09 February 2012

Barça to play in their 36th Cup final

For Guardiola this will be his 12th final on the Barça bench: up until now he has won 10 and lost only 1 championship match. The first of his 13 titles as manager was the Copa del Rey on 2009.

FC Barcelona will have a chance to add another Cup title to its trophy cabinet. Barça managed to knock Valencia out of the competition and qualify for its 36th Cup final. The Catalans will face off against Athletic Club, the team with the second most Cup trophies. The final will be a repeat match of the 2009 championship game, where the team claimed the first of their 13 titles under Guardiola by beating the Basque side 1-4.

The Club has won 25 of the 35 finals it has played. The first Cup title was won in 1910 and the last one in 2009, in Mestalla. The team, however, also played the Cup championship match last year, where it lost 0-1 to Real Madrid in overtime. This will be the third Cup final in four years under Guardiola’s tutelage.

For Guardiola this will be his 12th final since he took charge of FC Barcelona. His record is almost perfect with 10 wins (Cup, Champions Leagues, Spanish and European Super Cups and Club World Cups) and only one loss (Cup, 2011). In total, the Barça manager has won 13 out of 16 titles. (via FCBarcelona.cat)