Segarra saves a Madrid goal in the 1957 Cup match / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

The last time FC Barcelon and Real Madrid met each other in a Spanish Cup quarter-final was in 1957, Barça won the tie by an aggregate of 8-3. Stars that will be forever remembered as footballing greats played in the squads of both teams at the time. This was the Real Madrid led by the great Di Stefano and Gento, while the legendary Antoni Remallets and Lázlo Kubala donned the Barça strip.

An extremely young Ferran Olivella played alongside Ramallets and Kubala in what was his first season as a Barça player. The defender recalls the Cup games against Real Madrid with “excitement and tremendous joy.” Olivella explains that “the return leg was magical, the fans were completely euphoric in what was one of the last games at Les Corts.”

The away leg of the Cup, known as the Copa Generalísimo at the time, played at the Santiago Bernabéu, ended in a two-all draw that left qualification up for grabs, albeit Barça had a slight advantage going into the return leg. Kubala and Basora scored Barça’s two goals.

Barça runs rampant in the return leg, 13th Cup title

The return leg was one of the last games at Les Corts stadium, a few months later the Camp Nou was inaugurated as Barça’s new home. Barça bid Les Corts a worthy farewell with a historic rout of Real Madrid. The Catalans crushed the all-whites with an impressive 6-1 scoreline. Kubala scored once again, but the star of the match was the Paraguayan Eulogio Martínez, who scored four goals. Villaverde also added his name to the goal scorer sheet after beating Real Madrid keeper, Juan Alsono.

After dispatching Real Madrid, Barça managed a Cup final berth after beating Real Sociedad in both legs of the semi-final (1-5 in San Sebastián and 5-1 in Barcelona).

The Cup final was a Barcelona derby between FC Barcelon and Espanyol. The final was at was Montjüic. A goal from Sampedro tipped the match for the Barça outfit (1-0), thus allowing FC Barcelona to claim its 13th Cup title.

Olivella is optimistic

On this season’s Cup tie, Ferran Olivella recognises that “both Real Madrid and Barça have star-studded squads.” Despite the danger Real Madrid represents to Barça title bid, the ex-defender is optimistic that Barça will come out on top: “I’m convinced that we will go through, but we have two difficult matches against a very good rival.”


Real Madrid, 2 – Barça, 2
Real Madrid: Alonso, Torres, Marquitos, Navarro, Muñoz, Zárraga, Joseíto, Mateos, Di Stefano, Rial, Gento.
Barcelona: Ramallets, Olivella, Biosca, Segarra, Verges, Gensana, Basora, Villaverde, Kubala, Flotats, Tejada.
Barça goals: Kubala 1, Basora 1

Barça, 6 – Real Madrid, 1
Barcelona: Ramallets, Olivella, Biosca, Segarra, Gensana, Verges, Basora, Villaverde, Martínez, Kubala, Tejada.
Real Madrid: Alonso, Torres, Marquitos, Lesmes, Santisteban, Zárraga, Joseíto, Mateos, Di Stefano, Rial, Gento.
Barça Goals: Eulogio Martínez 4, Kubala 1, Villaverde 1

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