The Copa Colombia is a soccer competition of club members of the DIMAYOR.
Copa Colombia has only been played five times since its first edition in 1950-51 until its last time in 1989. The tournament for 2008 has just been approved, to make a new edition this year.
The biggest champions of the tournament are Millonarios, and the defunct team Boca Juniors de Cali, both with two championships and one runner-up.
The Copa Colombia was played in Colombia in five ocassions, four of them between 1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53, and 1962-63 ( the first three were in the El Dorado of Colombian football)
like an eliminatory tournament similar to Copa del Rey in Spain (with home & away games). Caused to the economy of the teams and the Colombian League back then, the teams could afford large rosters for both tournaments and international games.
It is to be notable that after the 1962-63 edition, the Copa Colombia trophy was given definetively to Millonarios for winning consecutive times the editions of Futbol Profesional Colombiano of 1951, 1952, and 1953 and the Copa Colombia of 1952-52 and then other editions of Futbol Profesional Colombiano of 1961, 1962, and 1963 and again the Copa Colombia of 1962-63.
After 26 year, until 1989 there was a new edition for Copa Colombia, as part of the Futbol Profesional Colombiano.
The 1989 tournament was played in halfway between the first and second round of the tournament and it was counted agaisnt the clasification standings, which qulifies the semifinalist. Independiente Santa Fe won the competition, being the champion of the latest Copa Colombia edition.
In February 14 2008, the 36 members of the DIMAYOR approved the re-start for the new Copa Colombia which will be played with teams from the First and Second Division of the Futbol Colombiano, it is going to be played yearlong period 2008 and the champion will find a grid for the Copa Sudamericana. The tournament will start in March 12 and is to get done in November 19.
The official sponsor of the tournament for the next 5 years will be the Postobon company,
which is also part owner of one of the competing teams, Atletico Nacional.
For more information see Copa Colombia 2008.
Copa Colombia Champions
Dimayor Official Site
Rules of the Tournament of Association of Professional Football Soccer Clubs of Colombia
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