Remarkable Reserves!

This file lists some remarkable achievements by reserve sides, whether they're labeled "Amateure" (as in Austria and Germany), "B" (as in Czechoslovakia and since several years in Spain) or "2" (as in the Netherlands). Also some "second-hand" national teams enjoyed remarkable success.


Reserve sides finishing ahead of the first team

National Teams

In the CECAFA Championship for East and Central Africa, host countries were allowed to enter their reserves side since 1992. In 7 tournaments featuring such second sides, the reserves outperformed their seniors on 4 occasions:

year    hosts       B-team    A-team
1992    Tanzania      2nd      group
1994    Kenya        group      3rd
1995    Uganda        2nd      group
1996    Sudan         2nd       3rd  
1999    Rwanda      winners     3rd 
2000    Uganda        2nd       1st
2001    Rwanda        4th       3rd
In the 1996 tournament, Sudan B eliminated Sudan A in the semifinals by 2-1.
In 2000, Uganda A beat Uganda B 2-0 in the final. At this tournament, CECAFA decided not to allow the host nation two entries in the future. However, the 2001 tournament nevertheless featured both Rwanda A and B, the A-team beating the B-team in the 3rd place playoff following a penalty shootout. Again CECAFA decided not to allow the hosts two teams in future tournaments.

In the AFF Women's Championship 2004, hosts Vietnam entered two teams, which both reached the semifinals unbeaten. There they played each other, and Vietnam B beat Vietnam A by 2-0 before losing the final against Myanmar on a penalty shoot-out.

Costa Rica

In 1933, Alajuela Junior, the reserve side of Alajuelense, were admitted to the championship, and in each of their first three seasons, they finished ahead of the first team:

Season    Alajuela Junior   Alajuelense
1933       5th               8th 
1934       2nd               3rd
1935       2nd               6th
In 1935, Alajuelense only escaped relegation after a playoff with Buenos Aires. In 1936, Alajuelense finished 6th of 7 teams, only finishing ahead of their reserves Alajuela Junior who were relegated and never returned to the top flight.

Czechoslovakia

In the eastern group (Skupina B) of the second division (II. Liga) of Czechoslovakia in 1957/58 (which consisted of a triple round robin due to the transition to a spring-fall system), the reserves of Spartak Kosice did rather better than their first team:

 1.Dynamo Zilina               33  20  5  8  79-35  45  Promoted
 2.Spartak Kosice B            33  19  6  8  64-29  44  Promoted
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 3.Dukla Trencin               33  15  8 10  58-37  38
 4.Jiskra Gottwaldov           33  15  8 10  49-42  38
 5.Slovan Prostejov            33  16  5 12  76-61  37
 6.Slovan Nitra                33  14  8 11  58-45  36
 7.TJ VZKG                     33  15  4 14  74-55  34
 8.TJ Topol'cany               33  12  9 12  54-49  33
 9.Iskra Odeva Trencin         33  13  6 14  58-53  32
10.Slovan Bratislava B         33   8 13 12  45-62  29
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11.Lokomotíva Spisská Nova Ves 33   7 10 16  36-78  24  Relegated
12.Spartak Kosice A            33   0  6 27  19-124  6  Relegated

After the season, the club changed name to Jednota (they are now known as 1.FC Kosice) and of course played with their A-team in the first and their B-team in the third division.

The season before, 1956/57, Slavoj Liberec had two teams playing at the third level: their B-team won group C, which was rather better than the A-team who finished a mediocre 10th (of 12) in group A.

In 1961/62, the A-team of Dukla Tábor were relegated from the second to the third level, but saw their place saved by the B-team, who went in the opposite direction.

The local championship of Plzen 1902 was won by SK Plzen B, ahead of SK Plzen A.

Greenland

In 1986 the reserve side of K-1933 from Qaqortoq, known as K-1993 (hold 2), finished runners-up in the Greenland championship, behind NŰK, the best ever finish by any team from the club up to that point, improving on the third place finish of K-1933's senior team in the previous season. The first team did not wait long to rectify this situation, winning the Greenland championship in both 1987 and 1988 (and later in 1991, 1998 and 2003).

Sweden

Until 1925 the Swedish championship was decided in a knock-out tournament. In 1897 the reserves of Örgryte IS reached the final for the first time, losing 0-1 to the first team. This was however not much of a feat, as there had been no other entries. In 1901 Örgryte IS 2 again reached the final, and thereby surpassed the first team, but did not show up against AIK who were awarded a walk-over.


Reserve sides that would have deserved promotion

The following is a list (undoubtedly incomplete) of reserve sides who would have been entitled to promotion to the first division - but for the fact that the first team already played there.

Andorra

FC Santa Coloma B, winners of the 2004/05 second level and 2006/07 runners-up, were renamed UE Santa Coloma before the 2007/08 season and under that new identity immediately earned promotion; in their second season (2009/10) in the top flight, they challenged their former senior team for the national title until the last day of the season.

