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Tokyo Soccer

  Jul 12th, 2009

Tokyo Verdy played Tokushima Vortis in the J2 League Match on 11 July 2009 at Yoyogi National Stadium. I covered the match for the Tokyo2016Today site. Tokyo Verdy finished out the match winning 4-0.

The Tokyo Verdy Soccer Team Kick-off photo for the match against Tokushima Vortis , 11 July 2009

The Tokyo Verdy Soccer Team Kick-off photo for the match against Tokushima Vortis , 11 July 2009

The practice session before the match begins

The practice session before the match begins

The lights come on for the evening game

The lights come on for the evening game

The kids get a chance to sit on the touchline while the warmup is on. Good experience for them

The kids get a chance to sit on the touchline while the warmup is on. Good experience for them

A few practice shots on goal for that keeper to get his eye in

A few practice shots on goal for that keeper to get his eye in

The manager and coach look on cautiously planning the next moves for their team

The manager and coach look on cautiously planning the next moves for their team

With the match underway, Tokushima Vortis in the gray strip make an attacking move

With the match underway, Tokushima Vortis in the gray strip make an attacking move

Verdy take back the ball with some quick footwork. The ref looks on checking there was no foul

Verdy take back the ball with some quick footwork. The ref looks on checking there was no foul

A little bit of shirt pulling here, but nothing too serious

A little bit of shirt pulling here, but nothing too serious

A counter-attack on the move, Vortis look to put a stop to it

A counter-attack on the move, Vortis look to put a stop to it

Playing it close to the touch line, the keeper gives some advice to his player

Playing it close to the touch line, the keeper gives some advice to his player

A goal kick taken nicely

A goal kick taken nicely by Tokyo Verdy

An incoming header creates a chance for Verdy

An incoming header creates a chance for Verdy

The Vortis goalkeeper goes down for a good save deflecting the ball away from goal

The Vortis goalkeeper goes down for a good save deflecting the ball away from goal

The Tokyo Verdy fans enjoying tha match

The Tokyo Verdy fans enjoying tha match

The referee makes sure that the pace of play is kept brisk

The referee makes sure that the pace of play is kept brisk

This header meets the cross perfectly and the first goal is scored for Verdy

This header meets the cross perfectly and the first goal is scored for Verdy

Time for a quick drink and a cool off

Time for a quick drink and a cool off

A Verdy player goes down after a hard tackle

A Verdy player goes down after a hard tackle

Looks like we won't be needing the stretcher this time

Looks like we won't be needing the stretcher this time

The free kick creates a chance, but there is some jostling for positions to be done first

The free kick creates a chance, but there is some jostling for positions to be done first

Official J-League soccer balls

Official J-League soccer balls

A nice cross executed by the Verdy player

A nice cross executed by the Verdy player

Contemplating the best place to aim the throw in

Contemplating the best place to aim the throw in

An appeal to the referee for a foul goes begging

An appeal to the referee for a foul goes begging

Slowing down the pace to plan the next throw in

Slowing down the pace to plan the next throw in

A nice bit of control being shown here by the number 13 for Vortis

A nice bit of control being shown here by the number 13 for Vortis

A power cross being executed by the Verdy player

A power cross being executed by the Verdy player

Just one minute of extra time being added on to the first half

Just one minute of extra time being added on to the first half

Some encouragement being provided to his players by the Verdy Manager

Some encouragement being provided to his players by the Verdy Manager

An incoming cross is dealt with by the goalkeeper

An incoming cross is dealt with by the goalkeeper

No stopping that ball as Verdy rack up another goal

No stopping that ball as Verdy rack up another goal

and that's another fine shot that will also find the back of the net for Verdy

and that's another fine shot that will also find the back of the net for Verdy

A fast clearance by the Vortis goalkeeper

A fast clearance by the Vortis goalkeeper

The Tokyo Verdy team thank their supporters after the match

The Tokyo Verdy team thank their supporters after the match

 

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