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Lunar New Year Cup

The Lunar New Year Cup, previously known as the Carlsberg Challenge or the Carlsberg Cup, is an annual football tournament organised in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) since 1908. It is usually held on the first and the fourth day of the Lunar New Year as a part of the new year celebrations. The tournament was called the Carlsberg Cup from 1986 to 1989, from 1993 to 2006 as Carlsberg was the major sponsor of the event.

Lunar New Year Cup
Organising bodyHong Kong Football Association
Founded1908; 111 years ago (1908)
Current championsHong Kong Hong Kong League XI
2019 Lunar New Year Cup

Since the 2007 edition of the event, the competition has officially been known as the Lunar New Year Cup by the Hong Kong Football Association. This is because Carlsberg is now no longer the major sponsor but a mere co-sponsor. During 2011 and 2012, the name of the event was changed to Asian Challenge Cup.

Early-periodEdit

In the period before and around the Second World War, the Lunar New Year Cup was competed for by teams from Hong Kong and mainland China.[citation needed] Since 1950, HKFA has invited at least one overseas team to enter the competition. Before 1982, there were three exhibition matches in the tournament. The first two were usually played by the Hong Kong national football team, Hong Kong player team and Hong Kong League XI while the Chinese XI[citation needed] played the last match.

International competitionEdit

In 1983, there was a main sponsorship for the competition for the first time and the number of invited teams was increased to three. From 1993 onwards, national teams rather than club teams were invited to participate in the competition.

Competition name and sponsorshipEdit

Year Competition Name Sponsor
1983 Coupe du Solvil et Titus   Solvil et Titus
1984 Adidas Gold Cup   Adidas
1986-1989 Carlsberg Cup   Carlsberg
1990-1992 Marlboro Cup   Malboro
1993-2006 Carlsberg Cup   Carlsberg
2008 Wing Lung Bank Cup   Wing Lung Bank
2010 Fortis Insurance Company Tiger Lunar New Year Cup[1]   Fortis Insurance Company
2011 RedMR Asian Challenge Cup   RedMR
2012 Nikon Asian Challenge Cup   Nikon
2013 China Mobile Satellite Communications Cup[2]   China Mobile Satellite Communications
2014 AET Cup   AET
2017 Nike Lunar New Year Cup[3]   Nike
2019 Tonghai Financial Chinese New Year Cup[4]   China Tonghai Financial

ResultsEdit

Year Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1908–1973 Interport & Exhibition Matches
1974  
Hong Kong
(Three-team round-robin tournament)  
CA Juventus
 
Sporting CP
1975–1976 Exhibition Matches
1977  
Sparta Rotterdam
(Three-team round-robin tournament)  
Hong Kong
 
Hong Kong League XI
1978  
China PR
(Three-team round-robin tournament)  
Servette FC
 
Hong Kong
1979  
Guangdong
(Three-team round-robin tournament)  
Östers IF
 
Hong Kong League XI
1980–1981 Exhibition Matches
1982  
FK Austria Wien
1–0[5]  
Hallelujah FC
 
Seiko SA
1–1
(5–3) PSO
 
Hong Kong League XI
1983  
Hong Kong League XI
2–0  
Hallelujah FC
 
AGF
3–1  
Beijing Selection
1984  
FK Partizan
1–0  
Hong Kong League XI
 
Daewoo Royals
2–1[6]  
Lyngby Boldklub
1985  
Hong Kong League British XI
1–0  
Hong Kong League XI
 
Guangzhou
N/A  
Shanghai
1986  
Paraguay
(Three-team round-robin tournament)  
South Korea
 
Hong Kong League XI
1987  
Brøndby IF
2–0  
Hong Kong
 
Beijing
1–0  
Shanghai
1988  
Hong Kong League XI
0–0
(5–3) PSO
 
AGF
 
Lucky-Goldstar FC
3–0[7]  
Dalian Shide
1989  
Malmö FF
(Four-team round-robin tournament)  
China PR
 
Hong Kong
 
Odense BK
1990  
Sparta Prague
2–0  
China PR
 
Spartak Moscow
4–1  
Hong Kong League XI
1991  
Hong Kong League XI
3–1  
Aston Villa
 
FC Dynamo Moscow
2–0  
Thailand
1992  
Hong Kong League XI
2–2
(3–2) PSO
 
FK Partizan
 
Steaua Bucureşti
2–0  
BSC Young Boys Bern
1993  
Switzerland
3–2  
Hong Kong League XI
 
Denmark U-21
2–1  
Japan
1994  
Denmark
2–0  
Hong Kong League XI
 
Romania League XI
2–1  
United States
1995  
FR Yugoslavia
1–0  
South Korea
 
Colombia
3–1  
Hong Kong League XI
1996  
Sweden
1–1
(5–4) PSO
 
Japan
 
Poland
1–0  
Hong Kong League XI
1997  
Russia
2–1  
Switzerland
 
FR Yugoslavia
3–1  
Hong Kong League XI
1998  
Nigeria
2–0  
Hong Kong League XI
 
Iran
1–1
(4–2) PSO
 
Chile
1999  
Mexico
3–0  
Egypt
 
Bulgaria
3–0  
Hong Kong League XI
2000  
Czech Republic
2–1  
Mexico
 
Japan
0–0
(6–5) PSO
 
Hong Kong League XI
2001  
Norway
2–1  
Hong Kong League XI
 
South Korea
1–1
(6–5) PSO
 
Paraguay
2002  
Honduras
1–0  
Hong Kong League XI
 
Slovenia
0–0
(4–3) PSO
 
China PR
2003  
Uruguay
1–1
(4–2) PSO
 
Iran
 
Denmark League XI
2–1  
Hong Kong League XI
2004  
Norway
3–1  
Honduras
 
Sweden
3–0  
Hong Kong League XI
2005  
Brazil
7–1  
Hong Kong
2 teams only.
2006  
Denmark
3–1  
South Korea
 
Croatia
4–0  
Hong Kong
2007  
Jamaica Olympic Team
0–0
(5–4) PSO
 
China PR Olympic Team
 
Australia Olympic Team
2–2
(5–3) PSO
 
Hong Kong League XI
2008  
Hong Kong League XI
2–1  
HNK Hajduk Split
 
Peñarol
1–1
(5–4) PSO
 
Ulsan Hyundai
2009  
South China & Pegasus United
2–1  
Sparta Prague
 
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
0–0
(5–4) PSO
 
Hong Kong League XI
2010  
Pohang Steelers
(Three-team round-robin tournament)  
Kitchee
 
Pegasus Invitation Team
2011  
Tianjin Teda
0–0
(5–3) PSO
 
Guangzhou Evergrande
 
Ulsan Hyundai
4–2  
South China
2012  
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
5–1  
Shimizu S-Pulse
 
Guangzhou R&F
1–1
(3–1) PSO
 
South China
2013  
Busan IPark
1–0  
Shanghai East Asia
 
Hong Kong League XI
1–0  
Muangthong United
2014    
Citizen & Cuenca United
2–0  
Olhanense
 
Krylia Sovetov
1–0  
FC Tokyo
2015  
New York Cosmos
2–2
(4–2) PSO
 
South China
2 teams only.
2016  
Hong Kong League XI
4–0  
Hong Kong
2 teams only.
2017  
Auckland City
1–0  
Kitchee
 
Muangthong United
1–0  
FC Seoul
2018  
Hong Kong League XI
4–3  
Hong Kong
2 teams only.
2019  
Shandong Luneng
3–1  
Sagan Tosu
 
Hong Kong League XI
1–0  
Auckland City

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