Gifu have been given a very tough draw in the opening round of the Emperor’s Cup (天皇杯 in Japanese).
Gifu must travel to Fagiano Okayama in their opening tie. At the time of writing, Fagiano haven’t lost at home since July 2012 – a run of 15 games. They have a potent strike force of Tomoyuki Arata and ex-Gifu loanee Yuki Oshitani and boast one of the best goalkeepers in J2 in Hirotsugu Nakabayashi.
If Gifu somehow mange to win that one, they will go on to face Kashiwa Reysol, assuming Cleo, Wagner, Kudo and company can get past a prefectural representative first.