Atletico’s Calderon to host Spanish Cup final


Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium will host the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Sevilla on May 22, the Spanish Football Federation confirmed on Monday.

In a repeat of instances in recent years, Real Madrid were reluctant to allow a final involving bitter rivals Barcelona take place in their significantly larger Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

The Bernabeu holds 81,000 compared to the Calderon’s 55,000 capacity.

However, last week the Bernabeu was finally ruled out as a potential venue as it was announced that American rock legend Bruce Springsteen will play a concert there on May 21.

Barca are aiming to win the trophy for a record 28th time in their bid to repeat their treble-winning feat last season in claiming the Champions League, La Liga and the Cup.

Sevilla last won the Copa del Rey in 2010, but were the last team to beat Barca back in October.

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