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The Serbian Cup (Serbian: Куп Србије, Kup Srbije) is the national football cup of Serbia. The winner of the competition gets a spot in the UEFA Europa League qualifying round.

Serbian Cup
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Organising bodyFootball Association of Serbia
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
Region Serbia
Number of teams32 (main draw)
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Current championsPartizan (7th title)
Most successful club(s)Partizan (7 titles)
Television broadcastersArena Sport
WebsiteKup Srbije
2019–20 Serbian Cup

From 2006 to 2010, the competition was known as the Lav Cup for sponsorship reasons.[1]

HistoryEdit

Serbia's cup tournament is the legal successor to the Serbia and Montenegro Cup and in turn of the Yugoslav Cup. This cup tournament lasted for four seasons up until the dissolution of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006. The tournament was dominated by Serbian clubs with no Montenegrin sides reaching the final. Belgrade giants Red Star were easily the most successful club reaching the final all four years winning twice and losing in the final the other two seasons. Surprisingly, Red Star's cross-town rival Partizan did not appear in a single final.

After Montenegro left the state union with Serbia in 2006 both football associations got to work on organizing a new tournament.

TrophyEdit

Before the tournament even began it was decided that Serbia's cup would have a new trophy and that the old one which was won by Red Star the year before would remain in its museum. However the association decided that the championship trophy would remain the same. To find a new trophy for the cup they decided to make a contest at Belgrade's Art College where students would each make one and then a trophy would be selected. The Serbian Football Association officials presented the new trophy of the National Cup competition on Monday December 11, 2006. Artist Mihajlo Mlinar defeated 50 other students in the contest held at Belgrade's Art College. The trophy which is heavily inspired by Eastern Orthodox Christianity as well as Serbian history was proclaimed as the perfect trophy for the biggest football competition in Serbia.

When the press asked Mlinar which club has his support, the 25-year-old answered that he simply never had a day of football training and that his only favorite is Serbia. Everybody present agreed that the student was the perfect candidate for making the trophy, and that he fully deserved the cash prize of 250,000 Serbian Dinars. Mlinar immediately became one of the most recognized faces across Belgrade. On May 15, 2007 at Partizan's stadium Red Star defeated Vojvodina to be the first ever Serbian Cup winner and the first team to lift the trophy that Mlinar created.

SponsorshipEdit

In 2006, Serbian FA agreed the marketing rights with Carlsberg Srbija, previously known as Pivara Čelarevo, and the competition was named after its main brand Lav pivo. The Carlsberg affiliate signed a deal to support the Serbian Cup for four years. The company will take out a sum of 1,000,000 which will be divided in four for every year of competition. That means that the awards annual budget is going to be 250,000. Along with the rewards from endorsements the winner of the Serbian Cup gets a spot in the UEFA Europa League if they are not already qualified through Serbian SuperLiga.

Period Sponsor Name
2006–2010   Lav pivo Lav Cup

Old logosEdit

Till now there was two logos used in the Serbian cup competition.

Cup winnersEdit

Note: The Serbian Cup has been derived from two defunct cup tournaments the first being the Yugoslav Cup and the other being the Serbia and Montenegro Cup. The 2006–07 season was the first one that Serbia has ever held as an independent football association. For a list of previous Serbian cup winners during those tournaments visit their respective pages.

KeyEdit

Key to list of winners
(R) Replay
Two-legged tie
* Match went to extra time
  Match decided by a penalty shoot-out after extra time
  Winning team won The Double
Italics Team from outside the top level of Serbian football

ResultsEdit

Season Winner Score Runner-up Location Venue Attendance
2006–07 Red Star   2–0 Vojvodina Belgrade Partizan Stadium 25,000
2007–08 Partizan   3–0 Zemun Belgrade Partizan Stadium 13,950
2008–09 Partizan   3–0 Sevojno Belgrade Partizan Stadium 13,434
2009–10 Red Star 3–0 Vojvodina Belgrade Partizan Stadium 23,000
2010–11 Partizan   3–0 (offic. res.)1 Vojvodina Belgrade Red Star Stadium 25,000
2011–12 Red Star 2–0 Borac Čačak Kruševac Mladost Stadium 11,000
2012–13 Jagodina 1–0 Vojvodina Belgrade Partizan Stadium 15,000
2013–14 Vojvodina 2–0 Jagodina Belgrade Partizan Stadium 8,000
2014–15 Čukarički 1–0 Partizan Belgrade Rajko Mitić Stadium 10,000
2015–16 Partizan 2–0 Javor Ivanjica Gornji Milanovac Metalac Stadium 4,500
2016–17 Partizan   1–0 Red Star Belgrade Partizan Stadium 20,000
2017–18 Partizan 2–1 Mladost Lučani Surdulica Surdulica City Stadium 3,500
2018–19 Partizan 1–0 Red Star Belgrade Rajko Mitić Stadium 20,000
1 The match was abandoned in the 83rd minute with Partizan leading 2–1 when Vojvodina walked off to protest the quality of the officiating. Originally, this was declared the final score and the Cup was awarded to Partizan, but on May 16th, 2011, after further investigation from Serbian FA concerning the match, the result was officially registered as a 3–0 win to Partizan.

Performance by clubEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Year(s) Won Year(s) Runner-up
Partizan
7
1
2008, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 2015
Red Star
3
2
2007, 2010, 2012 2017, 2019
Vojvodina
1
4
2014 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013
Jagodina
1
1
2013 2014
Čukarički
1
-
2015
Zemun
-
1
2008
Sevojno
-
1
2009
Borac Čačak
-
1
2012
Javor Ivanjica
-
1
2016
Mladost Lučani
-
1
2018

Semi-finalsEdit

Club Semi-finalists Semi-finals years
Partizan
11
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Red Star
8
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2019
Vojvodina
7
2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
OFK Beograd
4
2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
Jagodina
3
2013, 2014, 2015
Čukarički
3
2015, 2017, 2018
Banat Zrenjanin
2
2007, 2009
Borac Čačak
2
2012, 2016
Javor Ivanjica
2
2013, 2016
Spartak Subotica
2
2014, 2016
Mladost Lučani
2
2018, 2019
Zemun
1
2008
Sevojno
1
2009
Sloboda Užice
1
2011
Voždovac
1
2015
Mačva Šabac
1
2018
Radnički Niš
1
2019
  • Bold indicates finalist team in season.

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