Kirin Cup Soccer

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Kirin Cup Soccer
Organising bodyJapan Football Association (JFA)
Founded1978; 45 years ago (1978)
Region Japan (AFC)
Number of teamsThe numbers vary with each competition.
Related competitionsKirin Challenge Cup [ja]
Current champions Tunisia (1st title)
(2022)
Most successful team(s) Japan (11 titles)
Websitekirin.co.jp/soccer

2022 Kirin Cup Soccer
2023 Kirin Challenge Cup

The Kirin Cup Soccer (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 2022.

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 2022, the current cup holders are Tunisia.

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 members of CONMEBOL 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.

In addition to the annual Kirin Cup Soccer there are a few Kirin Challenge Cup (Japanese: キリンチャレンジカップ、キリンチャレンジ杯, Hepburn: Kirin Charenji Kappu, Kirin Charenji-hai), friendlies also sponsored by the Kirin Corporation, played throughout the year in Japan. Japan took out the most recent 2021 Kirin Challenge Cup with 1–0 win over Serbia on 11 June 2021.

TournamentsEdit

All times are Japan standard time (UTC+9)

1978 Japan CupEdit

Won by Borussia Mönchengladbach and Palmeiras.

1979 Japan CupEdit

Won by Tottenham Hotspur.

1980 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

Won by Middlesbrough F.C.

1981 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

Won by Club Brugge KV.

1982 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
West Germany Werder Bremen 4 3 1 0 15 3 7
 Japan 4 3 0 1 13 4 6
Netherlands Feyenoord 4 2 1 1 10 7 5
 Singapore 4 0 1 3 3 14 1
Japan NKK Nippon Kokan 4 0 1 3 1 14 1
30 May 1982 Japan  5–2 Netherlands Feyenoord Tokyo, Japan
Tsunami
Ozaki
van Hanegem
de Leeuw
Stadium: National Stadium
2 June 1982 Japan  2–0  Singapore Hiroshima, Japan
Totsuka
Ozaki

1983 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
England Newcastle United 4 2 2 0 6 1 6
Brazil Botafogo 4 1 2 1 4 3 4
Japan Yamaha 4 1 2 1 3 3 4
 Syria 4 1 1 2 3 4 3
 Japan 4 1 1 2 2 7 3
29 May 1983 Japan  0–4 England Newcastle United Japan
Keegan 11'
Waddle 20', 68'
Clarke 37'
29 May 1983 Yamaha Japan 2–1  Syria Shizuoka, Japan
Nagasawa
Mochizuki
Jamar
31 May 1983 Yamaha Japan 1–1 Brazil Botatogo Omiya, Japan
Yoshida Nunes
31 May 1983 Newcastle United England 1–1  Syria Okayama, Japan
McCreery Essam Zino
2 June 1983 Japan  0–0 Japan Yamaha Yokohama
2 June 1983 Syria  1–0 Brazil Botafogo Kobe, Japan
4 June 1983 Japan  1–3 Brazil Botafogo Japan
Nunes
7 June 1983 Japan  1–0  Syria Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Kaneda 63' Stadium: Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Attendance: 11,968
Referee: Walter Eschweiler (West Germany)

1984 Japan Cup Kirin World SoccerEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 China 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 Tokyo, Japan
Stopyra Stadium: National Stadium
31 May 1984 Japan  1–0  China Saitama, Japan
Kato Stadium: Omiya Stadium
Referee: Maidin Bin Singah (Singapur)

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 Matsuyama, Japan
30 May 1984 Internacional 3–0 Japan Universiade XI Kobe, Japan
? (o.g.)
Milton Cruz
Kita
3 June 1984 Semi-final Republic of Ireland  1–0  China Sapporo, Japan
O'Keefe 57' Report Stadium: Maruyama Stadium
5 June 1984 Final Internacional 2–1  Republic of Ireland Tokyo, Japan
Milton Cruz
Rubén Paz
Stapleton Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 28,000

