|New season, new us!||Posted on 2013-01-21|
|The website will be undergoing some major changes over the next few weeks.|
We are implementing a long-awaited and much-needed update to Vinci Per Osaka, beginning with a move to a new address - www.vinciperosaka.com. The new look has actually been in development since late 2010 but time restraints meant that the changes had to be delayed a few times so it's good to finally get the site online.
The new news section is based around Wordpress, which means that you will now be able to share your comments with us and discuss the latest news with other Gamba fans. You will also be able to make use of the RSS feed to easily keep up to date with our latest news updates. At the moment we only have news from December 2012 onwards on the new site but the rest of our archive will be added as soon as possible.
The stats database will also be getting a much-needed update but this is only partially complete at the moment so only data from the 2012 season is available to be viewed right now. We hope to have the update completed for the start of the new season. When it is fully completed we will be able to offer a lot more data and plenty of new ways to access that data.
We will be keeping this site online until the new site is fully operational for anybody who needs the full news archive or the old database. Once the updates are complete we will be taking this site offline so don't forget to update your bookmarks!
We hope you like the new look. Feel free to head over and let us know what you think!
|2012 Vinci Per Osaka Awards: The Winners||Posted on 2013-01-15|
|Voting for our end of season awards has come to a close for another year so it's time to reveal the winners.|
Match of the Season
Three of the five nominated matches received votes but the winner of the award was never in doubt as the match in question took an early lead in the voting and never looked back. September 22 was one of the few days in 2012 that gave Gamba fans something to celebrate but nobody could have predicted beforehand that the team would enter Saitama Stadium and thrash a title-chasing Urawa Reds side 5-0. That's exactly what they did and it's no surprise that such a memorable victory gained 77% of the votes!
2011: 5-1 vs Melbourne Victory
2010: 3-2 vs Urawa Reds
Best New Face
The new award this season was contested by seven players but four of them clearly didn't have enough of an impact on the season and failed to win a single vote between them. There wasn't much of a challenge against the winner but Yasuyuki Konno (23%) and Keisuke Iwashita (8%) both earned their admirers over the season. The winner of the award made the step up from J2 at the start of the season but proved himself worthy of a place in a J1 squad as he weighed in with some crucial goals early in the year and went on to hit double figures before a long-term injury curtailed his season. Despite the injury he finished the season as second top scorer behind Leandro and that is why Akihiro Sato is your Best New Face for 2012 with 69% of the vote!
Young Player of the Season
2012 was a tough season for Gamba and this perhaps deprived the younger players in the squad of the chance to get some game time under their belts. Only four youngsters were able to get on the pitch enough to qualify for this award and again the winner was fairly clear cut. Kotaro Omori (16%) and Tatsuya Uchida (8%) will be hoping to make more of an impact next year. One youngster managed to make a significant impact on 2012, making 24 appearances and weighing in with 4 goals, including a strike in your match of the season. He also scored a late winner against Kawasaki Frontale in April to round off a brilliant comeback and secure Gamba's first league win of the season with a memorable one-touch strike. The winner is Hiroyuki Abe, of course, with 77% of the vote. Hopefully he will get more time on the pitch in J2 next season so we can see how he develops.
2011: Hiroki Fujiharu
Player of the Season
Finally, the main award. This one was contested a lot more fiercely as six of the eligible players received votes. Yasuhito Endo and Akihiro Sato (both 15%) were the biggest challengers to the winner but even with their votes combined they wouldn't have taken the award. Honourable mentions also go out to Takahiro Futagawa, Shu Kurata and Akihiro Ienaga. The winner only spent six months of the season at the club but his impact was so huge that he easily pushed all of his challengers out of the way to claim the grand prize. With a total of 15 goals in just 21 appearances he silenced his doubters, won over fans and proved that he hadn't lost his goalscoring instincts. The player we are talking about is, of course, none other than Leandro who takes the award with 46% of your votes.
2011: Yasuhito Endo & Keun-Ho Lee
2010: Takashi Usami
Once again, a massive thank you goes out to all of the voters. We'll continue to bring you the pre-season gossip and news ahead of Gamba's debut J2 season so please keep visiting!
Vinci Per Osaka Awards
|20 years of the J.League||Posted on 2013-01-15|
|The J.League is celebrating the completion of its 20th season with some nostalgic awards.|
The J.League Chronicle Best awards give fans the chance to vote for their favourite goal, match and team of 11 players. As one of the founder members of Japan's first professional league in 1993, Gamba naturally feature heavily in the nominations. The best part of the awards is the wealth of videos that have been provided via the official J.League YouTube account, allowing newer fans like myself the chance to get a rare glimpse of how things used to be.
20 matches from the 20 years have been nominated for this award and Gamba feature in 20% of them. Sadly for Gamba fans there is just a solitary win to be found - the 4-2 triumph over Kawasaki Frontale in 2005 that sealed the club's first - and so far only - league title. There's also an epic 5-4 extra time defeat to Jubilo Iwata from 2002 and a couple of the typical end of season collapses that Gamba are famous for. Click on any of the dates below to see the corresponding highlights video.
