FC Barcelona have now taken 22 Spanish Cups, equalling Real Madrid’s own record. The win in Madrid tonight also means that Regal Barça retained the title they won last year – the first time that’s been done since Aito’s Barça achieved it in 1988.
22 titles: Regal FCB and Real Madrid
8 titles: DKV Joventut
6 titles: Caja Laboral
3 titles: Estudiantes
2 titles: Rayo, Laietà, Picadero and Zaragoza
1 title: Patrie, L'Hospitalet, Espanyol, Manresa, València and Màlaga
Barça have shown great consistency in this year’s tournament, getting better with each game.
Although they went through the quarter finals with a clear 20 point win(86-66), they were made to
suffer at times by Juventut, whilst in the semis against Caja Laboral (92-73) they had more focus
and tonight’s win against Real Madrid showed they could lift their game that one step higher
when they most needed to.
Pascual equals two historic coaches
, who last year became the youngest ever coach to win a Euroleague
title, continues to write his name in the history books, as only the second coach to retain a Cup
title – an event that requires great efforts from a winning team, who this year needed to win
three games, with barely 24 hours rest in between. The other famous coach to win two Cup titles on
the run, apart from Aito, was Real Madrid’s
in 1985 and 1986.
From Laietà to Real Madrid
Barça made their Cup debut in 1942, losing to Laietà 30-28, but the following year
the team got their revenge beating Laietà 27-25 in the final held in Mallorca. The club has gone on
to win on 21 more occasions, with all the different formats the competition has had.
1986/87 and 87/88 was the most recent time that a team won two Cup titles on the run, when
Aíto García Reneses’
team followed up their 1987 win over Ron Negrita
Joventut, 110-102 in the centenary final in Tenerife with another title against Real Madrid in
Valladolid the year after. The 84-83 win that year was won by a fantastic last gasp three pointer
FC Barcelona won the Cup again in Zaragoza in 1991, beating Estudiantes 67-65, in Seville in
1994 against Taugrés (86-75), in Valencia in 2003 also against Taugrés(84-78) and last year in
Bilbao against Real Madrid (80-61). This year’s win in Madrid again had a special resonance,
coming against the Club’s eternal rival.