1985 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
Brazil Santos 5 4 1 0 19 4 +15 9
 Uruguay 5 3 2 0 16 6 +10 8
England West Ham 5 1 3 1 13 7 +6 5
Japan Yomiuri 5 2 1 2 9 8 +1 5
 Japan 5 1 1 3 7 11 −4 3
Malaysia Malaysian Tigers 5 0 0 5 3 31 −28 0
26 May 1985 Japan  1–4  Uruguay Tokyo, Japan
Kimura 15' Carlos Aguilera 44', 73'
da Silva 51', 69'
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Henk van Ettekoven (Netherlands)
26 May 1985 Santos Brazil 2–1 England West Ham Shimizu, Japan
Mario Sérgio 13'
Zé Sérgio 34'
Goddard 57' Attendance: 10,000
26 May 1985 Yomiuri Japan 5–0 Malaysia Malaysian Tigers Sendai, Japan
28 May 1985 Santos Brazil 8–1 Malaysia Malaysian Tigers Okayama, Japan
Mirandinha
Lima
Mario Sérgio
Gersinho
Humberto
Azhar Shahrin
28 May 1985 Uruguay  4–3 Japan Yomiuri Omiya, Japan
Carlos Aguilera
30 May 1985 Japan  0–1 Japan Yomiuri Tokyo, Japan
Totsuka 78'
30 May 1985 West Ham England 9–2 Malaysia Malaysian Tigers Tokyo, Japan
Cottee
Ravindan (o.g.)
Swindlehurst
Martin
Pike
Whitton
Shahdan
30 May 1985 Uruguay  1–1 Brazil Santos Hiroshima, Japan
Carlos Aguilera 21' Davi 60' Attendance: 15,000
1 June 1985 Uruguay  6–0 Malaysia Malaysian Tigers Osaka, Japan
Carrasco
Pereira
Alzugaray
Barrios
Carlos Aguilera
Cabrera
2 June 1985 Japan  1–4 Brazil Santos Kobe, Japan
Hara 85' Zé Sérgio 16', 37'
Gersinho 21'
Mirandinha 29'
2 June 1985 Yomiuri Japan 0–0 England West Ham Sapporo, Japan
Attendance: 7,100
Referee: Okaya (Japan)
4 June 1985 Japan  3–0 Malaysia Malaysian Tigers Nagoya, Japan
Kimura 32'
Mizunuma 69'
Hashiratani 89'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Kim Soo-deok (South Korea)
4 June 1985 West Ham England 1–1  Uruguay Nagoya, Japan
Swindlehurst 26' Montelongo 54'
6 June 1985 Final Santos Brazil 4–2  Uruguay Tokyo, Japan
Zé Sérgio 22', 89'
Mirandinha 41', 50'
Carlos Aguilera 15'
Carrasco 81'
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Shizuo Takada (Japan)

1986 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
Brazil Palmeiras 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 6
West Germany Werder Bremen 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 3
 Japan 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 2
 Algeria B 3 0 1 2 4 7 −3 1
11 May 1986 Japan  2–1  Algeria B Matsuyama, Japan
Hashiratani Djahmoune
14 May 1986 Japan  0–2 West Germany Werder Bremen Tokyo, Japan
Burgsmüller 10'
Neubarth 27'
14 May 1986 Palmeiras Brazil 4–2  Algeria B Shizuoka, Japan
Mirandinha
Mendonça
Barbosa
Djahmoune
Sabbah
16 May 1986 Japan  1–2 Brazil Palmeiras Kyoto, Japan
Kimura 51' Denys 34'
Mirandinha 71' (pen.)
16 May 1986 Werder Bremen West Germany 1–1  Algeria B Nagoya, Japan
Meier 8' Djahmoune 16'
18 May 1986 Final Werder Bremen West Germany 4–2 (a.e.t.) Brazil Palmeiras Tokyo, Japan
Neubarth 56'
Möhlmann 91'
Ordenewitz 99', 101'
Jorginho Putinatti 26'
Mirandinha 106' (pen.)

