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League Cup winners list, English EFL Cup Champions in history



League Cup winners list, EFL League Cup Champions of the English second most valuable football cup tournament.

Who has won league cup most? Liverpool and Manchester City are the two most successful teams in the League Cup with eight titles respectively.

League Cup winners 2021? Manchester City are the League Cup winners of 2021 with a four successive title.


Who won the League Cup 2020? Manchester City won the League Cup in 2020.


League Cup final or Carabao Cup final? This is the final match which decodes the winner for that year.


The League Cup or the EFL League Cup is a single knockout cup Competition played by teams in the English football league system and has produced notable winners in the past and present.


The Competition serves as a cup competition that is contested by the biggest teams in England, most especially teams within the top four levels of football in England.


The EFL League Cup is also regarded as the second most important domestic cup Competition behind the English FA which remains the national Premier football Competition.


It was established in 1960 and serves as another trophy for the participating 72 member clubs from the top four leagues in the country.


Aston Villa became the first team in history to lift the League Cup and this was achieved at the expense of Rotherham United.


In the history of the League Cup, Liverpool and Manchester City hold the record as teams with the most Trophies which stood at eight titles respectively.


Teams that are eligible to participate in the English EFL League Cup includes teams from the Premier League, EFL Championship, EFL League One and EFL League Two. 


A total of 92 teams including 20 from the English Premier League and 72 from the English Football League are allowed to participate in the tournament which is usually the second title of the season after the English Community Shield.


Manchester City has enjoyed the most victories in the EFL Championship most of which were achieved since the start of Pep Guardiola’s reign at the club.


For the tournament worst record, Arsenal FC is the top loser in the League Cup haven lost in six finals.


Although the Gunners have a reach pedigree in the most valued cup tournaments which is the English FA Cup.


The most successful teams in League Cup


Manchester City

Manchester City is a professional football club based in the city of Manchester and competes in the Premier League.


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Man City are the joint League Cup winners alongside Liverpool with eight titles.


The Citizens claimed their first trophy in 1970, waiting for another six years in 1976 to add a second title.


The club however endured another 38-year wait before it could win another title in 2014.


Since then, the club has not failed to make an impressive outing in every edition it participated in.


The Citizens won the 2018 EFL League Cup, since then, the club has gone on to win four consecutive League title from 2018 to 2021.


This achievement was recorded with the emergence of experienced Spanish tactician Pep Guardiola who currently stands as one of the most successful managers when it comes to the Competition in England.


Manchester City have also ended up as runners up in 1974.


EFL League Cup 2021 (Carabao Cup) winners


Manchester City achieved the EFL League Cup title, bringing the number of titles to eight thanks to a hard-fought victory over London based club Tottenham Hotspur in the final.


Today, Manchester City boost more League Cup titles more than any other team in the 21st century in English football.


Behind this trophy sweep, Manchester City boost of having some of the best players in the world including Sergio Kun Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Diaz, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker, etc.


The Pep Guardiola tutored side joins Liverpool as the only two teams that have emerged victorious in the League Cup in four consecutive seasons.


Liverpool achieved this from 1981 to 1984 while Manchester City enjoyed the trophy sweep from 2018 to 2021 and is expected to continue until the final match of the 2022 EFL League Cup has been decided.


2018: Manchester City defeated London based club Arsenal by a 3-0 scoreline to emerge Champions.


2019: Manchester City could not break a more resilient Chelsea team who forced the game into extra time as Man City eventually claimed the title after a penalty shootout which ended (4-3).


2020: Manchester City claimed its first trophy before the heat of the pandemic by silencing Aston Villa to another title.


City won with a 2-1 scoreline at Wembley Stadium.


2021: In front of 7,773 spectators, Manchester City pip Tottenham Hotspur to claim an eighth League Cup title and their fourth consecutive win, equalling Nottingham Forest initial record as the only team to achieve it.



Liverpool is a professional football club based in Liverpool and competes in the English Premier League.


Liverpool is joint League Cup winners alongside Manchester City with eight titles respectively.


The Anfield landlords last won the trophy in 2012 after a 2-2 draw against Cardiff City which could only be decided on penalties which Liverpool eventually won.


Liverpool has won a total of three titles in the modern era of English football. In 2001, 2003 and 2012.


Liverpool has also lost in four finals with the recent in 2016.


In 2019, Liverpool had a remarkable achievement in the country, winners of the Premier League, the UEFA Champions League winners and the FIFA Club World Cup winners but could not do the same in the League Cup.


2012: It was a draw against Cardiff City in normal regulation time and Liverpool could only manage to win the trophy via the penalty spot.


2016 loss: Liverpool lost out via penalty shootout against record Champions Manchester City in the final.


Liverpool was the first club in the history of the Competition with four consecutive wins from 1981 to 1984.


Aston Villa

Aston Villa is a professional football club that plays in the English Premier League.


Aston Villa became the first club in history to win the EFL League Cup in the inaugural edition of 1961.


