Manager Ryosuke Okuno states that Montedio Yamagata’s goal for this season must be a minimum of 80 points from 42 games and an immediate return to the top-flight of Japanese football, notes The Asahi Shimbun. Montedio, who were relegated from J.League Division One, scored just 23 goals in 2011, the lowest of any team in the league and a significant factor in finishing bottom of the table.
The Daily Yomiuri turns its attention to matters in the UK concerning its entry into the 2012 Olympic football tournament. With Great Britain and Northern Ireland split into four footballing nations under the auspices of tournament organiser FIFA, there were concerns that a team consisting solely of English representatives would compete. However, of 191 players surveyed across the four nations only seven confirmed they would refuse to play.
And finally, The Daily Mainichi confirms that Kazuyoshi Miura, the legendary footballer who left school aged 15, travelled alone to Brazil to become a professional football player, had spells with Santos and Palmeiras and in 1994 became the first Japanese player to feature in Serie A when he joined Genoa CFC has extended his contract with Yokohama FC. The 44 year old Miura, capped 89 times and who scored 55 times for the national team, had never failed to score in a calendar year since the J.League’s inception until the 2011 season, ending a remarkable eighteen year run.