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Thursday, March 1, 2007

J. LEAGUE 2007


Albirex Niigata

Staff writer

Last season: 14th

Manager: Jun Suzuki

Prospects: Mid-table, but better than last year

One to watch: Shingo Suzuki, a pacy left winger who scored nine league goals last season.

Masataka Sakamoto, a direct midfielder who played well in fits and starts for JEF United Chiba last season, has joined, and he should link up well with Suzuki in supporting the strikers.

The main man up front, Edmilson, should be hoping to improve on his disappointing 10 league goals last season, although this paltry amount was enough to make him the team's top scorer, which says it all.

Forward Masaki Fukai is another pacy addition who can take some of the burden away from the Brazilian, but Albirex will be without the services of playmaker Fabinho, who has been released.

The club has used its satellite team in Singapore to bring in two other players, Seigo Yoshizawa and Hideya Tanaka.

As usual, the massive crowds that flock to the Big Swan Stadium for home games will motivate the Albirex.

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