Stadium: Level Five stadium (22,563)
Average attendance 2008: 10,079
Last season's finish: 8th
2009 season's transfers:
GK Eita Kasagawa (Promoted from youth team)
DF Makoto Tanaka (Transferred from Júbilo Iwata)
DF Kazuki Yamaguchi (Drafted from Fukuoka University)
MF Wellington (Transferred from América Futebol Clube (MG))
MF Yuji Miyahara (Transferred from Ehime F.C.)
19 FW Tetsuya Okubo (Transferred from Kashiwa Reysol)
FW Alex Henrique Jose (On loan from Batatais Futebol Clube)
FW Yutaka Takahashi (Transferred from Roasso Kumamoto)
FW Hideya Okamoto (On loan from Gamba Osaka)
4 DF Mark Rudan (Transferred to FC Vaduz)
6 MF Takanori Nunobe (Retired)
8 MF Ufuk Talay (Transferred to North Queensland Fury FC)
14 MF Hokuto Nakamura (Transferred to F.C. Tokyo)
20 FW Mike Havenaar (End of loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
26 MF Shingo Honda (Released)
My view on the transfers:
Avispa have strengthened their team since last season, with improvements in every area of the pitch. Tanaka from Jubilo will be a great asset to a fledgling defence, while Wellington and Miyahara are improvements to the midfield. Okubo, who were the team's topscorer last season, has completed his transfer from Reysol, partnering up with Takahashi from Roasso, who took J2 by storm last season. Alex is an improvement as well, which means they are much better covered up front than last yar. Havenaar have left for Marinos, but the tall youngster weren't a huge success. The biggest loss is MF Nakamura, who were regarded as one of the better players in the team. Talay is gone as well, but Wellington and Miyahara should be able to replace them.
Preferrable starting line-up:
4-4-2: Yoshida - Yamagata, Niwa,Tanaka, Nakajima - Suzuki / Miyahara, Wellington, Jogo/Kudo, Hisanaga - Okubo, Takahashi / Alex
My view on the team:
Avispa looks a more complete team this season, with a stronger defence and deadlier strikers. There are some question marks about the midfield though, and much relies on whether or not Wellington will be a success. Okubo and Takahashi together along with Alex in backup should be able to score alot more goals than last season.
Player to watch: Tatsunori Hisanaga
Manager: Yoshiyuki Shinoda
Shinoda took over after Pierre Littbarski in July last season, and did a pretty good job as the team improved alot afterwards. Shinoda have coached U-15 and U-18 teams for Avispa earlier, as well as being assistant-coach for the first team, but this is his first major manager-job.
Avispa have a large fan-base, and have some of the most loyal fans in J2. Despite being relegated, they still have over 10 000 in average, which means there's a good support within the city of Fukuoka.
Where they will finish:
Avispa looks a stronger outfit this year, and is a dark horse for promotion. IF Vegalta and Cerezo are favorites for the two first positions, Avispa will probably have to fight against Shonan,Kofu and Consadole for the 3rd place, and they surely have the potential to do so. Decent back-up players and a better defence suggest that, as well as a much more feared attack.
3rd - 6th