Shinji Ono signs for Shimizu S-Pulse.
The signing of Shinji Ono was officially announced today. The former Asian Player of the Year, who has been playing in the Bundesliga since 2007, was born and raised in Numazu in the east of Shizuoka Prefecture, and attended high school in Shimizu. Apart from the fact he's one of the biggest names in Japanese football, it's great to welcome such a local hero back home. Read the Sky Sports report here.
A quick look at Mixi reveals the extent of Ono's appeal; while the S-Pulse community has 11113 members, the dedicated Shinji Ono community has 11371. A scan of comments on the Ono group suggests we'll be selling a lot more shirts and a lot more tickets off the back of him signing. This is all excellent news for S-Pulse as a club, but most importantly Ono's acquisition will mean we have the midfield presence we were lacking last year. A direct line from Shinji Ono to Shinji Okazaki is a truly exciting prospect.
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