FFT Expert Analysis: Albirex Niigata (S)

Former Dutch professional footballer and current Singapore Sports School senior coach Robbie Servais presents an English Premier League standard scout report on the White Swans.

FourFourTwo presents its third in-depth analysis of the season and the team featured this time will be Albirex Niigata (S).

The White Swans were dispatched 2-0 by Warriors FC and Robbie Servais presented his findings in this detail report here!

Albirex Niigata (S)


The White Swans only allowed Warriors a few chances but that was all they needed to claim a 2-0 victory.

General Overiew

  • Albirex are a very well-organised unit, even when they do not have possession.
  • They are fluid in rotating ball possession and this can cause confusion
  • Players show plenty of flair
  • They lack an aerial presence and this is a possible weakness.

Players Analysis


Yosuke Nozawa is a sturdy goalkeeper and he looks to play short all the time. He does however, lack in his long ball deliveries.


Naofumi Tanaka and Atsushi Shirota are the full-backs in the team. They do provide width by overlapping and are generally disciplined enough to track back in time.

Masaya Jitozono and Kento Fujihara are the pilliars at the back. They hardly put a foot wrong but when it comes to challenges in the air, the duo can be found wanting.


Kento Nagasaki and Shuto Inaba are technically very skilled players who usually stay central. They are similar in style and this may affect their contribution to the team.

Tatsuro Inui and Tomoki Menda are the wingers in the team. They both can be very quick and are technically skilled. However, they are highly relied upon in Albirex's gameplan and this seems them covering great distance. May tire them out quicker as the season goes on.


Atsushi Kawata is the lone striker upfront and he does look a threat with his direct running. He tends to hold the ball up and wait for support.

Areas to exploit

For all their neat playing style, Albirex really lack a direct approach to games. This suggested that they might be uncomfortable with such a style and opponents can adopt a more direct strategy when facing the White Swans.