1987 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Kirin Cup Soccer 1987.
Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
Italy Torino 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 5
Brazil Fluminense 3 1 2 0 8 1 +7 4
 Japan 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
 Senegal 3 0 1 2 3 12 −9 1
24 May 1987 Japan  0–0 Brazil Fluminense Tokyo, Japan
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Joe Worrall (England)
24 May 1987 Torino Italy 3–1  Senegal Sapporo, Japan
Corradini 30'
Lentini 46'
Mariani 80'
Bunjai 86' Stadium: Maruyama Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 3,500
25 May 1987 Torino Italy 1–1 Brazil Fluminense Shizuoka, Japan
Junior 6' Paulinho 47' Stadium: Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Kiichiro Tachi (Japan)
27 May 1987 Japan  2–2  Senegal Hiroshima, Japan
Hara 40'
Matsuyama 50'
Ndao 43', 57' (pen.) Stadium: Prefectural Stadium
29 May 1987 Japan  0–1 Italy Torino Nagoya, Japan
Corradini Stadium: Mizuho Athletic Stadium
Attendance: 26,000
29 May 1987 Fluminense Brazil 7–0  Senegal Shizuoka, Kobe, Japan
Assis 5'
Tato 24'
Eduardo 25', 34'
Washington 30', 87'
Romerito 67'
Stadium: Kobe Central Stadium
Referee: Yasuki Nagoya (Japan)
31 May 1987 Final Fluminense Brazil 2–0 Italy Torino Tokyo, Japan
Washington 26'
Tato 44'
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Joe Worrall (England)

1988 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
West Germany Bayer Leverkusen 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 5
Brazil Flamengo 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 4
 China 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
 Japan 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0
29 May 1988 Japan  1–3 Brazil Flamengo Tokyo, Japan
Yoshida 86' Zico 9' (pen.)
Paulo César 52'
Delacir
2 June 1988 Japan  0–3  China Nagoya, Japan
Wang Baoshan 24'
Gao Sheng 41'
Ma Lin 45'
Stadium: Mizuho Stadium
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)
5 June 1988 Japan  0–1 West Germany Bayer Leverkusen Omiya, Japan
5 June 1988 China  1–1 Brazil Flamengo Kagoshima, Japan
Ma Lin 53' Gérson 17'
7 June 1988 Final Flamengo Brazil 1–0 West Germany Bayer Leverkusen Tokyo, Japan
Zico 55'

1991 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Japan 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 6
Brazil Vasco 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 3
England Tottenham 3 1 1 1 2 5 −3 3
 Thailand 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
2 June 1991 Japan  1–0  Thailand Tendō, Japan
Hashiratani 89' (pen.) Stadium: Yamagata Park Stadium
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Samuel Chan Yam-Ming (British Hong Kong)
2 June 1991 Tottenham England 0–0 Brazil Vasco
5 June 1991 Japan  2–1 Brazil Vasco Kyoto, Japan
Kitazawa 41'
Miura 74'
(Report) Bismarck 85' (pen.) Stadium: Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Samuel Chan Yam-Ming (British Hong Kong)
5 June 1991 Thailand  1–2 England Tottenham Nagoya, Japan
K. Viton Hendry
Matthew Edwards
Stadium: Mizuho Athletic Stadium
Attendance: 25,000
9 June 1991 Thailand  0–3 Brazil Vasco
9 June 1991 Japan  4–0 England Tottenham Tokyo, Japan
Kitazawa 2'
Miura 8', 41'
Sakakura 66'
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 45,000

