polo ralph lauren peru Real Madrid won’t budge on cup final
Real Madrid have no intention of allowing the final of the Copa del Rey between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao to be played at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Two years ago ‘Los Blancos’ issued a statement to the Spanish Football Association noting their desire not to hold any more finals in their home stadium, and that included playing them as well as just organising them. And it seems the club’s position on the matter hasn’t changed since then as it hasn’t offered to host this year’s final.
Real Madrid’s decision can’t therefore be seen as a reaction to either of this year’s finalists. Neither is the club considering hosting another Champions League final and so hasn’t offered the Santiago Bernabéu up to UEFA for this purpose. The last time they did host the final was back in 2010, involving Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, but this was at the express wish of the previous board led by Ramón Calderón.
Nevertheless, the Santiago Bernabéu has been the venue for the national cup final in recent years. In fact, you only have to go back a couple of years to find the last time the Copa del Rey was decided in Madrid, with Atlético winning the trophy on their local rivals’ stomping ground.
On that occasion, the criteria wasn’t to select the biggest stadium, which is the Camp Nou, neither did it take place on neutral ground, which Bara’s stadium also would have been, but the main reason for choosing the Santiago Bernabéu was on account of how conveniently located it was for both teams.
On a completely different note, Real Madrid don’t want to go against the wishes of the fans and stakeholders, who have made it quite clear in recent days that the most part of them don’t want to see the final played there.
In the other big European leagues, the cup final has a permanent home: in England it is held at Wembley, in Italy Rome’s Stadio Olimpico is the annual venue, and in Germany the Olympic Stadium of Berlin is used to stage the event.