J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship

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J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship
Founded2008; 12 years ago (2008)
RegionSouth America (CONMEBOL) and Japan (JFA)
Number of teams2
Current championsBrazil Athletico Paranaense (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Japan Kashima Antlers (2 titles)
Television broadcastersFox Sports (Latin America) (until 2018)
DirecTV Sports (South America) (from 2019)
ESPN Brasil (from 2019)
Fuji TV (Japan)
2019 J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship

The J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship is an annual intercontinental football match held in Japan, contested by the reigning champions of the J.League Cup and the Copa Sudamericana.

The tournament was previously officially called the Suruga Bank Championship between 2008 and 2018 as it was sponsored by Suruga Bank. Since 2019, it is officially called the J. League YBC Levain Cup / CONMEBOL Sudamericana Championship Final, using the official names of the two qualifying tournaments.[1]

History[edit]

The J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship was established in early 2008 by the Japan Football Association (JFA), CONMEBOL, and J. League, and sponsored by Suruga Bank in Japan. The championship is hosted annually at the J. League Cup champion's home stadium.

The first match was played on July 30, 2008 at Nagai Stadium in Osaka where Argentina's Arsenal defeated Japan's Gamba Osaka by 1–0.

Finals[edit]

Season Country Winner Score Runner-up Country Venue Attendance
2008  ARG Arsenal 1–0 Gamba Osaka  JPN Nagai Stadium, Osaka 19,728
2009  BRA Internacional 2–1 Oita Trinita  JPN Ōita Stadium, Ōita 16,505
2010  JPN FC Tokyo 2–2 (4–3 pen.) LDU Quito  ECU National Stadium, Tokyo 19,423
2011  JPN Júbilo Iwata 2–2 (4–2 pen.) Independiente  ARG Shizuoka Stadium, Fukuroi 19,034
2012  JPN Kashima Antlers 2–2 (7–6 pen.) Universidad de Chile  CHI Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima 20,021
2013  JPN Kashima Antlers 3–2 São Paulo  BRA Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima 26,695
2014  JPN Kashiwa Reysol 2–1 Lanús  ARG Hitachi Kashiwa Stadium, Kashiwa 10,140
2015  ARG River Plate 3–0 Gamba Osaka  JPN Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Osaka 12,722
2016  COL Santa Fe 1–0 Kashima Antlers  JPN Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima 19,716
2017  JPN Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 Chapecoense  BRA Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama 11,002
2018  ARG Independiente 1–0 Cerezo Osaka  JPN Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka 10,035
2019  BRA Athletico Paranaense 4–0 Shonan Bellmare  JPN Shonan BMW Stadium, Hiratsuka 9,129
2020 Not held due to 2020 Summer Olympics originally scheduled to be held at the same time.[2]

Performances[edit]

By club[edit]

Team Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Japan Kashima Antlers 2 1 2012, 2013 2016
Argentina Independiente 1 1 2018 2011
Argentina Arsenal 1 0 2008
Brazil Internacional 1 0 2009
Japan FC Tokyo 1 0 2010
Japan Júbilo Iwata 1 0 2011
Japan Kashiwa Reysol 1 0 2014
Argentina River Plate 1 0 2015
Colombia Santa Fe 1 0 2016
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 0 2017
Brazil Athletico Paranaense 1 0 2019
Japan Gamba Osaka 0 2 2008, 2015
Japan Oita Trinita 0 1 2009
Ecuador LDU Quito 0 1 2010
Chile Universidad de Chile 0 1 2012
Brazil São Paulo 0 1 2013
Argentina Lanús 0 1 2014
Brazil Chapecoense 0 1 2017
Japan Cerezo Osaka 0 1 2018
Japan Shonan Bellmare 0 1 2019

By nation[edit]

Nation Times won Times runner-up Winning clubs Runners-up
Japan Japan 6 6 Kashima Antlers (2), FC Tokyo (1), Júbilo Iwata (1), Kashiwa Reysol (1), Urawa Red Diamonds (1) Gamba Osaka (2), Oita Trinita (1), Kashima Antlers (1), Cerezo Osaka (1), Shonan Bellmare (1)
Argentina Argentina 3 2 Arsenal (1), River Plate (1), Independiente (1) Independiente (1), Lanús (1)
Brazil Brazil 2 2 Internacional (1), Athletico Paranaense (1) São Paulo (1), Chapecoense (1)
Colombia Colombia 1 0 Santa Fe (1)
Ecuador Ecuador 0 1 LDU Quito (1)
Chile Chile 0 1 Universidad de Chile (1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J.LEAGUE YBC LEVAIN CUP / CONMEBOL SUDAMERICANA Championship Final". Japan Football Association.
  2. ^ "JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ/CONMEBOLスダメリカーナ 王者決定戦の2020年開催について" [About the Holding of the J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship in 2020] (in Japanese). Japan Football Association. 26 October 2019.

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