Omiya Ardija
Omiya Ardija logo.svg
Full nameOmiya Ardija
Nickname(s)Risu (The Squirrels)
Founded1969; 53 years ago (1969)
StadiumNACK5 Stadium Ōmiya
Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama
Capacity15,500
OwnerNTT Group
ChairmanMasashi Mori
ManagerNaoki Soma
LeagueJ2 League
2021J2 League, 16th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Omiya Ardija (大宮アルディージャ, Ōmiya Arudīja) is a professional association football club based in Ōmiya in Saitama, Japan. Its "hometown" as designated by the league is the whole of Saitama city, which is shared with neighbours Urawa Red Diamonds. Omiya competed in the J1 League following an immediate promotion in 2015 after being relegated in 2014. Omiya was relegated again following the 2017 season. They competed in J1 2005 and continued to remain until 2014, following promotion from J2 in 2004 as the second placed team. The team currently competes in the J2 League.

Their home field is Nack5 Stadium Ōmiya (Nack5スタジアム大宮, Nakku-faibu Sutajiamu Ōmiya): Ōmiya Park Soccer Stadium by the naming rights with occasional games being played at the Kumagaya Athletic Stadium.

Crest

Omiya Ardija's crest features a squirrel on the right, which is the animal of Omiya. On the left, there are 5 lines, which reference the historic roads that run through Omiya, including the famous Nakasendō, which runs to the Hikawa Shrine, right near Nack5 Stadium.[1][2]

History

The team were founded in 1968 as NTT Saitama Soccer Selection in Urawa, Saitama and later known as the NTT Kantō Soccer Club in 1969. They were first promoted to the Japan Soccer League (JSL) Division 2 in 1987/88, and when the JSL folded, joined the former Japan Football League.[3]

In 1998 it was separately incorporated as NTT Sport Community K.K. based in Ōmiya to participate in the J. League. The name "Ardija" is a transcription of the Spanish language ardilla (squirrel) which is the mascot of Ōmiya and the park in which their home stadium is located.[3][4]

Their matches against Urawa Red Diamonds have been called the "Saitama Derby".[5]

In 2005–2007 most of Omiya's home matches were held at Saitama Stadium 2002 and Urawa Komaba Stadium due to expansion works at their home ground. In October 2007 the expansion was complete. On November 11, the re-opening match was held as a J. League season match between the Ardija and Ōita Trinita (1–2).[6]

Mascots

Omiya Ardija has 2 squirrels as its mascots, Ardi and Miya. They both wear the team kits, and according to the club website, Miya is one size smaller than Ardi, and is slightly shorter than him.[7][3]

Record as J. League member

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J. League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
Season Div. Teams Pos. P W (OTW) D L (OTL) F A GD Pts Attendance/G
1999 J2 10 6th 36 14 (4) 1 15 (2) 47 44 3 51 2,674 1st round 3rd round
2000 11 4th 40 21 (2) 1 14 (2) 55 49 6 68 3,477 1st round 3rd round
2001 12 5th 44 20 (6) 6 11(1) 73 43 30 78 3,864 1st round 1st round
2002 12 6th 44 14 17 13 52 42 10 59 5,266 Not eligible 4th round
2003 12 6th 44 18 7 19 52 61 -9 61 5,058 3rd round
2004 12 2nd 44 26 9 9 63 38 25 87 6,108 5th round
2005 J1 18 13th 34 12 5 17 39 50 -11 41 9,980 Quarter final Semi-final
2006 18 12th 34 13 5 16 43 55 -12 44 10,234 Group stage 5th round
2007 18 15th 34 8 11 15 24 40 -16 35 11,465 Group stage 4th round
2008 18 12th 34 12 7 15 36 45 -9 43 9,350 Group stage 5th round
2009 18 13th 34 9 12 13 40 47 -7 39 13,707 Group stage 3rd round
2010 18 12th 34 11 9 14 39 45 -6 42 11,064 Group stage 4th round
2011 18 13th 34 10 12 12 38 48 -10 42 12,221 2nd round 2nd round
2012 18 13th 34 11 11 12 38 45 -7 44 10,637 Group stage 4th round
2013 18 14th 34 14 3 17 45 48 -3 45 11,138 Group stage 2nd round
2014 18 16th 34 9 8 17 44 60 -16 35 10,811 Group stage Quarter final
2015 J2 22 1st 42 26 8 8 72 37 35 86 9,490 Not eligible 3rd round
2016 J1 18 5th 34 15 11 8 41 36 5 56 11,814 Quarter final Semi-final
2017 18 18th 34 5 10 19 28 60 -32 25 11,464 Group stage Quarter final
2018 J2 22 5th 42 21 8 13 65 48 17 71 9,224 Not eligible 3rd round
2019 22 3rd 42 20 15 7 62 40 22 75 9,478 3rd round
2020 22 15th 42 14 11 17 43 52 -9 53 2,515 Did not qualify
2021 22 16th 42 9 15 18 51 56 -5 42 4,311 2nd round
2022 22 TBA 42 3rd round
Key

