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Johan Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768)

Founded in 1991 in the Winckelmann Cup is named after the creator of modern archaeology and art history, Johan Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768).


At the competition origins, in mid 80’s, is the historic rivalry between the teams of the Univeristy of Cologne and the University of Bonn.


Ten years later, the tournament is opened to other teams in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Nine teams met in Bonn, playing against each other on a dusty field, with shaggy ground lines, barbecues and waterfalls of beer. The winner of this first edition, Wien, took in charge the organization of the next tournament, and its international installation. The Winckelmann Cup was born.


After 29 years, the Winckelmann Cup is now one of the most famous events to attend for european archaeologists. Each year, roughly 50 teams formed by students and professionals in cultural heritage compete on the pitch for a weekend. It is not only a football tournament but also a chance for participants to discover the culture, the heritage and the traditions of the country who hosts the competition. Each year, a different country is elected by popular cheering to host the Cup. Many of them took place in Germany but Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland and France have hosted some editions. And this year, for the first time in history, the Winckelmann Cup will be hosted by Belgium!