Revealed on Nikkan Sports today, S-Pulse are set for a European adventure next month to raise money for the earthquake. On April 13th S-Pulse will take on last year's Eredivisie runners up, the Netherland's most successful club, Ajax at their stunning Amsterdam Arena. It is the first case this year of a J. League team playing a charity game abroad.
Ghotbi, who is said to have many friends in the country, readily accepted the invitation. Aside from the clear benefits of raising money for the disaster fund, Ghotbi also believes the trip will be an invaluable motivation for the team ahead of the league restart.
Of course Shinji Ono also spent 4 years at Ajax's arch rivals Feyenoord between 2001 and 2005. He'll no doubt be relishing the chance to have another pop at the Amsterdam club. It should be a great occasion.
Read the official press release (in Japanese) here.
Also reported today was another charity game, this one is against J2 side Kyoto Sanga and will be on April 2nd (Sat), 3pm at Nihondaira. Entry is free.