest squad members (Kanemori, and Mishima) as the team pulled out a 4-2 win to finish camp on a high.
Avispa 4 : 2 Gamba Osaka
Trainee, Kanemori, Mishima, Nishida.
I’ve heard that the team has been playing with variations on 433, 4231, and 4132, which is very promising for the new season.