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2004/05 Santa Coloma B
2010/11 Lusitans B

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

2006/07 Santa Coloma B
2009/10 Lusitans B
2012/13 Lusitans B   

Argentina

In both 1935 and 1936 all reserve sides of the 18 top level clubs played at the second level, together with 16 'proper' second level clubs. In 1935, the first 13 places were occupied by reserve sides, in 1936 the first 11. No clubs were promoted in either season. In 1937 the reserve sides were excluded and the other clubs could earn promotion.

reserve sides that won the second level championship:

1935    Estudiantes (La Plata) II
1936    Boca Juniors II 

Armenia

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2004    Pyunik-2 Yerevan
2005    Pyunik-2 Yerevan
2006    Pyunik-2 Yerevan
2007    Pyunik-2 Yerevan

Azerbaijan

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2005/06 Xäzär-2 Länkäran   

Belgium

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

1905/06 Union Saint-Gilloise II

Czechoslovakia

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

1964/65 Dukla Praha B

East Germany

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:
    
1985/86 Berliner FC Dynamo II 

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

1971/72 Berliner FC Dynamo II    
1972/73 Berliner FC Dynamo II 
        Dynamo Dresden II              
1975/76 Hallescher FC Chemie II                  
        FC Carl Zeiss Jena II     

Notes: reserve teams first joined the second division in the 1967/68
season.  In 1972/73 the two teams that 'replaced' BFC Dynamo (Energie 
Cottbus) and Dynamo Dresden (Stahl Riesa) reached the two promotion 
spots in the five-team playoff group.  In 1975/76 the team finishing 
second behind HFC Chemie (in Staffel C) were 1.FC Magdeburg II and so 
the third-placed team (Vorwärts Dessau) played off (unsuccessfully) 
for promotion.  After the 1975/76 season the reserve teams were removed 
from the second division.  They returned in 1984/85 and were removed
again after the 1988/89 season.

Eritrea

Tesfa were relegated at the end of the 2008 season, but were
saved due to the promotion of their reserve side Tesfa Junior.

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2008    Tesfa Junior

Estonia

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2006    FC Levadia Tallinn II
2007    FC Levadia Tallinn II
2008    FC Levadia Tallinn II
2009    FC Levadia Tallinn II
2010    FC Levadia Tallinn II
2013    FC Levadia Tallinn II

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

2005    FC Levadia Tallinn II
2007    FC Flora Tallinn II
2010    FC Flora Tallinn II
2012    FC Flora Tallinn II

Faroe Islands

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:
    
1995    HB II (Tórshavn)

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

1996    HB II (Tórshavn)
1997    B36 II (Tórshavn)

Georgia

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

2005/06 Dinamo-2 Tbilisi

Gibraltar

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

1993/94 Glacis United Reserves
1999/00 Glacis United Reserves
2001/02 Saint Joseph's Reserves
2002/03 Manchester United Reserves
2003/04 Newcastle FC Reserves
2004/05 Manchester United Reserves
2005/06 Manchester United Reserves
2006/07 Manchester United Reserves
2010/11 Gib Pilots (reserves of Gibraltar United)

Notes: there may have been more cases as not all final tables are known;
while 2001/02 saw the top-3 places of the second level occupied by
reserve teams, and 2002/03 the top-2, a presumable European record was set
in 2004/05 when the top five (of eight!) places of the second division
were occupied by reserve teams of top flight clubs, relegating the three
'first' teams in the league to the bottom three places.  In 2005/06
and 2006/07, the five reserves sides occupied the top five (of ten) 
places.  However, the world record was set by the second level in
Argentina 1935 in which the first 13 places were 
occupied by reserve sides.

Iran

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2007/08 Foolad Sepahan Novin (reserve side of Sepahan Isfahan)

Laos

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2005    MCTPC 2

Latvia

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2004    FK Ventspils-2
2005    Skonto-2 Riga
2012    Liepajas Metalurgs-2

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

2004    Skonto-2 Riga 
2005    FK Ventspils-2
2006    Ditton-2 Daugavpils  
2011    Liepajas Metalurgs-2

Note: in 2004 also third place went to a reserve side (Liepajas 
      Metalurgs-2), so the fourth placed team (Zibens/Zemessardze 
      Ilukste) were automatically promoted while the fifth placed 
      team (Venta Ventspils) entered the promotion playoff (and
      earned promotion!);
      in 2006, champions JFK Olimps Riga (promoted directly) were
      followed by five reserve teams so that seventh placed
      FK Valmiera entered (but lost) the promotion playoff.

Liberia

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2013    Barrack Young Controllers II

Note: in the previous season, BYC II had won the Liberian FA Cup.

Lithuania

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2001    Polonija Vilnius [farm team of Zalgiris Vilnius]
2003    Polonija Vilnius [farm team of Zalgiris Vilnius]
2006    Kauno Jegeriai [farm team of FBK Kaunas]

NB: in 2003 third-placed FK Silute were promoted as also the runners-up
    (Gelezinis Vilkas Vilnius) were not entitled to promotion.

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

2002    Polonija Vilnius [farm team of Zalgiris Vilnius]

NB: in 2002 fourth-placed Sviesa Vilnius entered the playoff (and won 
    it) as also the third-placed team (Kauno Jegeriai) were not entitled 
    to promotion (Polonia had finished runners-up);
    in 2006 seventh-placed Interas Visaginas entered the playoff (and won)
    as third-placed Atlantas-2 Klaipeda and sixth-placed Vetra-2 Vilnius
    were not entitled and Kruoja Pakruojis and Rodiklis Kaunas (fourth 
    and fifth) apparently were not interested; later also second level
    runners-up Alytis Alytus decided not to play at the first level 2007,
    leaving Interas as only promoted club.

