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Juan Carlos Navarro in the 2010-11 Cup final against Real Madrid

The King’s Cup 2012 final, which will be played in Barcelona from the 16th to the 19th of February, could be a historic moment in Spanish basketball. FC Barcelona Regal and Real Madrid are both level on Cup titles (22) after the Azulgrana team equalled Los Blancos by winning the past two editions of the competition in Bilbao and Madrid.

The team led by Xavi Pascual claimed the title last year in Madrid, thus clinching back-to-back Cup titles; a feat no other team has been able to accomplish in the Cup’s current format. In the last 25 years no other team has been able to claim two Cup titles in a row until Barça beat Madrid by 68-60 last year. The last time a team won two consecutive titles in the Cup was, in fact, Barça Regal (in 1986 and 1987).

A very Azulgrana Cup

Barça has dominated the King’s Cup even since the format of the competition adopted a round-of-eight playoff (starting in 1987). Barça has claimed nine titles during this time, beating out Baskonia (6) and Real Madrid, Juventut and Estudiantes (2 apiece). The Barcelona team has won 5 Cup titles from the last 11 editions of the competition.

Eight titles against Real Madrid

Of the 22 Cup titles in the Barça Regal trophy cabinet, 8 of them came against Real Madrid in the championship match. Los blancos have been finalists in four of the last five Azulgrana victories, in fact, Madrid hasn’t claimed a King’s Cup title in almost 20 years (92/93).

Lethal in finals

Besides demonstrating an aptitude for winning Cup titles (21), Barça Regal is always competitive when the team reaches a final. In fact, they have only lost eight championship matches (the last one was 20 years ago) while they beat Real Madrid (8), TAU (2), Joventut (2), Laieta (2), Montgat (1), Canarias (1), Aismalibar (1), Tempus (1), Manresa (1), Inmobanco (1), Estudiantes (1).

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