Copa Colombia

The Copa Colombia (English: Colombia Cup); officially known as Copa BetPlay Dimayor is an annual football tournament in Colombia. It is contested by the 36 professional clubs of DIMAYOR and is the nation's domestic cup competition, equivalent to the FA Cup in England or the Copa del Rey in Spain.

Copa BetPlay Dimayor
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FoundedOctober 14, 1950,
re-established on March 12, 2008
RegionColombia
Number of teams35
Current championsMillonarios (3rd title)
Most successful club(s)Atlético Nacional (5 titles)
Television broadcastersWin Sports, Win Sports+
Websitedimayor.com.co
2023 Copa Colombia

The Copa Colombia was played for the first time in 1950, and it has been played consecutively since its revival in 2008. The most successful club is Atlético Nacional, with four titles.

Millonarios are the current holders, who won their third Copa Colombia against Junior, winning the final series by a 2–1 aggregate score.

HistoryEdit

The Copa Colombia was created in 1950 by DIMAYOR, after the first two editions of the professional league. It was won by Boca Juniors de Cali, who defeated Santa Fe with an aggregate score of 7–6.

The existence of the next edition, 1951–52, is disputed according to different sources. RSSSF indicate the tournament was won by Boca Juniors, defeating Millonarios in the finals with an aggregate score of 3–2.[1] However, comutricolor.com state that Boca Juniors faced Millonarios in a previous round of the 1952–53 edition (the Winners Round) and both team met again in the final, with Millonarios defeating Boca Juniors with an aggregate score of 5–0.[2] The Liga Postobon site indicates the only events competed were in 1950/51 and 1952/53.[3] The official website of Millonarios also ignore the 1951–52 edition, taking as second title the won in the 1962–63 edition.[4] The next edition of the tournament was played three years later, in 1956, however it was cancelled while it was played.[5][6]

As with previous editions, there are doubts about the existence of the 1962–63 tournament. Some sources said Millonarios defeated Deportivo Cali in the finals with an aggregate score of 5–3; however other sources said this trophy was given to Millonarios as a commemorative title because they won the three previous editions of the league consecutively.[7][8][9]

The cup would not be played until 1981, when the tournament was included as a part of the league. The champion of the cup automatically qualified to the Final Stage of the league for the next season. For this tournament participated in the First Group the teams that not qualified to the Quadrangular Stage in the league and in the Second Group the teams eliminated in the Quadrangular Stage. The winners of each group, Deportivo Cali and Independiente Medellín, faced in the Finals, where Medellín won with an aggregate score of 4–2.[10]

In 1989, another edition was played as a part of the league. The top four teams of the tournament won bonus point in the league in this order: 0.500, 0.375, 0.250 and 0.125. In the Finals, Santa Fe defeated Unión Magdalena, after drawing 0–0 in the first match and winning the second 2–1. The top four teams of the tournament were Santa Fe, Unión Magdalena, Junior and América de Cali. This was the last edition of the Copa Colombia until 2008.[11]

On 14 February 2008, the 36 members of the DIMAYOR decided to organise a new national cup. As a DIMAYOR decision, it would be contested by all its members: the first and second division of Colombian football.[12] The new tournament was called Copa Postobón, due to sponsorship with Postobón, who was also the sponsor of the league.[13] The first edition of the new cup was won by La Equidad.

In 2015, the tournament is sponsored by the brewery company Bavaria, manufacturer of Águila beer, so the cup was renamed as Copa Águila.[14]

Since 2020, the tournament is sponsored by the sports betting house Betplay, so the cup was renamed as Copa Betplay Dimayor.

EditionsEdit

 
One of the Copa Colombia of the 1950s from the trophy room of Millonarios FC

Copa ColombiaEdit

Ed. Season Winner Runner-up
1
1950–51 Boca Juniors Santa Fe
2
1952–53 Millonarios Boca Juniors
3
1981 Independiente Medellín Deportivo Cali
4
1989 Santa Fe Unión Magdalena

Source: RSSSF[1] (Note: some editions cited in RSSSF as official are not considered official by all sources)[15]

Copa Colombia (Copa Postobón)Edit

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Ed. Season Winner Runner-up
5
2008 La Equidad Once Caldas
6
2009 Santa Fe Deportivo Pasto
7
2010 Deportivo Cali Itagüí
8
2011 Millonarios Boyacá Chicó
9
2012 Atlético Nacional Deportivo Pasto
10
2013 Atlético Nacional Millonarios
11
2014 Deportes Tolima Santa Fe

Copa Colombia (Copa Águila)Edit

Ed. Season Winner Runner-up
12
2015[16] Junior Santa Fe
13
2016[17] Atlético Nacional Junior
14
2017[18] Junior Independiente Medellín
15
2018[19] Atlético Nacional Once Caldas
16
2019[20] Independiente Medellín Deportivo Cali

Copa Colombia (Copa Betplay Dimayor)Edit

Ed. Season Winner Runner-up
17
2020[21] Independiente Medellín Deportes Tolima
18
2021[22] Atlético Nacional Deportivo Pereira
19
2022 Millonarios Junior

Titles by clubEdit

Club Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
Atlético Nacional 5 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021
Independiente Medellín 3 1 1981, 2019, 2020 2017
Millonarios 3 1 1952–53, 2011, 2022 2013
Santa Fe 2 3 1989, 2009 1950–51, 2014, 2015
Junior 2 2 2015, 2017 2016, 2022
Deportivo Cali 1 2 2010 1981, 2019
Boca Juniors 1 1 1950–51 1952–53
Deportes Tolima 1 1 2014 2020
La Equidad 1 2008
Deportivo Pasto 2 2009, 2012
Once Caldas 2 2008, 2018
Boyacá Chicó 1 2011
Deportivo Pereira 1 2021
Itagüí 1 2010
Unión Magdalena 1 1989

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "La Copa Postobón no es la Copa Colombia - ComuTricolor". 17 November 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Deportest Postobon". Liga Postobon. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
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  5. ^ "Intermedio - Búsqueda en el archivo de Google Noticias". news.google.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Boca Juniors only have 1 title". Archived from the original on 25 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Nuestra Historia". Millonarios FC. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  8. ^ "El Tiempo - Búsqueda en el archivo de Google Noticias". news.google.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Millonarios 63 trophy only conmemorative not a tournament". Archived from the original on 18 March 2017.
  10. ^ "equinoXio » » Arranca la Copa Colombia". equinoxio.org. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Cápsulas de fútbol - COPA COLOMBIA: UN NOMBRE, DISTINTOS TORNEOS". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  12. ^ El Tiempo (15 February 2008). "La Copa Colombia es un hecho" (in Spanish).
  13. ^ El Tiempo (22 February 2008). "Copa Colombia-Postobón" (in Spanish).
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