Twentieth Cup meeting
This lunchtime’s Cup draw has thrown together Barça (25) and Bilbao Athletic (23) -the Kings of the Spanish Cup, with 48 titles between the two of them.
Naturally enough, the two Copa del Rey Kings have met plenty of times in the competition and
it’s Barça who have the better head to head record, coming out on top 12 times against
Last two legged tie 21 years ago
It’s actually been 21 years since the two met in a two legged tie: in the
1989/90 season they also met in the last 16, with Barça winning both legs 1-0 to get through to the
next round and go on and win the competition.
Three meetings in last 16
In fact, every time Barça have beaten the Basques at the last 16 stage, they have
gone on to win the Cup: in 1989/90 and in 1970/ 71 when they came out 3-1 winners on aggregate.
Only once have Bilbao come out on top at this stage – in the 1944/45 season.
The most recent meeting between the two was in the final of the 2008/09 competition
in Valencia when Guardiola’s team claimed the first of their eight titles with a convincing