Moldova

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

1998/99 Zimbru-2 Chisinau
1999/00 Sheriff-2 Tiraspol   
2000/01 Sheriff-2 Tiraspol   
2005/06 Zimbru-2 Chisinau
        Sheriff-2 Tiraspol   
2006/07 Zimbru-2 Chisinau
2007/08 Sheriff-2 Tiraspol   
2011/12 Sheriff-2 Tiraspol   

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

1998/99 Sheriff-2 Tiraspol
2002/03 Zimbru-2 Chisinau

Netherlands

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

1902/03 Hercules 2 (Utrecht) (champions 2e klasse oost)
1904/05 HFC 2 (Haarlem)      (champions 2e klasse west)
1905/06 Velocitas 2 (Breda)  (champions 2e klasse oost)
1908/09 Velocitas 2 (Breda)  (champions 2e klasse zuid)
1915/16 Velocitas 2 (Breda)  (winners 2e klasse A zuid)
1915/16 MVV 2 (Maastricht)   (winners 2e klasse B zuid)
1919/20 NAC 2 (Breda)        (winners 2e klasse A zuid)
2013/14 Jong PSV (Eindhoven) (winners 2e periode 1e divisie)

Nicaragua

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

2013/14 Real Estelí B

Paraguay

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

1910    Nacional B
1920    Cerro Porteño B

Portugal

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2013/14 FC Porto B

Spain

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

1951/52 Mestalla (Valencia)               [second team of Valencia]
1952/53 Espańa Industrial (Barcelona)     [second team of Barcelona]
1983/84 Castilla (Madrid)                 [second team of Real Madrid]
        Bilbao Athletic                   [second team of Athletic de Bilbao]
1998/99 Atlético de Madrid B

reserve sides that finished on a promotion playoff spot:

1987/88 Castilla (Madrid)                 [second team of Real Madrid]
1989/90 Bilbao Athletic                   [second team of Athletic de Bilbao]
2010/11 Barcelona B
2013/14 Barcelona B

Switzerland

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

1919/20 Nordstern (Basel) II 

In 1901/02 Grasshopper Club (Zürich) 2 won the second level championship,
in 1902/03 FC Zürich 2 won the second level championship, and 
in 1905/06 Montriond (Lausanne) 2 won the second level championship,
but there appears not to have been automatic promotion at the time.  

Turkey

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

1988/89 Bursaspor Amat.

Ukraine

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

1996/97 Dynamo-2 (Kyiv)
1997/98 Dynamo-2 (Kyiv)
1998/99 Dynamo-2 (Kyiv)
1999/00 Dynamo-2 (Kyiv)
2000/01 Dynamo-2 (Kyiv)

Venezuela

reserve sides that finished on a promotion spot:

2009/10 Caracas FC B (in Apertura tournament)


Domestic cup feats by reserve sides

The following is a list (undoubtedly incomplete) of reserve sides who performed remarkably in their domestic cups - some progressing further than or even eliminating their first teams, and others stopped by the first side.

List of abbrevations:

( W)  Winners
( F)  Finalists
(SF)  Semifinalists
(QF)  Quarterfinalists
( 8)  1/8 finalists (last 16)
(16)  1/16 finalists (last 32)
(32)  1/32 finalists (last 64)
(64)  1/64 finalists (last 128)
(3R)  3rd round
(2R)  2nd round
(1R)  1st round

Armenia

On (at least) one occasion, a reserve side reached the quarterfinals of the domestic cup, only to be eliminated by the first team, who would eventually lose the final 2-4 to Ararat Erevan:

Kotaik-2 Abovyan        1994/95 (QF)  [lost 2-4 on aggregate to Kotaik-1]

Austria

One amateur side, RB Salzburg Amateure, reached the semifinals of the domestic cup, where they lost to holders Austria Wien, one day after their senior team had lost their semifinal against SV Mattersburg. In 2008/09, two amateur sides reached the quarterfinals, where they played each other, Austria Amateure eliminating Rapid Amateure after a penalty shoot-out. In the semifinal, Austria Amateure lost to second division side Admira and thereby lost the chance to play their first team in the final.

Salzburg Amateure       2006/07 (SF)  [Salzburg's 1st team also lost in semifinal]
                        2011/12 (QF)  [lost 1-4 to 1st team]

Austria Wien Amateure   2008/09 (SF)  [Austria's 1st team reached the final]

Rapid Wien Amateure     2008/09 (QF)  [Rapid's 1st team lost in 1/8 finals]

China

In 1986, Guangdong placed both its A and its B team in the semifinals of the national cup. Both lost at that stage, and the A team defeated the B team 1-0 in the third place match.

Guangdong B                1986 (SF)  [Guangdong A also lost in semifinal]

Czechoslovakia

Six clubs placed their B team in the 1/8 finals of the national cup; Sparta Praha B eliminated Sparta Praha A in 1971, in the semifinal of the Czech cup (which served as quarterfinal for the Czechoslovak cup). The full list:

Baník Ostrava B         1965/66 (QF)  [Baník A lost in 1/8 final]
                        1967/68 (QF)  [Baník A lost in 1/8 final]

Sparta Praha B          1967/68 (SF)  [Sparta A lost in 1/4 final]
                        1970/71 (SF)  [beat Sparta A 2-1 in 1/4 final!]

Dukla Praha B           1965/66 ( 8)  [lost 2-5 to Dukla A]

Slovan Bratislava B     1968/69 ( 8)  [Slovan A did not reach 1/8 final]

Slovnaft Bratislava B   1963/64 ( 8)  [Slovnaft A also lost in 1/8 final]

Spartak Trnava B        1969/70 ( 8)  [lost 0-4 to Spartak A]

See also Slovakia.

Estonia

In 2006/07, JK Tulevik II Viljandi reached the cup semifinals, in which they lost 0-4 to league leaders Trans Narva; Tulevik's first team had already lost in the second round (1/16 finals), 1-6 to TVMK Tallinn. In 2007/08, FC Flora II Tallinn reached the cup semifinals, where they lost 0-3 to JK Maag Tammeka Tartu, a club which itself had placed their reserve side in the quarter-finals and their third team among the last 16 (the third team was eliminated at that stage by Levadia Tallinn, the dominating club of the country, by a highly respectable 1-4 scoreline). Maag Tammeka lost 1-3 to the first side of Flora in the final. In addition, 2 more reserve teams made the 1/8 finals, meaning there were only 11 'first' teams among the last 16 sides remaining in the 2007/08 cup tournament.

