Suruga Bank Cup, a somewhat unknown competition

Suruga Bank Cup, a somewhat unknown competition
River Plate won the Suruga Bank Cup in 2015. PHOTO: as.colombia.com

Do you know the Copa Suruga Bank? In Colgados for football we've told you about competitions not really known to the general public: Suzuki Cup, Copa America O British Home Cup were some of the names. Today is a day to have another competition, relatively new, It does not enjoy much recognition among the great football fans, is Copa Suruga Bank.

Suruga Bank Cup, the cup that faces South America and Japan

This particular tournament is rather a unique encounter, measure the champion of the South American Cup and the champion of the Japan League Cup. The origin of this game is that in China there are two major competitions (League Cup and Emperor) granting them access to the winner of the Asian Champions League. But nevertheless, Cup does not give access to the continental showpiece, which has caused the Japanese Federation a propose the creation of a transoceanic tournament.

The year of the debut of the Copa Suruga Bank, which was always held in the stadium of the team that wins the Japanese Cup, was the 2008. In the palmares of this cup they appear as Arsenal de Sarandi teams (2008), the Internacional de Porto Alegre, el FC Tokyo, Jubilo Iwata, Kashiwa Reysol, the Kashima Antlers and up River Plate that won it in 2015. We can also find runners-up as illustrious as Liga de Quito, Independent, University of Chile, Sao Paulo and Lanus. curiously, Japanese dominate this cup. One of the things that attracted the most attention is the champion a succulent prize takes 400.000 Dollars, and runner-up 60.000, in addition to the corresponding Cup.

Copa Suruga Bank 2013
Sao Paulo lost the final of the Suruga Bank Cup 2013. PHOTO: As

of 2018 It was the last edition of the cup with this name as such

The competition, was sponsored by Banco Suruga Ltd, which gave the cup its name but in 2018 this sponsorship ceased. So with the departure of the main sponsor, the cup passed in 2019 to be officially called J.League YBC Levain Cup / South American Conmebol.

In this edition of 2019, first with the new name, they faced Atlético Paranaense, champion of the South American Cup 2018 contra Shonan Bellmare, J Cup champion. League 2018. The Brazilian team achieved their first title in this competition by defeating the Japanese team by 4-0.

Suruga Bank Cup honors

The Champions:
2008 ARSENAL (ARGENTINA)
2009 INTERNATIONAL (BRAZIL)
2010 FC TOKYO (JAPAN)
2011 JÚBILO IWATA (JAPAN)
2012 KASHIMA ANTLERS (JAPAN)
2013 KASHIMA ANTLERS (JAPAN)
2014 KASHIWA REYSOL (JAPAN)
2015 RIVER PLATE (ARGENTINA)
2016 SANTA FE (COLOMBIA)
2017 URAWA RED DIAMONDS (JAPAN)
2018 INDEPENDENT (ARGENTINA)
2019 PARANAENSE ATHLETIC

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