Barça, celebrating their European Super Cup win in 2011. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Barça obtained their ticket to their 12th final since Guardiola took charge of the first team after beating out Valencia in the semifinals of the King’s Cup. As was the case in 2009, Athletic Club is the other Cup finalist. That was the first final out of 11 that Guardiola has played in his three and a half years at Barça. His record isn’t bad, he’s led his team to 10 victories and only 1 defeat (against Real Madrid in the Cup last season).

This will be Guardiola’s third King’s Cup final in four years. It also happens to be the competition that Barça has played the most finals in with the manager at the helm, along with the Spanish Super Cup. With Guardiola, Barça also managed to play in two Champions League finals, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cup finals.

24 victorious ties

To get to these 12 finals, Barça has had to knock out opponents. Of the 26 ties played, they have won 24. Only Seville and Inter Milan have been able to beat Barça in a two-leg playoff. The Andalusians did it in the 2009/10 season in the King’s Cup, where they knocked out Barça in the round of 16. Inter Milan eliminated Barça in the semifinals of the Champions League.

Guardiola's 11 finals

2008/09
King's Cup
Athletic Club – FCB (1-4)
Champions League
FCB – Manchester Utd. (2-0)

2009/10
Spanish Super Cup
Athletic - FCB (1-2)
FCB -  Athletic (3-0)
European Super Cup
Barça – Shakhtar (1-0)
Club World Cup
FCB – Estudiantes (2-1)

2010/11
Spanish Super Cup
Seville – FCB (3-1)
FCB – Seville (4-0)
King's Cup
FCB – Madrid (0-1)
Champions League
FCB – Manchester Utd. (3-1)

2011/12
Spanish Super Cup
Madrid – FCB (2-2)
FCB – Madrid (3-2)
European Super Cup
FCB – Porto (3-0)
Club World Cup
Santos – FCB (0-4)