Tulevik II Viljandi     2006/07 (SF)  [Tulevik I lost in 1/16 final]
                        1997/98 ( 8)  
                        2007/08 ( 8)
                        2008/09 ( 8)  [Tulevik I also lost in 1/8 final]

Flora II Tallinn        2007/08 (SF)
                        2009/10 ( 8)

Maag Tammeka II Tartu   2007/08 (QF)
Maag Tammeka III Tartu  2007/08 ( 8)

Kalju II Nõmme JK       2008/09 (QF)

FC Elva II              2008/09 ( 8)  [Elva I lost in 1/16 final] 

Trans II Narva          2007/08 ( 8)

Finland

In 2002, HJK's youth (U-20) side reached the cup quarterfinals (in which they lost to Jaro) after beating top level side United Tampere in the 1/8 finals; HJK's first team had lost one round earlier, in the 1/16 finals, to FC Hämeenlinna after a penalty shoot-out.

In 2008, FC Honka 2 reached the last 16, only to meet their first team and lose; another Espoo club, FC Espoo, had managed to place their reserve team in the 6th round (last 32), in which they lost 0-14 to Tampere United - but outperformed FC Espoo 1 by one round.

In 2009, FC Jazz's juniors (juniorit) emulated HJK's feat of 2002 by reaching the quarterfinals (in which they lost to FC Lahti), eliminating top level side VPS in the 1/8 finals; the senior team of the club had been dissolved in 2005 due to financial problems.

HJK U-20                   2002 (QF)  [HJK lost in 1/16 final]

FC Jazz-j                  2009 (QF)  [no senior side in existence]

FC Honka 2                 2008 ( 8)  [lost 0-4 vs FC Honka 1]

(West) Germany

The first time a reserve ("Amateure") side reached the first round proper of the German cup was in 1966/67, when Hannover 96 achieved that (the 1st round then corresponded to the 1/16 finals). Their feat remained unique until the 1974/75 season, when 3 clubs reached the first round proper - by then, however, that corresponded to the 1/64 finals. Ever since, reserve sides of professional teams have played in the German cup except for the seasons 1986/87 and 1988/89 (when the first round corresponded to the 1/32 finals).

From 1966/67 until now, no fewer than 117 reserve sides have been in the draw for the German cup, usually by winning their regional cup tournament. One of the most astonishing participations must be that of FSV Frankfurt in 1981/82, since not even their first team (also in the cup) was professional, but played at the 3rd level (Oberliga). It's even more remarkable because the "first" team from Frankfurt, Eintracht, has yet to place its reserve side in the cup (they are undoubtedly the "biggest" club never to have done so).

Also Eintracht Kreuznach placed their reserves in the first round (1974/75) although their first team (which reached the second round in the same season) did not play professional. In 2000/01, two clubs (Tennis-Borussia Berlin and Karlsruher SC, both just relegated from the second Bundesliga) did the same; in 2002/03 1.FC Saarbrücken, also fresh from relegation to the third level, managed to do so, and SSV Jahn Regensburg emulated them in 2004/05.

In the 1981/82 season, no fewer than 8 reserve sides made it to the first round (1/64 finals); when in 1982/83 the first round corresponded to the 1/32 finals there were still 6, two playing each other (the only time this has happened so far; the Bayern reserves beat those of Werder 5-3 after extra time). The 2001/02 season set a new record with 8 reserve sides in the 1/32 finals, the first round.

The best performance was that of the Hertha BSC Amateure, who reached the 1992/93 final (while their first team, then in the second division, were eliminated in the 1/8 finals). Apart from that, twice a reserve side reached the quarterfinals, VfB Stuttgart in 1974/75 and FC Bayern München in 1994/95; both outperformed their first team, something that apart from the above three only the reserves of Hamburger SV (1/8 finalists in 1991/92) can claim.

In 2004/05 Bayern München repeated their feat of a decade earlier and placed their reserve side in the quarterfinals. This time, however, the first side also qualified for the final eight.

On three occasions the reserves faced their first team: in 1976/77 FC Bayern München defeated the reserves 5-3 in the fourth round (1/8 finals), in 1997/98 1.FC Kaiserslautern beat their reserves 5-0 in the first round (1/32 finals), and in 2000/01 VfB Stuttgart bested theirs 3-0 in the second round (1/16 finals). After that last occurrence, the DFB decided to prevent such meetings in future cup draws.

SV Werder Bremen placed their reserves in the cup no fewer than 20 times (a record), of which 7 times in succession (1989/90-1995/96); however, they were eliminated in their first tie on 16 occasions, only winning matches in 1987/88 against MTV Ingolstadt (5-1, losing 1-3 in the 1/16 finals against HSV), 1999/00, in which they eliminated Fortuna Köln 3-1 before losing 0-1 to VfB Stuttgart in the 1/16 finals, and in 2001/02, facing 1.FC Saarbrücken in the first round (1/32 finals) and celebrating their best ever cup performance yet, winning 5-0, before losing to Eintracht Frankfurt after a penalty shoot-out. They improved on this best ever run in 2007/08, when they eliminated 1.FC Köln and FC Sankt Pauli before losing 2-3 to VfB Stuttgart in the round of 16, equalling their first team which succumbed at the same stage to Borussia Dortmund.

