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Small Children Aim For J-League Spot
Originally formed for elementary and junior high school kids under the even better name of FC Mi-o Catfish Kusatsu, a new club in Shiga prefecture to the east of Kyoto have incorporated Kansai League Division 1 side Sagawa Kyubin Kyoto - and are already aiming for a future J-League place. Not to be confused with J2 outfit Thespa Kusatsu (same name, different place), FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu now boast a twenty-strong squad, coached by former Vissel Kobe man Kota Nakao.

Now you actually have got to get your homework finished

Now you actually have got to get your homework finished
Grulla - The Decline Continues
Trouble is continuing to brew at Tohoku League club Grulla Morioka, who at the end of 2005 failed to make it through the Regional League Championship Winners' play-off to the JFL. News has recently emerged that they have defaulted on wages to players and office staff in December amounting to a sum of 10,000,000 yen (approx £50,000). The team's 2005 squad featured eight players with J-League experience, but now only two remain and a question mark must now hang over Grulla's ability to participate in the Tohoku League in the forthcoming season.
Zweigen Confirm Squad
As previously mentioned on Japanese Non-league Football News, a newly-established club in the Hokushinestu region of Japan are aiming to make rapid progress from the Regional League through the JFL for 2007 and up to the J-League - and Zweigen Kanazawa have named their squad and coach for the 2006 season, based to a very large extent on the old Kanazawa SC club who disappointed by crashing to a third-place finish in the Hokushinetsu League last year.

NHK football commentator Michel Miyazawa takes over as "supervisor", with former Kanazawa SC boss Eiji Nagai working as coach under him. The playing squad is as follows, with the player's previous team in brackets:


Hidekazu Isono (Kanazawa SC)
Toshiyuki Hisato (Kanazawa SC)


Makoto Kobayashi (Kanazawa University)
Taiga Shinya (Kanazawa SC)
Masateru Tsujita (Omiya Ardija)
Utata Nakai (Kanazawa SC)
Taishin Nakashima (Kanazawa SC)
Mamoru Nakahashi (Teihens)
Keisuke Nishi (Kanazawa SC)
Kohei Fujita (Kanazawa SC)


Masaru Agashi (Sagawa Printing)
Tetsushi Koshiishi (Kanazawa SC)
Masamitsu Shirai (Teihens)
Masakazu Takahashi (Ferverosa FC)
Ryota Terauchi (Ferverosa FC)
Tomokazu Nakamura (Kanazawa SC)
Kazuyuki Nishida (Kanazawa SC)
Makio Moriya (Kanazawa SC)
Yoshikatsu Yamazaki (Kanazawa SC)


Toshinori Kobayashi (Kanazawa SC)
Hirokazu Masuda (Kanazawa SC)
Makoto Yokota (Kanazawa SC)
Sho Makoyama (Teihens)
Tochigi's Targets
Tochigi SC held a pre-season meeting in Utsunomiya on 18th January, at which certain targets for the forthcoming season were laid out - the most important ones being that the ambitious club are aiming to get to Round 3 of the 2006 Emperor's Cup and to win the JFL. Defender Nobumasa Yokoyama takes over as captain.

22 Jan 06 - Looking all very keen, Nobumasa Yokoyama

Looking all very keen, Nobumasa Yokoyama
Yoneyama, Fukushima Extend Rosso Loans
Cerezo Osaka forward Daisuke Yoneyama has extended his short-term loan with Rosso Kumamoto, as has fellow striker Hiroshi Fukushima from Avispa Fukuoka. It's also been announced that the ultra-ambitious Rosso will play an intriguing pre-season friendly against J2's strapped-for-cash Yokohama FC on 12th February.
Nagai Back To Verdy... Again
FC Ryukyu's experienced midfielder Hideki Nagai has forsaken the bright lights of Okinawa for a chance to return to Tokyo Verdy 1969 in J2. Nagai in fact started his career as a pro with Verdy Kawasaki in 1993, went back to the same club four years later and went to the Tokyo version in 2001. His last J-League appearances were for Oita Trinita two seasons ago, where he went before going to the Kyushu League with Ryukyu.
RKU Forward Goes Pro
Ryutsu Keizai University's 22-year-old striker Yuuki Okamoto has joined J2 minnows Mito Hollyhock. The same club have also signed midfielder Takuta Shiihara, from JFL newcomers JEF United Amateurs.
Horikoshi Signing, Date For New Name
JFL side FC Horikoshi have announced the signing from Thespa Kusatsu of 24-year-old midfielder Yohei Takasu, formerly with Kashima Antlers and Mito Hollyhock. Indications are that the club's new name will be made public on Tuesday 24th January.
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