King Alexander's Cup

The King Alexander's Cup (Romanian: Cupa Regelui Alexandru) or Friendship Cup was an international football competition contested by the national teams of Romania and Yugoslavia. The tournament was named after Alexander I, the King of Yugoslavia and was organized to celebrate the wedding of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia with the Princess Maria of Romania, the event being announced by the Romanian newspaper, Ecoul Sportiv on 28 May 1922: "On the occasion of the marriage of His Majesty King Alexander I with Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania, His Majesty was pleased to donate a cup that will bear his name, to encourage the progress of the football-association sport in his country and in the country of his wife. This cup will be a challenge and will go definitely to the country which will win it three times in a row or five times in total."[1] The 1936, 1937 and 1939 editions were called King Carol's Cup, after Carol II of Romania and the last edition was called King Mihai Cup named after Mihai of Romania.[2] Between 1937 and 1938, the regular Friendship Cup played between Romania and Yugoslavia was extended to include Czechoslovakia for an mini tournament called Eduard Benes' Cup named after Edvard Beneš, the president of Czechoslovakia.[3]

King Alexander's Cup
(Friendship Cup)
Founded1922
Abolished1940
RegionEurope (UEFA)
Number of teams2
Last champions Romania (5th title)
Most successful team(s) Yugoslavia (6 titles)

ResultsEdit

1922Edit

Yugoslavia  1–2  Romania
  • Šifer   35' (pen.)
Report
Stadion S.K. Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Attendance: 5,000

1923Edit

Romania  1–2  Yugoslavia
Report
Stadionul F.S.S.R., Bucharest, Romania
Attendance: 10,000

1926Edit

Yugoslavia  2–3  Romania
Report

1927Edit

Romania  0–3  Yugoslavia
Report

1928Edit

Yugoslavia  3–1  Romania
Report
Stadion S.K. Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Attendance: 5,000

1929Edit

Romania  2–3  Yugoslavia
Report

1930Edit

Yugoslavia  2–1  Romania
Report
Stadion S.K. Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Attendance: 8,000

As the King Carol's Cup[11]

1936Edit

Romania  3–2  Yugoslavia
Report

1937Edit

Yugoslavia  2–1  Romania
Report
Stadion Beogradski S.K., Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Attendance: 12,000

1939Edit

As the King Mihai Cup

1940Edit

Yugoslavia  1–2  Romania
Report
Stadion Beogradski S.K., Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Attendance: 12,000

General statisticsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA Dif
  Yugoslavia 11 6 0 5 20 17 +3
  Romania 11 5 0 6 17 20 –3

All-time top scorersEdit

Player Team Goals
1 Iuliu Bodola   Romania 3
2 Ferenc Rónay   Romania 2
Aurel Guga   Romania
Vladimir Vinek   Yugoslavia
Antun Bonačić   Yugoslavia
Adolf Percl   Yugoslavia
Kuzman Sotirović   Yugoslavia
Đorđe Vujadinović   Yugoslavia


1937–38 Eduard Benes CupEdit

An extended version of the regular Friendship Cup played between Romania and Yugoslavia.[16]

Results[17]Edit

Romania  1–1  Czechoslovakia
Bodola   63' Report   81' Nejedlý
  Czechoslovakia5–4  Yugoslavia
Rulc   5'
Říha   26'
Senecký   43'
Nejedlý   48'
Sobotka   79'
Report Pleše   18', 50'
Valjarević   60'
Burgr   71' (o.g.)
  Romania0–1  Yugoslavia
Report Matošić   28'
Attendance: 25,000
  Yugoslavia1–3  Czechoslovakia
Sipos   56' Report Bradáč   19'
Bican   41'
Senecký   69'
  Yugoslavia1–1  Romania
Petrović   42' Report Bindea   69'
Czechoslovakia  6–2  Romania
Bican   28', 49', 61', 81'
Ludl   38'
Kopecký   78'
Report   25' Barátky
  26' Bodola

Final TableEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Czechoslovakia 4 3 1 0 15 8 +7 7
2   Yugoslavia 4 1 1 2 7 9 -2 3
3   Romania 4 0 2 2 4 9 -5 2


 1937–38 Eduard Benes Cup 
 
Czechoslovakia
First title

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

There were 26 goals scored in 6 matches, for an average of 4.33 goals per match.

5 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

ReferencesEdit

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  11. ^ "Friendship Cup (Romania and Yugoslavia)". RSSSF. 2000-07-03. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  12. ^ "Romania vs Yugoslavia international football match report". eu-football.info. EU-Football. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "Yugoslavia vs Romania international football match report". eu-football.info. EU-Football. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  14. ^ "Romania vs Yugoslavia international football match report". eu-football.info. EU-Football. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  15. ^ "Yugoslavia vs Romania international football match report". eu-football.info. EU-Football. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  16. ^ "Eduard Benes' Cup 1937/38". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  17. ^ "Neighbours Cup (Eduard Benes Cup) 1937-1938 results". football.eu. Retrieved 22 May 2022.

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