Kirin Cup

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Kirin Cup
Founded 1978
Abolished 2011
Region International
Number of teams 3
Last champions  Japan (11th),
 Czech Republic (2nd) and
 Peru (3rd)
Most successful team(s)  Japan (11 titles)

The Kirin Cup was 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 as an international club competition. 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 11 titles, followed by Peru with 3 titles. As of 2011, the current cup holders are the Czech Republic, Japan and Peru, which shared the last title following three goal-less draws between the teams.

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 CONMEBOL members who have been invited (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru), Peru have been the most successful (3 titles) with Argentina in a close second (1 title). Out of the European invitees, there have been 6 different champions, the most successful being the Czech Republic with 2 titles, with Hungary, France, 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.

In addition to the annual Kirin Cup there are a few Kirin Challenge Cups, friendlies also sponsored by the Kirin Corporation, played throughout the year in Japan.

Tournaments[edit]

All times are Japan standard time (UTC+9)

2015 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Ecuador 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2011 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Czech Republic 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
 Japan 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
 Peru 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0

1 June 2011
19:20
Japan  0 – 0  Peru
(Report)
Niigata Stadium, Niigata
Attendance: 39,048
Referee: Howard Webb England

4 June 2011
15:00
Czech Republic  0 – 0  Peru
(Report)
Matsumoto Stadium, Nagano
Attendance: 7,592
Referee: Ryuji Sato Japan

7 June 2011
19:30
Japan  0 – 0  Czech Republic
(Report)

2009 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 6 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8
 Chile 1 2 0 1 1 1 5 -4
 Belgium 1 2 0 1 1 1 5 -4

27 May 2009
19:35
Japan  4 – 0  Chile
Okazaki Goal 20' Goal 24'
Abe Goal 53'
Honda Goal 90+2'
(Report)
(Report 2)
Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 43,531
Referee: Anders Hermansen Denmark

29 May 2009
19:00
Belgium  1 – 1  Chile
Roelandts Goal 17' (Report) Medel Goal 23'
Fukuda Denshi Arena, Chiba
Attendance: 6,050
Referee: Minoru Tojo Japan

31 May 2009
19:20
Japan  4 – 0  Belgium
Nagatomo Goal 21'
K. Nakamura Goal 23'
Okazaki Goal 60'
Yano Goal 70'
(Report)
National Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 42,520
Referee: Rob Styles England

2008 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 1
 Paraguay 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
 Ivory Coast 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1

22 May 2008
Ivory Coast  1 – 1  Paraguay
Traoré Goal 74' (Report) Bogado Goal 78'
Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Attendance: 5,197
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura Japan

24 May 2008
Japan  1 – 0  Ivory Coast
Tamada Goal 21' (Report)
Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi
Attendance: 40,710
Referee: Bruno Paixão Portugal

27 May 2008
Japan  0 – 0  Paraguay
Saitama Stadium, Saitama
Attendance: 27,998
Referee: Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa Portugal

2007 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 4 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2
 Colombia 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
 Montenegro 0 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3

1 June 2007
Japan  2 – 0  Montenegro
Nakazawa Goal 23'
Takahara Goal 38'
Shizuoka Stadium, Fukuroi
Attendance: 28,635
Referee: Michael Svendsen Denmark

3 June 2007
Colombia  1 – 0  Montenegro
Falcao Goal 33'
Matsumoto Stadium, Matsumoto
Attendance: 10,070
Referee: Kenji Ogiya Japan

5 June 2007
Japan  0 – 0  Colombia
Saitama Stadium, Saitama
Attendance: 45,091
Referee: Nicolai Volquartz Denmark

2006 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Scotland 4 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4
 Bulgaria 3 2 1 0 1 3 6 -3
 Japan 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1

9 May 2006
Japan  1 – 2  Bulgaria
Maki Goal 76' (Report) S. Todorov Goal 1'
Yanev Goal 90+1'
Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 44,851
Referee: Carlos Megia Davila Spain