1992 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Argentina 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 4
 Wales 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 2
 Japan 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0
30 May 1992 Japan  0–1  Argentina Tokyo, Japan
Batistuta 53' Stadium: Yoyoki National Stadium
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Kil Ki-chul (South Korea)
3 June 1992 Argentina  1–0  Wales Gifu, Japan
Batistuta 87' Stadium: Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Kiichiro Tachi (Japan)
7 June 1992 Japan  0–1  Wales Matsuyama, Japan
Bowen 40' Stadium: Ehime Sports Complex Athletics Stadium
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Samuel Chan Yam-Ming (British Hong Kong)

1993 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Hungary 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
 Japan 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
 United States 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1
7 March 1993 Japan  0–1  Hungary Fukuoka, Japan
Kiprich 47' Stadium: Hakatanomori Football Stadium
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Majid Jay (United States)
10 March 1993 Hungary  0–0  United States Nagoya, Japan
Stadium: Mizuho Athletic Stadium
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Shinichiro Obata (Japan)
14 March 1993 Japan  3–1  United States Tokyo, Japan
Miura 36', 80'
Lapper 68' (o.g.)
Pérez 23' Stadium: Yoyoki National Stadium
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Kim Gwang-taek (South Korea)

1994 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 France 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6
 Australia 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
 Japan 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 1
22 May 1994 Japan  1–1  Australia Hiroshima, Japan
Asano 10' A. Vidmar 67' Stadium: Big Arch Stadium
Attendance: 27,350
Referee: Piron Unprasert (Thailand)
26 May 1994 Australia  0–1  France Kobe, Japan
Cantona 43' Stadium: Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 16,743
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)
29 May 1994 Japan  1–4  France Tokyo, Japan
Ogura 78' Djorkaeff 15'
Papin 18'
Kurosaki 53' (o.g.)
Ginola 55'
Stadium: Yoyoki National Stadium
Attendance: 48,841
Referee: Mohamed Nazri Abdullah (Malaysia)

1995 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4
 Scotland 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4
 Ecuador 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
21 May 1995 Japan  0–0  Scotland Hiroshima, Japan
Stadium: Hiroshima Big Arch
Attendance: 24,556
Referee: Armando Pérez Hoyos (Colombia)
24 May 1995 Scotland  2–1  Ecuador Toyama, Japan
Robertson 75'
Crawford 83'
Hurtado 79' (pen.) Stadium: Toyama Athletic Recreation Park Stadium
Attendance: 5,669
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)
28 May 1995 Japan  3–0  Ecuador Tokyo, Japan
Nakayama 36'
Miura 46' (pen.), 53' (pen.)
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 53,438
Referee: Lutz Michael Fröhlich (Germany)

1996 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Japan 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6
 Mexico 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
 FR Yugoslavia 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
23 May 1996 Mexico  0–0  FR Yugoslavia Shizuoka, Japan
Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira
Attendance: 8,604
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)
26 May 1996 Japan  1–0  FR Yugoslavia Tokyo, Japan
Miura 62' Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 50,632
Referee: Kim Young-joo (South Korea)
29 May 1996 Japan  3–2  Mexico Fukuoka, Japan
Morishima 35'
Miura 45'
Soma 82'
del Olmo 5'
Pelaez 16'
Stadium: Hakatanomori Football Stadium
Attendance: 17,432
Referee: Nik Ahmad Yaakub (Malaysia)

1997 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Japan 2 2 0 0 5 3 +2 6
 Croatia 2 0 1 1 4 5 −1 1
 Turkey 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
8 June 1997 Japan  4–3  Croatia Tokyo, Japan
Hirano 34'
Miura 49', 53'
Morishima 89'
Asanovic 77', 79' (pen.)
Vlaovic 90'
Stadium: Yoyoki National Stadium
Attendance: 50,136
Referee: Kim Taeyoung (South Korea)
12 June 1997 Croatia  1–1  Turkey Sendai, Japan
Erceg 21' Ertuğrul 77' Stadium: Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Attendance: 15,687
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)
15 June 1997 Japan  1–0  Turkey Osaka, Japan
Morishima 25' Stadium: Nagai Stadium
Attendance: 35,029
Referee: Park Jong-kyu (South Korea)

