Spanish Cup 2017 - 2018
Spanish Cup 2017 - 2018 is a real holiday, not only for local fans, but also for millions of football fans around the world. And this is not surprising, because this championship is the most intriguing and spectacular tournament on the planet. An example of this is the modest “Alaves”, who unexpectedly managed to get into the final, losing only to the national champion.
Calendar of games Copa del Rey 2017 - 2018
The start of the cup season is scheduled for August 2017, and its final is scheduled for May 2018. To date, the exact schedule of matches is not published, however, if we start from the previous draw, the preliminary schedule of the upcoming tournament will look something like this:
- 1st qualifying stage: end of Augustus - beginning of September 2017;
- 2nd qualifying stage: first half of September 2017;
- 3rd selection stage: the beginning of October 2017;
- 1/16 finals: end of October 2017;
- 1/8 finals: first half of January 2018;
- 1/4 finals: the end of January 2018 ;;
- semi-final: February 2018;
- final: the second half of May 2018.
According to experts, the decisive match of the King’s Cup will again take place on the Vicente Calderon home arena, which can accommodate more than 60,000 spectators.
The tournament rules clearly indicate the number of clubs that have the right to participate in the Spanish Cup. Traditionally they are representatives of four national divisions:
- Segunda “B”;
Professional teams of the two strongest divisions of Spain will compete for the honorable trophy - Examples and Segunda, as well as the best clubs of Segunda “B” and Tercera. According to statistics, 83 teams took part in the past Cup.
It is worth recalling that representatives of the elite division will come to grips, starting with the stage 1/16 finals. As is known, the matches of this round will start in late October 2017 - early December 2018.
Results Copa del Rey 2016 - 2017
After the Cup of the national championship, the King's Cup is the most coveted trophy in Spain. Therefore, all teams participating in the tournament are always charged for a stubborn and uncompromising struggle.
The most award-winning clubs of the royal competition are Atletico (Madrid) FC Barcelona, Atletico (Bilbao and Real Madrid (Madrid). 81 trophy in the Copa del Rey. 23 victories in the tournament celebrated the Basques ”, In the piggy bank“ creamy ”there are 19 awards.Least of all trophies won “mattress” - only 10-m. And the greatest number of victories in the Spanish Cup can boast of “blue garnet”, who managed to win 29 trophies.
According to the unanimous opinion of football experts and bookmakers, all four record holders are the main favorites of the future championship. In favor of this argument they say 5 previous finals of the King’s Cup:
- 2012 - 2013: Atlético (Madrid) - Real (Madrid): 2: 1;
- 2013 - 2014: Real (Madrid) - Barcelona: 2: 1;
- 2014 - 2015: Barcelona - Atletico (Bilbao): 3: 1;
- 2015 - 2016: Barcelona - Seville: 2: 0;
- 2016 - 2017: Barcelona - Alaves: 3: 1.
Contenders to win
Given the above statistics, the conclusion is that the fans will most likely see Barcelona again in the finals of the Copa del Rey. For the first time, the “Catalans” won the Cup final back in 1910. They became winners in the seasons 1950 - 1951, 1951 - 1952 and 1952 - 1953. The same result was repeated by the Basques in the finals of 2015, 2016 and 2017. If the club Lionel Messi will be able to achieve another victory, it will be a record, the fourth time in a row won the King's Cup trophy.
The sworn rivals of “Barcelona” - the capital club “Real” do not have so many victories in this championship. However, the team of Cristiano Ronaldo is able to compete with the Catalans.The most memorable was a series of four victories recorded in the seasons from 1905 to 1908. The last time the “creamy” won in the Copa del Rey in 2014, beating the same “Barcelona” with a score of 2: 1.
Wards Diego Simeone, by right, are one of the main favorites of the upcoming championship. Since 1960, “mattress” took part in 19 finals of the Cup, winning 10 trophies. The last time, “Atletico” (Madrid) celebrated a victory in the 2013th year, and, according to the head coach, the team is ready to once again climb the champion pedestal.
Perhaps the most eminent holder of the royal Cup is the “middling” examples - “Atletico” from Bilbao. During the existence of the tournament, “blue garnet” won this trophy 29 times. However, they won the last final in the distant 1984th year. In modern history, the “lions” continue their stubborn struggle for the gold medals of the championship, and it is not at all possible that in the 2017–2018 season they are able to compete with the grandees of Spanish football.
Those who closely follow the Cup of Koroy, it is worth recalling that the broadcast of the first qualifying stage matches will begin in late August - early September 2017.