is a football (soccer) club from Japan.
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About Omiya Ardija
is a professional football (soccer) club which play in the J. League Division 1, and are based in Ōmiya-ku, Saitama in Saitama, Saitama, Japan. Its "hometown" as designated by the league is the whole of Saitama city, which is shared with neighbours Urawa Red Diamonds. Omiya currently compete in the J1 and have done since J._League_-_2005, after promotion from J2 in J._League_-_2004 as the second placed team.
Their home field is : Ōmiya Park Soccer Stadium by the naming rights.
The team were founded in 1964 as Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Saitama Soccer Selection in Urawa, Saitama and later known as the NTT Kantō region Soccer Club in 1969. They were first promoted to the Japan Soccer League Second Division in 1987, and when the JSL folded, joined the Japan Football League (former).
In 1998 it was separately incorporated as NTT Sport Community kabushiki gaisha. The nickname "Ardija" is a transcription (linguistics) of the Spanish language ardilla
(squirrel) which is the mascot of Ōmiya and the park in which their home stadium is located.
Their matches against Urawa Red Diamonds have been called the "Saitama Local derby".
In 2005-2007 most of Omiya's home matches were held at Saitama Stadium 2002 and Urawa Komaba Stadium due to expansion works at their home ground. In October 2007 the expansion was complete. On November 11, the re-opening match was held as a J. League season match between the Ardija and Ōita Trinita (1-2).
Record as J. League member
- Tms. = Number of teams
- Pos. = Position in league
- Attendance/G = Average league attendance
As of July 17, 2011
Out on loan
2012 Season Transfers