Details were released today about this years’ edition of the Emperor’s Cup, or Tennouhai, which enters its 93rd edition. The pathway up until the 3rd has been revealed and so it is my job to tell you who Gamba Osaka may potentially face on route to exacting revenge for our loss in the final against Kashiwa Reysol on the 1st January this year.
Gamba will enter from the 2nd round and will face the winners of the 1st round tie between the representatives from Ehime and Kumamoto. Ehime’s prefectural representative will be discovered on the 4th August whilst Kumamoto’s will have to wait until 25th August. The two will then face off on the 1st September to see who will gain the chance to take one of the biggest names in Japanese football.
The match between Gamba and the winners of the 1st round tie will take place on 7th September, ending a hectic schedule for the opponents, particularly if it was to be the Kumamoto representatives, who would face 3 intense matches in 2 weeks.
Should Gamba win, then they will more than likely face current leaders of J1 Omiya Ardija. Of course this is not guaranteed either as they would have to play the winners from the 1st round tie between the Tottori and Okayama prefectural representatives, who will then make the trip to the NACK-5 Stadium in Saitama.
The venue for the 3rd round tie has yet to be announced but, along with how our prospective 2nd round opponents do, I will be ready to keep you up-to-date. For instant information, please follow me on Twitter – @GambaOsakaPride.
So who’s all for another trip to Kokuritsu, then?
Photo taken from J’s goal. No copyright infringement intended. Original here.