FC Gifu 0-2 Avispa Fukuoka


Another disappointing defeat for the hosts as the games start to run out.

Gifu gave a debut to NZ/Japanese forward Kayne Vincent as Gyotoku went for 2 up front. Shuto Tanaka came in for Tatsuya Arai at the back.

Avispa came into town on form and made their intentions clear by starting with Ishizu, Jogo & Sakata in what looked like a 3 up front scenario.


Avispa made most of the early running with “wingers” Ishizu and Jogo getting on the ball often. Ishizu in particular was giving Sugiyama problems down the Avispa left. Gifu had got into some promising positions down the flanks, but some poor decision making let those chances slip away and they were made to pay when Avispa took the lead in the 15th minute. A cross from the right (possibly from Jogo but I couldn’t quite make it out) found Daisuke Sakata abosultely free in the middle of the penalty area and his powerful and well directed header gave Tokihisa no chance.


Avispa had other half chances to add to their lead, but they couldn’t and they went in at half time “just” one goal up. The game became a bit more open in the second half as Gifu traditionally play better after half time, for whatever reason that may be. They had a glorious chance to equalize on the hour as Higuchi’s cross from the right found debutant Vincent completely unmarked six yards out, but he somehow put his header wide. In the context of Gifu’s season, we simply can’t afford to miss chances like those. 5 minutes later Jun Kanakubo took advantage of the miss when he curled a beautiful shot from the edge of the area into the top corner. The Gifu supporters continued to cheer their team as Gifu looked for a way back into the game. Someya hit the bar, Desmond came close at the far post and new signing Dong shot over as Gifu tried, but failed, to find a goal.


Full time came, and the final score was FC Gifu 0-2 Avispa. The reception that the players and coaches got from the fans was mixed. I heard a lot of boo-ing, especially from the “core” supporters. Most of it quite fair, and I don’t think it was a reaction to this game in particular, but a reaction to the season, the realization that the team could quite easily be relegated and Gyotoku’s seemingly mysterious substitution policy. How Sugiyama stayed on last night, I’ll never know. He was Gifu’s worst player, but seemingly has a free pass as Gyotoku can’t figure out how to replace him.


Next up is a trip to Fagiano. Not one you’d instantly think would be ripe for a result. Then the week after that they face another in-form team in Tokushima Vortis. The next home game is on August 11th when Vissel Kobe come to the Nagaragawa Memorial Centre. It takes an optimist to see even 1 point being gained in those games.






4 thoughts on “FC Gifu 0-2 Avispa Fukuoka

  1. avispafukuoka July 22, 2013 / 9:26 am

    You’ve got a tough few games coming up (as have we; Kyoto, Verdy, Gamba) I hope you get a couple more points across those games than Thespa do.
    I thought both your new strikers playing looked like they could be OK with a bit more time with the team.

    Great photos, I saw that you had a fireworks display at half-time, is that normal? I don’t think we can ever have one as the airport is about 1km away.

    • stuartgifu July 24, 2013 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks. I think the newbies looked ok, but we don’t have that much time to let them settle into the team. We are in a situation where we need them to produce immediately. Vincent had a great chance to do that, but his header was a very bad miss.

      As for the fireworks display, it was put on by the owners of the club as a kind of thank you for turning up on a Saturday night kind of event. And I seem to remember the level 5 being near Fukuoka Airport – not an ideal place for fireworks!

  2. 016chubu July 22, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    Hi! I like your photos. So nice!!
    Bit surprised because I am in “core zone” photo 🙂

    Well, we got defeated miserably again, then our situation in relegation fight got much worse.
    Though I have been following this team for 8 years, I heard such a lot of boo-ing after a match for the first time.
    As you mentioned, there were many supporters complaining about Gyotoku’s substitution policy.

    Probably Yuki Nakamura will be eligible for the next match and Gyotoku will use him from the start as a target man.
    I expect something to change by his long-awaited debut.

    • stuartgifu July 24, 2013 / 4:41 pm

      You’re in the photo? Nice one!! Oh, and すいませ〜ん 😉

      It was the first time for me to hear that kind of booing from the core fans especially. I think even some of the players were affected by it. I’m sure I saw Desmond & Tokihisa get angry at some fans behind the goal. Gifu didn’t play that badly, but it was a very disappointing result. If Vincent had scored that header…..

      I think most fans can’t understand Gyotoku’s substitutions. I don’t. To be honest, I don’t really understand a lot of his selections. I hope Nakamura comes in at Fagiano. Gifu need to do something different. What we have been doing hasn’t been working because we are still bottom. If we leave it any longer, it might be too late.

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