J-League Digest – Formation.   Leave a comment

Each year in Japan they release a digest with player information for every team in J1 and J2.

It has some quite interesting information in it, and ratings for all the players. I’ll probably try and translate some of the more interesting bits about the Avispa players in the week, but before that they also predict the formation and players to be used for each club.

For Avispa they have shown this as the basic formation:

………………….Sakata…………………..
…………………(Nishida)………………..

Osmar……………Ishizu………………..Jogo
(Kihara)…………(Kanakubo)…………….(Kanemori)
((Mishima))………………………………….(Ushinohama)

……………….Okada………….Nakahara………………
………………..(Jang)…………(Funeyama)………………

Min Je……….Yamaguchi………….Koga……………Miyamoto
(Omata)………..(Park)……………..(Hatamoto)…….(Tsutsumi)

………………………Kamiyama………………………….
………………………(Mizutani)………………………..
……………………..((Kasagawa))……………………….

The first thing I’d say about this is that while I’m sure they have lots of experts looking at the squad and players I’d be very surprised if we ever see this team next season.

I’m glad that with the players available the default formation has moved away from a 442. I’d still sooner see a 433/451, but with the attackers we currently have, and a need to control midfield in this tight division I think putting 3 in the middle is important.

There seem to be some strange predictions with the forwards. I can’t see Osmar playing on the left, with both Sakata and Ishizu more suite to do that. Sakata may well have been told he will start with his favored central role, but I’d think that Osmar then had more experience to play centrally.
More than both of them I can’t see anyone other than Kanakubo being played as the key man in the central position.

In the more defensive positions Avispa have again boxed themselves into a corner by giving the captaincy to someone who probably doesn’t deserve to be a guaranteed starter every week. Last year they got stuck with Yutaka, this year it is Okada.
I’d certainly have him starting the season in the team, but as players like Park, Jang, Funeyama and Nakahara all around that position there will be competition. Let’s not forget that last season he couldn’t get in the team ahead of the frankly useless Suzuki Jun and Sueyoshi.
They then list Nakahara as a starter which I think is unlikely to happen for the first half of the season at least.

Defensively the team writes itself. The only real question to be whether to play Min Je or Omata. I would use Omata against the very top teams in the division where we are looking to draw, and Min Je against everyone else.
Hatamoto should be in the team by the second half of the season.

I would be very surprised if Kamiyama starts the season ahead of Mizutani.

My formation)

…………………..Sakata……………….
…………………..(Osmar)………………
………………….((Nishida))…………….

Ishizu……………………………………..Jogo
(Kihara)……………………………………(Ushinohama)
((Mishima))…………………………………((Kanemori))

………………Kanakubo……….Funeyama………………
………………(Nakahara)……….(Jang)………………

………………………….Okada……………………..
…………………………..(Park)……………………

Min Je………….Yamaguchi…………Koga…………Miyamoto
(Omata)………………………… (Hatamoto)………(Tsutsumi)

…………………………..Mizutani……………………..
…………………………..(Kamiyama)…………………….

With this formation the front players are able to move around a lot, with Sakata comfortable on the left, or Jogo able to play as a striker for example.
In Nishida Go we have a player who offers more of an aerial threat if we need to change the game a bit.

With a midfield anchor it protects the defence, while giving that player 2 central targets to always aim for and move the ball forward quickly.
In addition to these 2 there are quick player on the wings, and at fullback to give additional outlets.

I’ll be watching my first game of the season today as they have a friendly match against Consadole Sapporo. It’ll be the first time I’ve seen the players live since the first training session of the year in January.

Posted February 24, 2013 by avispafukuoka in News

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