Sudirman Cup

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Sudirman Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
2013 Sudirman Cup
BWF Sudirman Cup.png
Sport Badminton
Founded 1989
Countries BWF member nations
Most recent champion(s)  China (9th title)
Most titles  China (9 titles)

The Sudirman Cup is the world mixed team badminton championship which takes place every two years. There are five matches in every round: men and women's singles, men and women's doubles and mixed doubles. The Cup is named after Dick Sudirman, a former Indonesian badminton player and the founder of the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI). The first Sudirman Cup tournament took place in Bung Karno Stadium, Central Jakarta, Indonesia on May 24 – May 29, 1989.

There is no prize money in Sudirman Cup; players play for their respective countries and to earn BWF world ranking points and national prestige.

Former Sudirman Cup logo

Trophy[edit]

The Sudirman Cup stands 80 cm high. It is made of 22 carat (92%) gold-plated solid silver and stands on an octagonal base made of jati wood (Java teak wood). The body of the Cup is in the form of a shuttlecock and is surmounted by a replica of the Borobudur Temple. The handles are in the shape of stamens, symbolising the seeds of badminton.

The Cup was made by Masterix Bandung Company at the price of US$15,000.

Format[edit]

The Sudirman Cup is an international competition that does not stage a qualification round. The competing teams are divided into 7 groups based on their performances. Only teams in group 1 will have a chance to lift the trophy as the teams in other groups fight for promotion. The teams who finish last in the group will be relegated to the lower group, except the final group.

Result[edit]

Year Host Final Semifinalists
Winner Score Runner-up
1989
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia
3–2
Korea

China

Denmark
1991
Details
Copenhagen, Denmark
Korea
3–2
Indonesia

Denmark

China
1993
Details
Birmingham, England
Korea
3–2
Indonesia

China

Denmark
1995
Details
Lausanne, Switzerland
China
3–1
Indonesia

Korea

Denmark
1997
Details
Glasgow, Scotland
China
5–0
Korea

Denmark

Indonesia
1999
Details
Copenhagen, Denmark
China
3–1
Denmark

Indonesia

Korea
2001
Details
Seville, Spain
China
3–1
Indonesia

Denmark

Korea
2003
Details
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Korea
3–1
China

Indonesia

Denmark
2005
Details
Beijing, China
China
3–0
Indonesia

Korea

Denmark
2007
Details
Glasgow, Scotland
China
3–0
Indonesia

Korea

England
2009
Details
Guangzhou, China
China
3–0
Korea

Indonesia

Malaysia
2011
Details
Qingdao, China
China
3–0
Denmark

Indonesia

Korea
2013
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China
3–0
Korea

Denmark

Thailand
2015
Details
Dongguan, China

Successful national teams[edit]

Indonesia initially won the tournament in 1989. Throughout the history of the tournament, seven countries have reached through to the semifinal round in all tournaments of Sudirman Cup: China, Denmark, England, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand.

China is the most successful national team in the Sudirman Cup (9 victories), followed by Korea (3 victories) and Indonesia (1 victory). The Cup has never been won by a non-Asian country, Denmark is the only European country that came close to winning it, in 1999 and 2011.

Team Titles Runners-up
 China 9 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) 1 (2003)
 Korea 3 (1991, 1993, 2003) 4 (1989, 1997, 2009, 2013)
 Indonesia 1 (1989) 6 (1991, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2007)
 Denmark 2 (1999, 2011)

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