Aiming to win at 100th J.League game at Saitama Stadium, facing Bellmare for the first time in 11 years   

In the first qualification match of Yamazaki Nabisco Cup against Jubilo Iwata which was held on 31st March, 5 young players made their season debut. Although we allowed Jubilo to score first, we managed to find an equaliser and draw the game to gain a point.

The next game is the 5th J.League match against Shonan Bellmare which will be held at 7 pm on 3rd April.

A former body of Shonan Bellmare, Bellmare Hiratsuka joined J.League in 1994. Bellmare Hiratsuka and Reds fought for the last place in the 1st stage for that year. Bellmare Hiratsuka made a significant breakthrough in the 2nd stage and finished 2nd. Some of you may remember their attacking style where Teruo Iwamoto and Akira Narahashi ran up from both flanks towards the goal.

In the later years, Bellmare had star players such as Hidetoshi Nakata and Lopes Wagner. The current Team Manager Yasuharu Sorimachi was a Bellmare player then.

In 1999, Bellmare Hiratsuka and Reds were demoted to J2. Reds made a return to J1 the following year but Bellmare spent the next 10 years from 2000 to 2009 in J2 and finally returned to J1 this year.

This season is their first year in J1 after 11 years. They had tough game in their first 3 matches but marked their first win in the 4th match against Albirex Niigata with a score line of 2-0.

The scorer in the game was Yuya Nakamura who played for Reds Junior Youth and Youth. From 2005 to 2007, he suffered from injury. However, after moving to Bellmare, he scored 14 goals in J2 last season and made a big contribution towards the team getting promoted to J1. Hajime Hosogai who started the professional career in the same year is looking forward to play against him.

Bellmare’s play style is a swift change of offense and defence and a simple passing. In the previous game against Albirex Niigata, they made a number of passes and moved closer to the goal. We have to be careful of the point.

Although we are not in perfect form yet, we have shown our perseverance in the previous games. It is also encouraging that both Tatsuya Tanaka and Edmilson found the net in the last game against Cerezo Osaka.

Reds need to start off the game nicely. If Reds can maintain high ball possession, chances will automatically come our way. We have to take our chances when the opportunity comes. If we lead the game, we have to stay focus and try to get the 2nd or 3rd goal.

The next game against Bellmare will commemorate our 100th game at Saitama Stadium. Reds’ result against Bellmare is 10 wins and 6 losses in J1 and 4 wins and 0 loss in J2.

We will definitely want to win at home in order to keep ourselves in the upper half of the table. Before we face Ballmare in the Nabisco Cup in May, we want to show them our full potential.

【Urawa Reds Official Media (URD : OM) 】