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Belgian Cup

Belgian Cup

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Belgian Cup
Founded 1911
Region Belgium
Number of teams 294
Qualifier for UEFA Europa League
Domestic cup(s) Belgian Super Cup
Current champions Standard Liège (8th title)
Most successful club(s) Club Brugge (11 titles)
Website Cofidis Cup
2018–19 Belgian Cup

The Belgian Cup (French: Coupe de Belgique; Dutch: Beker van België [Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbeːkər vɑn ˈbɛlɣijə]]; German: Belgischer Fußballpokal) is the main knockout football competition in Belgium, run by the Belgian Football Association. The first cup was held in 1911-12. The most successful cup club is Club Brugge KV with 11 titles followed by RSC Anderlecht (9) and R Standard de Liège (8). Since the 2015-2016 edition, the Belgian Cup is sponsored by crisp brand Croky and the cup is now called Croky Cup.

History

The first cup competition ever in Belgium was held in 1907-08 but the teams were not actual teams but were provincial selections. The province of West-Vlaanderen won to that of Antwerp by 6–2. The next year, the province of Antwerp beat that of Brabant by 5–2. The cup was then suspended for two years.

The competition began with actual clubs in 1911 but was soon stopped due to the First World War. The interruption lasted until the season 1926-27 but again, the cup fell into disgrace among the leading clubs at the time. In 1953 the competition was finally back in the football calendar. Three years later, a poll was organized after which the Belgian cup was stopped once again. In 1964, with the birth of the European Cup Winners' Cup, the competition was organized once again, in order to send Belgian representative into the competition.

Another cup competition called Belgian League Cup was held between 1997 and 2000. The winning team was qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup but the biggest clubs were denying this competition and were playing it with B teams. This, and the poor attendance during the matches were among the major arguments to stop the competition after three seasons. The winners were successively Lommel, Sint-Truiden and RSC Anderlecht.

Format

The first stage comprises five matchdays (in one leg each), played in the five last Sundays before September 1. Matches are typically played at 4:00pm on the ground of the first drawn team. The first round is played between clubs from levels 4 to 8 in football league pyramid. The second round is played between the clubs who qualified from the first round.

The Belgian Third Division teams (36 clubs) enter the competition in the third round, whereas the 18 Belgian Second Division teams join the competition in the fourth round, together with 38 teams who qualified from the third round. The 16 teams that remain after the fifth round are joined by the 16 Belgian Pro League teams in the sixth round. In this round, all the Belgian Pro League teams are seeded, meaning they cannot meet each other. However the order of the draw still determines the ground. The winners move to round 7, also known as the round of 16.

The rounds of 32 and 16 (Rounds six and seven) are single legged games (as well as the final game) while the quarter finals and semi finals are played in two legs. The final game takes place at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels.

Belgian Cup winners and finalists

Performance by club

Club Wins Last final won Runners-up Last final lost
Club Brugge KV 11 2015 7 2016
RSC Anderlecht 9 2008 4 2015
R Standard Liège 8 2018 9 2007
KRC Genk 4 2013 1 2018
KAA Gent 3 2010 1 2008
Cercle Brugge KSV 2 1985 5 2013
KSK Beveren 2 1983 3 2004
Zulte Waregem 2 2017 1 2014
KSC Lokeren 2 2014 1 1981
K Lierse SK 2 1999 1 1976
Antwerp FC 2 1992 1 1975
SV Thor Waterschei 2 1982 1 1955
Beerschot VAV 2 1979 1 1968
Union 2 1914 0
KV Mechelen 1 1987 4 2009
Germinal Ekeren 1 1997 2 1995
Westerlo 1 2001 1 2011
FC Liégeois 1 1990 1 1987
KSV Waregem 1 1974 1 1982
Daring Bruxelles 1 1935 1 1970
Germinal Beerschot 1 2005 0
La Louvière 1 2003 0
Racing Tournai 1 1956 0
Racing Bruxelles 1 1912 0
Excelsior Mouscron 0 2 2006
Sint-Truiden VV 0 2 2003
Charleroi 0 2 1993
Oostende 0 1 2017
Lommel SK 0 1 2001
KSK Tongeren 0 1 1974
Racing White 0 1 1969
Diest 0 1 1964
Verviers 0 1 1956
Racing Mechelen 0 1 1954
Lyra 0 1 1935
Tubantia Borgerhout 0 1 1927
Racing Gand 0 1 1912
K.V. Kortrijk 0 1 2012
  • italic clubs dissolved or merged

Media coverage

Between the 2006-07 season and the 2011-12 season, the tournament has been screened in Belgium by VRT.[citation needed]

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