Kirin Cup

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

The Kirin Cup 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 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)

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'


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

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

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]

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