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2020 Benacia Cup

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2020 Benacia Cup
Tournament details
Host country Batavia Batavia
Dates 1 – 15 August 2020
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Sanama Sanama (1st title)
Runners-up Craitland Craitland
Third place Batavia Batavia
Fourth place Elwynn Elwynn
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 40 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s) Batavia Jeroen van Veen
Craitland Jan-Morteņ Juliaĵsen
Craitland Will Zóma
Sanama Mariolino Sonetti

The 2020 Benacia Cup, was the sixth tournament of the Benacia Cup, and was held in Batavia between 1 August and 15 August 2020. The eight competing national teams all qualified successfully to be involved. The tournament's matches were played in six stadiums in five different cities around Batavia.

The tournament was won by Sanama, for their first ever title, who beat holders Craitland in the final in 's Koningenwaarde.


Batavia was chosen as the host of the tournament after submitting the sole application. The FMF Executives agreed that the bid was suitable for hosting and announced that the host's national team would receive an automatic berth in the tournament, as well as the winners of the previous tournament.



On 30/11/2019 the Unified Governorates of Benacia announced that it would be boycotting the 2020 Benacia Cup as part of the policy of Cultural Quarantine implemented against the Batavian Confederation and Francia owing to their allegiance to the "Neo-Vanic" ruling dynasty of the Batavian and Francian realms - the House of Vinandy. The UGB called upon the sporting authorities of all other sovereign Benacian states in the WMFA to join the boycott and to organise a "Free Benacian Championship" in its place. Shireroth aligned itself with the UGB statement and indicated that it would also be boycotting the main tournament, not the qualifiers, unless the war had ended.

The Elwynnese Republic decided to boycott from the main tournament, due to the king of Batavia (as Frankish emperor) waging war against Elwynn, unless (1) peace is achieved, or (2) the tournament is held elsewhere; Elwynn will however take part in the qualifiers, excepting any travels to Francia due to the hostilities. Elwynn calls upon the WMFA to schedule any qualifying matches between an RP member state, on one hand, and Batavia, Kasterburg or Francia, in the other, in a neutral country far removed from the politics of the hostilities, in empty stadia without playing any national anthems, for as long as the Second Amokolian War is ongoing. Sanama on the other hand reserved their decision until the team actually makes the main tournament.

Both Elwynn and Shireroth expressed cautious interest in the UGB-proposed "Free Benacian Championship".

With the signing of the Peace of Norfae, the UGB signalled to the WMFA that the boycott would be suspended for the duration of the peace. Elwynn withdrew from the boycott, indicating that criterion (1) for ending the boycott had been met. Accordingly, Elwynn would participate fully in the tournament. However, after Francia's Froyalan Tribunal declared the Elwynnese republic an illegal entity usurping the government of the "rightful" King Noah, Elwynn announced that it withdrew from the Benacia Cup on 26 February 2020, but continued the qualifications. Once the qualifiers showed that Elwynn would advance, Elwynn decided to remain in the competition. "It will be nice to let the King-Emperor and his Froyalaner wife hear our national anthem and see our flag being raised, all the way to the finals, where they'll give us – a country that they have deemed to be illegal – the winning trophy", said the manager of the Elwynn national football team on 3 June 2020.

Although a little late to the party, on 26/02/2020 the Drak-Modan national football team instituted a travel ban on the team from visiting any tournaments held in Neo-Vanic nations (Arcadia, Batavia, Francia, Helderbourgh, and Stormark) in the future.

The Sanaman Football Federation issued a statement shortly after the team qualified for the finals stating that the team would participate and do its part in defeating the Vanics.


List of qualified teams


Teams were required to name a twenty-man squad for the tournament, with two goalkeepers, numbered 1 to 20.

Group stage

The group draw was made by FMF President Craitman H. Pellegrino and AEFA President Barnaby Rudolph.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Elwynn Elwynn 3 1 2 0 2 0 +2 5 Advances to semi-finals
Batavia Batavia 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
Kasterburg Kasterburg 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3  
Shireroth Shireroth 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2

1 August 2020
Batavia Batavia 2 – 1 Kasterburg Kasterburg
van Veen Goal 25'
Bach Goal 29'
Hilbers Goal 61'

1 August 2020
Shireroth Shireroth 0 – 0 Elwynn Elwynn

5 August 2020
Kasterburg Kasterburg 0 – 2 Elwynn Elwynn
Miskjalendzki Goal 14'
Emiri Goal 33'

5 August 2020
Batavia Batavia 1 – 1 Shireroth Shireroth
van Veen Goal 57' Lamberti Goal 28'

9 August 2020
Shireroth Shireroth 1 – 2 Kasterburg Kasterburg
Llwrran Goal 55' Frei Goal 24'
Baumann Goal 83'

9 August 2020
Elwynn Elwynn 0 – 0 Batavia Batavia

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Craitland Craitland 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6 Advances to semi-finals
Sanama Sanama 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
Unified Governorates Unified Governorates 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4  
Tellia Tellia 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1

1 August 2020
Craitland Craitland 4 – 2 Unified Governorates Unified Governorates
Juliaĵsen Goal 22'34'43'
Ólsen Goal 56'
A. Segler-1 Goal 15'
Forester Goal 64'

1 August 2020
Tellia Tellia 1 – 1 Sanama Sanama
Zajc Goal 35' Sonetti Goal 71'

5 August 2020
Unified Governorates Unified Governorates 1 – 1 Sanama Sanama
Merrick Goal 2' Andretti Goal 81'

5 August 2020
Craitland Craitland 2 – 1 Tellia Tellia
Iņvaärsen Goal 90'
Perryman Goal 90'
Özker Goal 42'

9 August 2020
Tellia Tellia 1 – 3 Unified Governorates Unified Governorates
Mahler Goal 14' A. Segler-1 Goal 18'
J. Majeed Goal 75'
M. Segler-1 Goal 82'

9 August 2020
Sanama Sanama 1 – 0 Craitland Craitland
Totti Goal 86'

Knock-out stages


12 August 2020
Elwynn Elwynn 1 – 1
Sanama Sanama
Lejlunai Goal 74' Sonetti Goal 25'
Miskjalendzki Scored
Emiri Scored
Lejlunai Scored
hin Ungi Missed (Over)
Sakhimzedeh Missed (Saved)
3 – 4 Scored Sonetti
Scored Totti
Missed (Saved) Picardie
Scored Kanti
Scored Walu

12 August 2020
Craitland Craitland 5 – 0 Batavia Batavia
Zóma Goal 34'70'
Jonmikeltsen Goal 53'
J. Degroot Goal 76' (o.g.)
Herä Goal 83'

Third-place play-off

15 August 2020
Elwynn Elwynn 0 – 1 Batavia Batavia
van Veen Goal 36'


15 August 2020
Sanama Sanama 2 – 2
Craitland Craitland
Sonetti Goal 78'
Andrettoni Goal 84'
Zóma Goal 10'
Alexis Goal 35'
Sonetti Scored
Totti Scored
Picardie Scored
Kanti Scored
Walu Scored
5 – 3 Scored Zóma
Scored Jonmikeltsen
Scored Juliaĵsen
Missed (Saved) Alexis

2020 Benacia Cup
First title


3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

See also