2021 Japanese Super Cup

The 2021 Japanese Super Cup (known as Fuji Xerox Super Cup 2021 for sponsorship reasons) was the 28th Japanese Super Cup since its reestablishment, and the 36th overall. It was held on 20 February 2021 between the 2020 J1 League champions and Emperor's Cup winners Kawasaki Frontale and the league's (and cup) runners-up Gamba Osaka, the third league runners-up to ever qualify for the competition and the first club other than Urawa Red Diamonds to qualify in this way. It took place at the Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Saitama. This was the first Super Cup held after the recognition by the Guinness World Records as Fuji Xerox sponsored the competition for a world record of 27 years, the longest sponsorship of a football super cup.[1]

2021 Japanese Super Cup
Date20 February 2021
VenueSaitama Stadium 2002, Saitama
RefereeYusuke Araki
16.6 °C (61.9 °F)
31% humidity

This was Frontale's third Super Cup appearance overall, all in the previous four years; they only failed to qualify in 2020. At the other hand, this was Gamba's seventh Super Cup appearance and their first since 2016.

Frontale took a 2–0 lead from Kaoru Mitoma in the first half before being equalized in the second half. On the last minute of the second half additional time, substitute Yu Kobayashi scored the winner for the double winners and earned them their second Super Cup title, having won in their previous appearance in 2019. Gamba extended their Super Cup title drought, most recently won their second Super Cup title in 2015.

Match detailsEdit

Kawasaki Frontale3–2Gamba Osaka
Attendance: 4,208
Referee: Yusuke Araki
Kawasaki Frontale
Gamba Osaka
GK 1   Jung Sung-ryong
RB 13   Miki Yamane
CB 4   Jesiel
CB 5   Shogo Taniguchi (c)
LB 47   Reo Hatate
DM 6   João Schmidt   64'
CM 25   Ao Tanaka
CM 8   Yasuto Wakizaka   64'
RF 41   Akihiro Ienaga   83'
CF 9   Leandro Damião   72'
LF 18   Kaoru Mitoma   72'
GK 27   Kenta Tanno
DF 7   Shintaro Kurumaya   90+1'
MF 3   Koki Tsukagawa   64'   90+1'
MF 16   Tatsuya Hasegawa   72'
MF 22   Kento Tachibanada   64'
FW 11   Yu Kobayashi   72'
FW 19   Daiya Tono   83'
  Toru Oniki
GK 1   Masaaki Higashiguchi
RB 8   Kosuke Onose
CB 5   Genta Miura (c)
CB 13   Shunya Suganuma
LB 4   Hiroki Fujiharu
DM 29   Yuki Yamamoto
CM 15   Yosuke Ideguchi
CM 10   Shu Kurata   90'
RF 21   Shinya Yajima   69'
CF 18   Patric   81'
LF 34   Shuhei Kawasaki   69'
GK 22   Jun Ichimori
DF 3   Gen Shoji
DF 27   Ryu Takao   90'
MF 6   Ju Se-jong
FW 9   Leandro Pereira   69'
FW 20   Kazunari Ichimi   81'
FW 32   Tiago Alves   69'
Head coach:
  Tsuneyasu Miyamoto

Assistant referees:
Yusuke Hamamoto
Kota Watanabe
Fourth official:
Futoshi Nakamura
Video assistant referee:
Hiroyuki Kimura
Assistant video assistant referee:
Osamu Nomura

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of five substitutions, and a maximum of two additional permanent concussion substitutions.


  1. ^ "FUJI XEROX SUPER CUP recognized by the Guinness World Records as the "Longest sponsorship of a football (soccer) super cup"" (Press release). Japan Professional Football League. 19 December 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2021.