EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 & EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup 2013 Final Competition



Summary : EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 & EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup 2013

2013 EAFF East Asian Cup was almost a solo stage for the Champion Japan. It was a great showoff of what the team is capable of.
Japan triumphed against Korea in its last match by 2-1. Japan recorded a fine scoreboard of two wins and one draw, out of three matches, and two points in goal difference, coming first in the league. This year became a joyful year for Japan, since it won its first East Asian Cup.
China PR(p3/gd1/pts5) came second, Korea Republic(p3/gd-1/pts2) came third and Australia(p3/gd-2/pts1) came fourth.

The competition’s MVP was Hotaru Yamaguchi. He acted as the core of the team’s midfielders. His points aren’t quite high, but he was the backbone of the team’s performance.
Japan’s striker Yoichiro Kakitani took the top scorer title. Kakitani was seeking to run in the next World Cup by proving himself in the East Asian Cup, and now he seems to have caught Zaccheroni’s eye.
Yuichi Nishimura earned the best referee award. The 41-year-old man has proven himself in various competitions by J League, AFC and FIFA, and again showed his excellent judgement.

2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Awards

・Champion: Japan
・Second Place: China PR
・Third Place: Korea Republic
・Fourth Place: Australia
・MVP: Hotaru Yamaguchi(Japan)
・Top Scorer: Yoichiro Kakitani(Japan)
・Best Referee: Yuichi Nishimura(Japan)

2013 EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup was full of twists. The defending champion Japan failed to win its third consecutive championship, and DPRK overtook Japan to the top.
The results are out for the 2013 East Asian Cup, held in Seoul and Hwaseong. The champion became DPRK. DPRK’s results were two wins and one draw, pushing Japan off to second place. The team’s result against Japan was a draw, and ascended to champion candidate by beating China PR in a difficult match. Korea Republic’s victory against Japan pushed Japan down from a tie with DPRK. Korea Republic ascended to third by its victory against Japan, and China PR came fourth by goal difference.

The competition’s MVP was DPRK’s midfielder Kim Un-ju. With a dynamic playing style, she is known to fill the midfield with energy, and her accurate kicks made her DPRK’s main kicker. Although she scored no points, she was evaluated highest among EA cups world-class players, and took the title of MVP.

The top scorer was DPRK’s new star Ho Un-byol. She scored two goals in DPRK’s first match against Korea Republic. Ji So-yun’s points were on par, but the fact that she only ran in two matches due to an injury was considered, giving her the top scorer title. The best referee award went to Pannipar Kannueng.

2013 EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup Awards

・Champion: DPR Korea
・Second Place: Japan
・Third Place: Korea Republic
・Fourth Place: China PR
・MVP: Kim Un-ju(DPRK)
・Top Scorer: Ho Un-byol(DPRK)
・Best Referee: Pannipar Kannueng(Thailand)