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The Emperor's Cup starts on April 22nd this year, so the prefectural championships have to be decided by then. Most of them go today. Let's watch these:
Hokkaido: Norbritz Hokkaido 3 - 1 Hokkaido University of Education Iwamizawa (played on April 2nd)
Aomori: Vanraure Hachinohe [1 - 0] ReinMeer Aomori
Akita: Blaublitz Akita [9 - 0] North Asia University
Iwate: Grulla Morioka [1 - 0] Fuji University
Miyagi: Sony Sendai [1 - 0] Sendai University
Fukushima: Fukushima United [0 - 2] Iwaki FC Upset!
Every prefectural championship is by definition a derby, but Vanraure vs ReinMeer has the added attraction of being between league rivals.
Vanraure and ReinMeer had byes into the Aomori semi-finals. But, hey, no fair! Blaublitz Akita, Grulla Morioka, Sony Sendai, and Fukushima United all had byes into the finals of their prefectural championships.
What teams have won the Yamagata Prefectural Championship in this century?
2000: Yamagata Central High School
2001: Yamagata FC
2002: Yamagata Central High School
2003: Tsuruoka Higashi High School
2004: Haguro High School
2005: Yamagata Central High School
2006: Yamagata University
2007: Yamagata University
2008: Yamagata University
2009: FC Parafrente Yonezawa
2010: Yamagata University
2011: Yamagata University School of Medicine
2012: Nihon University Yamagata Senior High School
2013: Haguro High School
2014: Montedio Yamagata
2015: Yamagata University School of Medicine
2016: Yamagata University
[2017: FC Parafrente Yonezawa]
Who are the Old Firm of Ibaraki Prefecture?
2000: University of Tsukuba
2001: Ryutsu Keizai University
2002: University of Tsukuba
2003: University of Tsukuba
2004: Ryutsu Keizai University
2005: University of Tsukuba
2006: Ryutsu Keizai University
2007: University of Tsukuba
2008: Ryutsu Keizai University
2009: Ryutsu Keizai University
2010: Ryutsu Keizai University
2011: University of Tsukuba
2012: University of Tsukuba
2013: University of Tsukuba
2014: University of Tsukuba
2015: Ryutsu Keizai University
2016: University of Tsukuba
[2017: University of Tsukuba]
University of Tsukuba and Ryutsu Keizai University are the Old Firm of Ibaraki Prefecture.
Japanese word of the day: 未定 (mitei) = to be determined