Peace Cup

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Peace Cup
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Last championsGermany Hamburger SV (1st)
Most successful club(s)France Lyon (1st)
2012 Peace Cup

The Peace Cup is an invitational pre-season friendly football tournament for club teams which was held every two years by the Sunmoon Peace Football Foundation.[1] It was usually contested by eight clubs from several continents, though 12 teams participated in 2009. The first three competitions were held in South Korea, and the 2009 Peace Cup was held in Madrid and Andalusia, Spain.[2][3] Previous winners are PSV, Tottenham Hotspur, Lyon, Aston Villa, and Hamburger SV, who were the final champions.

The tournament was originally organised and held in South Korea and contested in 2003, 2005, and 2007 between eight clubs from various countries, including the Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, which is owned by the organizing company.

A corresponding event featuring women's national teams, the Peace Queen Cup, began in 2006.[4]

History and Cup format[edit]

Since 2003, the Peace Cup is being held every two years, the Sunmoon Peace Football Foundation invites football clubs from various nations. South Korea's Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma participates in every tournament as both the club and foundation are sponsored by the same organization, the Unification Church.

From 2003 to 2007, the Peace Cup was played between eight clubs, divided into two groups of four teams. The winner of each group qualified for the final, which was played in a single match. 2009 Peace Cup Andalucia was held in Spain, and 12 teams participated in the competition.

The fifth competition took place in South Korea in July 2012.[5] In October 2012, it was announced that the Peace Cup will no longer be held, following the death of Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon.[6]

Controversy over naming[edit]

The original name of the competition was to be Sunmoon Peace Cup, named after Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Sunmoon Peace Football Foundation. However, after being criticized that it was too religious, the organization changed its named to World Peace King Cup and started preparation for its first tournament. Before the inauguration of the cup, the Asian Football Confederation warned that the term "world" can only be used by competitions organized by FIFA, and "king" can be used by competitions held by a kingdom.[7]


From 2003 to 2007, the prize money of the tournament was approximately 2 million for the winning team[8][9] and €500,000 for the runners-up.[8]


Summaries of previous tournaments[edit]

Year Final[10]
Winner Score Runner-up
2003 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1–0
France Lyon
2005 England Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 France Lyon
2007 France Lyon 1–0
England Bolton Wanderers
2009 England Aston Villa 0–0 (aet) (4–3 p.) Italy Juventus
2012 Germany Hamburger SV 1–0
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

Winners and finalists[edit]

The trophy
Team[10] Titles Runners-up
France Lyon 1 (2007) 2 (2003, 2005)
Netherlands PSV 1 (2003) 0
England Tottenham Hotspur 1 (2005) 0
England Aston Villa 1 (2009) 0
Germany Hamburger SV 1 (2012) 0
England Bolton Wanderers 0 1 (2007)
Italy Juventus 0 1 (2009)
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 0 1 (2012)


Most Valuable Players[edit]

The Golden ball is awarded to the player on the basis of a vote taken among the media accredited to each Peace Cup tournament. There are also Silver Ball and Bronze Ball for the second and third best players respectively.[11]

Year Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
2003[12] South Korea Park Ji-sung Netherlands Arjen Robben Netherlands Mark van Bommel
2005 Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane Egypt Mido South Korea Lee Young-pyo
2007 France Karim Benzema Finland Jussi Jääskeläinen France Nicolas Anelka
2009 England Ashley Young Brazil Hulk England Marc Albrighton
2012 Sweden Marcus Berg

Golden Shoe[edit]

Year Player Team Goals
2003[12] Netherlands Mark van Bommel PSV 2
2005 Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane Tottenham Hotspur 4
2007 Sweden Kim Källström Lyon 2
2009 Brazil Hulk Porto 3
2012 Netherlands Mitchell Schet Groningen 2


  1. ^ Warming Up for the Kick-off, Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2010
  2. ^ "Jerez se convierte hoy en una de las sedes oficiales de la 'Peace Cup 2009'" (in Spanish). AndaluciaPress. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  3. ^ "Peace Cup might go to Spain". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  4. ^ "Peace Queen Cup 2006". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  5. ^ 국제 클럽축구대항전 피스컵, 2012년 한국 개최. Sports Seoul (in Korean). Naver. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  6. ^ Church Scraps Peace Cup, Super Sport, October 29, 2012
  7. ^ "History of Peace Cup" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  8. ^ a b "Sundowns in Peace Cup". BBC. 2005-01-27. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  9. ^ "Galaxy to compete in inaugural World Peace King Cup". USA Today. 2003-02-05. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  10. ^ a b "Peace Cup History". Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  11. ^ "who will win the gold?" (in Korean). media daum. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-15.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ a b "Park chosen best player of the Peace Cup". 22 July 2003. Retrieved 1 July 2017.

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