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The Carabao Cup, or the EFL Cup as it's more commonly known, is a competition with a great history in English football. It's a tournament that has been run since 1961 and has had many different names, and is fondly thought of by football fans.
The League Cup is effectively the second biggest domestic cup trophy in English football (after the prestigious FA Cup) and one that attracts a great deal of interest, especially as the tournament moves into its latter stages.
The first team to win the trophy was Aston Villa, who beat Rotherham in a two-legged final in 1961. The final was a two-legged affair up until 1967 and has usually been held at Wembley Stadium, but was played at the Millenium Stadium between 2001 and 2007 when Wembley was being redeveloped.
Liverpool have won the competition the most times, on nine occasions, and Manchester City have won it on eight occasions. Chelsea, Aston Villa, and Manchester United have all won the EFL Cup five times. Tottenham sits just behind these teams, with four successes.
The trophy has often been won by so-called 'lesser teams,' including the likes of Luton Town, Oxford United, and Norwich City.
Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest had a very successful spell in the competition in the late 80s and early 90s. Manchester United won it twice in a row in 2009 and 2010 under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The League Cup final is always a big occasion, watched by millions, and cup tickets are incredibly popular and sought after by neutrals as well as fans of the clubs taking part.
The competition has seen its fair share of sponsors, whose name is then taken as part of the cup's identity. Between 1960-61 and 1980-81, the trophy was simply called the Football League Cup. From 1981 to 1986, it was referred to as the Milk Cup, as it was sponsored by the Milk Marketing Board.
It has since been called the Littlewoods Cup, Rumbelows Cup, Coca-Cola Cup, Worthington's Cup, Carling Cup, and Capital One Cup, and since the 2017-18 season, it's been sponsored by the Carabao Energy Drink, hence the Carabao Cup.
All teams within the English Football League take part in the England Football League Cup. Initial rounds do not include the big guns, and then Premier League teams join the tournament, and those who are in European action then join after those.
Football tickets for the Carabao Cup are very popular, especially from the quarter-finals onwards. The semi-finals involve two-legged games, and the final is a one-off game.
The EFL Cup final no longer involves a replay, meaning that the game will go to extra time and then, if necessary, penalties before a winning team is then crowned.
|1960/1961||Football League Cup||Aston Villa||Rotherham United|
|1961/1962||Football League Cup||Norwich City||Rochdale|
|1962/1963||Football League Cup||Birmingham City||Rotherham United|
|1963/1964||Football League Cup||Leicester City||Stoke City|
|1964/1965||Football League Cup||Chelsea||Leicester City|
|1965/1966||Football League Cup||West Bromwich Albion||West Ham United|
|1966/1967||Football League Cup||Queens Park Rangers||West Bromwich Albion|
|1967/1968||Football League Cup||Leeds United||Arsenal|
|1968/1969||Football League Cup||Swindon Town||Arsenal|
|1969/1970||Football League Cup||Manchester City||West Bromwich Albion|
|1970/1971||Football League Cup||Tottenham Hotspur||Aston Villa|
|1971/1972||Football League Cup||Stoke City||Chelsea|
|1972/1973||Football League Cup||Tottenham Hotspur||Norwich City|
|1973/1974||Football League Cup||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Manchester City|
|1974/1975||Football League Cup||Aston Villa||Norwich City|
|1976/1977||Football League Cup||Aston Villa||Everton|
|1977/1978||Football League Cup||Nottingham Forest||Liverpool|
|1978/1979||Football League Cup||Nottingham Forest||Southampton|
|1979/1980||Football League Cup||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Nottingham Forest|
|1980/1981||Football League Cup||Liverpool||West Ham United|
|1981/1982||Football League Cup||Liverpool||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1982/1983||Milk Cup||Liverpool||Manchester United|
|1984/1985||Milk Cup||Norwich City||Sunderland|
|1985/1986||Milk Cup||Oxford United||Queens Park Rangers|
|1986/1987||Littlewoods Challenge Cup||Arsenal||Liverpool|
|1987/1988||Littlewoods Challenge Cup||Luton Town||Arsenal|
|1988/1989||Littlewoods Challenge Cup||Nottingham Forest||Luton Town|
|1989/1990||Littlewoods Challenge Cup||Nottingham Forest||Oldham Athletic|
|1990/1991||Rumbelows Cup||Sheffield Wednesday||Manchester United|
|1991/1992||Rumbelows Cup||Manchester United||Nottingham Forrest|
|1992/1993||Coca-Cola Cup||Arsenal||Sheffield Wednesday|
|1993/1994||Coca-Cola Cup||Aston Villa||Manchester United|
|1994/1995||Coca-Cola Cup||Liverpool||Bolton Wanderers|
|1995/1996||Coca-Cola Cup||Aston Villa||Leeds United|
|1996/1997||Coca-Cola Cup||Leicester City||Middlesbrough|
|1998/1999||Worthington Cup||Tottenham Hotspur||Leicester City|
|1999/2000||Worthington Cup||Leicester City||Tranmere Rovers|
|2000/2001||Worthington Cup||liverpool||Birmingham City|
|2001/2002||Worthington Cup||Blackburn Rovers||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2002/2003||Worthington Cup||Liverpool||Manchester United|
|2003/2004||Carling Cup||Middlesbrough||Bolton Wanderers|
|2005/2006||Carling Cup||Manchester United||Wigan Athletic|
|2007/2008||Carling Cup||Tottenham Hotspur||Chelsea|
|2008/2009||Carling Cup||Manchester United||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2009/2010||Carling Cup||Manchester United||Aston Villa|
|2010/2011||Carling Cup||Birmingham City||Arsenal|
|2011/2012||Carling Cup||Liverpool||Cardiff City|
|2012/2013||Capital One Cup||Swansea City||Bradford City|
|2013/2014||Capital One Cup||Manchester City||Sunderland|
|2014/2015||Capital One Cup||Chelsea||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2015/2016||Capital One Cup||Manchester City||Liverpool|
|2016/2017||EFL Cup||Manchester United||Southampton|
|2017/2018||Carabao Cup||Manchester City||Arsenal|
|2018/2019||Carabao Cup||Manchester City||Chelsea|
|2019/2020||Carabao Cup||Manchester City||Aston Villa|
|2020/2021||Carabao Cup||Manchester City||Tottenham Hotspur|