Copa del Rey

The Campeonato de España–Copa de Su Majestad el Rey,[lower-alpha 1] commonly known as Copa del Rey[lower-alpha 2] or simply La Copa,[lower-alpha 3] is an annual knockout football competition in Spanish football, organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

Copa del Rey
Organising bodyRoyal Spanish Football Federation
Region Spain
Number of teams126
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League, Supercopa de España
Current championsValencia (8th title)
Most successful club(s) Barcelona (30 titles)
Television broadcastersList of broadcasters
2019–20 Copa del Rey

The competition was founded in 1903, thus making it the oldest Spanish football competition. Copa del Rey winners qualify for the following season's UEFA Europa League. If they have already qualified for Europe through their league position, then the Europa League spot is given to the highest-place team in the league who has not yet qualified. It is considered one of the most prestigious national cup trophies in the world.

Barcelona is the most successful club in the competition, winning their fourth consecutive and 30th overall title against Sevilla in the 2018 final held at the Wanda Metropolitano. The current title holders are Valencia. They defeated Barcelona in the 2019 final held at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville.


In 1902, a competition under the name Copa de la Coronación was played after Carlos Padrós, later president of Real Madrid, suggested a football tournament to celebrate the coronation of Spanish King Alfonso XIII. Four other teams joined Madrid FC for the competition: FC Barcelona, Club Español de Foot-Ball, New Foot-Ball de Madrid and Club Bizcaya (a team made up of players from Athletic Club and Bilbao FC) which eventually defeated Barcelona in the final. That cup is on display in the Athletic Bilbao museum and the club includes the victory in its honours list. Nevertheless, it is considered only the forerunner of the Copa del Rey. The Royal Spanish Football Federation officially does not recognize it.[1][2]

Copa del Rey was Spain's football National Championship from 1903[3] until the foundation of the Campeonato de Liga — League Championship — in 1928. It was initially known as the Copa del Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Madrid City Council's Cup). Between 1905 and 1932, it was known as the Copa de Su Majestad El Rey Alfonso XIII (His Majesty King Alfonso XIII's Cup). During the Second Spanish Republic, it was known as the Copa del Presidente de la República (President of the Republic Cup) or Copa de España (Spanish Cup) and during the years of Francisco Franco's Spanish State, it was known as the Copa de Su Excelencia El Generalísimo or Copa del Generalísimo (His Excellency, The Supreme General's Cup).[3] Athletic Bilbao were declared winners in 1904 after their opponents Español de Madrid failed to show up. In both 1910 and 1913, there was a split among the clubs and two rival associations, the Unión Española de Clubs de Fútbol and the Federación Española de Fútbol, organised rival competitions, the Copa UECF and the Copa FEF. In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, clubs in the Republican area of Spain entered the Copa de la España Libre, with Levante beating their city rivals Valencia 1–0 in the final. (Although in 2007 the Congress of Deputies urged Royal Spanish Football Federation to recognise it as a Copa del Rey win for Levante,[4] the governing body of Spanish football has not made a decision yet.)[5]

Because of the dispute regarding the 1902 competition, the statistics regarding the leading winners are also disputed. Barcelona have won the Copa 30 times; Athletic Bilbao are just behind, with either 24 or 23 titles, depending on the source. Throughout the history of the competition, there have been 12 actual trophies. Trophies have been permanently awarded to clubs for winning the competition either three times in a row or on five separate occasions and for other special reasons. Thus, five trophies have been permanently awarded to Barcelona, three to Bilbao and one to Real Madrid. Athletic Bilbao kept the first trophy as inaugural winners, Sevilla FC were awarded the Trofeo del Generalísimo in 1939 and Atlético Madrid, winners the previous year, were awarded the 11th trophy following the death of Francisco Franco. In December 2010, the cup was given to Sevilla, the 2010 winners, to keep in honour of Spain's World Cup victory.[6]

Before the formation of La Liga in 1929, the competition was effectively a national championship. Teams qualified to enter via their regional leagues. Over the years, various formats, including group stages have been used. Only teams from the Primera División, Segunda A, about 23 teams from the Segunda B and the Tercera División champions (or runners-up if the champion is a reserve team) are invited to enter. The early rounds are one-off games with teams from the lower divisions given home advantage. The round of 32, the round of 16, the quarter-finals, and semi-finals are played over two legs. The final is a one-off game played at a neutral venue. The winners qualify for both the Supercopa de España and the UEFA Europa League the following season.