In the modern era of the League Cup, Aston Villa has won three titles in 2005, 2007 and 2015.


The Premier League side has also lost in three finals.


In total, Aston Villa boost of five titles and are second on the League Cup winners list.


1961: The early years of the Competition final was decided based on a two-legged final.


In the first leg, Aston Villa lost to Rotherham 2-0, but came back stronger in the second leg, turning the tie around with a 3-0 win to lift the trophy.


The last time Villa won the tournament was in 1996.


1996: Aston Villa humiliated Leeds United in a 3-0 scoreline to claim a fifth title.


In 2020 final, the club lost to record Champions Manchester City.


Manchester United

Manchester United is a professional football club based in the city of Manchester and competes in the EPL.


Manchester United are fourth on the League Cup winners list with five titles.


The Red Devils claimed its first title in 1992, followed by four trophies since the start of the 21st century under the guidance of Legendary Scouse Sir Alex Ferguson.


Manchester United lifted the trophy in 2017 which marked the last time the club had a successful outing in the Competition.


The club has also lost four times.


2009: The game was forced into penalties as United edged Tottenham Hotspur to the title.


2010: United edged past Aston Villa to lift the trophy back to back.


2017: United in a fierce battle against Southampton to lift a fifth EFL League Cup trophy.



Chelsea is also a joint third on the all-time winner’s list of League Cup with five titles.


The London based club and Premier League side claimed it’s the first title five years after the Competition was launched.


This was however followed by a 33-year wait until 1998.


The last time Chelsea won the EFL League Cup was in 2015.


The Blues have also lost in three finals including the 2019 edition to Manchester City.


2015: Chelsea defeated fellow London based side Tottenham Hotspur by a 2-0 scoreline to lift the trophy.


Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur is another successful side in the League Cup with four titles.


The Spurs have also lost on different occasions in the 21st century against top sides including Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.


Spurs tasted their first title in 1971 and two years later in 1973.


The last time Spurs lifted the trophy was in the 2008 edition where the club defeated Chelsea by a 2-1 scoreline.


In a series of unfortunate defeats, Tottenham has lost four titles in the modern era in 2002, 2009, 2015 and 2021.


Nottingham Forest

In total, Nottingham Forest has won dour League Cup titles.


Forest first and second titles were achieved in 1978 and 1979. The last time the club won was in 1990.


Nottingham Forest has lost in two finals.


Leicester City

Leicester City has won three League Cup titles in 1964, 1997 and 2000.


The Foxes were also runners up in 1965 and 1999.


2000: Leicester City edged Tranmere Rovers to the title.


Other teams that have won the League Cup twice


Arsenal 2

Norwich City 2

Birmingham City 2

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2


Other teams that have won the League Cup once


West Bromwich Albion 1

Middlesbrough 1

Queens Park Rangers 1

Leeds United 1

Stoke City 1

Luton Town 1

Sheffield Wednesday 1

Swindon Town 1

Oxford United 1

Blackburn Rovers 1

Swansea City 1


League Cup winners list, Full list of Champions in history


2021 Manchester City

2020 Manchester City

2019 Manchester City

2018 Manchester City

2017 Manchester United

2016 Manchester City

2015 Chelsea

2014 Manchester City

2013 Swansea City

2012 Liverpool

2011 Birmingham City

2010 Manchester United

2009 Manchester United

2008 Tottenham Hotspur

2007 Chelsea

2006 Manchester United

2005 Chelsea

2004 Middlesbrough

2003 Liverpool

2002 Blackburn Rovers

2001 Liverpool

2000 Leicester City

1999 Tottenham Hotspur

1998 Chelsea

1997 Leicester

1996 Aston Villa

1995 Liverpool

1994 Aston Villa

1993 Arsenal

1992 Manchester United

1991 Sheffield Wednesday

1990 Nottingham Forest

1989 Nottingham Forest

1988 Luton Town

1987 Arsenal

1986 Oxford United

1985 Norwich City

1984 Liverpool

1983 Liverpool

1982 Liverpool

1981 Liverpool

1980 Wolverhampton Wanderers

1979 Nottingham Forest

1978 Nottingham Forest

1977 Aston Villa

1976 Manchester City

1975 Aston Villa

1974 Wolverhampton Wanderers

1973 Tottenham Hotspur

1972 Stoke City

1971 Tottenham Hotspur

1970 Manchester City

1969 Swindon Town

1968 Leeds United

1967 Queens Park Rangers

1966 West Bromwich Albion

1965 Chelsea

1964 Leicester City

1963 Birmingham City

1962 Norwich City

1961 Aston Villa



The League Cup is a fiercely contested Knockout cup Competition between teams in the English Football League and the Premier League.



It is the second most valuable football cup Competition in England.



The League Cup winners at the list of teams that have emerged Champions since the inception of the Competition in The year 1960.

This article highlights the EFL League Cup winners list in history, most Champions of the competition.

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