Both Atletico Madrid and Espanyol had voted against the announced reforms to the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana, yet both sides decided to change their minds and accept the proposal put forward by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). Last week, every team bar Real Madrid and Barcelona rejected the proposals. At an assembly of RFEF at which the president revealed the new approved formats, Atletico and Espanyol said yes to the proposal. Upon leaving the very event, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo simply stated: "Everything is amazing here." … [Read more...] about Atletico Madrid change vote on new Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana formats
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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) are awaiting approval on the plans for a new structure of the Copa del Rey. LaLiga 1|2|3 teams have made their wishes clear to the RFEF, and they have been listened to with changes to be made to the number of teams who are allowed to enter the tournament. All 20 teams from LaLiga Santander will be invited, whilst the seventh best placed teams from each of the four groups from the Segunda B will also be invited. The 18 champions of the Tercera groups will be handed entry, whilst the 14 best second placed teams in that division will also be given the opportunity to play. Another change to the rules of the tournament is that LaLiga Santander teams will now no longer be required to play on artificial pitches with a requirement now in place for all matches in the tournament be played on natural grass. … [Read more...] about Copa del Rey set for restructure: 28 teams from Segunda B, 32 from Tercera, 10 from Regional…
Andres Iniesta fondly recalled the 5-0 Copa del Rey win over Sevilla last season on the 12-month anniversary of the win. The Vissel Kobe midfielder scored one of Barcelona's five goals at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. "A year ago, my last final. Unforgettable game, unforgettable night, unforgettable emotions," he wrote on Twitter. Despite the distance, Iniesta often serves up nostalgic memories of his time at Barcelona where he won 32 titles with the first team. … [Read more...] about Iniesta recalls Copa del Rey final hammering of Sevilla
The Spanish FA plan to change the format of the Copa del Rey in the upcoming season by introducing single knockout games, instead of two-legged ties, until the semi-finals. The 20 LaLiga Santander teams will join the 22 sides from the second tier, plus 32 from the third, 36 from the fourth and the 18 champions from the regional leagues. That would make for a 128-team tournament, up from the 83 teams who took part in the 2018/19 edition. The first round of the new-look tournament would be contested in December and the teams involved in the Supercopa de Espana wouldn't join the rest until the round of 32. With the new format, there will be fewer games in total and the single knockout matches will be played at the stadium of the lower category team. Should both clubs be from the same division then the home team will be the side to come first out of the draw. The Spanish FA's idea is to play the first games in December, five rounds in January and the other three rounds in February, leaving … [Read more...] about How will the new Copa del Rey format work?
Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales has unveiled to the federation's board of directors his plans for changing the Copa del Rey format to have single knockout games up until the semi-finals, instead of two-legged ties. Those games will be hosted at the stadium of the lower category team and the competition will consist of clubs from the first, second, third and fourth tiers, as well as regional clubs that meet the minimum requirements to accommodate cup matches. As an exception, the sides who qualify to compete in the Supercopa de Espana will join the rest of the teams in the round of 32. Rubiales' proposal comes along with the plan of to have a new Supercopa de Espana in a Final Four format, which would take place outside Spain in January. Both proposed alterations to the competition must be approved on April 29 at the extraordinary general assembly to be held at the federation's headquarters. … [Read more...] about Rubiales wants to get rid of two-legged Copa del Rey ties before the semi-finals