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LA COPA DEL REY- A PRESTIGIOUS KNOCKOUT  FOOTBALL COMPETITION IN SPAIN

Spain is a famous country with many noble and competitive football competitions. Apart from La Liga tournaments, fans of Spanish football all over the world also spend their special interest in the Spain Copa Del Rey championship. What is Copa Del Rey and How is its attraction? Let’s check out with us in this article.

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WHAT IS COPA DEL REY?

The Copa del Rey or La Copa is the English name of the La Copa del Rey football championship in Spain. Its full name is the Campeonato de España–Copa de Su Majestad el Rey with the meaning of "Championship of Spain–His Majesty The King's Cup". This is an annual knockout football competition for professional teams in Spanish football, organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

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The Copa del Rey was regarded as Spain's football national championship from 1903 with the winning title belonging to Athletic Bilbao. Juan de Astorquia was the president of the competition until the foundation of the Campeonato de Liga- League Championship in 1928. It was formerly known as the Copa del Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Madrid City Council's Cup). From 1905 to 1932, the tournament was renamed the Copa de Su Majestad El Rey Alfonso XIII (His Majesty King Alfonso XIII's Cup). During the Second Spanish Republic, it was known as the Copa del Presidente de la República or Copa de España (Spanish Cup). In the 1939-76 seasons, under the presidency of Francisco Franco, its name was Copa de S.E. El Generalísimo (Copa del Generalísimo).

The competition is considered the oldest Spanish football competition and also one of the most prestigious national cup trophies in the world. The winners qualify for the following season's UEFA Europa League. If they have already qualified for Europe through their position in the league, then the Europa League slot is given to the highest-placed team in the league who has not yet qualified.  

HOW DOES THE COPA DEL REY WORK?

Any club or professional football team playing in Spain( from clubs with the highest rankings in La Liga to teams having lower positions) can register for the King's Cup. The top giants of the country such as Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid are especially entered without having to play the preliminary round. 

According to the rules changed from the 2019/2020 season, teams in La Liga who attend from Round 1 will not have to play in the round-robin format as before. If there is a tie, the result will be settled by extra time and penalty. The four teams participating in the Spanish Super Cup ( Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Real Sociedad, and Athletic) will start playing from the 1/16 round.

When a draw is held, the organizers stipulate that La Liga teams will be ensured to meet opponents in the lowest possible rank among teams participating in that round. To reach the final match of the Copa del Rey, clubs in La Liga have to play 8 matches, while clubs participating in the Spanish Super Cup play 6 matches only. The team that becomes the champions of this tournament is definitely to qualify for the Europa League.

WHERE AND WHEN DOES THE COPA DEL REY HAPPEN?

Here below is the specific schedule of the Spanish King’s Cup in the 2021-22 season:

Round

Draw date

Date

Fixtures

Clubs

Format details

Preliminary

28 October 2021

17 November 2021

10

126 → 116

New entries: Clubs qualify through the 2020–21 fifth tier.

Opponents seeding: Teams faced each other according to proximity criteria.

Local team seeding: Luck of the draw.

Knock-out tournament type: Single match

First round

18 November 2021

30 November – 2 December 2021

56

116 → 60

New entries: All qualified teams except the four participants in the Supercopa de España.

Opponents seeding: Teams from La Liga faced teams from the lowest divisions. The four remaining teams faced teams from Segunda División B.

Local team seeding: Match played at home of team in lower division.

Knock-out tournament type: Single match.

Second round

3 December 2021

14–16 December 2021

28

60 → 32

Opponents seeding: Teams from lowest divisions faced La Liga teams.

Local team seeding: Match played at home of team in lower division.

Knock-out tournament type: Single match

Round of 32

17 December 2021

4–6 January 2022

16

32 → 16

New entries: Clubs participating in the Supercopa de España gained entry.

Opponents seeding: Teams from lowest divisions faced La Liga teams.

Local team seeding: Match played at home of team in lower division.

Knock-out tournament type: Single match.

Round of 16

7 January 2022

15, 16, 19 & 20 January 2022

8

16 → 8

Opponents seeding: Teams from lowest divisions faced La Liga teams.

Local team seeding: Match played at home of team in lower division.

Knock-out tournament type: Single match.

Quarter-finals

21 January 2022

2 & 3 February 2022

4

8 → 4

Opponents seeding: Luck of the draw.

Local team seeding: Match played at home of team in lower division.

Knock-out tournament type: Single match.

Semi-finals

4 February 2022

9 & 10 February 2022

2

4 → 2

Opponents seeding: Luck of the draw.

Local team seeding: Luck of the draw.

Knock-out tournament type: Double match.

2 & 3 March 2022

Final

23 April 2022

1

2 → 1

Single match at Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville. Both teams qualify for the 2022–23 Supercopa de España.

UEFA Europa League qualification: winners qualify for the 2022–23 UEFA Europa League group

TOP 10 CHAMPIONS IN THE MOST RECENT YEARS

Season

Winning team

Victory coaches

20-21

Barcelona

Athletic Bilbao

18-19

Valencia CF

Marcelino

17-18

FC Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde

16-17

FC Barcelona

Luis Enrique

15-16

FC Barcelona

Luis Enrique

14-15

FC Barcelona

Luis Enrique

13-14

Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti

12-13

Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone

11-12

FC Barcelona

Pep Guardiola

10-11

Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho

09-10

Sevilla FC

Antonio Alvarez

MORE NOTICEABLE INFORMATION OF COPA DEL REY

  • The team won the King's Cup 4 times continually

Barca from 2015 to 2018.

Bilbao from 1930 to 1933.

Real Madrid from 1905 to 1908.

  • The players with the most King's Cup

With the same 7 King's Cups, José Maria Belauste, Piru Gaínza, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, and Lionel Messi are the players who have the most King's Cup. 

  • Top goalscorers in the Copa del Rey

No.

Player

Pos.

Years

Club(s) (goals)

Total

1

Telmo Zarra

FW

1939–1957

Athletic Bilbao (81)

81

2

Josep Samitier

MF

1919–1934

Barcelona (65)

Real Madrid (5)

70

3

Guillermo Gorostiza

FW

1928–1946

Racing Ferrol (3)

Athletic Bilbao (37)

Valencia (24)

64

4

Lionel Messi

FW

2004–2021

Barcelona (56)

56

5

Edmundo Suárez

FW

1939–1950

Valencia (55)

55

6

Quini

FW

1968–1987

Sporting Gijón (36)

Barcelona (14)

50

7

Ferenc Puskás

FW

1958–1966

Real Madrid (49)

49

László Kubala

FW

1951–1965

Barcelona (49)

49

9

Santillana

FW

1970–1988

Real Madrid (48)

48

10

César Rodríguez

FW

1939–1960

Granada (3)

Barcelona (36)

Elche (8)

47

REFERENCE SOURCES

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_del_Rey