Honours

Players

As of 26 July 2022[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF Japan JPN Shuto Okaniwa (on loan from FC Tokyo)
4 DF Japan JPN Masayuki Yamada
6 MF Japan JPN Hisashi Ohashi
8 DF Japan JPN Masakazu Tashiro
9 MF Japan JPN Shunsuke Kikuchi
10 FW Japan JPN Atsushi Kawata
11 MF Japan JPN Kanji Okunuki
14 DF Japan JPN Hidetoshi Takeda (On loan from Urawa Reds)
15 MF Japan JPN Keisuke Oyama
17 DF Japan JPN Ryo Shinzato
18 FW Japan JPN Soya Takada
19 MF Japan JPN Shinya Yajima
20 MF Japan JPN Hiroki Kurimoto
22 DF Japan JPN Rikiya Motegi
23 FW Japan JPN Kiichi Yajima
24 DF Japan JPN Keisuke Nishimura
25 DF Japan JPN Yutaro Hakamata (on loan from Júbilo Iwata)
26 MF Japan JPN Masato Kojima
27 FW Japan JPN Seiya Nakano
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 FW Japan JPN Takamitsu Tomiyama
29 MF Japan JPN Hidetoshi Miyuki
31 GK Japan JPN Tomoki Ueda
32 MF Japan JPN Fumiya Takayanagi DSP
33 FW Japan JPN Keisuke Muroi DSP
35 GK Japan JPN Yuta Minami
36 DF Japan JPN Shoi Yoshinaga
38 DF Japan JPN Shunya Suzuki DSP
39 MF Japan JPN Jin Izumisawa
40 GK Japan JPN Ko Shimura (on loan from Giravanz Kitakyushu)
41 MF Japan JPN Masahito Ono
42 DF Japan JPN Haruki Ozawa Type 2
43 DF Japan JPN Reon Ichihara Type 2
44 GK Japan JPN Toshihiro Wakui Type 2
45 GK Japan JPN Keitaro Kaimoto Type 2
46 DF Japan JPN Masato Nuki
47 FW Japan JPN Rin Yamazaki
48 MF Japan JPN Masaya Shibayama
50 GK Japan JPN Manafu Wakabayashi

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Japan JPN Yūki Katō (On loan at Giravanz Kitakyushu)
GK Japan JPN Takashi Kasahara (On loan at V-Varen Nagasaki)
MF Japan JPN Toshiki Ishikawa (On loan at Ventforet Kofu)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Japan JPN Tomoya Osawa (On loan at Ehime FC)
FW Japan JPN Takamitsu Tomiyama (On loan at Giravanz Kitakyushu)

Current first team management

Position Staff
Head Coach Japan Naoki Soma
Assistant Head Coach Japan Hideaki Kitajima
First Team Coach Japan Shin Kanazawa
Japan Shin Yamanaka
Goalkeeping Coach Japan Takuya Matsumoto
Physical Coach Japan Ryugo Okamoto
Technical Staff Japan Yuki Fukuro
Physiotherapist Japan Yukihiso Miyama
Trainer Japan Tetsuji Wada
Japan Ryosuke Kaji
Chief Manager Japan Yosuke Hakamada
Team Manager Japan Shoki Kokawa

Managers history

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Pim Verbeek  Netherlands 1 January 1999 31 December 1999
Toshiya Miura  Japan 1 February 2000 31 January 2002
Henk Duut  Netherlands 22 December 2001 22 December 2002
Masaaki Kanno  Japan 1 February 2003 13 October 2003
Eijun Kiyokumo  Japan 10 October 2003 31 December 2003
Toshiya Miura  Japan 1 February 2004 31 January 2007
Robert Verbeek  Netherlands 1 January 2007 30 June 2007
Satoru Sakuma  Japan 1 July 2007 31. December 2007
Yasuhiro Higuchi  Japan 1 February 2008 31 January 2009
Chang Woe-ryong  South Korea 1. February 2009 26 April 2010
Jun Suzuki  Japan 24 April 2010 19 May 2012
Takeyuki Okamoto (interim)  Japan 31 Mai 2012 10 June 2012
Zdenko Verdenik  Slovenia 10 June 2012 11 August 2013
Takeyuki Okamoto (interim)  Japan 11 August 2013 20 August 2013
Tsutomu Ogura  Japan 20 August 2013 31 December 2013
Kiyoshi Okuma  Japan 1 February 2014 31 August 2014
Hiroki Shibuya  Japan 31 August 2014 28 May 2017
Akira Ito  Japan 29 Mai 2017 5 November 2017
Masatada Ishii  Japan 6 November 2017 31 January 2019
Takuya Takagi  Japan 1 February 2019 31 January 2021
Ken Iwase  Japan 1 February 2021 25 May 2021
Norio Sasaki  Japan 26 May 2021 9 June 2021
Masahiro Shimoda  Japan 10 June 2021 26 May 2022
Naoki Soma[2]  Japan 28 May 2022 current

Kit evolution

Home Kit – 1st
1999–2000
2001
2002–2003
2004–2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022 –
Away Kit – 2nd
1999–2000
2001
2002–2003
2004–2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022 –
Special Kits – 3rd
2018 3rd
2018
20th anniversary

References

  1. ^ Every J.League club badge explained | The meaning behind every J.League team crest, retrieved 31 May 2022
  2. ^ a b "相馬直樹 監督 就任のお知らせ" (in Japanese). 26 May 2022. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Omiya Ardija Club Profile". J. League. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Club Profile". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  5. ^ "The 13th Saitama derby in the football-mad region comes around this Saturday in Japan's J-League when Urawa Red Diamonds face Omiya Ardija". Goal.com. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  6. ^ "オレンジの聖地一新 NACK5スタジアム大宮". Saitama Shimbun (in Japanese). 47news. 23 October 2007.
  7. ^ "大宮アルディージャ公式サイト". www.ardija.co.jp. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  8. ^ "TOPTEAM". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 16 March 2022.