The Draw for Carling Cup (English League Cup) Semi-finals has already taken place with Leg 1 of the Semi Final held yesterday on 5 January 2009, and the second leg of the Semi Final to be held on 19 January 2009. The semi-final ties have been scheduled to play on the Tuesday/Wednesday evenings during the weeks commencing 5 January and 19 January. The final match for Carling Cup 2009 will take place on Sunday 1 March 2009 at the Wembley Stadium.
Popularly known as the Football League Cup, or simply the League Cup or Carling Cup, this football league is an English football competition which was founded in 1961. A total of 92 clubs can enter the competition, which include 20 cups from the FA Premier League and 72 clubs of The Football League. The semi-finals for this league cup are played over two legs, and the winning teams qualify for the UEFA European League.
Liverpool club has been the most successful club so far in these football league matches, and have won a total of 7 titles. The current champions for Carling Cup are Tottenham Hotspur club who has won 4 titles so far. Aston Villa club stands at second position with 5 title winnings. Both Nottingham Forest and Chelsea clubs also have 4 winnings each in this league cup, making them in-line with Tottenham Hotspur club.
The Preliminary Rounds for Carling Cup 2009 started last year in 2008, with Round 1 held on 13 August 2008, Round 2 held on 25 August 2008, Round 3 held on 22 September 2008, Round 4 held on 10 November 2008, and Round 5 held on 1 December 2008. Round 5 marks the Quarter-final and so far the scores for 2008 / 2009 Carling Cup Quarter finals are Watford 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United 5-3 Blackburn Rovers, Burnley 2-0 Arsenal and Stoke City 0-1 Derby County.
The four Quarter final winners will compete in the semi-finals over two matches, which will be held at each club’s stadium. The aggregate score of the clubs will determine the two winners of the semi-finals who will then compete for the final title at the 2009 Football League Cup Match. This years final will be the 48th edition of this Football League Cup, which will be held in the well-known Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday 1 March 2009.
This year is sure to bring more excitement and thrill to millions of footballs fans as the best football teams will compete for the Carling Cup Title. Although more popular among the young players, this league cup gives an opportunity to play against some of the large clubs, as the League Cup is a little less prestigious than the FA Cup and other league matches. This is why only a few large clubs participate in these league matches so that they can save their energy and effort for the “giant killing” in other league matches.
The Carling Cup provides an opportunity to the young players to show their talent and put up a big game. You can stay up to date with the latest scores by logging on to ScoresPro.com