Danish Cup

Danish Cup
DBU Pokalen logo.svg
Founded1954
Region Denmark
Number of teams108
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Current championsFC Midtjylland (2018–19)
Most successful club(s)Pokalturnering.dk
2019–20 Danish Cup

The Danish Cup (Danish: Landspokalturneringen) (often referred to as Sydbank Pokalen for sponsorship reasons) is the official "knockout" cup competition in Danish football, run by the Danish Football Association. The cup has been contested annually since 1955.

The winner will qualify for the UEFA Europa League tournament the following year, where they (as of the 2009–10 season) will enter in the third qualifying round.

The latest edition, 2017-18 Danish Cup, was won by Superliga-side Brøndby, beating Superliga-side Silkeborg 3-1 on 10 May 2018 at Parken Stadium, thereby winning their first domestic trophy since 2008.

The final traditionally takes place on Kristi Himmelfarts Dag (The Ascension) and it is always played in the Danish national stadium Parken. However in the 1991 and 1992 seasons the final had been rescheduled to Odense Stadion and Århus Stadion respectively due to the renovation of Parken. Furthermore, in 2011, because Ascension Thursday fell on June 2 and an international match date was already allotted for this date, the Danish Cup final was played two weeks earlier on May 22, which coincided with the annual Copenhagen Marathon.

The club with most final appearances is AGF with 12 finals, having won 9 of them.

Attention has been brought to the fact that the final on most occasions unpractically is played before the last rounds of the league, which can open up for speculation in the benefit of losing league games at the end of the season especially for the cup runner-up if the winner is heading for the league championship. Recently former AaB player David Nielsen claimed in his autobiography that after losing the cupfinal in 2004 to FC Copenhagen, he deliberately missed opportunities to score against them when AaB and FC Copenhagen met in the final league match because FCK would win the championship (and thereby the double) and land AaB in the UEFA cup as losing cup finalists.

History

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