While most of the focus this winter has been on the significant incomings to the club, there have been numerous outgoings. This is a list of all the players who were at FC Gifu last year but will be playing in a different environment in 2014.
Ri Han Jae – Will be playing in J3 with Machida Zelvia. Never the “sexiest” of players, Ri will always give 100% and battle until the game is over.
Kohei Nakashima – Joins Ri at Nozuta. Enthusiastic as they come, he needs to work on his coolness infront of goal and then he could well become a decent goalscorer.
Hiroyuki Sugimoto – Has joined Thai team TTM. I’ll always remember his delicate chipped goal against Montedio Yamagata last year. Never really cracked the first team on a regular basis.
Daiki Oizumi – Will be playing for Sagawa Printing Kyoto in the JFL. Ideally suited to left back or left wing back, Oizumi is a very reliable player.
Blazhe Ilijovski – Has just moved back to Rabotnichki in his homeland of Macedonia. Almost too physical for J2 defeners last year, he was often unfairly treated by referees. Most famously scored the winner in Gunma, and most infamously fought with Kazuki Someya for the right to take a penalty.
Desmond – Not quite sure where he is now. Gifu didn’t take up the option to sign him permanently, and Fujieda MYFC released him outright. Started off as an indispensable member of the team, and finished on the periphery of the squad. Not really sure what happened to him during the season, but when he is ready and in form he can be fearsome prospect in the centre of defence. But often mixes in moments of madness in with good play.
Toshihiro Hattori – Mr. Football retired from playing and promptly took up a position in Jubilo Iwata’s front office.
Kayne Vincent – Moved to Songkhla United in Thailand. Brought instant energy when he was signed midway through the season, but was never really forgiven for missing a great chance to make the score 1-1 against Avispa Fukuoka (Avispa went on to win 2-0). Was used very sparingly after that game.
Kazuki Someya – Moved to Fagiano Okayama over the winter, and so will be tormenting J2 defences with his all action, all energy style once again this year.
Matazo Hirano – Didn’t make an appearance after joining straight from university. Will be playing for FK Celik Niksic in Montenegro in 2014.
Makoto Shibahara – After his loan finished, he moved to Fukushima United in J3. A winger with bundles of energy, he needs to work on his end product. Hopefully he will be able to develop that this year.
Hiroki Higuchi – Returned to parent club Shimizu S-Pulse. Joined on loan after Gifu went the first seven games of 2013 without scoring, and promptly put in a starring performance as Gifu ended that run in Matsumoto. Became the focal point of the team in the first half of the year, but saw his playing time decrease in the second half. Should score more goals, but creates chances and makes space for others. Interesting to see if/how S-Pulse use him this year.
Masato Yamazaki – The attacking midfielder is, I think, currently without a club. Started 7 games for Gifu last year, but failed to make a significant impact. Very surprised he hasn’t latched on somewhere in J3 or the JFL.
Keiju Karashima – Took over over as coach halfway point of last year, and steered the club to safety. He will be Daiki Oizumi’s head coach at Sagawa Printing Kyoto in the JFL.