11 May 2006
Bulgaria  1 – 5  Scotland
Y. Todorov Goal 26' (Report) Boyd Goal 13' Goal 43'
McFadden Goal 69'
Burke Goal 77' Goal 88'
Kobe Wing Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 5,780
Referee: Toru Kamikawa Japan

13 May 2006
Japan  0 – 0  Scotland
(Report)
Saitama Stadium, Saitama
Attendance: 58,648
Referee: Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez Spain

2005 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Peru 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
 United Arab Emirates 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
 Japan 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2

22 May 2005
Japan  0 – 1  Peru
Vassallo Goal 90+4'
Niigata Stadium, Niigata
Attendance: 39,856

24 May 2005
United Arab Emirates  0 – 0  Peru
Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi
Attendance: 6,536

27 May 2005
Japan  0 – 1  United Arab Emirates
Alo Ali Goal 69'
National Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 53,123
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ Slovakia

2004 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 6 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3
 Serbia and Montenegro 3 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1
 Slovakia 0 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4

9 July 2004
Japan  3 – 1  Slovakia
Fukunishi Goal 45'
Suzuki Goal 66'
Yanagisawa Goal 81'
Babnič Goal 65'


2003 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Argentina 3 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
 Paraguay 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0
 Japan 1 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3



08 June 2003
Japan  1 – 4  Argentina
Akita Goal 55' Saviola Goal 30'
Zanetti Goal 45'
Romeo Goal 78'
Rodriguez Goal 82'
Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan
Attendance: 42,508
Referee: Herbert Fandel

11 June 2003
Japan  0 – 0  Paraguay
Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan
Attendance: 59,891
Referee: Mike Riley

There was no match scheduled between Argentina and Paraguay.


2002 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 4 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
 Honduras 1 1 0 1 0 3 3 +0
 Slovakia 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1



29 April 2002
Japan  1 – 0  Slovakia
Nishizawa Goal 38'
National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 55,144

02 May 2002
Japan  3 – 3  Honduras
Nakamura Goal 26'
Nakamura Goal 41'
Alex (pen) Goal 76'
Pineda Goal 15'
Pavon Goal 27'
Pavon Goal 45'

There was no match scheduled between Honduras and Slovakia.

2001 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 6 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
 Paraguay 3 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
 Yugoslavia 0 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3

28 June 2001
Paraguay  2 – 0  Yugoslavia
Caceres Goal 39'
Ferreira Goal 83'
National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 21, 213
Referee: Masayoshi Okada

01 July 2001
Japan  2 – 0  Paraguay
Yanagisawa Goal 16'
Yanagisawa Goal 50'
Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan
Attendance: 39,073

04 July 2001
Japan  1 – 0  Yugoslavia
Inamoto Goal 21'
Big Eye Stadium, Ōita, Japan
Attendance: 38,147

2000 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 4 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
 Slovakia 4 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
 Bolivia 0 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4

11 June 2000
Japan  1 – 1  Slovakia
Nakamura Goal 9' Dzúrik Goal 7'
Miyagi Stadium, Rifu, Japan
Attendance: 45,831

14 June 2000
Slovakia  2 – 0  Bolivia
Kratochvíl Goal 21'
Fabuš Goal 45'
Tosu Stadium, Tosu, Japan
Attendance: 8,023
Referee: Masayoshi Okada

18 June 2000
Japan  2 – 0  Bolivia
Yanagisawa Goal 7'
Yanagisawa Goal 34'
Yokohama International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan
Attendance: 65,073
Referee: Sun Baojie

1999 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Peru 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
 Belgium 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
 Japan 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0

30 May 1999
Peru  1 – 1  Belgium
Maestri Goal 6' Tanghe Goal 28'

3 June 1999
Japan  0 – 0  Belgium

1998 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Czech Republic 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
 Japan 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
 Paraguay 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1

17 May 1998
Japan  1 – 1  Paraguay
Soma Goal 86' Ayala Goal 7'
Yoyoki National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 53,408

