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.

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