Japanese Super Cup
|Number of teams||2|
|Current champions||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|Most successful club(s)||Kashima Antlers
The Japanese Super Cup or Fuji Xerox Super Cup (富士ゼロックススーパーカップ Fuji zerokkusu sūpā kappu ) is an annual one-match football (soccer) competition in Japan organised by J. League and the Japan Football Association (JFA). This competition serves as the season opener and is played between the J. League Champions and the Emperor's Cup Winners of the previous season. Fuji Xerox have sponsored the competition since its inception in 1994. The match usually played around late February each year.
Under the normal circumstances, following clubs participate:
- Defending J. League champions
- Defending Emperor's Cup winners
However, if one club wins both the J. League Championship and the Emperor's Cup, the J. League runners-up will participate. (Note: Until the 2009 season, Emperor's Cup runners-up participated.)
Competition format↑Jump back a section
† Since the Emperor's Cup winners, Yokohama Flügels, had been disbanded, the runners-up, Shimizu S-Pulse, qualified for the competition.
‡ The same club had won both the J. League and the Emperor's Cup in the previous year; therefore, the runners-up of the Cup qualified for the competition.
Previous Super Cup
The Japanese Super Cup was also played during the Japan Soccer League (JSL) era from 1977 to 1984. However, it was never established as an independent competition as the second competition in 1978 was already served as a mere opening league match of the JSL. This previous Super Cup competition was taken less seriously than the current competition and made dormant after 8 years. All matches were held in the National Stadium in Tokyo except for the 1978 and 1980 matches, both held in Osaka.
|Year||JSL Champions||Score||Emperor's Cup Winners||Venue|
||Yanmar Diesel†||National Stadium, Tokyo|
||Yanmar Diesel†||Nagai Stadium, Osaka|
|Toyo Industries†||National Stadium, Tokyo|
||Mitsubishi Motors†||Nagai Stadium, Osaka|
|Mitsubishi Motors||National Stadium, Tokyo|
Years in italic indicate Japan Soccer League seasons. Clubs in italic no longer exist.
|Club||Winners||Runners-up||Winning Years||Runners-up Years|
||1997, 1998, 1999, 2009, 2010||2001, 2002, 2008, 2011|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||
||1979, 1980, 1983, 2006||1981, 2007|
||1984, 1994, 1995, 2005||1997|
||2000, 2003, 2004||1983, 1998|
||1978, 1982||1980, 1995|
||2007||2006, 2009, 2010|
|JEF United Chiba||
|Yokohama F. Marinos||
||1984, 1996, 2004, 2005|
|Kyoto Sanga F.C.||
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