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FC Horikoshi - Fan Suggestions To Decide New Name
Gunma prefecture's FC Horikoshi are currently asking for fans' suggestions for a new team name as they aim for a J-League place in the coming seasons. Horikoshi, who finished eighth in 2005, are one of several JFL sides keen to make the step up to J2 and regard the adoption of a new name as a further stage in their development to becoming a pro club. All suggestions are to be sent to the club by 7th January and the person making the winning proposal will be presented with a season ticket for life.
Ego Goes To Ehime
Attacking midfielder Kenichi Ego has made the move from JFL side SC Tottori to J-League new boys Ehime FC. 26-year-old Ego began his career with Nagoya Grampus 8's youth side before attending university and subsequently made a single J-League appearance during 2002 for Ventforet Kofu. He then spent three years with Tottori as a first-team regular, scoring eighteen goals in eighty games.

03 Jan 06 - Kenichi Ego heads for the big time

Kenichi Ego heads for the big time
SC Tottori - In J2, 2008
SC Tottori have announced their intention to aim for J2 membership in 2008. The team finished in twelfth place in this season's JFL, an improvement on last year's fourteenth but neverthless below the eighth spot that had been set as a target at the beginning of 2005. Conformation of their ambition, however, does not come as an surprise, although it was expressed in terms of being a modification of the club's objectives.

These aims have until now revolved around matters such as the promotion of sportsmanship through competition, the development of sport and of friendship between members of the club - but now encompass matters more broadly beneficial to the people of Tottori prefecture, in the sense that the club seeks to act as a focus for their hopes of success.

20 Dec 05 - I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky...

I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky...

2006 will therefore see SC Tottori redouble its efforts to provide a sponsored training programme for kids in the area, as well as working towards the development of a corporate body with the financial ability to support J-League activity. The Tottori Bird Stadium is already in place as a suitable facility for use at J-League level, but some work will nevertheless still be required to enable J2 football to be played there regularly. Training areas will also be need that can support an increased amount of use.

19 Dec 05 - SC Tottori line up before their last JFL game of 2005, against Sony Sendai

SC Tottori line up before their last JFL game of 2005 against Sony Sendai

The most important aspect, however, is of course finiancial. Sponsorship raised for the club in 2005 about 13,000,000 yen - whilst 300,000,000 is generally thought to be a suitable equivalent figure for a J2 team. The club management are therefore working towards a position where they can absorb additional costs of 50,000,000 yen by the middle of January 2006.

But despite the extra financial pressures, a club spokesman expressed the view that the project of bringing J-League football to one of Japan's quieter prefectures - on the Japan Sea coast, near the southern end of Honshu - would be worthwhile. "We think that this is something that will benefit people living in Tottori prefecture," he said "There will be sacrifices required over the coming years and so we ask for the co-operation and support of everyone."
FC Kariya Announce Coach
FC Kariya - the JFL side previously known as Denso - have announced that their coach for 2006 will be local lad and former Nagoya Grampus 8 midfielder Nariyasu Yasuhara.Yasuhara, 37, joined the Toyota club in 1992, progressed to Grampus in the early years of the J-League and played a handful of games in the fledgling J1 before moving in 1995 to South America and River Plate. He later returned to Japan and coached in local high schools while on the books at Denso.

12 Dec 05 - The not in any way camp Nariyasu Yasuhara

The not-in-any-way-camp Nariyasu Yasuhara
Tochigi SC - Best 10 Events Of 2005!
JFL club Tochigi SC have announced their official top ten list of the best club events of 2005, as follows:

1. Finishing the league season in fourth place
2. Winning nine consecutive games to go top of the table and so be one of the Emperor's Cup seeded teams
3. Making an official statement about preparing the club for J-League entry
4. Completing the transfer of Manabu Wakabayashi to J1 side Omiya Ardija
5. Midfielder Toshiaki Hotta getting into the JFL's Best Eleven team of the season
6. Beating Honda FC 3-2 at home
7. The increase in the number of fans attending home matches
8. The performances of new players defender Toru Yamazaki and midfielders Takashi Nakagawa and Kentaro Yoshida
9. Goalkeeper Akihito Hoshi
10. Midfielder Yasuyuki Yoshimi's time out injured coming to an end

08 Dec 05 - Tochigi SC's Toshiaki Hotta

Star midfielder Toshiaki Hotta
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