Non-English Team Wins English Cup

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Today, Welsh soccer club Swansea City beat down Bradford City 5-0 to take home the Football League Cup, a biggish, semi-relevant tournament held in England every year.

After beating Premier League teams Arsenal and Aston Villa, Bradford was trying to make history by being the first team from England's League 2 to win the cup. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the continental Europa League the next season, but some of the bigger teams rest their starters during the tournament, which gives teams from lower leagues a chance. Still, though, it's kind of ridiculous that Bradford was in the final, because they were one of the worst of the nearly 100 teams in the competition. Unfortunately, they had to play against Swansea, a team from Wales who, much like the Toronto Raptors, are somehow allowed to sally east to play in the English Premier League.


Swansea dominated from the start, and by the time Bradford's Matt Duke was given a red card in the second half to bring his team down to ten men, the match was already over. Swansea scored five goals en route to winning its first major trophy in its 101-year history. They're also the first non-English team to win an English cup since their Welsh neighbors, Cardiff City, in 1927. For their efforts, they've won the right to lose in epic fashion to some European giant like Inter Milan or Liverpool or something. So...mazel tov, Swansea.