1998 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Czech Republic 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
 Japan 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
 Paraguay 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
17 May 1998 Japan  1–1  Paraguay Tokyo, Japan
Soma 86' Ayala 7' Stadium: Yoyoki National Stadium
Attendance: 53,408
Referee: Kwon Jong-chul (South Korea)
21 May 1998 Czech Republic  1–0  Paraguay Kobe, Japan
Šmicer 12' Stadium: Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,100
Referee: Naotsugu Fuse (Japan)
24 May 1998 Japan  0–0  Czech Republic Yokohama, Japan
Stadium: Yokohama International Stadium
Attendance: 66,930
Referee: Russamee Jindamai (Thailand)

1999 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Peru 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
 Belgium 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
 Japan 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
30 May 1999 Peru  1–1  Belgium Kyoto, Japan
Maestri 6' Tanghe 28' Stadium: Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium
Attendance: 9,262
Referee: Naotsugu Fuse (Japan)
3 June 1999 Japan  0–0  Belgium Tokyo, Japan
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 54,985
Referee: Kim Tae-young (South Korea)
6 June 1999 Japan  0–0  Peru Yokohama, Japan
Stadium: Yokohama International Stadium
Attendance: 67,354
Referee: Panya Hanlumyaung (Thailand)

2000 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Japan 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
 Slovakia 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
 Bolivia 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
11 June 2000 Japan  1–1  Slovakia Rifu, Japan
Nakamura 9' Dzúrik 7' Stadium: Miyagi Stadium
Attendance: 45,831
Referee: Kim Young-joo (South Korea)
14 June 2000 Slovakia  2–0  Bolivia Tosu, Japan
Kratochvíl 21'
Fabuš 45'
Stadium: Tosu Stadium
Attendance: 8,023
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)
18 June 2000 Japan  2–0  Bolivia Yokohama, Japan
Yanagisawa 7', 34' Stadium: Yokohama International Stadium
Attendance: 65,073
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)

2001 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Japan 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6
 Paraguay 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
 FR Yugoslavia 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0
28 June 2001 Paraguay  2–0  FR Yugoslavia Tokyo, Japan
Cáceres 39'
Ferreira 83'
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 21,213
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)
1 July 2001 Japan  2–0  Paraguay Sapporo, Japan
Yanagisawa 16', 50' Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 39,073
Referee: Panya Hanlumyaung (Thailand)
4 July 2001 Japan  1–0  FR Yugoslavia Ōita, Japan
Inamoto 21' Stadium: Big Eye Stadium
Attendance: 38,147
Referee: Vijay Rahman (Singapur)

2002 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

29 April 2002 Japan  1–0  Slovakia Tokyo, Japan
Nishizawa 38' Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 55,144
Referee: Bae Jae-young (South Korea)
2 May 2002 Japan  3–3  Honduras Kobe, Japan
Nakamura 26', 41'
Alex 76' (pen.)
Pineda 15'
Pavón 27', 45'
Stadium: Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 38,130
Referee: Park Sang-gu (South Korea)

2003 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

8 June 2003 Japan  1–4  Argentina Osaka, Japan
Akita 55' Saviola 30'
Zanetti 45'
Romeo 78'
Rodríguez 82'
Stadium: Nagai Stadium
Attendance: 42,508
Referee: Herbert Fandel (Germany)
11 June 2003 Japan  0–0  Paraguay Saitama, Japan
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 59,891
Referee: Mike Riley (England)

2004 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Japan 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6
 Serbia and Montenegro 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 3
 Slovakia 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
9 July 2004 Japan  3–1  Slovakia Hiroshima, Japan
Fukunishi 45'
Suzuki 66'
Yanagisawa 81'
Babnič 65' Stadium: Hiroshima Big Arch
Attendance: 34,458
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)
11 July 2004 Serbia and Montenegro  2–0  Slovakia Fukuoka, Japan
Milošević 6'
Jestrovic 90'
Stadium: Hakata no Mori Stadium
Attendance: 6,100
Referee: Toshimitsu Yoshida (Japan)
13 July 2004 Japan  1–0  Serbia and Montenegro Yokohama, Japan
Endo 48' Stadium: Yokohama International Stadium
Attendance: 57,616
Referee: Eddie Lennie (Australia)

