Copa final to be held at the Bernabéu

King's Cup history favours Atleti at their eternal rivals' home stadium

Pantic holds the Copa del Rey

Pantic celebrates Atlético's last Copa title in 1996

A tale of one city.

After all the hoopla about where the Copa del Rey final between Atlético and arch-rivals Real Madrid would take place, the Spanish capital will be the bustling site of the derby of all derbies, Atleti announced on their official website Friday.

The battle for the prestigious trophy will  kick-off on Friday, May 17th at 21:30 CET as agreed upon by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and officials of both clubs.

Each team will be allotted 30,000 tickets for their fans.

This will be the fifth King’s Cup final between the two sides and, surprisingly, los Rojiblancos have a dominant record against the Merengues, having bested their foes three times.

Red and white legends such as Adelardo, Calleja, Collar, Rivilla and Peiró came out triumphant at the Bernabéu in consecutive years (1960 and 1961) to win the tournament title, while Atleti lost the cup to Real at the Vicente Calderón in a penalty shootout 14 years later in 1975.

History at the Blancos’ grounds clearly favours Atleti. The last time the Madrid-based outfits faced off in the Copa final was in 1992, when los Colchoneros, with goals by Bernd Schuster and Paulo Futre, defeated Real 2-0.

Atleti are after their 10th Copa del Rey trophy, having last come out on top in the 1995/96 edition of the competition.

How do you feel about the venue?

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    People think that this is a disadvantage (I also thought so a few days ago) but now after looking at history and the ticket allotments to each team, I am hopeful for the game!

  • palc

    We havent beaten them for 15 years. Playing a final at their home turf is defintely a disadvantage.

  • Shlomgar

    A great venue. A great day. Will be there.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    we won 8 of our 9 Cups at Bernabeu, we won all three finals against Real at Bernabeu, last won against Real more than 13 years ago (1999) was at Bernabeu … and our “Decima” will be at Bernabeu.

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    Damn! It would be one hell of a match to end some sad statistics against Real. The selection of venue wont matter. I am sure that Simeone and the players will be more then normaly eager to win this trophy, against this opponent, on this ground. No doubt we will win. No. Non…
    @schlomgar hope you have a great trip would have joined you if it hadn’t been that I myself have to play a rather important match early the following morning.

  • Silchas

    i say fuck all Statistics ^^
    But for all statisticsfreaks with El cholo as coach we haven’t lost one of our finals, so it doenst’t matter who the oppenent is. we will beat everybody, if we believe in our team

  • piserakos

    let’s go at bernabeu… we will burn this stadium(dreaming the moment that our 30.000 fans will sing madrid es rojiblanca) go for the glory!

  • Shlomgar

    @Piserakos: “Espana es Rojiblanca”

  • piserakos

    hehe yes it is sholmgar…. europa es rojiblanca

  • Kristian

    Do anybody sell tickets for the final? I need 2 tickets. you can write to me at [email protected]