EFL Cup to be the Carabao Cup

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The EFL Cup will have a new name from next season after The Football League revealed a new sponsorship agreement.

The competition, which began life as the Football League Cup in 1960, had its first main sponsor in 1981 and became the Milk Cup.

It has been known by its sponsors name up until this season, having most recently been known as the Capital One Cup, from 2012.

Prior to that, the competition was called the Littlewoods Challenge Cup, the Rumbelows Cup, the Coca-Cola Cup, the Worthington Cup and the Carling Cup.

But from June 2017, teams with be competing in the Carabao Cup following an agreement with the Thai energy drinks firm.

The new deal runs until 2020.

An EFL statement read: "The growing global appeal of the EFL Cup was pivotal to securing the sponsorship and it is anticipated that the Carabao relationship will provide the EFL with a platform to reach new audiences in the ASEAN region and support additional growth of the competition.

"The new deal is also set to benefit the game at all levels with significant funds being invested into community and grass roots football via the EFL Trust."

Shaun Harvey, EFL chief executive, added: "This is a significant agreement for both parties and I'm delighted to welcome Carabao on board as an official title sponsor of the EFL Cup.

"We opted to take our time in bringing this matter to a successful conclusion and feel we have now secured the best outcome possible for the EFL and the clubs we represent.

"As a well-established brand in football, Carabao is a perfect fit for the EFL and I have no doubt that throughout its duration, this partnership will prove mutually beneficial as we collectively look to boost our profile and exposure in local and international markets."

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