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The Kirin Cup (Japanese: キリンカップサッカー, Hepburn: 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 then known as Japan Cup (International competition which national teams and clubs participated in), and was last held in its full form in 2016.

Kirin Cup
Organising bodyJapan Football Association
Founded1978
RegionInternational
Number of teams4
Current champions Bosnia and Herzegovina (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Japan (11 titles)

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 eleven titles, followed by Peru with three titles. As of 2016, the current cup holders are Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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 (three titles).

Out of the European invitees, there have been seven different champions, the most successful being the Czech Republic with two 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.

Contents

TournamentsEdit

All times are Japan standard time (UTC+9)

1978 Japan CupEdit

1979 Japan CupEdit

1980 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

1981 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

1982 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

1983 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

Won by Newcastle United with Chris Waddle finishing tournament top scorer.

1984 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

Group AEdit

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
27 May 1984 Japan  0–1  Toulouse
29 May 1984 China PR  3–2  Toulouse

Group BEdit

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
27 May 1984 Republic of Ireland  0–0  Japan Universiade XI
30 May 1984 Internacional  3–0  Japan Universiade XI

Semi-finalsEdit

3 June 1984 Internacional  4–1  Toulouse

FinalEdit

1985 Kirin CupEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
  Santos 9 5 4 1 0 19 4 +15
  Uruguay 8 5 3 2 0 16 6 +10
  West Ham 5 5 1 3 1 13 7 +6
  Yomiuri 5 5 2 1 2 9 8 +1
  Japan 3 5 1 1 3 7 11 –4
  Malaysian Tigers 0 5 0 0 5 3 31 –28
26 May 1985 Yomiuri  5–0  Malaysian TigersSendai

FinalEdit

1986 Kirin CupEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
  Palmeiras 6 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7
  Werder Bremen 3 3 1 1 1 3 5 –2
  Japan 2 3 1 0 2 3 5 –2
  Algeria B 1 3 0 1 2 4 7 –3

FinalEdit

1987 Kirin CupEdit

 
Kirin Cup 1987.
Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
  Torino 5 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3
  Fluminense 4 3 1 2 0 8 1 +7
  Japan 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 –1
  Senegal 1 3 0 1 2 3 12 –9

FinalEdit

1988 Kirin CupEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
  Bayer Leverkusen 5 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3
  Flamengo 4 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2
  China PR 3 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
  Japan 0 3 0 0 3 1 7 –6

FinalEdit

1991 Kirin CupEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
  Japan 6 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
  Vasco 3 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2
  Tottenham 3 3 1 1 1 2 5 –3
  Thailand 0 3 0 0 3 1 6 –5
2 June 1991 Tottenham  0–0  Vasco
9 June 1991 Thailand  0–3  Vasco

1992 Kirin CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

2003 Kirin CupEdit

2004 Kirin CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

2014 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

2015 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

2016 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

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

Kirin Cup returned in 2016 under a new name and format: Kirin Cup Soccer 2016.[1]

Semi-finalsEdit

Third place play-offEdit

FinalEdit

2016 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

2017 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

2018 Kirin Challenge CupEdit