Valencia Prepares for the King’s Cup (Copa del Rey)
The Mestalla will play host on Wednesday night to the final of the King’s Cup (Copa del Rey) between unstoppable Bareclona and plucky underdogs Athletic Bilbao.
Wanna go? You better be rich! Tickets which originally cost €100 are already going on the black market at €1000. Insane! The game is being staged in Valencia, because we won the cup last year. (Update: Not true — Fernando points out in the comments that the location is decided on a number of criteria)
There’s no doubt who’s favored in the final… Barcelona have a chance to win the rare “triple”. That’s the cup, the league championship (from which they’re a hair’s breadth away) and the Champions League final (against Manchester United in Rome).
But we’ll rooting for Bilbao, who’re playing in their first final in 24 years. The aficionados of Bilbao will be convening in the Turia Riverbed, where they’ve constructed a tent with a huge screen to watch the game ( puente alameda) . If you feel like enjoying a great atmosphere, don’t have a thousand euros to blow on a ticket and, importantly, aren’t a Barcelona fan, head down to the Turia!