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Overseas Weekend
Celtic 2-1 Livingston

The blackout and the ungranted PK aside, happy news from this nerve-wrecking game. Shunsuke Nakamura scored his 3rd goal of the season. Quite dramatic actually, as it was something like 88 minutes and the score was 1-1 at the time. Nope, this was not a free kick -- it was a very nice dribbling effort completed by a fast low shot. Pretty sweet.
>>Someone has posted the video here

shinji_ontobench.jpgShinji Ono Back

It's so good to hear. Was reported that Shinji Ono was on the bench in this weekend's Feyenoord game against AZ. Feye won 2-0, and Ono did not play, but it is a big step to him returning from his injury. It's been 3 months! Ok, Shinji, no - more - injuries ...!

You're One of Us Now

Gamba Osaka's Masashi Oguro announced it's official. Sayonara will become Bonjour -- his transfer to France's Grenoble is set. He visited the Gamba clubhouse to say thanks and farewell, and reports say he was bawling. Oguro is a Gamba Boy through and through; the club has been involved in his life since Oguro was six years old, so it must be like leaving a true family.

Another Returning?

Messina forward Atsushi Yanagisawa might be coming back to the J. We all know how little play time he is getting in Italy, but the team loves to keep him. They don't want to let him go -- at least, they don't want to let their Japanese player go. I heard a rumor that Yanagisawa has said he wants to come back to the Jleague, to Kashima Antlers. Messina is okay with that, only if they get another Japanese player in exchange... Right now the guy at Kashima most wanting to go abroad is Mitsuo Ogasawara, so that exchange may happen. I still think Messina's posture regarding Japanese players is creepy, and I'd prefer Ogasawara to go to a club that actually wants him for himself. But I think Serie A may be a good place for him to build his streetsmarts (like Nakamura did), getting used to rougher player and quicker thinking.

Inamoto Sits it Out

Junichi Inamoto, who has been playing full matches for about 7-8 games now had to sit this last game against ManU out due to injury/strain of his thigh. From what I have heard he has been playing at 120% this past couple months, and I had been worried about an injury...hopefully he is ok.
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