Cupa Ligii

The Cupa Ligii (English: League Cup) was Romania's secondary club football tournament. Like the Cupa României, it was played on a knockout (single elimination) basis.

Cupa Ligii
Founded2014
Abolished2017
RegionRomania
Number of teams14
Last championsDinamo București
(1st title)
Most successful club(s)Steaua București
(2 times)
Television broadcastersLook TV
Look Plus
Digi Sport
Dolce Sport
WebsiteCupa Ligii at lpf.ro

It is unclear when the competition was first created, as there are no official recordings. It probably started sometime after 1990, but there may already have been an edition as early as 1978. Cupa Ligii was meant to shorten the break between the end of the league season and the start of a major international competition. It had a friendly character and was last played in 2000 before being dropped.

In April 2014, it was taken the decision to reestablish the competition, this time with official character, starting with the 2014–15 campaign.[1] Managed by the Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal (LPF), only teams from the Romanian top division were allowed to take part. Steaua București (twice) and Dinamo București were winners of the cup before being abolished again in 2017.[2]

Finals 2014–2017

There were three previous friendly cups held in 1994, 1998 and 2000. Those were won by Rapid București, FCM Bacău and Gloria Bistrița.[3][4][5][6]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
2014–15 Steaua București 3–0 Pandurii Târgu Jiu Arena Națională, Bucharest
2015–16 Steaua București 2–1 (a.e.t.) Concordia Chiajna
2016–17 Dinamo București 2–0 ACS Poli Timișoara

Broadcasters

From the 2014–15 season to the 2018–19 season, sister channels Look TV and Look Plus were meant to broadcast Cupa Ligii.[7] The matches could have also been viewed on Digi Sport and Dolce Sport.

References

  1. "Sponsor de 1.5 mil euro pentru Cupa Ligii, premii mai mari decat in Cupa Romaniei" [1,5 million euro sponsor for Cupa Ligii, better rewards than for Cupa României] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  2. "Război deschis LPF-FRF! Cupa Ligii s-a desființat! "Burleanu a obținut ce și-a dorit"" [Open war between LPF-FRF! The League Cup was dropped! "Burleanu managed to get what he wanted"] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  3. "Tot ce trebuie să ştii despre finala Cupei Ligii". Pro Sport. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  4. "Cupa Ligii". Puterea.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  5. "Istoria Cupei Ligii". ProSport.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  6. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesr/roemleagcuphist.html
  7. "Look TV şi Transilvania Live vor transmite meciurile din Liga I şi Cupa Ligii" [Look TV and Transilvania Live will transmit Liga I and Cupa Ligii matches]. exclusivNews (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
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