Kirin Cup

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Kirin Cup
Founded 1978
Region International
Number of teams 4
Current champions  Bosnia and Herzegovina (1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Japan (11 titles)

The Kirin Cup (Japanese: キリンカップサッカー Kirin Kappu Sakkā) 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 and was last held in its full form in 2016. 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 2016, the current cup holders are Bosnia and Hezegovina.

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, Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru), Peru have been the most successful (3 titles). Out of the European invitees, there have been 7 different champions, the most successful being the Czech Republic with 2 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 Cups, friendlies also sponsored by the Kirin Corporation, played throughout the year in Japan. Japan took out the most recent 2015 Kirin Challenge Cup with 2–0 win over Tunisia on 27 March 2015 and 4–0 win over Iraq on 11 June 2015.

Tournaments[edit]

All times are Japan standard time (UTC+9)

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

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

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

1992 Kirin Cup[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There was no match scheduled between  Honduras and  Slovakia.

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

There was no match scheduled between  Argentina and  Paraguay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013 Kirin Challenge Cup[edit]

  • One match series

2014 Kirin Challenge Cup[edit]

  • One match series

2016 Kirin Soccer Cup[edit]

Japan against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Suita City Stadium in Osaka during the final of 2016 Kirin Cup.

After one year of not being held, Kirin Cup returned in 2016 under a new name and format: Kirin Cup Soccer 2016.[1]

Final tournament[edit]

Semi-finals Final
3 June – Toyota (Toyota Stadium)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina  2 (4)  
  Denmark  2 (3)  
 
7 June – Suita (Suita City Football Stadium)
      Bosnia and Herzegovina  2
    Japan  1
Third place
3 June – Toyota (Toyota Stadium) 7 June – Suita (Suita City Football Stadium)
  Japan  7   Denmark  4
  Bulgaria  2     Bulgaria  0

Semi-finals[edit]

Third place play-off[edit]

Final[edit]

2016 Kirin Challenge Cup[edit]

  • One match series

Winners[edit]

Clubs[edit]

National teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.jfa.jp (25 January 2016). "Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark to participate in KIRIN CUP SOCCER 2016". Retrieved 25 January 2016. 

External links[edit]