2005 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Peru 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
 United Arab Emirates 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
 Japan 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0
22 May 2005 Japan  0–1  Peru Niigata, Japan
Vassallo 90+4' Stadium: Niigata Stadium
Attendance: 39,856
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)
24 May 2005 United Arab Emirates  0–0  Peru Toyota, Aichi, Japan
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 6,536
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
27 May 2005 Japan  0–1  United Arab Emirates Tokyo, Japan
Alo Ali 69' Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 53,123
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)

2006 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Scotland 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4 4
 Bulgaria 2 1 0 1 3 6 −3 3
 Japan 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
9 May 2006 Japan  1–2  Bulgaria Osaka, Japan
Maki 76' (Report) S. Todorov 1'
Yanev 90+1'
Stadium: Nagai Stadium
Attendance: 44,851
Referee: Carlos Megía Dávila (Spain)
11 May 2006 Bulgaria  1–5  Scotland Kobe, Japan
Y. Todorov 26' (Report) Boyd 13', 43'
McFadden 69'
Burke 77', 88'
Stadium: Kobe Wing Stadium
Attendance: 5,780
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)
13 May 2006 Japan  0–0  Scotland Saitama, Japan
(Report) Stadium: Saitama Stadium
Attendance: 58,648
Referee: Eduardo Iturralde González (Spain)

2007 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Japan 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
 Colombia 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
 Montenegro 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0
1 June 2007 Japan  2–0  Montenegro Fukuroi, Japan
Nakazawa 23'
Takahara 38'
Stadium: Shizuoka Stadium
Attendance: 28,635
Referee: Michael Svendsen (Denmark)
3 June 2007 Colombia  1–0  Montenegro Matsumoto, Japan
Falcao 33' Stadium: Matsumoto Stadium
Attendance: 10,070
Referee: Kenji Ogiya (Japan)
5 June 2007 Japan  0–0  Colombia Saitama, Japan
Stadium: Saitama Stadium
Attendance: 45,091
Referee: Nicolai Volquartz (Denmark)

2008 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Japan 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4
 Paraguay 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
 Ivory Coast 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
22 May 2008 Ivory Coast  1–1  Paraguay Yokohama, Japan
Traoré 74' Bogado 78' Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 5,197
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan)
24 May 2008 Japan  1–0  Ivory Coast Toyota, Aichi, Japan
Tamada 21' Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 40,710
Referee: Bruno Paixão (Portugal)
27 May 2008 Japan  0–0  Paraguay Saitama, Japan
Stadium: Saitama Stadium
Attendance: 27,998
Referee: Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa (Portugal)

2009 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GS GA GD
 Japan 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 6
 Chile 2 0 1 1 1 5 −4 1
 Belgium 2 0 1 1 1 5 −4 1
27 May 2009 Japan  4–0  Chile Osaka, Japan
19:35 JST Okazaki 20', 24'
Abe 53'
Honda 90+2'
(Report)
(Report 2)
Stadium: Nagai Stadium
Attendance: 43,531
Referee: Anders Hermansen (Denmark)
29 May 2009 Belgium  1–1  Chile Chiba, Japan
19:00 JST Roelandts 17' (Report) Medel 23' Stadium: Fukuda Denshi Arena
Attendance: 6,050
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)
31 May 2009 Japan  4–0  Belgium Tokyo, Japan
19:20 JST Nagatomo 21'
K. Nakamura 23'
Okazaki 60'
Yano 70'
(Report) Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 42,520
Referee: Rob Styles (England)

