Omiya Ardija

Founded In
Saitama, Japan

About Omiya Ardija

Omiya Ardija was first established back in 1964, as the company football team of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation. They are based in the Ōmiya ward of Saitama city. The club initially operated as NTT Saitama Soccer Selection and later became known as NTT Kantō Soccer Club, before adopting its current name in 1998. They are nicknamed 'The Squirrels' and the side's main local rivals are Urawa Red Diamonds, with whom they contest the Saitama Derby.

For much of the club's history, they competed in the lower divisions of Japan's football league system. In 1987 they gained promotion to the Japan Soccer League 2nd Division and would later join the Japan Football League. In 1998, the team joined the J-League and began to compete in the system at the start of the 1999 season.

Over the course of the next five seasons, Omiya Ardija achieved consecutive top 6 finishes in J-League Division 2. At the end of the 2004 campaign, having finished in 2nd place, they gained promotion to the top division for the first time. Since entering J-League Division 1, the team have failed to make a significant impact and, to date, their highest finishes have been 12th place. The 2005 season saw their best performance in cup competitions, as Omiya reached the quarter finals of the J-League Cup and the semi finals of the Emporer's Cup.

A number of Japanese international players have represented the club over the years. Some of the most notable examples include Eiji Kawashima, Yasuhiro Hato and Hisashi Kurosaki.

The team play their home matches at Omiya Football Stadium, which is currently known as NACK5 Stadium Omiya for sponsorship reasons. The venue opened its doors for the first time in 1960, underwent renovations in 1995 and was further expanded in 2007. As a result, it is now able to hold up to 15,500 fans.

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