2002.08.03 Jubilo Iwata 5-4 Gamba Osaka (AET)
2005.12.03 Kawasaki Frontale 2-4 Gamba Osaka
2006.12.02 Urawa Reds 3-2 Gamba Osaka
2009.11.28 Kashima Antlers 5-1 Gamba Osaka
20 of the 400 goals nominated for this award were scored by Gamba players. They range from long range strikes to amazing volleys and of course there's also a Yasuhito Endo free kick. All of the goals are listed below and, as with the matches, you can click on the date to view a video of the nominated goal.
1993.06.05 Akihiro Nagashima (vs Nagoya Grampus Eight)
1994.04.09 Hiromitsu Isogai (vs Kashima Antlers)
1995.04.26 Oleg Protassov (vs Yokohama Flugels)
1996.09.21 Mladen Mladenovic (vs Yokohama Marinos)
1997.04.12 Patrick Mboma (vs Bellmare Hiratsuka)
1997.04.16 Patrick Mboma (vs Yokohama Marinos)
1998.03.21 Nebojsa Krupnikovic (vs Cerezo Osaka)
1999.09.15 Junichi Inamoto (vs Jubilo Iwata)
2000.04.08 Junichi Inamoto (vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
2001.07.14 Kota Yoshihara (vs FC Tokyo)
2002.09.14 Takahiro Futagawa (vs Shimizu S-Pulse)
2002.10.12 Yasuhito Endo (vs Vegalta Sendai)
2003.08.02 Yasuhito Endo (vs Tokyo Verdy 1969)
2004.11.06 Masashi Oguro (vs Albirex Niigata)
2005.04.23 Masashi Oguro (vs FC Tokyo)
2005.12.03 Araujo (vs Kawasaki Frontale)
2006.03.25 Yasuhito Endo (vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
2007.05.19 Takahiro Futagawa (vs Kashiwa Reysol)
2009.11.08 Lucas (vs Kyoto Sanga)
2010.10.16 Takashi Usami (vs Omiya Ardija)
All players to have ever played in either of the two divisions of the league seem to be eligible for this award so if you really wanted to you could form a team of some of the worst flops ever to pull on Cerezo Osaka and/or Urawa Reds shirts as your best eleven players. The large number of nominations means that they couldn't possibly supply highlight clips for the players, which is a shame but understandable.
To vote you need to visit the official website for the awards and log in via Twitter, Facebook or Mixi. There are search and filter options for the nominations to save you having to endlessly scroll through every player and you don't even need to use Japanese characters when searching though you will need to be able to navigate the site in Japanese (or run it through a translator).
Of course, you don't have to vote for Gamba goals, players or matches but why wouldn't you want to!?
|Source: J.League Official Site|
|Latest on the new stadium||Posted on 2013-01-14|
|Plans for Gamba's proposed new stadium might be scaled back if donations don't meet the targets.|
The club had hoped to raise a total of ¥14 billion (approx. $156.6m, £97.4m, €117m) from donations by March 2013 but currently they have raised a little over half of that target. The official website for the stadium project gives a total of just under ¥7.6 billion (approx. $85m, £52.8m, €63.5m) raised so far.
This means that the plans for a 40,000 seater football-specific stadium that meets the conditions set by FIFA for hosting World Cup matches are in jeopardy. Outgoing club president Kikuo Kanamori recently revealed that the club intends to finally begin construction in July this year following a number of delays since the project was announced in 2008. The latest target is to complete the stadium in February 2015 ready for the club to play their first competitive match in their new home when the season starts a month later.
Up to ¥3 billion (approx. $33.5m, £20.9m, €25.1m) can be obtained in the form of a grant from the toto football pools if the targets are not met by donations alone, which would take the current total to around ¥10.5 billion (approx. $117.4m, £73m, €87.8m) but that would still not be enough for the current plans. If the club are unable to meet the original targets then it is likely that the plans will have to be altered to suit the available funds. It has been suggested that the 40,000 capacity could still be delivered with a budget of ¥12 billion (approx. $134.2m, £83.4m, €100.3m) if other facilities such as video screens are scaled back or removed but any less and the seating capacity would have to be sacrificed instead with a capacity closer to the original proposal of 32,000 likely.
Let's hope the club can find the minimum extra ¥1.5 billion (approx. $16.8m, £10.4m, €12.5m) required before March!
|Oh finally signs||Posted on 2013-01-12|
|Gamba have completed the signing of South Korean Jae-Suk Oh from Gangwon.|
The defender, 23, had been linked with the club in the summer but transfer negotiations fell through. Gamba returned to the negotiating table following the completion of the 2012 season and finally got their man despite their relegation to J2 in the meantime.
Oh was a member of South Korea's squad at the London Olympics and from what I saw of him there - admittedly not a lot - he looked like a fairly promising talent. He will certainly be a better understudy to Akira Kaji in the right back role than Eduardo was at least.
If he turns out good and Gamba can hold onto Hiroki Fujiharu - as recent reports have suggested they might - then both sides of the defence could be sorted for the foreseeable future. This is especially true as he is the proud owner of an Olympic bronze medal, which means he will avoid the requirement of military service and therefore won't be taken away from Gamba like his compatriot Keun-Ho Lee was.
The transfer fills up the second of Gamba's four foreign player slots for next season with Leandro's loan set to continue until the summer. Welcome to Banpaku Jae-Suk!
|Source: Official Site|