2011 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Team Pld W D L GS GA GD Pts
 Japan 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
 Czech Republic 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
 Peru 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
1 June 2011 Japan  0–0  Peru Niigata, Japan
19:20 JST (Report) Stadium: Niigata Stadium
Attendance: 39,048
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
4 June 2011 Czech Republic  0–0  Peru Nagano, Japan
15:00 JST (Report) Stadium: Matsumoto Stadium
Attendance: 7,592
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
7 June 2011 Japan  0–0  Czech Republic Kanagawa, Japan
19:30 JST (Report) Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama
Attendance: 65,856
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

2013 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

30 May 2013 Japan  0–2  Bulgaria Aichi, Japan
19:20 JST (Report) Manolev 3'
OG. Hasebe 23'
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 50,000

2014 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

5 March 2014 Japan  4–2  New Zealand Tokyo, Japan
(Report)
Stadium: National Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 47,670
Referee: Alan Milliner (Australia)
5 September 2014 Japan  0–2  Uruguay Sapporo, Japan
19:30 JST (Report) Cavani 34'
Hernández 71'
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 39,294
Referee: Kim Sang-woo (South Korea)

2015 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

27 March 2015 Japan  2–0  Tunisia Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita
19:30 JST Okazaki 78'
Honda 82'
(Report) Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
11 June 2015 Japan  4–0  Iraq Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo
19:00 JST Honda 5'
Makino 9'
Okazaki 33'
Haraguchi 84'
(Report)

2016 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

Japan against Bosnia and 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]

3 June 2016 Semi-finals Japan  7–2  Bulgaria Toyota, Japan
19:40 JST Okazaki 3'
Kagawa 26', 35'
Yoshida 38', 53'
Usami 57'
Asano 87' (pen.)
Aleksandrov 59'
Chochev 82'
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 41,940
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
7 June 2016 Third place play-off Denmark  4–0  Bulgaria Suita, Japan
16:00 JST Rasmussen 39'
Eriksen 72', 74', 82'
(Report) Stadium: Suita City Football Stadium
Attendance: 14,223
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
7 June 2016 Final Bosnia and Herzegovina  2–1  Japan Suita, Japan
19:30 JST Đurić 29', 66' Kiyotake 28' Stadium: Suita City Football Stadium
Attendance: 35,589
Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)

2016 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

11 November 2016 Japan  4–0  Oman Kashima, Japan
19:20 JST
(Report) (PDF) Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 33,709
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)

2017 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

7 June 2017 Japan  1–1  Syria Chōfu, Japan
19:30 JST
Report (PDF) Stadium: Tokyo Stadium
Attendance: 43,608
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
6 October 2017 Japan  2–1  New Zealand Toyota, Japan
19:30 JST
Report (PDF)
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 38,461
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)
10 October 2017 Japan  3–3  Haiti Yokohama, Japan
19:30 JST
Report (PDF)
Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 47,420
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)

2018 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

11 September 2018 Japan  3–0  Costa Rica Suita, Japan
19:20 (UTC+9) Oviedo 16' (o.g.)
Minamino 66'
J. Ito 90+3'
Report Stadium: Panasonic Stadium Suita
Attendance: 33,891
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
12 October 2018 Japan  3–0  Panama Niigata, Japan
19:35 (UTC+9) Minamino 42'
J. Ito 66'
Cummings 85' (o.g.)
Report Stadium: Denka Big Swan Stadium
Attendance: 38,322
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)
16 October 2018 Japan  4–3  Uruguay Saitama, Japan
19:35 (UTC+9) Minamino 10', 66'
Osako 36'
Dōan 59'
Report Pereiro 28'
Cavani 57'
Rodríguez 75'
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 57,239
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
16 November 2018 Japan  1–1  Venezuela Ōita, Japan
19:30 (UTC+9) Sakai 40' Report Rincón 81' (pen.) Stadium: Ōita Bank Dome
Attendance: 33,369
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
20 November 2018 Japan  4–0  Kyrgyzstan Toyota, Japan
19:20 (UTC+9) Yamanaka 2'
Haraguchi 19'
Osako 72'
Nakajima 73'
Report Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 38,353
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

