The Copa del Rey has a brand new look this year. The organizing body has done away with the two-legged affairs throughout the tournament, which normally minimized the possibility of surprises, giving a huge advantage to the bigger first and second division teams.
Starting this year, up until the semi-finals the games will be contested with only one single match, and always in the home ground of the lower-ranked side. This new format has given the smaller Segunda B (third tier) and Tercera Division (fourth tier) sides to make their mark in a new way, both in a sporting aspect and a social sense off the pitch.
Common Copa del Rey Questions
What does Copa del Rey mean in English?
The Copa del Rey (English: King’s Cup) is an annual football cup competition for Spanish football teams. Its full name is Campeonato de España – Copa de Su Majestad el Rey (Championship of Spain – Cup of His Majesty the King), and is commonly known as La Copa.
Who has won the Copa del Rey the most?
Barcelona is the most successful club in the competition, winning their fourth consecutive and 30th overall title against Sevilla in the 2018 final held at the Wanda Metropolitano. Athletic Bilbao have the second-most titles. The current title holders are Valencia.
When was the Copa del Rey first played?
The competition was founded in 1903, thus making it the oldest Spanish football competition. The teams that participated were Madrid FC, FC Barcelona, Club Español de Foot-Ball, New Foot-Ball de Madrid and Club Bizcaya (a team made up of players from Athletic Club and Bilbao FC) which eventually defeated Barcelona in the final.
How many teams compete in the Copa del Rey?
115 teams compete in the Copa del Rey. The first round draw contains the names of 16 La Liga clubs plus 105 teams from lower divisions. The only top-flight sides not included in the first-round draw are the four teams who are involved in the new, four-team Spanish Super Cup. These clubs are given a bye until the last 32 as part of their involvement in the
Who has scored the most Copa de Rey goals?
Surprisingly the answer is not someone called Messi or Ronaldo. The Copa del Rey all-time top goalscorer is Pedro Telmo Zarraonandía Montoya, known as Telmo Zarra with 81 goals. Telmo Zarra spent the majority of his career at Athletic Bilbao, from 1940 to 1955, for whom he remains the top scorer in competitive matches with 335 goals.