21 May 1998
Czech Republic  1 – 0  Paraguay
Šmicer Goal 12'

24 May 1998
Japan  0 – 0  Czech Republic
Yokohama International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan
Attendance: 66,930
Referee: Jindamai Russamee


1997 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 6 2 2 0 0 5 3 +2
 Croatia 1 2 0 1 1 4 5 -1
 Turkey 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1

08 June 1997
Japan  4 – 3  Croatia
Hirano Goal 34'
Miura Goal 49'
Miura Goal 53'
Morishima Goal 89'
Asanovic Goal 77'
Asanovic (pen) Goal 79'
Vlaovic Goal 90'
Yoyoki National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 50,136
Referee: Tae-Young Kim

12 June 1997
Croatia  1 – 1  Turkey
Erceg Goal 21' Ertuğrul Goal 77'
Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Sendai, Japan
Attendance: 15,687

15 June 1997
Japan  1 – 0  Turkey
Morishima Goal 25'
Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan
Attendance: 35,029

1996 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 6 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
 Mexico 1 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1
 Yugoslavia 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1

23 May 1996
Mexico  0 – 0  Yugoslavia

26 May 1996
Japan  1 – 0  Yugoslavia
Miura Goal 62'
National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 50,632
Referee: Young-Joo Kim

29 May 1996
Japan  3 – 2  Mexico
Morishima Goal 35'
Miura Goal 45'
Soma Goal 82'
del Olmo Goal 5'
Pelaez Goal 16'
Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka, Japan
Attendance: 17,432
Referee: Nik Ahmad Yaakub

1995 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 4 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3
 Scotland 4 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
 Ecuador 0 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4

21 May 1995
Japan  0 – 0  Scotland


28 May 1995
Japan  3 – 0  Ecuador

1994 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 France 6 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
 Australia 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1
 Japan 1 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3


1993 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Hungary 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
 Japan 3 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
 United States 1 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2
07 March 1993
 Japan 0–1  Hungary
Kiprich Goal 47'
Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka, Japan
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Majid Jay  United States
10 March 1993
 Hungary 0–0  United States
Mizuho Athletic Stadium, Nagoya, Japan
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Shinichiro Obata  Japan
14 March 1993
 Japan 3–1  United States
Miura Goal 36'
Lapper (OG) Goal 68'
Miura Goal 80'
Pérez Goal 23'
Yoyoki National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Kim Gwang-Taek  South Korea


1992 Kirin Cup[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Argentina 4 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2
 Wales 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
 Japan 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2
30 May 1992
 Japan 0–1  Argentina
Batistuta Goal 53'
Yoyoki National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Kil Ki Chul  South Korea
03 June 1992
 Argentina 1–0  Wales
Batistuta Goal 87'
Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium, Gifu, Japan
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Kichiro Tachi  Japan
07 June 1992
 Japan 0–1  Wales
Bowen Goal 40'
Ehime Sports Complex Athletics Stadium, Matsuyama, Japan
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Samuel Chan Yam-Ming  Hong Kong

1984 Kirin Cup[edit]

Group A[edit]

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
27 May 1984
Japan  0 – 1 Toulouse


29 May 1984
China PR  3 – 2 Toulouse


31 May 1984
Japan  1 – 0  China PR

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Internacional 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 3
 Republic of Ireland 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Japan Universiade XI 2 0 1 1 0 3 −3 1
27 May 1984
Republic of Ireland  0 – 0 Japan Universiade XI


30 May 1984
Internacional 3 – 0 Japan Universiade XI


1 June 1984
Internacional 0 – 0  Republic of Ireland


Semi-final[edit]

3 June 1984
Internacional 4 – 1 Toulouse


3 June 1984
Republic of Ireland  1 – 0  China PR
O'Keefe Goal 57'


Final[edit]

5 June 1984
Internacional 2 – 1  Republic of Ireland

National team competition winners[edit]

Club competition winners[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]