2015 Emperor's Cup

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2015 Emperor's Cup
Emperor's Cup 2015.png
CountryFlag of Japan.svg Japan
Teams88
Champions Gamba Osaka (5th title)
Runners-up Urawa Red Diamonds
Matches played87
2014
2016

The 95th Emperor's Cup (第95回天皇杯全日本サッカー選手権大会) was the regular edition of the annual Japanese national cup tournament, which was held from 29 August 2015 to its final on 1 January 2016. [1]

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Contents

The winners, Gamba Osaka, qualified to the group stage of the 2016 AFC Champions League.

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Calendar

RoundDateMatchesClubsNew entries this round
First round 29, 30 August3647+1+2+22 → 36
Second round 5, 6, 9 September2436+12 → 24
  • 12 J1 clubs (except 4 J1 seeded teams)
Third round 10, 11, 14 October1224 → 12
Fourth round 11, 14, 15 November812+4 → 8
  • 4 J1 seeded teams including:
  • 2 ACL Quarter-finals Participants
  • Top 2 teams of J1 1st stage
Quarterfinals 26 December48 → 4
Semifinals 29 December24 → 2
Final 1 January 201612 → 1

Participating clubs

88 clubs competed in the tournament. The 18 clubs from 2015 J1 League and 22 clubs from 2015 J2 League received a bye to the second round of the tournament. The other 47 teams earned berths by winning their respective prefectural cup tournaments, and entered from the first round along with the JFL seeded team, the Apertura Champion.

The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J1 League season was the 50th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 23rd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.

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2015 J1 League
all clubs
2015 J2 League
all clubs
2015 Japan Football League
Apertura Champion
47 prefectural tournament winners

Results

First round

Second round

Third round

Fourth round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

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References

  1. "公益財団法人 日本サッカー協会 2014年度 第11回理事会" (PDF).(in Japanese) Japan Football Association, 13 November 2014