Much like many other countries, Spain has their own internal football championship called the Copa del Rey (The King’s Cup). It is the oldest Spanish football competition and was established more than 100 years ago in 1903. Also like other European countries, Covid-19 impacted the schedule. The season is scheduled to kick off on November 17, 2021 with the final match to be played on April 23, 2022. As you can see, the season is being compressed into six months. This year, the final will be played at Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville. Broadcast coverage for the season is limited, but more is available towards the end. If you are outside the coverage area, you would need a VPN.
Copa del Ray Broadcasters
There are a few ways to watch the games in the competition.
ESPN+ – You can watch 65 Copa del Ray each season on ESPN+ streaming service. The OTT service offers a wide range of premium sporting events. ESPN+ costs $5.99 a month or $59.99 a year. It also gives you the ability to purchase future UFC PPV events. We use ESPN+ and have been recommending it since BeIN Sports pulled out of broadcasting the matches.
DAZN – OTT service that gives you access to Copa del Ray and more without a cable or satellite subscription. The service requires it’s own subscription to watch. To sign up and access the matches, you need to be in Austria, Germany, Japan, or Switzerland. Make sure to connect to a VPN server in one of those countries before signing up.
Premier Sports – source of Copa del Ray coverage in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is only available to users in those two countries. You can also watch every Pro14 Rugby game in the UK.
Copa del Ray Highlights
The Copa Del Rey was founded in 1903 and has been going strong ever since. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know how strong the Spanish teams are. Teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and others have been powerhouses for years. Those factors make the Copa Del Rey fun to watch.
The tournament has not been without some problems. During the Spanish Civil War in 1937, clubs in the Republican area of Spain entered the Free Spain Cup. The Levante Club beat their city rivals, the team from Valencia, by a score of 1-0. The Spanish Congress urged the league to call it a Copa del Rey victory, but that matter is still undecided.
The most successful Spanish football club is Barcelona with 28 titles. Athletic Bilbao has 24. Real Madrid has also won its’ fair share of titles. During the history of the tournament, there have only been 12 actual trophies. Four trophies have been awarded to Barcelona, three to Bilbao, and one to Real Madrid. The criteria to win a permanent one is winning 3 times in a row or winning 5 times on separate occasions.
Copa del Rey Round of 16 Schedule
Here is the start date for each stage of the 2021-2022 Copa del Ray season:
- Preliminary – November 17
- First Round – December 1
- Second Round – December 15
- Round of 32 – January 5
- Round of 16 – January 15
- Quarter-finals – February 2
- Semi-finals – February 9
- Final – April 23
It has been said that there is no football like football in Spain. That is why the Cup is fun to watch.
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