Since 2005, all reserve teams are denoted by II and the old distinction between "Amat." (for a reserve team of a professional club) and "II" (for a reserve team of a non-professional club) has become obsolete. Below, we leave the historical names of the teams involved. The full overview:

20 times
SV Werder Bremen Amat.  1976/77 (64), 1978/79 (64), 1982/83 (32), 1983/84 (32),
                        1987/88 (16), 1989/90 (32), 1990/91 (32), 1991/92 (32),
                        1992/93 (32), 1993/94 (64), 1994/95 (32), 1995/96 (32),
                        1997/98 (32), 1998/99 (32), 1999/00 (16), 2000/01 (32),
                        2001/02 (16), 2002/03 (32), 2004/05 (32), 2007/08 ( 8).
10 times
1.FC Köln Amateure      1975/76 (64), 1976/77 (64), 1979/80 (64), 1981/82 (32),
                        1982/83 (32), 1983/84 (16), 1985/86 (32), 1995/96 (32),
                        2004/05 (16), 2005/06 (32).
 9 times
FC Bayern München Amat. 1974/75 (64), 1976/77 ( 8), 1982/83 (16), 1984/85 (32),
                        1993/94 ( 8), 1994/95 (QF), 1995/96 (32), 2002/03 (32),
                        2004/05 (QF).
 8 times
Bayer Leverkusen Amat.  1981/82 (64), 1989/90 (32), 1992/93 (64), 1996/97 (32),
                        1998/99 (32), 2000/01 (32), 2003/04 (32), 2007/08 (32).
 7 times
VfB Stuttgart Amateure  1974/75 (QF), 1975/76 (64), 1980/81 (64), 1981/82 (32),
                        1982/83 (32), 2000/01 (16), 2001/02 (32).
 5 times
Hamburger SV Amateure   1974/75 (64), 1981/82 (64), 1991/92 ( 8), 1996/97 (32),
                        1997/98 (32).
Hannover 96 Amateure    1966/67 (16), 1976/77 (64), 1981/82 (64), 1982/83 (32),
                        2004/05 (32).
FSV Mainz 05 Amateure   2001/02 (32), 2002/03 (32), 2003/04 (32), 2004/05 (32),
                        2005/06 (32).
 4 times
Karlsruher SC Amat./II  1991/92 (32), 1994/95 (32), 1996/97 ( 8), 2000/01 (32).
VfL Wolfsburg Amateure  2001/02 (16), 2002/03 (32), 2003/04 (16), 2005/06 (32).
1.FC Nürnberg Amateure  1979/80 (64), 1981/82 (64), 1984/85 (16), 1995/96 (32).
 3 times
Hertha BSC Amateure     1976/77 (64), 1992/93 ( F), 2004/05 (32).
FC Hansa Rostock Amat.  1998/99 (32), 2005/06 (32), 2006/07 (32).
1.FC Kaiserslautern Am. 1979/80 (32), 1981/82 (32), 1997/98 (32).
 twice
VfL Bochum Amateure     1984/85 (16), 2005/06 (32).
Alemannia Aachen Amat.  2002/03 (32), 2006/07 (32).
FC Energie Cottbus Am.  1998/99 (32), 2001/02 (32).
FC Sankt Pauli Amat.    1998/99 (32), 2001/02 (32).
FC Schalke 04 Amateure  1994/95 (32), 2001/02 (32).
Fortuna Düsseldorf Am.  1978/79 (32), 1992/93 (64).
Eintr. Braunschweig Am. 1979/80 (64), 1980/81 (64).
 once
FC Augsburg Amateure    1977/78 (16).
Bayer Uerdingen Amat.   1982/83 (32).
Borussia M'gladbach Am. 1997/98 (32).
FC Carl-Zeiss Jena Am.  1993/94 (32).
SC Freiburg Amateure    2001/02 (32).
SSV Jahn Regensburg II  2004/05 (32).
VfB Leipzig Amateure    1996/97 (32).
FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt II   2005/06 (32).
1.FC Saarbrücken II     2002/03 (32).
Tennis-Borussia II      2000/01 (32).
Borussia Dortmund Amat. 1991/92 (64).
Eintracht Kreuznach II  1974/75 (64).
FSV Frankfurt II        1981/82 (64).  [played Bezirksliga, 1st team Oberliga]
Schwarz-Weiß Essen Am.  1975/76 (64).
Wuppertaler SV Amateure 1979/80 (64).
By the way - although these sides (and all clubs below the top two levels) are officially amateur sides, it is quite possible to earn a (comfortable) living by playing at the third level of the German football pyramid.

FC Schönberg entered the 2003/04 German Cup, but their place had been earned by their reserve side: FC Schönberg II won the regional cup (Landespokal) of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2002/03 and thereby earned the club a place in the 2003/04 national cup tournament. In the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern final, FC Schönberg II won 2-1 against - FC Schönberg...

Hungary

The following reserve side reached the 1/8 finals of the Hungarian cup.

Fehérvár FC II          2008/09 ( 8)  [Fehérvár I also lost in the 1/8 final]

Iceland

In 1968, KR's reserve side beat their own first team 4-3 in the quarterfinals and went on to reach the final (and lose it to ÍBV). By doing that, they gained revenge for a semifinal defeat against their own senior team 4 years earlier. All Icelandic reserve teams or under-23 teams to reach the quarterfinals of the cup:

KR-b                       1964 (SF)  [lost 1-2 to KR-a]
                           1965 (QF)  [KR-a also lost in 1/4 final]
                           1968 ( F)  [beat KR-a 4-3 in 1/4 final]
                        
ÍA-b                       1963 (QF)
                           1967 (QF)
   
Fram-b                     1961 (QF)

Ţor Akureyri U23           1995 (QF)  [Ţor Akureyri also lost in 1/4 final]

Ţrottur-b                  1960 (QF)  [Ţrottur-a lost in 1/16 final]

Valur-b                    1969 (QF)  [Valur-a also lost in 1/4 final]

Iran

In 2005/06, Sepahan B (Isfahan) reached the quarterfinals of the Jaam Hazfi, the Iranian Cup, where they were eliminated by Saba Batry (Tehran); they play at the third domestic level and are the U-23 side of the top flight club Sepahan (Isfahan); the first team eventually won the cup tournament.

