Xavi aixeca la Copa del Rei assolida la temporada passada / FOTO: ARXIU FCB
The Spanish Cup, with 26 titles to their name, and the defending champions, have found out who they will be playing in their opening fixture of this year’s edition. The draw was held at midday on Thursday at the headquarters of the Spanish Federation, and the team that was paired with the Catalans is Alavés, of Division 2B. The first leg is on October 31 in Vitoria and the return at the Camp Nou will be on November 28. The match-ups in the round of 32 are as follows:
Alcoyano v Real Madrid Llagostera v Valencia Cacereño v Malaga Alavés v FC Barcelona Eibar v Athletic Bilbao Jaen v Atlético Madrid Melilla v Levante Winner of Las Palmas and Racing v Rayo Vallecano Sporting v Osasuna Almeria v Celta Cordoba v Real Sociedad Ponferradina v Getafe Valladolid v Betis Deportivo v Mallorca Zaragoza v Granada Sevilla v Espanyol
The draw was made for the complete tournament, so we already know who Barcelona would face if they beat the Basque outfit in their opening fixture. On December 12 and 19 they would play the winners of the tie involving Cordoba and Real Sociedad. In the quarters, FC Barcelona would play any of Eibar, Athletic Bilbao, Cacereño or Malaga on January 9 and 16.
Possible Clásico in semi finals
If Barça and Real Madrid were to cross paths, it wouldn’t be until the semi finals on January 23 and 30. The first leg would be at the Bernabéu, and the return at the Camp Nou. That means that there is no way that we could see a repeat of the final between the two in the 2010-11 season, and neither could there be a re-edition of last year’s final between FCB and Athletic Bilbao.