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Tohoku League Division 2 (South)
Division 2 (South) of the Tohoku League is likely to be a close-fought affair, with three competitive sides battling it out for promotion. FC Perada Fukushima have been taken under the wing of the ambitious Fukushima Junkers organisation and have already made an unsuccessful bid for associate membership of the J-League itself. But locally they face a stern test from Viancone Fukushima - formerly Northern Peaks Koriyama - and near Sendai, Marysol Matsushima are also experienced at this level.

Marysol have yet to play in 2007 and newly-promoted Soma FC from Fukushima are also waiting for their opening fixture. But on Sunday Perada put five past Shichigahama SC and Viancone went one better against the other promoted team, Nakaniida SC. In the third game of the day, Kanai Club emerged 4-2 winners over the division's whipping boys in recent years, company side Kureha.

Sun 29 Apr: Kureha 2-4 Kanai Club
Sun 29 Apr: Nakaniida SC 1-6 Viancone Fukushima
Sun 29 Apr: Shichigahama SC 1-5 FC Perada Fukushima

Tohoku League Division 2 (North)
There were two matches in Division 2 (North) of the Tohoku League on Sunday, the first of the 2007 season. Last year's champions FC Akita Cambiare, who failed to gain promotion after being beaten in a Play-off by Division 2 (South) winners Furukawa Battery, eased to a 5-0 defeat of promoted side Omiya Club.

Honshu's furthest north Regional level club, Vanraure Hachinohe, were beaten 2-0 by the students of Fuji Club 2003. Still to play are Hokuto Bank, Mizusawa Club, Tono Club and Akita's 2006 Prefectural League champions, Saruta Industry.

Sun 29 Apr: FC Akita Cambiare 5-0 Omiya Club
Sun 29 Apr: Fuji Club 2003 2-0 Vanraure Hachinohe
Tohoku League Division 1
The 2007 season of the Tohoku League Division 1 got underway on Sunday, although favourites Grulla Morioka were not in action - and neither were promoted side Furukawa Battery. The big winners of the opening round were NEC Tokin, who beat Nippon Steel Kamaishi 3-0 and seem to be showing signs that they want to develop a stronger presence in the region now that 2006 champions TDK SC have moved up to the JFL.

Indeed, the Sendai-based outfit have appointed as assistant coach Masaaki Takada, who left Shizuoka FC following their failure in 2006 to win the Tokai League. In the other two games, FC Primeiro from Fukushima beat last season's strugglers Morioka Zebra 1-0, while the former Sagawa Kyubin Tohoku club, Wiese Shiogama, gained a 2-0 win over their neighbours Sendai Nakata Club. But 2007 is shaping up to be a fight between company side NEC and Grulla.

29 Apr 07 - FC Primeiro of Fukushima, 1-0 winners over Morioka Zebra

FC Primeiro of Fukushima, 1-0 winners over Morioka Zebra

Sun 29 Apr: FC Primeiro 1-0 Morioka Zebra
Sun 29 Apr: NEC Tokin 3-0 Nippon Steel Kamaishi
Sun 29 Apr: Wiese Shiogama 2-0 Sendai Nakata Club
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