It's Round Four of the 2014 Emperor's Cup, otherwise known as the Round of 16. Of the sixteen clubs in contention, nine are from J1 and seven from J2. We're all about the underdog here at Plenty of Nothing, so let's boldly follow the J2 teams:
Game #73: Sanfrecce Hiroshima [1 - 3] Gamba Osaka
Game #74: FC Tokyo [1 - 2] Shimizu S-Pulse
Game #75: Cerezo Osaka [2 - 0] Júbilo Iwata
Game #76: Montedio Yamagata [1 - 0] Sagan Tosu
Game #77: Giravanz Kitakyushu [1 - 0] Ventforet Kofu
Game #78: V-Varen Nagasaki [1 - 2] JEF United Chiba
Game #79: Ehime FC [1 - 2] Omiya Ardija
Game #80: Thespakusatsu Gunma [0 - 1] Nagoya Grampus
V-Varen Nagasaki's name and blue and orange uniform commemorate the city's ties with the Dutch East Indies Company, and the goose on their emblem recalls Nishiyama Sōin's verse:
The German Luftwaffe took this photo of East Greenock and Port Glasgow in October 1939, foreseeing the day when they would be called upon to blow up the shipyards concentrated there. Cappielow is just obscured by the large cloud in the centre of the photo, which might account for its survival in the Greenock (and Port Glasgow) Blitz of May 1941. Source.
Morton play Alloa Athletic in the Challenge Cup quarterfinal today at Cappielow. This is the Ton's fifth match at home in cup competition this year, against zero away.
Q: Seems unusual. How many home and away cup games have they played in recent years?
A: 2013-14: 2 at home, 4 away. 2012-13: 5 at home, 4 away. 2011-12: 2 at home, 6 away. 2010-11: 1 at home, 7 away. 2009-10: 2 at home, 5 away. 2008-09: 1 at home, 6 away. Total: 13 at home, 32 away.
Morton and Alloa Athletic both played in the Championship last year, and the Wasps won all four meetings. They met in Round One of the 2011-12 League Cup, and Morton won. They met in Round Two of the 1999-2000 League Cup, and Alloa won. Alloa are presently fifth in the Championship, coming off a 2 - 1 victory over Hibernian.
The last time Morton made it to the Challenge Cup QF was September 4th, 2011 when they lost 1 - 2 in Hamilton.
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150 years ago today the Chōshū Domain took on Britain, France, Holland and the United States in a bid to expel all barbarians from Japan. The Shimonoseki War is not much commemorated in the West, but it was a major event in the development of modern Japan. And though the Chōshū Domain lost this battle, its leaders went on to dominate the governments of the Meiji period.
The painting is Attack on the Japanese Battery at Shimonoseki by a Naval Brigade, September 1864 by Niels Møller Lund. It's held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.