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Copa Colombia

Copa Águila
Founded 1950
Region Colombia
Number of teams 36
Current champions Deportes Tolima (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Millonarios
(3 titles)
Television broadcasters Win Sports
Website Official Site
2015 Copa Colombia

The Copa Colombia (Colombia Cup, officially known as Copa Águila[1] due to sponsorship by brewery company Bavaria (manufacturer of Águila beer)) is a football tournament in Colombia. It is contested by the 36 professional clubs of DIMAYOR. Although played for the first time in 1950, the tournament has only been held twelve times and five times consecutively since its revival in 2008. The most successful club is Millonarios, with three titles.

History

Prior to 2008, the Copa Colombia was played in seven occasions, the first three 1950–51 and 1952–53 (in the El Dorado of the Colombian football) as an elimination tournament similar to the Copa del Rey in Spain, with home and away games. Due to the economic status of the teams and the Colombian League back then, the teams could afford large rosters for both local and international games. There were two additional editions in 1956 and 1963.

After the 1962–63 edition, the trophy was given to Millonarios after they won their third consecutive edition of the Copa Colombia. In 1981, there was a new edition of the Copa Colombia, as an additional part of the league. This edition was won by Independiente Medellín over Deportivo Cali. Eight years later, in 1989, Santa Fe won the competition when it was revived again.[2]

New beginning

On February 14, 2008, the 36 members of the DIMAYOR decided to bring back the Copa Colombia. As a DIMAYOR decision, it would be contested by its members (the first and second division of Colombian football).[3] The first edition of the Copa Colombia's newest inception was held the same year and won by La Equidad. The official sponsor of the tournament for the following five years was Postobón.[4]

In 2015 the competition was renamed to Copa Águila with a new sponsor, Bavaria, the company that produces Águila beer.

List of finals


One of the Copa Colombia of the 1950s
from the trophy room of Millonarios FC

Season Winner (title count) Runner-up
1950–51 Boca Juniors (1) Santa Fe
1951–52 Boca Juniors (2) Millonarios
1952–53 Millonarios (1) Boca Juniors
1963 Millonarios (2) Deportivo Cali
1981 Independiente Medellín (1) Deportivo Cali
1989 Santa Fe (1) Unión Magdalena
2008 La Equidad (1) Once Caldas
2009 Santa Fe (2) Pasto
2010 Deportivo Cali (1) Itagüí
2011 Millonarios (3) Boyacá Chicó
2012 Atlético Nacional (1) Pasto
2013 [5] Atlético Nacional (2) Millonarios
2014 [6] Deportes Tolima (1) Santa Fe

Source:[2]

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years Runners-Up
Millonarios
3
2
1953, 1963, 2011 1952, 2013
Santa Fe
2
2
1989, 2009 1951, 2014
Boca Juniors
2
1
1951, 1952 1953
Atlético Nacional
2
0
2012, 2013
Deportivo Cali
1
2
2010 1963, 1981
Independiente Medellín
1
0
1981
La Equidad
1
0
2008
Deportes Tolima
1
0
2014
Pasto
0
2
2009, 2012
Unión Magdalena
0
1
1989
Once Caldas
0
1
2008
Itagüí
0
1
2010
Boyacá Chicó
0
1
2011

References

  1. ^ http://www.golcaracol.com/futbol-colombiano/liga-postobon/articulo-325417-asi-el-nuevo-logo-del-fpc-llego-la-liga-aguila
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
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