Barcelona will always have a thorn in Seville

He has not won a final in Seville since 1925 at Arenas. Against Steaua, in 1986, they suffered the most traumatic defeat in their history. Marcelino, with Valencia, won another final two years ago.


Sevilla will always be a cursed place for Barça due to the defeat in the 1986 European Cup final against Steaua de Bucharest in a story that has been told a thousand times. But it was not always like this. In 1925, the Catalans raised the Cup in the defunct Campo de la Reina Victoria (1918-1928). They won 2-0 at Arenas de Getxo with goals from the great Samitier and Sancho. The hero was Platzko, the goalkeeper who was immortalized by Alberti with his ode. The Hungarian saved Urresti a penalty. Upon their return to Barcelona, the fans prepared the first great mass reception for the club in its history at the Passeig de Gracia halt.

There the love story of Barça with Seville ended. In 1986, and after heroically eliminating Goteborg on penalties in the semifinals after raising a 3-0, the fans, who traveled by land, sea and air to Andalusia, were disappointed in their lives. The European Cup resisted. Some culés left half a heart in Sánchez Pizjuán. A historical frustration that the fans will never recover from but that, in part, could be mitigated in 2019. Two years ago, Barça crashed again in Seville, this time in Heliópolis. Marcelino's Valencia won the Cup final at Benito Villamarín and lengthened Barça's curse in Hispalis. Barça will play its fourth final in Seville today at the fourth stadium. This time, it will be in La Cartuja.

It is the first time, however, that Athletic played a single match final in Seville. It was due to premiere last April against Real Sociedad, but the final was postponed due to the pandemic.

Barça and Athletic have met in eight single-match Cup finals. The Catalans, kings of the Cup two decades ago, won six. Athletic only won those of 1932 and 1984. Both by 1-0. One, in Chamartín, with a goal from Bata. That of 1984, decided by an Endika goal, is in the history books, due to the pitched battle that was organized at the end of the game and that precipitated Maradona's goodbye. Barça has won the other six, with Messi's special prominence in the modern era. He scored in the finals of 20009, 2012 and 2015.

It is the fourth Super Cup between Athletic and Barça. The only one the rojiblancos won was with Valverde on the bench (2015) ... A divided heart tonight. Or maybe not.

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