Sepahan B (Isfahan)     2005/06 (QF)  [Sepahan won cup]

Kyrgyzstan

In 2010, both the first and second team of Neftchi (Kochkor-Ata) reached the southern semifinal of the Kyrgyz Cup. Once there, the first team proved rather superior in both legs, only to lose the final 0-3 against Dordoy-Dinamo (Naryn).

Neftchi                 10-1 Neftchi-2
Neftchi-2                1-9 Neftchi   

Liberia

In 2012, the reserve team of Barrack Young Controllers won the cup, defeating the club which had earlier eliminated BYC's first team. In the next season, BYC II won their second division section, and the second division championship final against NPA Anchors, but being ineligible for promotion to the top flight, Keitrace went up instead.

BYC II                     2012 ( W)  [beat Watanga FC 1-0 in the final]

Liechtenstein

In 2002/03, USV Eschen/Mauren qualified both their first and second team for the semifinals of the Liechtenstein cup. Both were eliminated at that stage, but the reserves made a closer game of it:

FC Balzers I             1-0 USV Eschen/Mauren II
USV Eschen/Mauren I      1-7 FC Vaduz I 
In 2006/07, again both the first team and the reserves of USV Eschen/Mauren qualified for the semifinals, and again both teams lost:
USV Eschen/Mauren II     0-2 FC Ruggell I
FC Vaduz I               3-1 USV Eschen/Mauren I
In 2009/10, again both the first team and the reserves of USV Eschen/Mauren qualified for the semifinals, but as they played each other, the first team made the final:
USV Eschen/Mauren II     2-6 USV Eschen/Mauren I

Mauritania

In the 2004 Coupe du Président de la République (the main cup tournament), FC Nouadhibou beat their own reserves at the semi-final stage.

FC Nouadhibou B            2004 (SF)  [lost 0-1 to FC Nouadhibou (A)]

Netherlands

In the Netherlands we have to distinguish between the first decade of the 20th century, and the modern era with reserves side from professional teams entering (indeed, there is only a tenuous connection between these cup tournaments).

1901-1910

From 1904/05 until 1909/10 the first teams from clubs from the "Eerste Klasse West" were excluded from the cup competition. Note that while H.F.C. 2 reached the quarterfinal in 1904, H.F.C.'s first team won the cup; also, note that V.O.C. were only a second class side, and the first team reached the semifinal in 1908 - thereby the club from Rotterdam fielded two semifinalists, a Dutch record! The finals of 1907/08 and 1909/10 featured two reserve sides; that of 1909/10 was the third occasion in a row that the Dutch cup was won by a reserve side (and the second win in succession by the reserves of Quick from Den Haag), after which reserve sides were banned from the competition (and the first teams from clubs from the "Eerste Klasse West" allowed back in). The following reserve sides played in the cup 1901-1910 and reached at least the quarterfinals:

H.B.S. 2                1904/05 ( F) 
                        1906/07 (SF) 
                        1907/08 ( W) 

Quick (Den Haag) 2      1908/09 ( W) 
                        1909/10 ( W)

H.V.V. 2                1906/07 (SF)
                        1909/10 ( F)

V.O.C. 2                1907/08 ( F) 
                        1908/09 (QF) [lost 0-7 to V.O.C. 1]

Haarlem 2               1906/07 (QF)
                        1909/10 (QF)

H.F.C. 2                1903/04 (QF) 
                        1904/05 (QF)

Sparta 2                1906/07 (QF)
In addition, the following reserve sides outperformed their first team:
Prinses Wilhelmina 2    1905/06 (3R) [Prinses Wilhelmina 1 lost in 2nd round]
Quick (Nijmegen) 2      1907/08 (3R) [Quick (Nijmegen) 1 lost in 1st round]

professional era

Since the mid-eighties, reserve sides from professional clubs have reached the main rounds of the Dutch cup with some regularity. Note that these second sides are not amateur, as (nominally) in Germany, but part of the professional section of the Dutch FA, playing in a separate competition for reserve sides. Since 2005, they are competing as 'Jong' sides (youth teams) but their composition is as before. Currently, reserve sides can either qualify for the Dutch cup by winning this competition for reserve sides or winning the cup competition for reserve sides (before, they could qualify by winning one of the regional "district cups" in which they competed with amateur sides).

All 39 occasions reserve sides reached the first round proper of the cup:

