Polish Cup

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Polish Cup
Final Pucharu Polski (14095359341).jpg
The Polish Cup trophy
Founded1925
Number of teams68
Qualifier for UEFA Europa Conference League
Domestic cup(s) Polish SuperCup
Current champions Raków Częstochowa
(1st title)
Most successful club(s) Legia Warsaw
(19 titles)
Website Official website
Soccerball current event.svg 2020–21 Polish Cup

The Polish Cup in football (Polish : Puchar Polski w piłce nożnej [ˌpuxar ˈpɔlskʲi] ) is an elimination tournament for Polish football clubs, held continuously from 1950, and is the second most important national title in Polish football after the Ekstraklasa title. Due to mass participation of teams, the tournament is often called The Cup of the Thousand Teams (Polish : Puchar Tysiąca Drużyn [ˌpuxar tɨˌɕɔnt͡sa ˈdruʐɨn] ).

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Participation is open to any club registered with the Polish FA, regardless of whether it competes in any league in the national pyramid. Reserve and veteran teams are also eligible, with reserve teams reaching the final on two occasions (and winning it once). The Cup is popular among lower-level teams, as it gives them a chance to play better known sides. In some cases, the underdogs even reached the final, with the most famous example being Czarni Żagań, which in 1964–1965 season lost the final game 0–4 to Górnik Zabrze.

Lower league clubs have to enter regional qualification rounds and the winners of these join the teams from the first and second division in the competition proper. The regional qualifications are played in the preceding season, so that one edition of Polish Cup for lower ranked clubs can last two seasons. Each tie is decided by a single game which is held at the lower league side's stadium. The final used to be a single match, but 2002–2006 it was contested over two legs. Since 2007, the Cup has returned to the single-game final.

The first edition of the Polish Cup took place in 1926, but it was quickly abandoned. In the late 1930s, the President of Poland's Football Cup (1936 - 1939) was organized, which featured teams of the Polish Football Association's regional districts.

Polish Cup winners

Previous cup winners are: [1]

Performances

Performance by club

ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning Years
Legia Warsaw 1961955, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
Górnik Zabrze 671965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
Lech Poznań 551982, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2009
Wisła Kraków 461926, 1967, 2002, 2003
Zagłębie Sosnowiec 411962, 1963, 1977, 1978
Ruch Chorzów 361951, 1974, 1996
GKS Katowice 351986, 1991, 1993
Amica Wronki 311998, 1999, 2000
Arka Gdynia 221979, 2017
Lechia Gdańsk 211983, 2019
Śląsk Wrocław 211976, 1987
Polonia Warsaw 21952, 2001
Jagiellonia Białystok 122010
Wisła Płock 112006
ŁKS Łódź 111957
Gwardia Warsaw 111954
Raków Częstochowa 112021
Cracovia 12020
Dyskobolia Grodzisk 12007
Zawisza Bydgoszcz 12014
Miedź Legnica 11992
Widzew Łódź 11985
Stal Rzeszów 11975
Pogoń Szczecin 3
Polonia Bytom 3
Zagłębie Lubin 3
GKS Bełchatów 2
Piast Gliwice 2
Aluminium Konin 1
Czarni Żagań 1
Korona Kielce 1
ROW II Rybnik 1
Sparta Lwów 1
Stal Mielec 1

See also

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References

  1. "Poland - List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. The original winner were Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski. By the resolution of the PZPN management board of September 2, 2020, they were deprived of this title in connection with proven cases of corruption.
    Skarb - Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski. 90minut.pl (in Polish). 2021-01-21.