On 22 December 2010, at an extraordinary general meeting of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Sevilla FC requested permission from the Federation to keep the trophy they had won in the 2010 final to commemorate the victory of the Spanish national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. There had been a precedent for this; Real Madrid were allowed to keep the last Copa de la República (1936), Sevilla, the first Copa del Generalísimo (1939) and, Atlético Madrid, the last Copa del Generalísimo (1976).

A new trophy was made by Madrid jeweller Federico Alegre. The trophy, made of silver, weighs 15 kg (33 lb) and is 75 cm (30 in) tall. On 21 April 2011, Real Madrid became the first recipients of the trophy. During the post-game celebrations, the trophy was accidentally dropped at Plaza de Cibeles by Real Madrid player Sergio Ramos from the top of a double-decker bus, which then ran over it. Ten pieces were found by civil servicemen when they recovered it from the ground. The club received a copy which is displayed at Santiago Bernabéu.[7][8]

List of finals

Match was won during extra time
* Match was won on a penalty shoot-out
& Match was won after a replay
Season Winners Score Runners-up Location Attendance
1903Athletic Bilbao3–2Madrid FCHipódromo, Madrid
1904Athletic BilbaoNot played[A]Español de MadridTiro del Pichón, Madrid
1905Madrid FC1–0Athletic BilbaoTiro del Pichón, Madrid
1906Madrid FC4–1Athletic BilbaoHipódromo, Madrid
1907Madrid FC1–0BizcayaHipódromo, Madrid6,000
1908Madrid FC2–1Real Vigo SportingO'Donnell, Madrid4,000
1909Real Sociedad3–1Español de MadridO'Donnell, Madrid
1910 FEFBarcelona3–2Español de MadridTiro del Pichón, Madrid
1910 UECFAthletic Bilbao1–0Real SociedadOndarreta, San Sebastián
1911Athletic Bilbao3–1EspañolJosaleta, Getxo
1912Barcelona2–0GimnásticaLa Industria, Barcelona
1913 FEFRacing de Irún1–0&[B]Athletic BilbaoO'Donnell, Madrid
1913 UECFBarcelona2–1&[C]Real SociedadLa Industria, Barcelona
1914Athletic Bilbao2–1EspanyaCostorbe, Irún
1915Athletic Bilbao5–0EspañolAmute, Irún5,000
1916Athletic Bilbao4–0Madrid FCLa Industria, Barcelona6,000
1917Madrid FC2–1&[D]ArenasLa Industria, Barcelona7,000
1918Real Unión2–0Madrid FCO'Donnell, Madrid
1919Arenas5–2BarcelonaMartínez Campos, Madrid
1920Barcelona2–0Athletic BilbaoEl Molinón, Gijón10,000
1921Athletic Bilbao4–1Atlético MadridSan Mamés, Bilbao15,000
1922Barcelona5–1Real UniónCoia, Vigo12,000
1923Athletic Bilbao1–0EuropaLes Corts, Barcelona30,000
1924Real Unión1–0Real MadridAtotxa, San Sebastián
1925Barcelona2–0ArenasReina Victoria, Seville6,000
1926Barcelona3–2Atlético MadridMestalla, Valencia17,000
1927Real Unión1–0ArenasTorrero, Zaragoza16,000
1928Barcelona3–1&[E]Real SociedadEl Sardinero, Santander18,000
1928–29RCD Español2–1Real MadridMestalla, Valencia25,000
1930Athletic Bilbao3–2Real MadridMontjuïc, Barcelona63,000
1931Athletic Bilbao3–1BetisChamartín, Madrid20,000
1932Athletic Bilbao1–0BarcelonaChamartín, Madrid25,000
1933Athletic Bilbao2–1Real MadridMontjuïc, Barcelona60,000
1934Madrid2–1ValenciaMontjuïc, Barcelona46,000
1935Sevilla3–0SabadellChamartín, Madrid15,000
1936Madrid2–1BarcelonaMestalla, Valencia22,000
Not played due to Spanish Civil War.
Season Winners Score Runners-up Location Attendance
1939Sevilla6–2Racing de FerrolMontjuïc, Barcelona60,000
1940Español3–2Real MadridCampo de Vallecas, Madrid20,000
1941Valencia3–1EspañolChamartín, Madrid23,000
1942Barcelona4–3Atlético BilbaoChamartín, Madrid30,000
1943Atlético Bilbao1–0Real MadridEstadio Metropolitano, Madrid50,000
1944Atlético Bilbao2–0ValenciaMontjuïc, Barcelona65,000
1944–45Atlético Bilbao3–2ValenciaMontjuïc, Barcelona55,000
1946Real Madrid3–1ValenciaMontjuïc, Barcelona60,000
1947Real Madrid2–0EspañolRiazor, A Coruña30,000
1947–48Sevilla4–1Celta VigoChamartín, Madrid55,000
1948–49Valencia1–0Atlético BilbaoChamartín, Madrid70,000
1949–50Athletic Bilbao4–1ValladolidChamartín, Madrid80,000
1951Barcelona3–0Real SociedadChamartín, Madrid75,000
1952Barcelona4–2ValenciaChamartín, Madrid80,000
1952–53Barcelona2–1Atlético BilbaoChamartín, Madrid67,145
1954Valencia3–0BarcelonaChamartín, Madrid110,000
1955Atlético Bilbao1–0SevillaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid100,000
1956Atlético Bilbao2–1Atlético MadridSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid125,000
1957Barcelona1–0EspañolMontjuïc, Barcelona75,000
1958Atlético Bilbao2–0Real MadridSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid100,000
1958–59Barcelona4–1GranadaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid90,000
