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Coupe de la Ligue
CoupeLigueLogo.jpg
Founded 1994
Region  France
Number of teams 45
Current champions Bordeaux (3rd time)
Most successful club Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain (3 times)
Television broadcasters France 2, France 3, France 4
Soccerball current event.svg 2009–10 Coupe de la Ligue

The Coupe de la Ligue, known outside of France as the French League Cup, is a knockout cup competition in French football organised by the Ligue de Football Professionnel.[1] The tournament was established in 1994,[2] although similar competitions 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]

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History

The tournament in its current format started in 1994. 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 shoutout was the 1996 cup when Metz beat Olympique Lyonnais.[6] The first three finals were held at Parc des Princes; since the 1998 cup, all 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 1995.[3] The most successful teams, in terms of competitions won, are Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain, who have won the cup thrice.[3] The current holders of the cup are Bordeaux, who beat Vannes in the 2009 final.[8]

Finals

Records

Media coverage

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

See also

References

  1. ^ "League Cup". Ligue de Football Professionnel. http://www.frenchleague.com/coupeLigue/. Retrieved 20 February 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d e "League Cup History". Ligue de Football Professionnel. http://www.frenchleague.com/coupeLigue/lireArticle.asp?idArticle=7782. Retrieved 20 February 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f "France — List of League Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesf/franleagcuphist.html. Retrieved 19 February 2009.  
  4. ^ "France Summer Cup 1982". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesf/franleagcup82.html. Retrieved 20 February 2009.  
  5. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 SC Bastia". Ligue de Football Professionnel. http://www.frenchleague.com/coupeLigue/feuilleMatch.asp?saison=1994/1995&code_evt=CL&num_ordre=1&code_jr_tr=T99. Retrieved 20 February 2009.  
  6. ^ "FC Metz 0–0 Olympique Lyonnais". Ligue de Football Professionnel. http://www.frenchleague.com/coupeLigue/feuilleMatch.asp?saison=1995/1996&code_evt=CL&num_ordre=1&code_jr_tr=T99. Retrieved 20 February 2009.  
  7. ^ "Roll of Honour". Ligue de Football Professionnel. http://www.frenchleague.com/coupeLigue/palmares.asp. Retrieved 20 February 2009.  
  8. ^ "FC Girondins de Bordeaux 4–0 Vannes OC". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 25 April 2009. http://www.frenchleague.com/coupeLigue/feuilleMatch.asp?saison=2008/2009&code_evt=CL&code_jr_tr=T99&num_ordre=1. Retrieved 25 April 2009.  
  9. ^ a b "Roll of Honour". Ligue de Football Professionnel. http://www.frenchleague.com/coupeLigue/palmares.asp. Retrieved 20 February 2009.  
  10. ^ "Top Scorer — All Time". Ligue de Football Professionnel. http://www.frenchleague.com/coupeLigue/classementButeur.asp?code_jr_tr=ALL&saison=ALL. Retrieved 20 February 2009.  
  11. ^ "Top Scorer — Season 1997-98". Ligue de Football Professionnel. http://www.frenchleague.com/coupeLigue/classementButeur.asp?code_jr_tr=ALL&saison=1997/1998. Retrieved 20 February 2009.  

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Simple English

The Coupe de la Ligue is a French football competition. It is organized by the Ligue de Football Professionnel. It was established in 1994. Its current champion is Olympique de Marseille.








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