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Kirin Cup


Jan 11, 2022

The Kirin Cup (Japanese: キリンカップサッカー, Hepburn: Kirin Kappu Sakkā) (Kirin Cup Soccer) is an association football tournament organised in Japan by the Kirin Brewery Company. The host, Japan, is a participant in every edition. The tournament was founded in 1978 then known as Japan Cup (International competition which national teams and clubs participated in), and was last held in its full form in 2016.

This article is about the association football tournament. For the golf tournament, see Kirin Cup (golf).
International football tournament

Football tournament
Kirin Cup
Organising body Japan Football Association (JFA)
Founded 1978; 43 years ago (1978)
Region Japan
Number of teams 4
Related competitions Kirin Challenge Cup
Current champions  Venezuela (1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Japan (11 titles)
2022 Kirin Challenge Cup

From 1992 onwards, the format was changed to a round robin national team competition. The first nation to win the competition was Argentina. Japan are the tournament’s most successful team with eleven titles, followed by Peru with three titles. As of 2016, the current cup holders are Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Since the start of the international competitions in 1992, the tournament has hosted a variety of teams from South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Out of the South American members of CONMEBOL who have been invited (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru), Peru have been the most successful (three titles).

Out of the European invitees, there have been seven different champions, the most successful being the Czech Republic with two titles, with Hungary, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Slovakia and Scotland winning one title each. Aside from Japan, the only other Asian country to have won the tournament are the United Arab Emirates (2005), who shared the title with Peru.

No African teams have won the tournament (only one African team has participated in just one edition).

In addition to the annual Kirin Cup there are a few Kirin Challenge Cup (Japanese: キリンチャレンジカップ、キリンチャレンジ杯, Hepburn: kirin Tyarenzi Kappu , kirin Tyarenzihai), friendlies also sponsored by the Kirin Corporation, played throughout the year in Japan. Japan took out the most recent 2021 Kirin Challenge Cup with 1–0 win over Serbia on 11 June 2021.

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All times are Japan standard time (UTC+9)

Won by Borussia Mönchengladbach and Palmeiras.

Won by Tottenham Hotspur.

Won by Middlesbrough F.C.

Won by Club Brugge KV.

Won by Werder Bremen.

Won by Newcastle United with Chris Waddle finishing tournament top scorer with 14 goals in 3 games.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 China PR 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
Toulouse 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
 Japan 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 2
Japan  v Toulouse

27 May 1984 Japan  0–1 Toulouse
China PR  v Toulouse

29 May 1984 China PR  3–2 Toulouse
Japan  v  China PR

31 May 1984 Japan  1–0  China PR Omiya Stadium, Saitama, Japan

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