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26.02.2008 13:51

Valencia, a familiar cup rival

Marc Guillén

Valencia is the team Barça have met the third most often in the cup, and the Catalans have generally had the upper hand.

Barça and Valencia have crossed paths 17 times in the cup, and Barça have gone through 11 times. 14 of these meetings have been in the earlier rounds, and Barça have qualified 9 times as opposed to Valencia’s 5.

val-fcb1.jpgThe sides have met in three finals, Barça winning in 70-71 and 51-52, and losing in 53-54. All of these were played in the years of the Franco dictatorship when the competition was known as the ‘Copa del Generalisimo’.

Games at the Camp Nou

This year’s meeting begins at the Camp Nou. Here, Barça have won 11 times in the cup, drawing once and losing just twice.

Overall, the sides have played 32 games, with Barcelona winning 18, drawing 8 and losing 8. They have scored a grand total of 71 goals and conceded 52 in those meetings.
Valencia, a familiar cup rival
First meeting of 21st century
The two sides are meeting in the cup for the first time since the 98-99 quarter finals, won by Valencia. So, this is the first time the sides have crossed paths in the Copa de Rey since the start of the new millennium.

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