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The Coupe de la Ligue (French pronunciation: ​[kup də la liɡ]), known outside France as the French League Cup, is a knockout cup competition in French football organized by the Ligue de Football Professionnel.[1] The tournament was established in 1993[2] and, unlike the Coupe de France, is only open to professional clubs in France which play in country's top three football divisions, though only four professional clubs currently play in the Championnat National[citation needed].

Coupe de la Ligue
Logo coupe ligue.png
Founded1994
Number of teams42
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Current championsStrasbourg (4th title)
Most successful club(s)Paris Saint-Germain (8 titles)
Television broadcastersFrance 2, France 3, France 4 (France Télévisions)
Canal +
2018–19 Coupe de la Ligue

Strasbourg are the current champions, having defeated Guingamp 4–1 on penalties following a 0–0 draw for a fourth title in the 2018–19 competition.

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PrecursorsEdit

Competitions similar to the Coupe de la Ligue had been previously held in France.[3] The Coupe Charles Drago was held from 1953 to 1965; it involved teams eliminated from the Coupe de France.[3] The winner of the first Coupe Charles Drago final was decided by a coin-toss when Sochaux and Toulouse tied 3–3 after extra time.[2] Another competition named Coupe de la Ligue existed from 1963 to 1965; this was run alongside the Coupe Charles Drago for two years until they both ceased.[3] In 1982, a Coupe d'Eté (Summer cup) was held before the start of the French league season; the cup was won by Stade Laval.[4] This tournament continued under the name of Coupe de la Ligue, until 1994, before the beginning of the French season.[3]

HistoryEdit

 
Coupe de la Ligue trophy

The tournament in its current format started in 1994 and was initiated by the professional teams because of their displeasure with the Coupe de France, thanks to its built-in home advantage for teams playing in the lower leagues. Entrance to the UEFA Cup, now called the UEFA Europa League, is offered to the winning team.[2] Its first winner was Paris Saint-Germain, after their 2–0 victory over Bastia.[5] The first final decided by a penalty shootout was in 1996 when Metz beat Lyon.[6] The first three finals were held at Parc des Princes; from 1998 edition until 2015, the finals have been held at the Stade de France.[7] Strasbourg and Paris Saint-Germain have won the competition at both stadiums.[2] Gueugnon became the first team below the top division of France to win the cup after beating Paris Saint-Germain in the 2000 final.[2] Overall, there have been 14 winners of the competition since its inception.[3] The current holders of the cup are Strasbourg, who beat Guingamp in the 2019 final to win the cup for a fourth time.[3]

For over 20 years from its inception, finals of the tournament were only held in the Paris area: the first three were at the Parc des Princes and the rest at the Stade de France. This changed in September 2016 when the LFP announced that the next three finals would be held in Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille respectively.[8]

WinnersEdit

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
Paris Saint-Germain 8 1 1995, 1998, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 2000
Strasbourg 4 0 1964, 1997, 2005, 2019
Bordeaux 3 3 2002, 2007, 2009 1997, 1998, 2010
Marseille 3 0 2010, 2011, 2012
Metz 2 1 1986, 1996 1999
Lens 2 1 1994, 1999 2008
Laval 2 0 1982, 1984
Lyon 1 4 2001 1996, 2007, 2012, 2014
Monaco 1 4 2003 1984, 2001, 2017, 2018
Montpellier 1 1 1992 1994, 2011
Nantes 1 1 1965 2004
Sochaux 1 1 2004 2003
Nancy 1 1 2006 1982
Reims 1 0 1991
Gueugnon 1 0 2000
Saint-Étienne 1 0 2013

RecordsEdit

Media coverageEdit

In France, the Coupe de la Ligue is broadcast by France Television until the 2008–09 season and will continue to do so until at least the 2015–16 season.[clarification needed]

In Spain, the Coupe de la Ligue is broadcast by beIN Sports (Spain).

In Australia the Coupe de la Ligue is broadcast by Setanta Sports Australia.

In many parts of the world the game is broadcast live on TV5Monde.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "League Cup". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "League Cup History". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "France — List of League Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
  4. ^ "France Summer Cup 1982". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 SC Bastia". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Archived from the original on 3 August 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  6. ^ "FC Metz 0–0 Olympique Lyonnais". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Archived from the original on 4 August 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Roll of Honour". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  8. ^ "Coupe de la Ligue - Finale à Lyon en 2017, Bordeaux en 2018 et Lille en 2019". Le Parisien (in French). 1 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Roll of Honour". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  10. ^ "Top Scorer — All Time". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved 20 February 2009.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Cavani, Marquinhos 6/10 as PSG dig out victory". ESPN.com. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Top Scorer — Season 1997–98". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved 20 February 2009.[permanent dead link]

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