Shimizu struggled to avoid relegation last season and finished twelfth. This year, they try to make a comeback with more attack-minded football under Peter Cklamovski, former assistant coach at Yokohama F.Marinos.
The departure of some key players including Douglas and Ko Matsubara was a big blow, but S-Pulse added to the roster top foreign talents in Teerasil Dangda and Valdo. More over, there there are many promising youngsters such as Yugo Tatsuta, Yuta Taki and Kenta Nishizawa, all with big potential.
On the Opening day of the season ,Shimizu took the lead against FC Tokyo, but lost 1-3 after conceding toward the end of the match. While combinations between the players need to improve, the there were glimpses of the good organization the new manager is demanding. If S-Pulse manage to get accustomed to their new style of football early in the season, they could be dark horse in this campaign.
The 163 cm tall attacker poses a great threat from the wing, thanks to his great skill and quickness. He also helps defending with his tireless workload.
Teerasil is a Thai football hero who has earned more than 100 caps for the national team. He can score in a variety of ways, thanks to a good combination of his aerial strength and technique. He also combines well with his teammates as a skillful target man. Teerasil had a good start of the season by finding the net in the opening match.