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Peace Cup


Peace Cup

Peace Cup
Founded 2003
Abolished 2012
Region International
Last champions Hamburger SV (1st)
Most successful club(s) Olympique Lyonnais (1st)
2012 Peace Cup

The Peace Cup is an invitational pre-season friendly Sunmoon Peace Football Foundation.[1] It is contested by the eight clubs from several continents, though 12 teams participated in 2009. The first three competitions were held in South Korea, and the 2009 Peace Cup Andalucia was held in Madrid and Andalusia, Spain.[2][3] Previous winners are PSV, Tottenham Hotspur, Lyon, Aston Villa, and Hamburger SV who are current champions.

The tournament was originally organised and held in South Korea and contested in 2003, 2005, and 2007 between eight clubs from various countries, including the Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, which is owned by the organizing company.

A corresponding event featuring women's national teams, the Peace Queen Cup, began in 2006.[4]


  • History and Cup format 1
    • Origins In The City Of Rome 1.1
    • New Format Made by South Koreans 1.2
  • Controversy over naming 2
  • Prize 3
  • Results 4
    • Summaries of previous tournaments 4.1
    • Winners and finalists 4.2
  • Awards 5
    • Most Valuable Players 5.1
    • Golden Shoe 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History and Cup format

Origins In The City Of Rome

The origin of the Peace cup is in a tournament that was held in Stadio Olimpico in Rome on September 10, 2000. 3 teams participated: AS Roma, Beitar Jerusalem, AlWaqass From Jordan. All 3 games were held in the same evening, each had 45 minutes length. Scores: Beitar Jerusalem -> AlWaqass 7-0: Scorers: Yaniv Abargil 3, Alon Mizrahi 2, Benjamin Haddad 1, Umar AlJabbaar 1 (OG), AS Roma -> AlWaqass 13:0: Scorers: Abel Balbo 4, Damiano Tommasi 1, Gaetano D'Agostino 2, Vincenzo Montella 6, AS roma -> Beitar Jerusalem 0-1: Scorer Yaniv Abargil. Beitar Jerusalem won the cup.[5][6][7]

The second time that the Peace cup was held was also in Rome: held in September 3, 2001. 3 teams participated: ASEC Abidjan From Ivory Coast, Maccabi Haifa, SS Lazio. 3 games were held in the same evening, each had 45 minutes length. Scores: SS Lazio -> Maccabi Haifa 4:0: Scorrers: S. Inzaghi, Cesar, Berrettoni, Iván de la Peña, ASEC Abidjan -> Maccabi haifa 1:0: Scorrer: Kante Seydou, SS Lazio -> ASEC Abidjan 1:3: Scorers: F. Couto (SS Lazio) ; Kone Bakari, Beugre Haiba, Kossi (ASEC Abidjan). ASEC Abidjan won the cup.[8]

New Format Made by South Koreans

Since 2003, the Peace Cup is being held every two years, the Sunmoon Peace Football Foundation invites football clubs from various nations. South Korea's Unification Church.

From 2003 to 2007, the Peace Cup was played between eight clubs, divided into two groups of four teams. The winner of each group qualified for the final, which was played in a single match. 2009 Peace Cup Andalucia was held in Spain, and 12 teams participated in the competition.

The fifth competition took place in South Korea in July 2012.[9] In October 2012 it was announced that the Peace Cup will no longer be held, following the death of Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon.[10]

Controversy over naming

The original name of the competition was to be Sunmoon Peace Cup, named after FIFA, and "king" can be used by competitions held by a kingdom.[11]


From 2003 to 2007, the prize money of the tournament was approximately 2 million for the winning team[12][13] and €500,000 for the runners-up.[12]


Summaries of previous tournaments

Year Final[14]
Winner Score Runner-up
2003 PSV Eindhoven 1–0
Olympique Lyonnais
2005 Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Olympique Lyonnais
2007 Olympique Lyonnais 1–0
Bolton Wanderers
2009 Aston Villa 0–0 (aet) (4–3 p.) Juventus
2012 Hamburger SV 1–0
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

Winners and finalists

The trophy
Team[14] Titles Runners-up
Olympique Lyonnais 1 (2007) 2 (2003, 2005)
PSV Eindhoven 1 (2003) 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (2005) 0
Aston Villa 1 (2009) 0
Hamburger SV 1 (2012) 0
Bolton Wanderers 0 1 (2007)
Juventus 0 1 (2009)
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 0 1 (2012)


Most Valuable Players

The Golden ball is awarded to the player on the basis of a vote taken among the media accredited to each Peace Cup tournament. There are also Silver Ball and Bronze Ball for the second and third best players respectively.[15]

Year Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
2003 Park Ji-Sung[16]
2005 Robbie Keane Mido Lee Young-Pyo
2007 Karim Benzema Jussi Jääskeläinen Nicolas Anelka
2009 Ashley Young Hulk Marc Albrighton
2012 Marcus Berg

Golden Shoe

Year Player Team Goals
2003 Mark van Bommel PSV 2
2005 Robbie Keane Tottenham Hotspur 4
2007 Kim Källström Lyon 2
2009 Hulk Porto 3
2012 Mitchell Schet FC Groningen 2


  1. ^ Warming Up for the Kick-off, Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2010
  2. ^ "'"Jerez se convierte hoy en una de las sedes oficiales de la 'Peace Cup 2009 (in Spanish). AndaluciaPress. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Peace Cup might go to Spain". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Peace Queen Cup 2006". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  5. ^ Ynet Report: (Hebrew),7340,L-105769,FF.html
  6. ^ Beitar Jerusalem's Report: (Hebrew)
  7. ^ Walla Report: (Hebrew)
  8. ^ RSSSF Report about 2000 and 2001 tournaments including standings tables , scorrers , winners, referred to as "Shalom Cup" the Hebrew name: (ERROR in source: hapoel tel aviv is mentioned in the bottom of standing table of 2001 tournament , instead of Maccabi Haifa that is mentioned above.)
  9. ^ 국제 클럽축구대항전 피스컵, 2012년 한국 개최. Sports Seoul (in Korean) ( 
  10. ^ Church Scraps Peace Cup, Super Sport, October 29, 2012
  11. ^ "History of Peace Cup" (in 한국어). Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  12. ^ a b "Sundowns in Peace Cup". BBC. 2005-01-27. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  13. ^ "Galaxy to compete in inaugural World Peace King Cup". USA Today. 2003-02-05. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  14. ^ a b "Peace Cup History". Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  15. ^ "who will win the gold?" (in 한국어). media daum. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  16. ^ "Park Ji-Sung gets Golden Ball" (in 한국어). Retrieved 2009-07-15. 

External links

  • Official website
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