Copa de la Liga

Copa de la Liga

The Copa de la Liga (League Cup in Spanish) was a Spanish football tournament created in 1982.

Due to time constraints, saturation and club pressure, the competition only lasted four years, being cancelled in 1986. Although now largely forgotten, and with very little prospect of being reinstated; winning the trophy helped enable two clubs to complete unique Cup Doubles: Barcelona with the Copa del Rey (1983), and Real Madrid with the UEFA Cup (1985).


A straight knock-out competition. All ties were played over two legs, home and away, with the team with the largest aggregate score progressing. The final was also two legged. If the aggregate score was tied after two legs of ninety minutes play, extra-time would be played. If that failed to separate the teams, a penalty shoot out would determine the winner. Unlike the Copa del Rey, the away goal rule was not applied.


Season Winner Runner-up Result (agg.)
1982–83 Barcelona Real Madrid 4-3
1983–84 Valladolid Atlético Madrid 3-0
1984–85 Real Madrid Atlético Madrid 4-3
1985–86 Barcelona Betis 2-1

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