Rodrigo finds a new home

Yesterday the club announced that Brazilian forward Rodrigo, who appeared in 18 games for Gifu this season, had signed for J3 side Fukushima United. Rod never really made the impact that everyone had hoped for here, despite showing huge promise in the pre-season friendly against Nagoya Grampus.

Fukushima are currently 7th in J3, having amassed 30 points so far this year. Rodrigo, registration permitting, could make his debut in this weekend’s fixture away at AC Nagano Parceiro.

We wish Rod the best of luck!

Gilsinho arrives

So, the rumours (to an extent) were true as yesterday FC Gifu announced the signing of ex-Jubilo Iwata and Ventforet Kofu forward Gilsinho – subject to a medical (very important that!)


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Gilsinho information:

  • Full name: Gilson Do Amaral
  • Age: 31
  • Position: Forward
  • Previous clubs: Jubilo Iwata, Corinthians, Sporte Recife, Ventforet Kofu, Audax EC
  • Squad number: 9

Gilsinho stats:

  • J1 games/goals: 139/26
  • J2 games/goals: 0/0
  • Emperor’s Cup games/goals: 8/0
  • Other cups games/goals: 25/9


  • “I’m very happy to have been given his chance to play for FC Gifu. I know that recently the team has been struggling, but I hope to contribute to plenty of wins while I’m here.”

Assuming his registration comes through in time, and we should know by Thursday/Friday of this week, he will be ready to make his debut in the very important Saturday night clash with Roasso Kumamoto. Hopefully Gilsinho can take some of the goalscoring burden off Hiroaki Namba (who himself is going through a bit of a lean spell by his standards). It is a gamble from the club, but hopefully one that will pay-off.

Lovinho out, Gilsinho in??

There is a lot of mystery and intrigue surrounding the status of loan signing from Kyoto Sanga, Daniel Lovinho. Yesterday, one of the most reliable sources of transfer news from South America, Tiago Bontempo, released this tweet:

The implication being that one of Gifu’s Brazilians would be on their way out of the club. But it seems pretty strange if Gifu were planning to get rid of Henik or Leo Mineiro – both of them very popular players, and two of the better players in the squad.

Later, news began to come through that Kyoto Sanga, Lovinho’s parent club, were preparing for the departure of Masashi Oguro (which in itself is a huge story in J2) and they wanted Lovinho back as his replacement. Also, Daniel Lovinho has not been officially registered (as far as I know) as a Gifu player. You can see in this post (in Japanese) that Rodrigo’s release is official, but Lovinho’s registration is nowhere to be found.

All very mysterious, but with Gifu playing today I’m sure we’ll get some answers from the boss later on.

ThespaKusatsu Gunma v FC Gifu


FC Gifu make the trek to Gunma on Saturday night knowing that wins need to start coming, and they need to start coming soon.

FC Gifu recent form and condition

  • 7/26 v Omiya Ardija (A) – lost 0-5
  • 7/22 v Jubilo Iwata (H) – won 2-0
  • 7/18 v Zweigen Kanazawa (A) – drew 1-1
  • 7/12 v Yokohama FC (H) – lost 0-1

As I detailed in another post, Taisuke Mizuno is out for the foreseeable future with a nasty sounding dislocated elbow. Yuki Fuji, who also came off injured last week, is expected to be fit and to play. There is some doubt as to the availability of Daniel Lovinho, but most sources point to him not being available for the trip to the club where he made his name. Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi is back in training but I don’t expect him to get into the team just yet. Ramos might opt to take Gakuji Ota out of the firing line after last week’s humbling experience at the NACK5 stadium.

Football Lab‘s predicted starting XI: Ota, Abe, Takagi, Watanabe, Fuji, Henik, Takachi, Masuyama, Sunakawa, Kazama, Namba

ThespaKusatsu Gunma recent form and condition

  • 7/26 v Oita Trinita (A) – lost 0-2
  • 7/22 v V-Varen Nagasaki (A) – lost 0-1
  • 7/18 v Tochigi SC (H) – won 1-0
  • 7/12 v JEF United Chiba (A) – won 2-1

Gunma are a very erratic team, mixing wins against “big” clubs JEF and Jubilo with a defeat against lowly Oita. In the reverse fixture this year, forward Ataru Esaka proved Gunma’s biggest threat. He is fast, direct and not afraid to take chances against players. Another player that stepped forward in July was fellow forward Keita Nozaki. He scored the winning goal against Tochigi and also scored in the games against Tokushima & Kumamoto.

What happened last time?

Back in June, Ataru Esaka gave Gunma a first half lead, before Henik leveled things in the second period. Gifu did everything but score as they piled the pressure on but had to eventually settle for a draw in front of over 8,000 at the Nagaragawa.

In 2014: 

  • FC Gifu 1-0 ThespaKusatsu Gunma
  • ThespaKusatsu Gunma 2-2 FC Gifu

J.League history:

  • Gifu wins – 5
  • Gunma wins – 6
  • Draws – 6

Vamos Gifu!!

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