Cup competitions eh ? Aren't they great ? The minnows, the giant killers, the sloping pitches, every dog has his day and all that. But its true, that's what makes the cups so special - on the day anything can happen. And this is one of the many things that makes football so much better than other sports. On their day, a lower league team, on some godforsaken field of mud, with a buzzing home crowd behind them (and a bit of luck), can take on and beat the best. Something that just wouldn't happen in other sports, where the proverbial cricket score would be on the cards.

There are some cracking cup competitions out there. And some terrible ones (Zenith Data Systems Cup anyone ?). We'll be trying to include features on as many as we can, classics such as the Copa Libertadores, with all the great club teams of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay et al battling it out for Latin supremacy, and the much maligned World Club Championship.

On the domestic front, the FA Cup is still the daddy. And while your at it, have a look at the 10 most mocked cup competitions.