Open Cup continues to endure

September 28, 2005
By Frank Dell'Apa
In many countries, football federations start out hoping their national cup competitions will emulate England's FA Cup. They usually fall well short of capturing the FA Cup magic, but continue to hold the event annually, often tweaking it to accommodate the exigencies of the powerful clubs and/or sponsors.

Cup competitions endure, though, and they capture the essence of soccer -- not every country can support a professional league, but even the smallest can stage a cup tournament.
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