Omiya Ardija ( is a professional 大宮アルディージャ Ōmiya Arudīja) association football club which play in the J. League Division 1, 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 J1 and have done since 2005, after 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.
History [ edit ]
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 nickname "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.
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 ]
J. League Cup
Tms. = Number of teams
Pos. = Position in league
Attendance/G = Average league attendance
Current players [ edit ]
The Omiya Ardija first team in April 2012
As of 13 August 2012 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan [ edit ]
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Former players [ edit ]
International capped players [ edit ]
Managers [ edit ]
Japan Feb 1, 2000–Dec 31, 2001
Netherlands Dec 22, 2001–Dec 22, 2002
Japan Feb 1, 2004–Dec 31, 2006
Netherlands Jan 1, 2007–June 30, 2007
Japan July 1, 2007–Dec 31, 2007
Japan Jan 1, 2008–Dec 31, 2008
South Korea Jan 1, 2009–April 26, 2010
Japan April 27, 2010–May 29, 2012
Takeyuki Okamoto ‡
Japan May 31, 2012–June 10, 2012
Slovenia June 11, 2012–Aug 11, 2013
Takeyuki Okamoto ‡
Japan Aug 11, 2013–Aug 20, 2013
Japan Aug 2013–
‡ As caretaker manager
External links [ edit ]