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All- Japan Shakaijin 2007
The 2007 All-Japan Shakaijin tournament for clubs in the Regional Leagues and below has been won by FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu from Kansai - and as a result they will now proceed to the Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off competition at the end of next month, in order to compete fro a place in the JFL. FC Mi-o beat Tokai-based company side Yazaki Valente in the Shakaijin final in Oita on Wednesday, after having battled through an extremely tough series of matches over the last few days.

The tournament began on Saturday, Mi-o claiming a good 2-1 win over Kyushu League leaders Honda Lock while their local rivals and Kansai champions Banditonce Kobe were the victims of the shock result of the First Round, losing 4-3 to Okinawa Kariyushi. In Sunday's Second Round, V Varen Nagasaki emerged as strong candidates by squeezing past Hokushinetsu League champions Matsumoto Yamaga Club on penalties - but FC Mi-o again impressed with a victory over the best team from Kanto, FC Machida Zelvia.

Into the last eight on Monday, the eventual winners once more had just about the most difficult match on offer but nevertheless claimed a 3-1 win against New Wave Kitakyushu. Yazaki Valente kept their run going by eliminating Ain Food on penalties, while V Varen beat Kanto's YSCC and tournament surprise package Kariyushi overcame AS Laranja Kyoto.

The big match in the Semi-Finals on Tuesday, then, pitched together FC Mi-o with a V Varen team desperate to hold on to the Shakaijin crown that they won last season - not least because qualification for the Regional League Play-offs via the normal route of the league is looking beyond them. But the dreams of the Kyushu side were shattered by a single goal early in the second half, while in the other game Yazaki claimed their place in the Final thanks to another win on penalties. FC Mi-o deservedly prevailed, however, and now go on to the Regional League Play-offs for another attempt at a JFL spot.

The full results of the Shakaijin tournament in Oita are as follows:

Sat 13 Oct: AS Laranja Kyoto 2-2 Nippon Steel Oita (PK 4-3)
Sat 13 Oct: Banditonce Kobe 3-4 Okinawa Kariyushi (AET)
Sat 13 Oct: Chukyo University 2-6 Zweigen Kanazawa
Sat 13 Oct: Fujieda City Hall 6-0 Kyokushukai
Sat 13 Oct: Furukawa Electrics Chiba 2-3 FC Central Chugoku
Sat 13 Oct: Honda Lock 1-2 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sat 13 Oct: Kamatamare Sanuki 1-0 Sagawa Computer System (AET)
Sat 13 Oct: Luminozo Sayama 1-1 Japan Soccer College (PK 3-2)
Sat 13 Oct: Maruyasu Industries 1-2 FC Machida Zelvia
Sat 13 Oct: Matsumoto Yamaga Club 3-0 Toyota Motors Hokkaido
Sat 13 Oct: Nangoku Kochi 0-6 Ain Food
Sat 13 Oct: Norbritz Hokkaido 0-1 Yazaki Valente
Sat 13 Oct: Takada FC 0-4 New Wave Kitakyushu
Sat 13 Oct: Tonan SC Gunma 1-4 NEC Tokin
Sat 13 Oct: V Varen Nagasaki 5-1 Toshiba Fuchu
Sat 13 Oct: YSCC 1-1 Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku (PK 5-3)

Sun 14 Oct: Ain Food 4-0 NEC Tokin
Sun 14 Oct: AS Laranja Kyoto 2-1 FC Central Chugoku
Sun 14 Oct: FC Machida Zelvia 0-2 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sun 14 Oct: Fujieda City Hall 0-1 Okinawa Kariyushi
Sun 14 Oct: Kamatamare Sanuki 0-1 New Wave Kitakyushu
Sun 14 Oct: Luminozo Sayama 1-2 Yazaki Valente
Sun 14 Oct: V Varen Nagasaki 1-1 Matsumoto Yamaga Club (PK 4-2)
Sun 14 Oct: Zweigen Kanazawa 2-3 YSCC

Mon 15 Oct: Ain Food 0-0 Yazaki Valente (PK 4-5)
Mon 15 Oct: FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 3-1 New Wave Kitakyushu
Mon 15 Oct: Okinawa Kariyushi 1-0 AS Laranja Kyoto
Mon 15 Oct: V Varen Nagasaki 2-0 YSCC

Tue 16 Oct: Okinawa Kariyushi 1-1 Yazaki Valente (PK 3-5)
Tue 16 Oct: V Varen Nagasaki 0-1 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu

Wed 17 Oct: Yazaki Valente 1-3 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu

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