Copa Lipton

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Copa Lipton
Copa lipton trophy.jpg
The trophy given to champions
Organising body Argentina AFA
Uruguay AUF
Founded 1905
Abolished 1992; 26 years ago (1992)
Region Argentina, Uruguay
Number of teams 2
Related competitions
Most successful team(s)  Argentina
(18 titles)

The Copa Lipton or Copa de Caridad Lipton was a football competition contested between Argentina and Uruguay national teams. It was held 29 times between 1905 and 1992.

History[edit]

The trophy was donated by the Scottish tea magnate Thomas Lipton for a tournament between the two countries either side of the Río de La Plata with the condition that the teams be made up of only native born players. The trophy (the oldest international cup exhibited at the Argentine Association headquarters) was sculpted by English goldsmiths Flokington from Regent Street.[1]

The tournament was contested on an annual basis between 1905 and 1929, with the exception of 1914, 1920-1921 and 1925-1926. It has only been played sporadically since, with only 9 editions played over half a century between 1937 and 1992. The decade of 1910 is considered "the golden age" of the competition, due to Argentina and Uruguay were the predominant teams in South America by then and the Copa Lipton was the most important competition for both sides. Nevertheless, the Cup lost interest since the 1930s because of the birth of FIFA World Cup, the conflicts between AFA and AUF and the inclusion of other nations in South American competitions.[1]

The cup has been contested 29 times in total, with Argentina the winners on 18 occasions and Uruguay on 11. In the event of a draw, the cup was traditionally awarded to the away team and the date and rules of the next tournament were set by the holders.

List of champions[edit]

Finals[edit]

The following list includes all editions of Copa Lipton:[2] [3]

Year Champion Runner-up Score City Venue
1905  Uruguay  Argentina 0-0 Buenos Aires [note 1] Sociedad Sportiva
1906  Argentina  Uruguay 2-0 Montevideo
1907  Argentina  Uruguay 2-1 Buenos Aires
1908  Argentina  Uruguay 2-2 Montevideo [note 2]
1909  Argentina  Uruguay 2-1 Buenos Aires
1910  Uruguay  Argentina 3-1 Montevideo Belvedere
1911  Uruguay  Argentina 2-0 Buenos Aires
1912  Uruguay  Argentina 2-0 Montevideo
1913  Argentina  Uruguay 4-0 Avellaneda
1915  Argentina  Uruguay 2-1 Buenos Aires
1916  Argentina  Uruguay 2-1 Montevideo Parque Central
1917  Argentina  Uruguay 1-0 Avellaneda
1918  Argentina  Uruguay 1-1 Montevideo [note 2]
1919  Uruguay  Argentina 2-1 Buenos Aires
1922  Uruguay  Argentina 1-0 Montevideo
1923  Uruguay  Argentina 0-0 Buenos Aires [note 1]
1924  Uruguay  Argentina 2-0 Montevideo
1927  Uruguay  Argentina 1-0 Buenos Aires
1928  Argentina  Uruguay 2-2 Montevideo [note 2] Parque Central
1929  Uruguay  Argentina 0-0 Buenos Aires [note 1]
1937  Argentina  Uruguay 5-1 Buenos Aires
1942  Argentina  Uruguay 1-1 Montevideo [note 2] Centenario
1945  Argentina  Uruguay 2-2 Montevideo [note 2] Centenario
1957  Argentina  Uruguay 1-1 Buenos Aires [note 1]
1962  Argentina  Uruguay 3-1 Buenos Aires River Plate
1968  Argentina  Uruguay 2-0 Buenos Aires River Plate
1973  Uruguay  Argentina 1-1 Buenos Aires [note 1] Vélez Sársfield
1976  Argentina  Uruguay 4-1 Buenos Aires
1992  Argentina  Uruguay 0-0 Montevideo [note 2] Centenario
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Uruguay won the trophy as visiting team.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Argentina won the trophy as visiting team.

Titles by country[edit]

Team Titles Years won
 Argentina 18 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1962, 1968, 1976, 1992
 Uruguay 11 1905, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1929, 1973

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Esas raras copas viejas by Damián Didonato on Un Caño
  2. ^ Copa Lipton by José Luis Pierrend at RSSSF
  3. ^ Results at Informe Argentina Archived 2009-02-08 at the Wayback Machine.