1959–60Atlético Madrid3–1Real MadridSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid100,000
1960–61Atlético Madrid3–2Real MadridSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid120,000
1961–62Real Madrid2–1SevillaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid90,000
1962–63Barcelona3–1ZaragozaCamp Nou, Barcelona90,000
1963–64Zaragoza2–1Atlético MadridSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid75,000
1964–65Atlético Madrid1–0ZaragozaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid90,000
1965–66Zaragoza2–0Atlético BilbaoSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid95,000
1966–67Valencia2–1Atlético BilbaoSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid100,000
1967–68Barcelona1–0Real MadridSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid100,000
1969Atlético Bilbao1–0ElcheSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid120,000
1969–70Real Madrid3–1ValenciaCamp Nou, Barcelona80,000
1970–71Barcelona4–3ValenciaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid100,000
1971–72Atlético Madrid2–1ValenciaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid100,000
1972–73Athletic Bilbao2–0CastellónVicente Calderón, Madrid64,200
1973–74Real Madrid4–0BarcelonaVicente Calderón, Madrid48,000
1974–75Real Madrid0–0*[F]Atlético MadridVicente Calderón, Madrid60,000
Season Winners Score Runners-up Location Attendance
1975–76Atlético Madrid1–0ZaragozaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid80,000
1976–77Betis2–2*[G]Athletic BilbaoVicente Calderón, Madrid70,000
1977–78Barcelona3–1Las PalmasSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid60,000
1978–79Valencia2–0Real MadridVicente Calderón, Madrid70,000
1979–80Real Madrid6–1Castilla‡‡Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid65,000
1980–81Barcelona3–1Sporting GijónVicente Calderón, Madrid50,000
1981–82Real Madrid2–1Sporting GijónJosé Zorrilla, Valladolid30,000
1982–83Barcelona2–1Real MadridLa Romareda, Zaragoza35,000
1983–84Athletic Bilbao1–0BarcelonaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid100,000
1984–85Atlético Madrid2–1Athletic BilbaoSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid85,000
1985–86Zaragoza1–0BarcelonaVicente Calderón, Madrid45,000
1986–87Real Sociedad2–2*[H]Atlético MadridLa Romareda, Zaragoza37,000
1987–88Barcelona1–0Real SociedadSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid70,000
1988–89Real Madrid1–0ValladolidVicente Calderón, Madrid30,000
1989–90Barcelona2–0Real MadridLuis Casanova, Valencia44,240
1990–91Atlético Madrid1–0MallorcaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid60,000
1991–92Atlético Madrid2–0Real MadridSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid70,000
1992–93Real Madrid2–0ZaragozaLuis Casanova, Valencia42,000
1993–94Zaragoza0–0*[I]Celta VigoVicente Calderón, Madrid60,000
1994–95Deportivo La Coruña2–1[J]ValenciaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid95,000
1995–96Atlético Madrid1–0BarcelonaLa Romareda, Zaragoza37,000
1996–97Barcelona3–2BetisSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid82,498
1997–98Barcelona1–1*[K]MallorcaMestalla, Valencia54,000
1998–99Valencia3–0Atlético MadridLa Cartuja, Seville45,000
1999–2000Espanyol2–1Atlético MadridMestalla, Valencia55,000
2000–01Zaragoza3–1Celta VigoLa Cartuja, Seville38,000
2001–02Deportivo La Coruña2–1Real MadridSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid75,000
2002–03Mallorca3–0RecreativoMartínez Valero, Elche35,000
2003–04Zaragoza3–2Real MadridLluís Companys, Barcelona54,000
2004–05Betis2–1OsasunaVicente Calderón, Madrid55,000
2005–06Espanyol4–1ZaragozaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid78,000
2006–07Sevilla1–0GetafeSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid80,000
2007–08Valencia3–1GetafeVicente Calderón, Madrid54,000
2008–09Barcelona4–1Athletic BilbaoMestalla, Valencia50,000
2009–10Sevilla2–0Atlético MadridCamp Nou, Barcelona93,000
2010–11Real Madrid1–0BarcelonaMestalla, Valencia55,000
2011–12Barcelona3–0Athletic BilbaoVicente Calderón, Madrid54,850
2012–13Atlético Madrid2–1Real MadridSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid80,000
2013–14Real Madrid2–1BarcelonaMestalla, Valencia52,953
2014–15Barcelona3–1Athletic BilbaoCamp Nou, Barcelona99,354
2015–16Barcelona2–0SevillaVicente Calderón, Madrid54,907
2016–17Barcelona3–1AlavésVicente Calderón, Madrid45,000
2017–18Barcelona5–0SevillaWanda Metropolitano, Madrid62,623
2018–19Valencia2–1BarcelonaBenito Villamarín, Seville53,698
Season Winners Score Runners-up Location Attendance

