The Copa del Rey is the Spanish equivalent to the FA Cup or US Open Cup, the national knock-out soccer tournament. As with most things futbol in Spain, it often comes down to a showdown between the country’s two most celebrated clubs, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. This season, Barca has the better of Real in the league (they’re both in the semifinals of the Champions League), but when the two met in the Copa final yesterday, Real came out with a 1-0 victory. It was their first victory in the competition since 1993 and firs trophy of any kind for three years.
And, of course, a spiffy trophy A heavy, spiffy trophy. Of the kind that features prominently in the victory parade through the city. This is probably not what they had in mind:
I wonder if The Special One had a talk with the team afterwards that ended with, “this is why we can’t have nice things!”