Here’s a list of interesting facts about the two teams in the Copa del Rey:
- FC Barcelona and Valencia have played against each other in the Cup 18 times. Barça has won 11 of the ties.
- When considering the five semifinal ties between the two teams, the record is practically even: three victories for Barça, two for Valencia
- In the five times the teams have faced off in the semifinals, the winner has always gone on to win the title.
- In the semifinals of the 1989/90 season, an incredible goal from Ronald Koeman 10 minutes from full time saw the Catalans through to the final. With the 1-0 at the Luis Casanova stadium, Barça was virtually eliminated from the competition, seeing that the away leg ended with 2-1. Barça won the trophy in the championship match over Madrid (2-0).
- The last time Valencia beat Barça in a Cup semifinal was in the 2007/08 season. Los Che, trained by Ronald Koeman, won the title in the end but they fought to stave off relegation in the League.
- The teams had to play a tiebreak match in the semifinals of the 1962/63 season, which the Azulgranas won by 1-0. The away leg ended with a one-all draw and the return leg with a two-all draw (no home-goal advantage was given during that time)
- The biggest goal margin in a Cup match between the two sides came in the 1952/53 season when Barça won by 5-0. The 7-3 win in the first ever Cup (Copa Alfonso XIII at that time) tie is also worth mentioning.
- Besides the semifinal duels, Valencia and Barça have played each other in the final three times. Barça won two (1951/52 and 1970/71) and Valencia won one (1953/54)