2019 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

22 March 2019 Japan  0–1  Colombia Yokohama, Japan
19:20 JST Source Falcao 64' (pen.) Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 63,302
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
26 March 2019 Japan  1–0  Bolivia Kobe, Japan
19:30 JST Nakajima 76' Source Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
Attendance: 28,133
Referee: Kurt Ams (Australia)
5 June 2019 Japan  0–0  Trinidad and Tobago Toyota City, Japan
19:30 (UTC+9) Report Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 38,507
Referee: Zhang Lei (China)
9 June 2019 Japan  2–0  El Salvador Rifu, Japan
19:00 (UTC+9) Nagai 19', 42' Report Stadium: Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi
Attendance: 38,092
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
5 September 2019 Japan  2–0  Paraguay Kashima, Japan
19:20 (UTC+9) Osako 23'
Minamino 30'
Report Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 29,071
Referee: Kim Jong-hyeok (South Korea)
19 November 2019 Japan  1–4  Venezuela Suita, Japan
19:25 (UTC+9) Yamaguchi 70' Report Rondón 8', 31', 34'
Soteldo 38'
Stadium: Panasonic Stadium Suita
Attendance: 33,399
Referee: Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)

2020 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

On 17 July, Japan national under-23 football team was planning to hold the 2020 Kirin Challenge Cup at Noevir Stadium Kobe, but it was cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

2021 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

The friendly against  Jamaica on 3 June 2021 was cancelled due to multiple Jamaican players being unable to board their flight to Japan on account of not meeting the Japanese government's pre-travel COVID-19 testing requirements. The fixture was replaced with a match against the Japan under-24 team.[3]

3 June Japan  Cancelled  Jamaica
--:-- UTC+9 Cancellation

This match between Japanese teams was a substitute match for the Kirin Challenge Cup, which was a charity match, not the Kirin Challenge Cup.[3]

3 June Japan  3–0  Japan U-24 Hokkaido, Japan
19:30 UTC+9 Hashimoto 2'
Kamada 41'
Asano 52'
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 0
11 June Japan  1–0  Serbia Kobe, Japan
19:25 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (SW)
Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
Attendance: 0

2021 Kirin Challenge Cup (Under-24)Edit

Japan, Honduras and Spain participated in the Kirin Challenge Cup (Under-24) 2021.

12 July 2021 Japan U-24  3–1  Honduras U-24 Osaka, Japan
19:30 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Yodoko Sakura Stadium
Attendance: 4,063
Referee: Hiroki Kasahara (Japan)
17 July 2021 Japan U-24  1–1  Spain U-24 Hyogo, Japan
19:20 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
Attendance: 4,909
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)

2022 Kirin Challenge CupEdit

21 January Japan  Cancelled[4]  Uzbekistan Saitama, Japan
19:25 UTC+9 Cancellation Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
2 June[5] Japan  4–1  Paraguay Sapporo, Japan
19:00 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
6 June[5] Japan  0–1  Brazil Tokyo, Japan
19:20 UTC+9 Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Japan National Stadium
Attendance: 63,638
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
23 September Japan  2–0  United States Düsseldorf, Germany
14:25 UTC+2
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
27 September Japan  0–0  Ecuador Düsseldorf, Germany
13:55 UTC+2 Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena

2022 Kirin Cup SoccerEdit

2022 Kirin Cup Soccer was held between 10 and 14 June 2022, in a four-nation tournament format.[5]

Teams[6]
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
10 June – Kobe
 
 
 Chile0
 
14 June – Osaka
 
 Tunisia2
 
 Japan0
 
10 June – Kobe
 
 Tunisia3
 
 Japan4
 
 
 Ghana1
 
3rd place match
 
 
14 June – Osaka
 
 
 Chile0 (1)
 
 
 Ghana