10 times
Ajax 2/Jong Ajax        1987/88 (QF)  [Ajax 1 had lost in the 1/16 final]
                        1994/95 (QF)  [Ajax 1 also lost in the 1/4 final]
                        1995/96 (1R)  [1/32 finals]
                        1996/97 (1R)  [1/32 finals]
                        2001/02 (SF)  [Ajax 1 won final]
                        2002/03 (4R)  [1/8 finals]
                        2003/04 (4R)  [1/8 finals]
                        2004/05 (1R)  [1/64 finals]
                        2005/06 (4R)  [1/8 finals]
                        2009/10 (2R)  [1/32 finals]
 5 times
PSV 2/Jong PSV          1997/98 (2R)  [1/16 finals]
                        2000/01 (3R)  [1/16 finals]
                        2001/02 (2R)  [1/32 finals]
                        2005/06 (1R)  [1/64 finals]
                        2008/09 (2R)  [1/32 finals] [lost to PSV]
 4 times
Sparta 2                1986/87 (2R)  [1/16 finals]
                        1995/96 (2R)  [1/16 finals]
                        1996/97 (1R)  [1/32 finals]
                        1998/99 (1R)  [1/32 finals]
Vitesse 2               1990/91 (1R)  [1/32 finals]
                        1993/94 (2R)  [1/32 finals]
                        1998/99 (1R)  [1/32 finals]
                        2002/03 (2R)  [1/32 finals]
 twice
SC Heerenveen 2/        2003/04 (1R)  [1/64 finals]
  Jong Heerenveen       2007/08 (4R)  [1/8 finals]
De Graafschap 2/        1999/00 (1R)  [1/64 finals]
  Jong De Graafschap    2009/10 (4R)  [1/8 finals]
FC Utrecht 2            1997/98 (1R)  [1/32 finals]
                        2000/01 (2R)  [1/32 finals]
 once
Jong AZ                 2006/07 (4R)  [1/8 finals]
Feyenoord 2             2004/05 (3R)  [1/16 finals]
Haarlem 2               1997/98 (1R)  [1/32 finals]
Quick Boys 2            2008/09 (2R)  [1/32 finals]
RBC 2                   1994/95 (1R)  [1/32 finals]
Jong RKC Waalwijk       2006/07 (2R)  [1/32 finals]
Jg. Stormvogels/Telstar 2007/08 (2R)  [1/32 finals]
Jong FC Twente          2008/09 (2R)  [1/32 finals]
ADO Den Haag 2          1999/00 (1R)  [1/64 finals]
Hollandia 2             2008/09 (1R)  [1/64 finals]

In addition, SC Heerenveen 2 lost in preliminary rounds in both 1995/96 and
1996/97, while Fortuna Sittard 2 lost in a preliminary round 1995/96.

In their 1987/88 run, Ajax 2 had eliminated three top division sides in succession (1st round 2-1 against Sparta, 2nd round 3-1 against FC Groningen, 3rd round 3-2 away at Volendam), while the 1st team had lost 0-1 at FC Den Bosch in the 2nd round. The club then decided to field the first team for the quarterfinal away at second level leaders RKC, which may have been a mistake: the first team undid all the work by the reserves by losing 1-2.

In 2001/02, Ajax 2 eliminated two top division sides (De Graafschap and FC Twente) as well as three second level clubs (Volendam, Haarlem and Stormvogels/Telstar, all from the same province as Ajax (Noord-Holland)) before they were defeated in the semifinals by FC Utrecht after a penalty shoot-out; as Ajax also reached the semifinals (and indeed won the Cup in sudden death extra time after a late off-side equaliser in regulation time), Ajax equalised V.O.C.'s 1908 record of fielding two semifinalists.

Northern Cyprus

The first cup final of the (Turkish Republic of) Northern Cyprus was won by the reserve side of Çetinkaya.

Çetinkaya B             1955/56 ( W)

(Northern) Ireland

Before the split of the island, one reserve side reached the quarterfinal of the IFA Cup, outperforming their senior side:

Glentoran II            1917/18 (QF)  [Glentoran lost in an earlier round]

In the regional County Antrim Cup, reserve sides reached six finals, winning two; Linfield beat their own reserves in the 1898/99 final, needing a replay to do so. Belfast Celtic II succumbed to their own first team in the 1935/36 final.

Linfield Swifts         1898/99 ( F)  [lost 1-1, 0-4 to Linfield]
                        1948/49 ( W)

Glentoran II            1908/09 ( W)

Belfast Celtic II       1934/35 ( F)
                        1935/36 ( F)  [lost 0-1 to Belfast Celtic]

Bangor II               1945/46 ( F)

Poland

The following reserve sides reached the 1/8 finals of the Polish cup.

CWKS II Warszawa        1951/52 ( 8)  
Ogniwo II Kraków        1953/54 ( 8)  [Ogniwo I lost in the 1/32 final]
Szombierki II Bytom     1965/66 (SF)  [Szombierki I lost in the 1/4 final]
Lech II Poznan          1967/68 (SF)  [Lech I lost in Poznan regional stage]
Odra II Opole           1967/68 ( 8)  [Odra I also lost in the 1/8 final]
ROW II Rybnik           1974/75 ( F)  [ROW I lost in the 1/8 final]
Górnik II Zabrze        1978/79 (QF)  [Górnik I lost in the 1/32 final]
Ruch II Chorzów         1992/93 ( F)  [Ruch I lost in the 1/8 final]
Bytovia II Bytów        2009/10 ( 8)  [Bytovia I did not enter national stage]

Ruch II Chorzów are the lowest level club ever to reach a domestic cup final. The reserves of Ruch Chorzów played at the fifth or sixth level in the Polish league structure when losing the 1992/93 final on penalties. Their road into that final:

Regional competition (1991/92)
 4 Sep 1991 home v Wawel Wirek            3-0
 8 Oct 1991 away v Siemianowiczanka       3-0
 1 Apr 1992 away v GKS II Katowice        4-3
14 Apr 1992 home v MK Katowice            4-1

District competition (1991/92)
19 May 1992 away v Odra II Wodzislaw      0-4
26 May 1992 home v Rozbark Bytom          2-1
 9 Jun 1992      v GKS Tychy              2-1 (in Siemianowice)

Central competition (1992/93)
First Round
 1 Aug 1992 home v BKS Stal Bielsko-Biala 1-0
Second Round (2nd level start)
12 Aug 1992 home v Polonia Bytom          2-1
Third Round
26 Aug 1992 home v Rakow Czestochowa      1-1 (aet, 4-2 pen)
1/16 finals (1st level start)
21 Oct 1992 home v Olimpia Poznan         1-0
1/8 finals
11 Nov 1992 home v Miedz Legnica          2-1 (aet)
1/4 finals (2 legs)
10 Mar 1993 home v Stomil/Wisloka Debica  1-0
24 Mar 1993 away v Stomil/Wisloka Debica  2-0
1/2 finals (2 legs)
 7 Apr 1993 away v Slask Wroclaw          1-1
23 Apr 1993 home v Slask Wroclaw          4-1
Final
23 Jun 1993      v GKS Katowice           1-1 (aet, 4-5 pen)
 [in Chorzów (Stadion Slaski, not Ruch stadium)]

[Thanks to Pawel Mogielnicki for the above information.]

