Sanwa Bank Cup

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The Sanwa Bank Cup was a competition officially organised by J. Leagueand CBF .and sponsored by Sanwa Bank (the current Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ). The competition was held between 1994 and 1997 and played two weeks before the opening of J. League (in the case of 1997, one week before the opening match of the J. League Cup). The teams invited were the J. League champions of the previous season (in the case of 1997, the winners of Suntory Cup '96 J. League Champions' Finals) and the champions of a major foreign league.


1994 Verdy Kawasaki
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(4–2 pen.)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Gimnasia were invited as the winners of the tournament to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Argentine Football Association.
1995 Grêmio
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2–1 Verdy Kawasaki
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Held as a part of the series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of the Amity, Commerce and Navigation Treaty between Brazil and Japan. Grêmio were invited as the 1994 Copa do Brasil champions.
1996 IFK Göteborg
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(5–3 pen.)
Yokohama Marinos
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IFK Göteborg were invited as the 1995 Swedish Champions.
1997 Nagoya Grampus Eight
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3–1 D.C. United
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D.C. United were invited as the 1996 MLS Cup winners

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