Copa Colombia

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Copa Águila
CopaAguila.png
Founded 1950
Region Colombia Colombia
Number of teams 36
Current champions Junior (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Millonarios
(3 titles)
Television broadcasters Win Sports
Website Official Site
2016 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. The Copa Colombia was played for the first time in 1950, and it has been played consecutively since its revival in 2008. The most successful club is Millonarios with three titles.

History[edit]

Copa Colombia was created in 1950 by DIMAYOR, after the first two editions of the professional league. This edition was characterised by the few interest showed by teams and spectators. It was won by Boca Juniors de Cali, whom defeated Santa Fe with an aggregate score of 7–6.

The existence of the next edition, the 1951–52, is matter of controversy, due to the few information registered. According to some sources, the tournament was won by Boca Juniors, defeating Millonarios in the finals with an aggregate score of 3–2. However other sources said Boca Juniors faced Millonarios in a previous round of the 1952–53 edition (the Winners Round) and both team faced again in the finals, with Millonarios defeating Boca Juniors with an aggregate score of 5–0.[2][3] The official website of Millonarios also ignore the 1951–52 edition, taking as second title the won in the 1962–63 edition.[4] The next edition of the tournament was played three years later, in 1956, however it was cancelled while it was played.[5]

As with previous editions, there are doubts about the existence of the 1962–63 tournament. Some sources said Millonarios defeated Deportivo Cali in the finals with an aggregate score of 5–3; however other sources said this trophy was given to Millonarios as a commemorative title because they won the three previous editions of the league consecutively.[6][7]

The cup would not be played until 1981, when the tournament was included as a part of the league. The champion of the cup automatically qualified to the Final Stage of the league for the next season. For this tournament participated in the First Group the teams that not qualified to the Quadrangular Stage in the league and in the Second Group the teams eliminated in the Quadrangular Stage. The winners of each group, Deportivo Cali and Independiente Medellín, faced in the Finals, where Medellín won with an aggregate score of 4–2.[8]

In 1989, another edition was played as a part of the league. The top four teams of the tournament won bonus point in the league in this order: 0.500, 0.375, 0.250 and 0.125. In the Finals, Santa Fe defeated Unión Magdalena, after drawing 0–0 in the first match and winning the second 2–1. The top four teams of the tournament were Santa Fe, Unión Magdalena, Junior and América de Cali. This was the last edition of the Copa Colombia until 2008.[9]

On 14 February 2008, the 36 members of the DIMAYOR decided to organise a new national cup. As a DIMAYOR decision, it would be contested by all its members: the first and second division of Colombian football.[10] The new tournament was called Copa Postobón, due to sponsorship with Postobón, whom was also the sponsor of the league.[11] The first edition of the new cup was won by La Equidad.

Since 2015, the new sponsor of the tournament is the brewery company Bavaria, manufacturer of Águila beer, so the cup was renamed as Copa Águila.[1]

Editions[edit]

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

Copa Colombia[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up
1950–51 Boca Juniors Santa Fe
1951–52 Boca Juniors Millonarios
1952–53 Millonarios Boca Juniors
1956 Suspended
1962–63 Millonarios Deportivo Cali
1981 Independiente Medellín Deportivo Cali
1989 Santa Fe Unión Magdalena

Source: RSSSF[12] (Note: some editions cited in RSSSF as official are not considered official by all sources)[13]

Copa Postobón[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up
2008 La Equidad Once Caldas
2009 Santa Fe Deportivo Pasto
2010 Deportivo Cali Itagüí
2011 Millonarios Boyacá Chicó
2012 Atlético Nacional Deportivo Pasto
2013 [14] Atlético Nacional Millonarios
2014 [15] Deportes Tolima Santa Fe

Copa Águila[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up
2015 [16] Junior Santa Fe
2016 [17] In progress

Performance by club[edit]

Copa Colombia[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up
Boca Juniors
2
1
Millonarios
2
1
Santa Fe
1
1
Independiente Medellín
1
0
Deportivo Cali
0
2
Unión Magdalena
0
1

Copa Postobón/Águila[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up
Atlético Nacional
2
0
Santa Fe
1
2
Millonarios
1
1
Deportes Tolima
1
0
Deportivo Cali
1
0
Junior
1
0
La Equidad
1
0
Deportivo Pasto
0
2
Boyacá Chicó
0
1
Itagüí
0
1
Once Caldas
0
1

References[edit]