‡‡ Real Madrid's reserve team. Reserve teams were banned from this competition for the first time in the 1990–91 competition.


List of football clubs ranked by − wins −, together with − runners-up −, finalists and years of finales.
Rank Club Winners Runners-up Finalist Seasons
1 FC Barcelona 30 11 41 1909–10, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1918–19, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1935–36, 1941–42, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1962–63, 1967–68, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
2 Athletic Bilbao 23 14 37
3 Real Madrid CF 19 20 39
4 Atlético Madrid 10 9 19 1920-21, 1925-26, 1955-1956, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1971-72, 1974-75, 1975-76. 1984-85, 1986-87, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2009-10, 2012-13
5 Valencia CF 8 9 17
6 Real Zaragoza 6 5 11 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1975-76, 1985-86, 1992-93, 1993-94, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2005-06
7 Sevilla FC 5 4 9 1935, 1939, 1947-48, 1955, 1961-62, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2015-16, 2017-18
8 RCD Espanyol 4 5 9 1911, 1915, 1929, 1940, 1941, 1947, 1957, 1999-2000, 2005-06
Real Unión 4 1 5 1913, 1918, 1922, 1924, 1927
9 Real Sociedad 2 5 7 1909, 1910, 1913, 1928, 1951, 1986-87, 1987-88
Real Betis 2 2 4 1931, 1976-77, 1996-97, 2004-05
Deportivo de La Coruña 2 2 1994-95, 2001-2002
10 Arenas Club de Getxo 1 3 4 1917, 1919, 1925, 1927
RCD Mallorca 1 2 3 1990-91, 1997-1998, 2002-03
11 Club Español de Madrid 3 3 1904, 1909, 1910
RC Celta de Vigo 3 3 1947–48, 1993–94, 2000–01
Sporting de Gijón 2 2 1981, 1982
Real Valladolid 2 2 1949–50, 1988–89
Getafe CF 2 2 2006–07, 2007–08
Club Bizcaya 1 1 1907
Real Vigo Sporting 1 1 1908
Real Sociedad Gimnástica Española 1 1 1912
FC Espanya de Barcelona 1 1 1914
CE Europa 1 1 1923
CE Sabadell FC 1 1 1935
Racing de Ferrol 1 1 1938–39
Granada CF 1 1 1958–59
Elche CF 1 1 1969
CD Castellón 1 1 1972–73
UD Las Palmas 1 1 1977–78
Real Madrid Castilla ‡‡ 1 1 1979–80
Recreativo de Huelva 1 1 2002–03
CA Osasuna 1 1 2004–05
Deportivo Alavés 1 1 2016–17

