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Serbian Cup
Lav Kup.jpg
Founded 2006
Region Serbia
Number of teams 2,032
Current champions Partizan
Most successful club Partizan
(2 titles)
Website Lav Kup Srbije
2009–10 Serbian Cup

The Serbian Cup is the national football cup of Serbia. For sponsorship reasons it is referred to in the media as Lav Cup of Serbia since 2007.

The winner of the competition gets a spot in the UEFA Europa League qualifying round.

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Sponsorship

The Serbian FA agreed the marketing rights with popular Serbian brewery from Čelarevo Carlsberg Srbija and cup was named after its main brand Lav pivo. The Carlsberg affiliate signed a deal to support the Serbian Cup for 4 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.

History

Serbia's cup tournament is the legal successor to the Serbia and Montenegro 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. The Football Association of Serbia formed a deal with Carlsberg affiliate Lav Pivo and quickly formed the Lav Kup Srbije.

Trophy

Serbia's Cup Trophy

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 their 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 Milnar defeated 50 other students in the contest held at Belgrade's Art College. The trophy which is heavily inspired by 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 Mihajlo created.

Cup Winners

Season Winner Score Runner-up
2006/07 Crvena zvezda
2 – 0 Vojvodina
2007/08 Partizan
3 – 0 Zemun
2008/09 Partizan
3 – 0 Sevojno

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.

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