The English Football League Cup , also known as the League Cup , the Football League Cup , the EFL Cup, and the Carabao Cup . Carabao Cup ) is a football competition held among English club teams. It was founded in 1960. At the moment, 92 clubs from four top divisions of the English championship ( Premier League and three divisions of the English Football League ) are taking part in the tournament.
|English Football League Cup|
|Number of participants||92|
|Current winner||Manchester city|
|Most titled||Liverpool (8)|
The English Football League Cup is considered not as prestigious as the FA Cup , which has a much richer history, and even those clubs that are not part of the Football League take part in the draw.
The current winner of the tournament is Manchester City .
Starting from the 2016/17 season, the tournament has been called the “English Football League Cup” following the rebranding of the name of the Football League to the English Football League .
Like the FA Cup , this tournament is held on the principle of eliminating participants after the first defeat, with the exception of the semi-finals, in which two matches are played on the fields of both opponents. In addition, unlike the FA Cup, where 731 teams participated in the 2007/08 season , the number of participants in the English Football League Cup is limited to 92 clubs - 20 represent the Premier League , and another 72 - three divisions of the English Football League .
The winner of the English Football League Cup gets the right to participate in the Europa League if he does not achieve this right in another way (if the winner plays in the Champions League , a ticket to the Europa League is transferred to the team from among those who have not yet participated in any of the European Cups, but finished in the Premier League above its competitors).
Since 1982, the Football League Cup has been named after the sponsor:
- Milk Cup - from 1981/1982 to 1985/1986, the sponsor was the dairy company Milk Marketing Board .
- Littlewoods Challenge Cup - From 1986/1987 to 1989/1990, the sponsor was Littlewoods Sir John Moors , known for its bookmaker division.
- Rumblebows Cup ( Rumbelows Cup ) - From 1990/1991 to 1991/1992, the Cup was sponsored by the Rumblebows electrical goods trading company.
- Coca-Cola Cup ( English Coca-Cola Cup ) - from 1992/1993 to 1997/1998, the sponsor was the company producing soft drinks Coca-Cola .
- Worthington Cup ( Worthington Cup ) - From 1998/1999 to 2002/2003, the name of the Cup was a beer brand owned by Coors Brewers .
- Carling Cup - from 2003/2004 to 2011/2012, the beer brand owned by Coors Brewers is used as the name.
- Capital One Cup - From 2012/2013 to 2015/16, the name of the bank is Capital One .
- English Football League Cup ( EFL Cup ) - In the 2016/17 season, the Cup did not have a main sponsor.
- Carabao Cup ( Carabao Cup ) - starting from the 2017/18 season, the Cup is sponsored by the Thai energy drink company Carabao (agreement concluded until 2020).
The last victories and defeats in the finals of the tournament for clubs having two or more victories are indicated.
|Club||Victory||Last victory||Finalist||Last defeat|
- Blackburn Rovers , West Bromwich Albion , Queens Park Rangers , Leeds United , Luton Town , Middlesbrough , Oxford United , Stoke City , Swindon Town , Swansea City and Sheffield Wensday won the tournament once.
- Bolton Wanderers , West Ham United and Everton played twice in the final, but never won the trophy.