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Movement
Wow, all this news just popped up today. Lots of movement on the individual people front.

The Fujita Transfer a Go
Well, it's official. Toshiya Fujita will be leaving Jubilo. Where? That has not been decided yet -- but his choices are Reds, Verdy, Vissel, and Grampus. Personally he should keep clear of Vissel; they have a bad habit of throwing money at players and trying to get a quick fix by acquiring "star" players but don't have proper backup in management (at least, until now -- with the new coach Leao it may change). Verdy or Reds might be fun for him.

The biggest thing that I think helped him to make a decisive move was probably Jubilo's poor behavior during this whole period. First, they were very quick to retort to Urawa's offer -- they did not touch base with Fujita, and they added insult to injury by saying to Urawa that "At this period with all these injuries, we can't possibly let go of Fujita now." Well, gee thanks, boss! Nice to know I'm just a fill-in for injured players... Anyway, Fujita immediately asked for a meet with the management where he told them that he would like to look at the offers more closely. They have basically been trying to keep him in the dark regarding the content of the offers. Now, out of respect for the team, Fujita has agreed to stay on for two more weeks, until some of the injured players return. In that time, he will be able to make his decision regarding which club to choose. Urawa's Buchwald is asking for a meeting with Fujita himself -- I guess they want to throw the final pitch.

Yamase back for new home Marinos
After 221 days out to injury, former Reds playmaker Koji Yamase will be returning to a real game. Last September while still with Reds he injured his left knee. He transferred to Marinos while still injured, and received a huge vote of confidence by getting the legendary Number 10 jersey (worn by superstar playmakers Kazushi Kimura and Shunsuke Nakamura) from coach Okada. He will be playing in a practice game against HouDai. "I won't know until I play in a game. But I don't feel any sense of fear about the injured spot." Despite his reassurances, club staff will be asking the opponents to avoid tackling Yamase during the game.

Yamase certainly has had some tough disappointments to overcome in the recent years -- in 02 it was his right knee that kept him out for 8 months; last year he was cut from the Olympic team just before Athens; and then just as returned to Reds to get back to business he hurt his left knee and has been out for about 7 months. The disappointments and false starts that he experienced led to his desire to change teams and start afresh, which is how he got to be at Marinos.

Kaji from another Planet
Well, it's probably the first thing that people say about FC Tokyo's Akira Kaji, but his body is not a normal Japanese one. Usually they are talking about his ability to run up and down the pitch, but this time the media is noting his super-fast recovery from an ankle injury during the v.Jubilo game. The prognosis was that it would take 4 weeks to heal, but it's now only been about 2 weeks. He has told coach Hara that he would be able to play a full game against Kashiwa. He still has a little pain, but if the coach tells him to go out there and play, he said that he could do it. Hara is a little more cautious, and won't be using him until at earliest the next game against Oita.

Ueslei Out of Nagoya?
Thirty-three year old Brazilian Ueslei has been deemed not a viable part of Nagoya's blueprint and there are rumors that he will be leaving Grampus. The club is looking for transfer possibilities within Japan as well as abroad.

At the end of last month, Ueslei made public comments criticizing the club and coach after a practice session. For that he's had to pay with a form of "house arrest" -- since the beginning of this month he has been training on his own. But despite his absence the team is in 2nd place overall and doing exceptionally well. From 2001 to 03, Ueslei recorded over 20 goals each season, a total of 81 goals.

Yanagisawa Transfer Permanent?
Well, it seems that Messina are certainly interested in getting Yana completely, but it's still in the negotiating stages. Still, you'd wonder why they would want Yana after not using him for practically the entire time. He's actually quite popular there, I hear. And more importantly the region that Messina's located (Southern Italy, esp Sicily) is trying to make a big push for the tourism angle with regard to Japanese consumers. And I guess they think Yana will be an attractive incentive for visitors. Though someone should tell them that it's not going to help if he's warming the bench or watching from the bleachers! He seems to be having a decent life in Italy, and I guess some of it may depend on how the team comes through by the end of the season. (It may also depend on how his ex-model wife will react to the prospect of returning to Japan!) Anyway, Kashima Antlers seem to be optimistic about it.

Vissel's Leao makes Atsu the Key Man
New coach Emerson Leao has arrived and immediately set to work at Vissel. With the team currently in last place overall, his job will be hard and easy. Hard because, well, the team is slumping terribly. Easy because, well, it can't get any worse than this!

So I had been curious about how he would start changing things around, and lo and behold there are reports from the practice sessions saying that the "Right-side specialist" Atsu Miura was seen occupying the position...in offensive midfield! Atsu himself said that he was taken by surprise, that he hasn't been in that position since when he first arrived at Verdy in 2001. On top of practice, Atsu got a 20 minute private session with the coach, getting plenty of advice on free kicks. "I've never gotten much advice on free kicks before; but it was great advice." He did not reveal the exact contents of the discussion.

Currently Holvy is in the omf position. But he has been out to sickness (I think a cold), so this turn of events is probably a temporary thing. If Holvy doesn't make it to Thursday's game against Kashima, we just might see Atsu running around the middle....lol. No offense to Holvy, but I'd LOVE to see Atsu play there. I don't think it will be that strange, really. Leao said that when Holvy returns, he'll go to dmf. If he goes to omf, Leao wants him to be like a "third forward". So there is a possibility.... hmmmm.
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