‡ Counting the 1913 win by Racing de Irún, which merged with Irún Sporting Club in 1915 to form Real Unión.
‡‡ Real Madrid's reserve team. Reserve teams were banned from this competition for first time in the 1990–91 competition.
‡‡‡ The number of wins Athletic Bilbao have been credited with is disputed. The 1902 version was won by Bizcaya, a team made up of players from Athletic Club and Bilbao FC. In 1903 these two clubs merged as the current Athletic Club. The 1902 cup is on display in the Athletic museum and the club includes it in its own honors list.[9]

Seasons in bold are seasons won and seasons in italic are runner-up finalists.

Top goalscorers

Bold indicates an active player.

Rank Nat Name Pos Years Team Total
1 Telmo Zarra FW 1939–1957 Athletic Bilbao (81) 81[10]
2 Josep Samitier MF 1919–1934 Barcelona (65), Real Madrid (5) 70[11]
3 Guillermo Gorostiza FW 1929–1946 Athletic Bilbao (37), Valencia (25) 62[12]
4 Quini FW 1968–1987 Sporting Gijón (38), Barcelona (17) 55
5 Edmundo Suárez FW 1939–1950 Valencia (52) 52[13]
6 Lionel Messi FW 2004– Barcelona (51) 51
7 Ferenc Puskás FW 1958–1966 Real Madrid (49) 49[14]
László Kubala FW 1951–1965 Barcelona (49) 49
9 Santillana FW 1970–1988 Real Madrid (48) 48[15]
10 César Rodríguez Álvarez FW 1939–1960 Granada (3), Barcelona (36), Elche (8) 47


Due to laws and regulations of the tournament broadcasting rights by CNMC in Spain, the Copa del Rey's final match maybe excluded on the tournament broadcasting rights package. If the broadcasters airs the Copa del Rey's final match, the broadcasters also broadcast the Supercopa matches after the end of tournament, until the 2018–19 season.[16]

From 2019–20 season, the final match can already be included in the Copa broadcasting rights package so the broadcasters can broadcast several matches until the final round.[17]



Broadcaster Summary Ref
Mediaset 15 matches free, subscription required for three Supercopa matches [18]
DAZN 50 matches, exclude Supercopa [19]
Movistar+ Supercopa only [20]


Country Broadcaster
Free Pay Ref
 Austria DAZN


  1. Spanish pronunciation: [kampeoˈnato ðe esˈpaɲa | ˈkopa ðe su maxesˈtað el ˈrei]; "Championship of Spain–His Majesty King's Cup"
  2. Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkopa ðel ˈrei]; "The King's Cup"
  3. Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈkopa]; "The Cup"

A. ^ On route to the final, Español de Madrid had tied one game and had not completed the other game, which led Athletic to file a complaint. Faced with this problem and unable to quickly solve the case, the Madrid Association decided to award the cup to Athletic as defending champions.

B. ^ The first final, played the day earlier, ended 2–2 after extra time.

C. ^ Originally played as a two-legged final. The first match, played seven days earlier, ended 2–2, and the second match, played six days earlier, ended 0–0.

D. ^ The first final, played two days earlier, ended 0–0 after extra time.

E. ^ The first and second final ended 1–1 after extra time. Both matches were played a month before the second replay.

F. ^ Real Madrid won the penalty shoot-out 4–3.

G. ^ Betis won the penalty shoot-out 8–7.

H. ^ Real Sociedad won the penalty shoot-out 4–2.

I. ^ Zaragoza won the penalty shoot-out 5–4.

J. ^ The match was suspended by heavy rain and hail in the 79th minute, and was resumed three days later.

K. ^ Barcelona won the penalty shoot-out 5–4.


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