Saint Kitts and Nevis

In 2010/11, Saint Peters Juniors reached the quarterfinals of the SKNFA Cup, where they lost 0-5 to Saint Pauls, who had eliminated their senior team (by 1-0) in the previous round.

St.Peters Jrs.          2010/11 (QF)  [St. Peters lost in 1/8 final]

Singapore

The main cup tournament of Singapore, the Singapore Amateur Football Association Challenge Cup, was dominated by British military sides until World War II. These often entered two teams, and until World War I, such a reserve side reached the final on three occasions, always meeting the first team of the same military unit. As the 1894 final went to six replays, in total nine cup final matches between two teams from the same regiment were played, with the reserves losing on only one occasion (the 1910 final). Later, the reserve side of S.C.F.A., the Singapore Chinese Football Association, reached the final twice, once playing their own first team there.

10th Lincolnshire Rgt. II  1894 ( F)  [drew 10th Lincolnshire Regiment I 7 times!]
  [after 7 draws, the 11 medals were distributed by drawing names from a
   hat; 3 players from the first and 8 from the second side got medals]

Royal West Kent Rgt. (B)   1907 ( W)  [beat Royal West Kent Regiment (A) 2-0]

3rd Battl. Middlesex R. II 1910 ( F)  [lost 0-2 to 3rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment I]

Singapore Chinese F.A. II  1937 ( F)  [lost 2-2, 1-3 to Singapore Chinese F.A. I]
                           1947 ( F)

Slovakia

Two clubs placed their B team in the 1/8 finals of the national cup; one of those reached the semifinals, where they were eliminated after a penalty shoot-out. Slovan Bratislava B eliminated their first team in the second round (1/16 finals) in 2006/07.

MFK Ruzomberok B        2006/07 (SF)  [Ruzomberok A lost in 1/16 final]

Slovan Bratislava B     2006/07 ( 8)  [beat Slovan A 2-0 in 1/16 final!]

See also Czechoslovakia.

Spain

Real Madrid's reserve side Castilla CF reached the quarterfinals of the Spanish cup no fewer than four times in the eighties; on the first occasion they even progressed to the final, losing to the big brothers, who thereby completed the double, leaving the Cup Winners' Cup place for the reserve side.

Castilla's feats:

1979/80  F  (lost 1-6 against Real Madrid)

  [during their campaign, Castilla beat 4 first division teams, namely:

   4th round: Herculés (Alicante)           5-4 on aggregate;
   1/8 final: Athletic de Bilbao            2-1 on aggregate;
   1/4 final: Real Sociedad (San Sebastián) 3-2 on aggregate;
   1/2 final: Sporting de Gijón             4-3 on aggregate;

   note that Sociedad finished second and Sporting third behind Real
   Madrid in the final league table 1979/80]

1983/84 QF  (lost 2-3 on aggregate against Las Palmas)

1985/86 QF  (lost 2-8 on aggregate against Real Zaragoza)

1987/88 QF  (lost 1-3 on aggregate against Atlético Osasuna (Pamplona))

In each of the seasons that Castilla lost in the quarterfinals, Real Madrid
lost exactly one round later, in the semis.

Until 1972/73, Castilla CF had been known as AD Plus Ultra, under which
name they also once reached the quarterfinals of the Spanish cup:

1958/59 QF  (lost 2-7 on aggregate against Granada)

Also in this season, the A-side were apparently so disappointed about 
the loss of the reserves in the quarters that they lost in the semifinals
themselves.

Tahiti

AS Tefana B             2013/14 (QF)  [lost 0-6 to AS Tefana A]

Trinidad and Tobago

The 1932 FA Trophy was won be the reserve side of champions Everton.

In the 2005 FA Trophy (the main cup tournament), Defence Force (whose first team played at the top level Professional League) beat their own reserves (playing in the third level Northern FA League) at the semifinal stage.

In the 2009 FA Trophy, the third side of Joe Public (playing in the third tier Eastern FA League reached the quarterfinals, surpassing the second side (playing in the second tier Super League) by one round; however, in the quarterfinals they faced their own first team, already crowned national champions earlier in the season (they went on to win the FA Trophy as well), and were soundly trashed 0-6. One year later, Joe Public's second side reached the quarterfinals, surpassing their own first side (and the cup holders) by one round.

Everton 2               1932    ( W)

Defence Force (NFA)     2005    (SF)  [lost 0-2 to Defence Force (PL)]

Joe Public (EFA)        2009    (QF)  [lost 0-6 to Joe Public (PL)]
Joe Public (Super L.)   2010    (QF)  [Joe Public (PL) lost in 1/8 final]

Yugoslavia

Partizan once placed their reserve side in the semifinals of the cup, after they had eliminated both FK Sarajevo and Hajduk Split (and the senior team had fallen to Nasa krila Zemun). Two other clubs twice saw their reserves reach the last 16.

Partizan Beograd II     1947    (SF)  [Partizan I lost in the 1/4 final] 

BSK Beograd II          1951    ( 8)  [BSK I lost in the 1/32 final]
BSK Beograd II          1953    ( 8)  [BSK I won the cup]

Vardar Skopje II        1953    ( 8)  [Vardar I lost at earlier stage]
Vardar Skopje II        1975/76 ( 8)  [Vardar I lost in the 1/16 final]


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