preview | 2015-05-29
Face-Off: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Battling for the second trophy of the season
➢ Previous Encounters
Barcelona and Athletic Club have faced each other in seven previous Spanish Cup finals. Barcelona won five of them.
Barcelona kept a total of 64 clean sheets against Athletic Club, 41 of them as a host and 11 in the Spanish Cup.
Athletic Club kept a total of 41 clean sheets against Barcelona, 14 of them as an away team and 11 in the Spanish Cup.
There were 70 previous games played between Barcelona and Athletic Club at the Camp Nou: 52 Barça wins, eight draws, 10 Athletic Club wins. Barcelona scored 162 goals and conceded 56, kept 31 clean sheets and failed to score in 10 games.
Barcelona haven’t lost any of their last 15 games at the Camp Nou against Athletic Club: 13 wins and two draws.
Barcelona have faced Athletic Club at the Camp Nou in nine previous Copa del Rey games: eight wins for Barcelona and one draw.
Athletic Club didn’t score in their last six Spanish Cup games at the Camp Nou. Their last goal was scored in 1967/68.
Barcelona’s biggest win against Athletic Club is 7-0, recorded in La Liga 2000/01.
Athletic Club’s biggest win against Barcelona is 12-1, recorded in La Liga 1930/1931.
Barça players with most official games against Athletic Club: Xavi (33), Migueli (32), Ramallets (31).
Barça players with most official wins against Athletic Club: Xavi (22), Messi (15), Valdés (15).
Barça players with most official losses against Athletic Club: Migueli (16), Segarra (12), César (12).
Yaya Touré is the Barça player who has played most games against Athletic Club and won them all (six).
Barça players with most official goals against Athletic Club: César (15), Messi (15), Kubala (12).
Athletic Club players with most official goals against Barcelona: Zarra (20), Gorostiza (17), Bata (15).
Barça players who have scored hat-tricks against Athletic Club: Pascual, Evaristo, Stoichkov and Luis Enrique.
Athletic Club players who scored hat-tricks against Barcelona: Bata, Gorostiza, Iraragorri, Gárate, Elices, Unamuno, Zarra, Artetxe and Sarabia.
Many players featured for both teams: Juan Irízar, José Landazabal “Lakatos”, Félix Sesúmaga, Manuel Vidal, Gerardo Bilbao, Emilio Aldecoa, Jaime Escudero, Jesús Garay, Gonzalo Beitia, Pedro Mari Zabalza, José Ramón Alexanko, Andoni Zubizarreta, Julio Salinas, Ernesto Valverde, Joan Andoni Goikoetxea, Xavi Eskurza, José María García and Santi Ezquerro.
Many players have made their Barça debut against Athletic Club: Portas, Artigas, Vela, Francàs, Valcarcel, Rocasolano, Jaume Elías, Quique Martín, Soto, Gensana, Zaballa, Pellicer, Romero, Pérez, Juanito, Artola, Sorín, van Bronckhorst, Davids, Jorquera, Olmo, Orlandi, Martos, Pitu Comadevall, Masó, Milito, Maxwell, Ibrahimovic, Afellay.
Managers who have coached both teams: José Ralph Kirby, Ferdinand Daucik and Salvador Artigas.
Athletic Club’s current manager Ernesto Valverde have played for both clubs.
Valverde faced previously Barcelona 16 times managing four different teams (Espanyol, Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic Club): two wins, seven draws, seven losses.
Luis Enrique as a manager faced Athletic Club six times (four with Celta Vigo and two with Barcelona): three wins, one draw, two losses.
Velasco Carballo officiated a Barça game 27 times: 23 Barça wins, two draws, two losses.
Velasco Carballo was the referee of four Barça Spanish Cup games, Barça won them all.
The Spanish Cup final will be the send game between Barcelona and Athletic Club that Velasco Carballo officiates, the first was the 2009 Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou (3-0 for Barça).
Barcelona won their last seven games officiated by Velasco Carballo.
Barcelona played eight official games on May 30: three wins, one draw, four losses.
The last time Barcelona won an official match on May 30 was back in 1964 against Espanyol. Since then: one draw and four losses.
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