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Good-Bye Shizuoka!
Good-Bye Shizuoka, Three and half year has come to an abrupt end.  I feel an enormous pain to part with my staff, players, and supporters who I considered family.  I poured my heart and soul, blood and sweat into the Shimizu S-Pulse.  The results did not always illustrate the progress we made, but the journey inspired a new generation.  I have no regrets; only wonderful memories etched in my thoughts and heart forever.  I would like to express my deepest appreciation for your love, devotion, and support.  Thank you for your everlasting cheers. I will r... More
 
Oct 22 2014
Modern Management Methodology
Go 2 Goal!
In my last piece, I wrote about my visit to Shimizu S-Pulse, in 2011, Afshin Ghotbi’s first season at the helm of the club. Last week, I had another rare privilege to visit with Afshin and learn from him, only this time, at the conclusion of his tenure at S-Pulse. It was a fascinating glimpse into the process Afshin takes his staff and players through, in order to prepare for a match ...
 
Sep 29 2014
by Santo Rivas
Go 2 Goal!
In the fall of 2011, I had the rare privilege of travelling to Shizuoka, Japan to visit Afshin at Shimizu S-Pulse. As a US Soccer Instructor and Coach, I was naturally excited by the chance to visit a top flight club in the J-League, but the amount of access and information Afshin shared with me on my visit was absolutely astounding. Afshin gave me VIP access to the club and its facilities. ...
 
Sep 25 2014
by Jon Steele, for JSoccer Magazine.
So Long Kokuritsu ... see you soon!
So Long Kokuritsu ... see you soon! by Jon Steele, for JSoccer Magazine. At the end of May 2014, the final curtain fell on one of Japanese football’s most important venues. Tokyo’s National Olympic Stadium, Kokuritsu Kyogijo, closed for a five-year renovation period, with the renewed facility due to open in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Kokuritsu is oft ...
 
Aug 09 2014
Good-Bye Shizuoka!
Good-Bye Shizuoka, Three and half year has come to an abrupt end.  I feel an enormous pain to part with my staff, players, and supporters who I considered family.  I poured my heart and soul, blood and sweat into the Shimizu S-Pulse.  The results did not always illustrate the progress we made, but the journey inspired a new generation.  I have no regrets; only wonde ...
 
Jul 27 2014
Shimizu S-Pulse 3-0 Kashiwa Reysol
Nearly Perfect Performance!
Shimizu S-Pulse 3-0 Kashiwa Reysol   S-PULSE GOALS Novakovic (30) Own goal (49) Hiraoka (58) CAUTIONS None ATTENDANCE 11095   GK Aizawa DF Jakovic, Yoshida, Hiraoka, Sugiyama MF Honda, Musaka, Kawai FW Omae, Novakovic, Takagi T   Hiroi on for Kawai (87) Murata on for Omae (89) Ishige on for Takagi T (90)   REPO ...
 
Jul 26 2014
Gamba Osaka 4-0 Shimizu S-Pulse
Disaster in Osaka...
Gamba Osaka 4-0 S-PULSE   CAUTIONS Jakovic 13, Yoshida 31 ATTENDANCE 10898   GK Aizawa DF Jakovic, Hiraoka, Sugiyama, Yoshida MF Honda, Musaka, Kawai FW Novakovic, Omae, Takagi T   Takagi Y on for Omae (60) Ishige on for Takagi T (60) Takaki on for Kawai (77)   REPORT   Shimizu suffered in Suita this even ...
 
Jul 21 2014
Shimizu S-PULSE 0 vs Kawasaki Frontale 2
Tough Loss!
S-PULSE 0-2 Kawasaki   CAUTIONS Jong-a-Pin (81) ATTENDANCE 15305   GK Aizawa DF Jakovic, Hiraoka, Sugiyama, Yoshida MF Honda, Musaka, Kawai FW Omae, Novakovic, Takagi T   Jong-a-Pin on for Honda (70) Murata on for Kawai (70) Takagi Y on for Takagi T (88)   REPORT   After the summer World Cup hiatus, J1 was ...
 
Jul 12 2014
Shimizu S-PULSE 5 vs Biwako Seikei Sport College 0
Good Start to the Emperor's Cup...
S-PULSE vs Biwako Seikei Sport College   S-PULSE GOALS Sugiyama 58, Omae 81, Novakovic 83, Takagi T 88, Takagi Y 92 CAUTIONS Jakovic 46, Sugiyama 76 ATTENDANCE 2844   GK Aizawa DF Jakovic, Hiraoka, Sugiyama (c), Yoshida MF Honda, Ishige, Musaka FW Novakovic, Omae, Takagi T   Lee Ki Je on for Yoshida (HT) Murata on for Ishige (74) ...
 
Jun 02 2014
Kashima 3-0 S-Pulse
Out of Nabisco Cup!
Kashima 3-0 S-Pulse CAUTIONS Yoshida 65, Jakovic 73ATTENDANCE 10667GK AizawaDF Jakovic, Hiraoka, Jong-a-Pin, Yoshida MF Sugiyama, Musaka, Takeuchi FW Ishige, Omae, Takagi TMurata on for Ishige (62)Kaneko on for Takeuchi (68)Hiroi on for Takagi T (85)REPORTOn hot and sunny June 1st, what felt like the first day of summer, S-Pulse travelled north to Ibaraki prefecture to face five time Nabisco Cup w ...
 
May 30 2014
Sagan Tosu 2-0 S-PULSE
We Have to be Better!
Sagan Tosu 2-0 S-PULSECAUTIONS Novakovic 28ATTENDANCE 5231GK KushibikiDF Jakovic, Hiraoka, Jong a Pin, Yoshida MF Kawai, Takeuchi, Musaka FW Omae, Novakovic, Takagi TMurata on for Kawai (58)Sugiyama on for Takeuchi (58)REPORTIn the unfamiliar surroundings of the Saga Prefectural Athletics Stadium, Sagan Tosu were Shimizu’s conquerors for the second time this May, on this occasion courtesy of goals ...