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Spain's Copa del Rey is one of Europe's elite domestic club cup competitions and with the likes of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid invariably vying for the trophy annually, there's never a shortage of interest in the King's Cup final. Find out how to watch Copa del Rey action live online.
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About Copa del Rey
The King’s Cup is the oldest Spanish football competition having first been hosted back in 1903. The winner of the tournament earns a place in the following season’s UEFA Europa League.
If, as is often the case, the cup winners also secure a berth in the Champions League with a top four finish in La Liga, however, then the losing finalist goes into the Europa League. Gareth Bale of Real Madrid competes for the ball with Aritz Aduriz of Athletic Club (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
A place in Supercopa de España is also on offer for the winners of the Copa del Rey. The Supercopa is traditionally the season’s curtain raiser in Spain and pits the previous campaign’s league and cup champions against one another in a two legged affair.
Unlike England’s FA Cup, the Copa del Rey final venue is subject to change depending on who the progresses to the decider. As a consequence, the Spanish football association has to deal with an almost annual spat as clubs argue where the final should be played.
Unsurprisingly, Barcelona are particularly keen for the showpiece to be hosted at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish capital should the old enemy fall by the wayside in the earlier rounds and this has led to plenty of shenanigans in the past, such as the year that Madrid managed to ‘accidentally’ schedule a Bruce Springsteen concert for the Bernabeu on the same date as the final was to be played.
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The Big 3: Barca, Bilbao & Real
The Copa del Rey has been dominated by three clubs since its inception but surprisingly, Real Madrid are third in terms of wins in the tournament.Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid has a shot at goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 29, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)6x5x4x3x
Los Blancos are used to dominating the field in domestic and continental competition, as evidenced by their 32 La Liga titles and 11 European Cup/Champions League triumphs (compared to Barcelona’s 24 & 5 respectively), but have been outperformed by their Catalan and Basque rivals in the Copa del Rey.
Madrid have may won the King’s Cup on 19 occasions, however, that pales in comparison to the Blaugrana’s 29 wins and also falls short of Athletic Club’s 23 titles.
Despite their success in the King’s Cup, Barcelona and Bilbao have a complex relationship with the tournament. The regions from which the clubs hail – Catalonia and the Basque Country - have often been at loggerheads with Spain’s central government in Madrid.
There are strong independence movements in both regions, though Barcelona perhaps have added incentive to maintain their dominance in the competition given the fact that former dictator, General Franco, who headed the Spanish government from the end of the Spanish Civil War until the mid-1970s, made no secret of his contempt for the club and was also a firm conservative and monarchist.
It’s not unusual to see FC Barcelona fans unfurling Catalonian flags as the Spanish national anthem is played ahead of Copa del Rey finals.
Final to Remember
There have been no shortage of thrilling Copa del Rey finals to savour over the years. Not least the 2014 decider for British fans, which saw Real Madrid clip the wings of bitter Clasico rivals FC Barcelona in dramatic fashion when Welsh wizard Gareth Bale scored a spectacular solo effort in the 85th minute to hand the Whites a 2-1 victory.
That match at the Mestalla in Valencia was the 111th final of competition and the seventh between Barca and Real. That triumph marked Madrid’s 19th success in the competition.
Former England and Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker also lifted the prestigious trophy during his time at Barcelona. Lineker played in the 1988 decider which Barca 1-0 against Basque side Real Sociedad. Jose Alexanko scored the winner in front of 70,000 fans at Madrid Bernabeu.
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Copa del Rey Stats
Athletic Bilbao beat Real Madrid 3-2 to win inaugural final in 1903Only 14 different clubs have lifted the famous trophy in it long historyBilbao’s Telmo Zarra (1939-57) is the Copa del Rey’s leading goalscorer – 81Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo surprisingly aren’t in the top 10 leading scorersAs of 2017 Barcelona & Real Madrid have qualified for 39 finals eachBack to Top
2002–03 Mallorca2003–04 Zaragoza2004–05 Real Betis2005–06 Espanyol2006–07 Sevilla2007–08 Valenci2008–09 Barcelona2009–10 Sevilla2010–11 Real Madrid2011–12 Barcelona2012–13 Atlético Madrid 2013–14 Real Madrid2014–15 Barcelona2015-16 Barcelona2016-17 Barcelona
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