Tag Archives: Athletic Bilbao

The Copa del Rey has been revamped and revitalised this season | Football

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the final between Real Madrid and Barcelona in 2014.

The widely accepted narrative seems to be that domestic cup competitions are in the doldrums. Many have lost the old magic and are struggling to stay relevant in an increasingly crowded football calendar. That was certainly the case for the Copa del Rey before it was radically transformed this season. …

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Barcelona crisis grows as Athletic Bilbao knock them out of Copa del Rey | Football

Lionel Messi reacts after Williams’ late winner added to a bad week for Barcelona.

Athletic Bilbao poured fuel on Barcelona’s fire. A late, late goal exposed them once more, eliminated from the Copa del Rey in the week in which their captain publicly called out their sporting director, divisions coming to the surface, civil war declared, the collapse complete. Lionel Messi had accused Eric …

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