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Copa del Rey
The Copa del Rey is a prestigious yearly cup competition fought between 83 Spanish clubs. The competition is informally known as ‘La Copa’.
The full name – Campeonato de España: Copa de Su Majestad el Rey de Fútbol – translates to ‘Championship of Spain: His Majesty the King’s Football Cup’, a nod to the competition’s regal and historic past.
The most successful team in the competition is Barcelona, with 28 titles. Athletic Bilbao have 23 (though they last won in 1984) and Real Madrid hold 19. Real Madrid have been the runners up a whopping 20 times.
Like a number of domestic European cup competitions, the winner of La Copa is awarded entry into the UEFA Europa League, unless the winner also qualifies for the Champions League, in which case the runner up is admitted.
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Why we love it
Founded in 1903, the Copa del Rey is the oldest competition in Spanish football, predating the Primera Liga by some 26 years.
Despite the dominance of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the league, the two clubs have won just eight of the last 20 Copa del Rey competitions.
As Spanish football goes, this is a competitive cup, and represents the only realistic opportunity for many Spanish clubs to win any silverware under the dominance of the two giants.
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