Omiya Ardija

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Omiya Ardija
Full name Omiya Ardija
Nickname(s) The Squirrels
Founded 1964; 51 years ago (1964)
Ground NACK5 Stadium Ōmiya
Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama
Ground Capacity 15,500
Owner NTT Group
Chairman Seigo Watanabe
Manager Japan Kiyoshi Okuma
League J. League Division 2
2014 16th (Relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Omiya Ardija (大宮アルディージャ Ōmiya Arudīja?) is a professional association football club which play in the J. League Division 2, and are based in Ōmiya-ku 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 currently compete in the J2 after relegation in 2014. They competed in J1 2005 and between 2005 and 2014 continued to remain in J1, following promotion from J2 in 2004 as the second placed team.

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.


The team were founded in 1964 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 Second Division in 1987, and when the JSL folded, joined the former Japan Football League.

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)[1] which is the mascot of Ōmiya and the park in which their home stadium is located.

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

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).

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
1999 J2 10 6 2,674 1st Round 3rd Round
2000 J2 11 4 3,477 1st Round 3rd Round
2001 J2 12 5 3,864 1st Round 1st Round
2002 J2 12 6 5,266 - 4th Round
2003 J2 12 6 5,058 - 3rd Round
2004 J2 12 2 6,108 - 5th Round
2005 J1 18 13 9,980 Quarter-final Semi-final
2006 J1 18 12 10,234 Group Stage 5th Round
2007 J1 18 15 11,465 Group Stage 4th Round
2008 J1 18 12 9,350 Group Stage 5th Round
2009 J1 18 13 13,707 Group Stage 3rd Round
2010 J1 18 12 11,064 Group Stage 4th Round
2011 J1 18 13 12,221 2nd Round 2nd Round
2012 J1 18 13 10,637 Group stage 4th Round
2013 J1 18 14 11,138 Group stage 2nd Round
2014 J1 18 16 10,811 Group stage Quarter-final
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current players[edit]

As of 17 January 2015. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Nobuhiro Kato
2 Japan DF Kosuke Kikuchi (captain)
3 Japan DF Hiroyuki Komoto
5 Brazil MF Carlinhos Paraiba
8 Serbia FW Dragan Mrđa
9 Japan FW Takamitsu Tomiyama
10 Japan MF Daigo Watanabe
11 Japan MF Ryuji Bando
13 Japan DF Daisuke Watabe
14 Japan DF Shintaro Shimizu
15 Japan MF Keisuke Oyama
17 Japan DF Shigeru Yokotani
18 Japan MF Tomonobu Yokoyama
20 Japan DF Tsubasa Oya
No. Position Player
21 Japan GK Hitoshi Shiota
22 Japan MF Takuya Wada
23 Japan MF Shin Kanazawa
24 Japan DF Yuko Takase
25 Japan DF Kazuma Takayama
26 Japan MF Masato Kojima
27 Japan DF Tomoki Imai
28 Japan DF Shunsuke Fukuda
29 Japan DF Yuta Fujii
31 Japan GK Keiki Shimizu
34 Japan DF Yosuke Kataoka
35 Japan GK Shuhei Kawata
39 Japan MF Jin Izumisawa
41 Japan MF Akihiro Ienaga

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Japan DF Kazuhiro Murakami (at Vegalta Sendai)
Japan MF Taisuke Miyazaki (at Thespakusatsu Gunma)
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Lee Keun-Ho (at Blaublitz Akita)
Japan MF Kota Ueda (at Fagiano Okayama)

Former players[edit]

International capped players[edit]



Manager Nat. Tenure
Takashi Shimizu  Japan 1992–96
Norio Sasaki  Japan 1997–98
Pim Verbeek  Netherlands 1998–99
Toshiya Miura  Japan Feb 1, 2000–Dec 31, 2001
Henk Duut  Netherlands Dec 22, 2001–Dec 22, 2002
Masaaki Kanno  Japan 2003
Eijun Kiyokumo  Japan 2003
Toshiya Miura  Japan Feb 1, 2004–Dec 31, 2006
Robert Verbeek  Netherlands Jan 1, 2007–June 30, 2007
Satoru Sakuma  Japan July 1, 2007–Dec 31, 2007
Yasuhiro Higuchi  Japan Jan 1, 2008–Dec 31, 2008
Chang Woe-Ryong  South Korea Jan 1, 2009–April 26, 2010
Jun Suzuki  Japan April 27, 2010 – May 29, 2012
Takeyuki Okamoto  Japan May 31, 2012 – June 10, 2012
Zdenko Verdenik  Slovenia June 11, 2012–Aug 11, 2013
Takeyuki Okamoto  Japan Aug 11, 2013–Aug 20, 2013
Tsutomu Ogura  Japan Aug 20, 2013–Dec 31, 2013
Kiyoshi Okuma  Japan Jan 1, 2014–

‡ As caretaker manager


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