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The Polish Cup in football (Polish: Puchar Polski w piłce nożnej [ˌpuxar ˈpɔlskʲi], officially named Totolotek Polish Cup) is an elimination tournament for Polish football clubs, held continuously from 1950, and is the second most important national title in Polish football after the Ekstraklasa title. Due to mass participation of teams, the tournament is often called The Cup of the Thousand Teams (Polish: Puchar Tysiąca Drużyn [ˌpuxar tɨˌɕɔnt͡sa ˈdruʐɨn]).

Polish Cup
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logo of Totolotek Polish Cup
Founded1925
Number of teams68
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Domestic cup(s)Polish SuperCup
Current championsLechia Gdańsk
Most successful club(s)Legia Warsaw (19 titles)
2018–19 Polish Cup
2014 Polish Cup final match between Zawisza Bydgoszcz and Zaglebie Lubin.

Participation is open to any club registered with the Polish FA, regardless of whether it competes in any league in the national pyramid. Reserve and veteran teams are also eligible, with reserve teams reaching the final on two occasions (and winning it once). The Cup is popular among lower level teams, as it gives them a chance to play better known sides. In some cases, the underdogs even reached the final, with the most famous example being Czarni Żagań, which in 1964–1965 season lost the final game 0–4 to Górnik Zabrze.

Lower league clubs have to enter regional qualification rounds and the winners of these join the teams from the first and second division in the competition proper. The regional qualifications are played in the preceding season, so that one edition of Polish Cup for lower ranked clubs can last two seasons. Each tie is decided by a single game which is held at the lower league side's stadium. The final used to be a single match, but 2002–2006 it was contested over two legs. Since 2007, the Cup has returned to the single-game final.

The first edition of the Polish Cup took place in 1926, but it was quickly abandoned. In the late 1930s, the President of Poland's Football Cup (1936 - 1939) was organized, which featured teams of the Polish Football Association's regional districts.

Polish Cup winnersEdit

PerformancesEdit

Performance by clubEdit

 
The trophy
Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Legia Warsaw 19 6 1955, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
Górnik Zabrze 6 7 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
Lech Poznań 5 5 1982, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2009
Wisła Kraków 4 6 1926, 1967, 2002, 2003
Zagłębie Sosnowiec 4 1 1962, 1963, 1977, 1978
Ruch Chorzów 3 6 1951, 1974, 1996
GKS Katowice 3 5 1986, 1991, 1993
Amica Wronki 3 1 1998, 1999, 2000
Lechia Gdańsk 2 1 1983, 2019
Arka Gdynia 2 1 1979, 2017
Śląsk Wrocław 2 1 1976, 1987
Dyskobolia Grodzisk 2 2005, 2007
Polonia Warsaw 2 1952, 2001
Jagiellonia Białystok 1 2 2010
Wisła Płock 1 1 2006
ŁKS Łódź 1 1 1957
Gwardia Warszawa 1 1 1954
Zawisza Bydgoszcz 1 2014
Miedź Legnica 1 1992
Widzew Łódź 1 1985
Stal Rzeszów 1 1975
Pogoń Szczecin 3
Polonia Bytom 3
Zagłębie Lubin 3
GKS Bełchatów 2
Piast Gliwice 2
Aluminium Konin 1
Czarni Żagań 1
Korona Kielce 1
Raków Częstochowa 1
ROW II Rybnik 1
Sparta Lwów 1
Stal Mielec 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Poland - List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 July 2011.

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