Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ranko Despotovic

It has been decided that Ranko Despotovic who joined Urawa Reds in the summer of 2011 will leave the club.

The contract with him expires on June 30th, but he'll go back to his country today to heal his injury.

Ranko scored only a few goals, but I'll never forget his sensational goal last year.

Ranko walked around the pitch to say goodbye to fans before the match yesterday.

Luckily, I could talk a little with Ranko at the stand.

Thank you, Ranko.

Hope your bright future!! \(^o^)/

Monday, May 27, 2013

Bayern win Champions League 2013

Bayern Munich defeated German rival Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League final on Saturday night, ending four years frustration for Bayern in Europe's biggest football tournament.

Arjen Robben's dramatic winner fascinated with thousands of fans at Wembley Stadium.

Robben ran onto Frank Ribery's backheeled flick in the penalty area and put the ball past goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller in the 89th minute to send Bayern to its first Champions League victory since 2001.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sari's Wedding

Another Ishijima Seminar member got married yesterday.

Happy wedding, Sari!!

I could feel more comfortable than last week because we were the organizerof the party.

Sari was really beautiful in her white dress, and I was so happy to see the couple's and participants' smile.

Sari, happy ever after!! (^o^)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Daisuke's Wedding

I took part in my friend Daisuke's wedding party last night.

It has been three years since I met him last at university's graduation.

He's as cool as ever.

Happy wedding, Daisuke!! :D

I hope your love lasts forever always!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Arsenal will come

Arsenal FC will play a match against Urawa Reds as part of the Saitama City Cup 2013 and will act as the finale to the club's pre-season tour to Asia.

The match will take place at Saitama Stadium on Friday, July 26th.

I bought the tickets today!!

My seat is not so good, but I'm looking forward to seeing their super plays.

Arsenal will also visit Indonesia and Vietnam, and fight against Nagoya Grampus before the trip to Urawa.

Monday, May 13, 2013

20th Anniversary Match

It was a fantastic deer hunting last Saturday for Urawa Reds!! 

Shinzo Koroki gave the home side a 78th-minute lead after Daisuke Nasu had canceled out Takuya Nozawa's opener, before substitute Tsukasa Umesaki made the game safe with a third in the 89th minute. 
(Actually Koroki was offside for his goal, but the referee validated.) 

The game was chosen to commemorate the J-League's 20th anniversary celebrations. 

*An actress Chiaki Ozaki, who was born on the same day as J-League started, made a short speech 

Two legendary players from each team's history, Robson Ponte and Alcindo, was in attendance to mark the occasion. 

Shinji Ono also watched the game near my seat. 

We sang "We are Diamonds" with Ponte after the game. 

Happy birthday, Makino!! 

Don't be puffed up with pride!! lol 

Monday, May 06, 2013

Nagashima and Matsui

Yesterday was May 5th.

The date, 5/5, has the same numbers as Hideki Matsui's uniform when he played for the Yomiuri Giants, and New York Yankees and other MLB teams.

After an elaborate retirement ceremony, Matsui and his former manager Shigeo Nagashima received Peopl's Honor Award and golden bats from Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo Dome.

Former baseball players and People's Honor Award recipients, Sadaharu Oh and Sachio Kinugasa,  gave flowers to Nagashima and Matsui.

Matsui tossed the first pitch of the game that followed the ceremony.

Nagashima in a Giant's uniform with his old number 3 swung his bat in the box.

The Prime Minister acted as the referee.