06 March 2012

The venue for the final will be decided this Tuesday, with La Cartuja and favorite Mestalla

La Cartuja and Mestalla are stadiums more options they have.
Mestalla like the board of the RFEF.
If Mestalla acts Coldplay, La Cartuja is doing the same Bruce Springsteen.
Barça was in favor of Vicente Calderón.

The venue for the final of the Copa del Rey 2011-12, after two fruitless meetings will be decided on Tuesday at the meeting of the board of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), with the stages of La Cartuja and Mestalla which are presented as more options for hosting it.

The meeting, which starts at 12.00 (11.00 GMT) at the headquarters of the RFEF in Ciudad del Fútbol Las Rozas will be the first board after the election of Angel Maria Villar for a seventh term as head of the body and the debut of Joshua Urrutia, president of the Athletic Club, in the same. Urrutia, and Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, a member of board in a while, try to push hard the rest (about sixty members) to "get the upper hand" based on their respective favorite.

The agreement to a decision does not seem easy. At the last meeting between the finalists Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao, with federation members, after Serles confirmed the "no" to give Real Madrid the Bernabeu on grounds of remodeling, the clubs were very distant: the Barcelona Madrid was in favor of Vicente Calderón, 25 May, the Bilbao chose La Cartuja, on May 20.

The real possibility that the final of the Copa del Rey be played on May 20 and 25 (option contained in the assembly of the RFEF in the event that Barcelona does not go to the final of European Champions League , May 19), seems to rule out the Calderón. The Vicente Calderón (51,000 localities, after discounting the nearly 5,000 for security, organization, media, etc., leads to a Cup final) could not host the final on May 20, since that day is occupied by a concert by British band Coldplay. It is highly unlikely that a venue to be decided on 25 May and for the possibility of May 20. And also within federal feeling is fighting on Tuesday to enforce the latter date, if Barcelona is the European finalist, in order to give greater international break to attend the Euro 'Poland / Ukraine 2012 '.

The choice of La Cartuja (preferably managed by the Board of Andalusia, Seville City Council and County Council), desired by the Athletic grounds of capacity (about 64,000 locations), has claimed in recent days a major role. The stadium in Seville for weeks did not seem to have the maximum options for that host the final of its greater distance (860 km by road from Bilbao, 1,015 km from Barcelona) and a lawn maintenance considered more proper football stadium. Now it looks like great option.

The reasons for this are simple: more capacity than its direct competitors, well connected by air, rail, neutral ground, and also binds your lawn will be renewed after the concert at La Cartuja offer the American artist Bruce Springsteen, 13 May. The change of grass is determined because La Cartuja will host the June 3 Spain-China friendly (the mourning of friends Vicente del Bosque,José Antonio Camacho, coaches of both combined), the last of the Spanish team preparation before traveling to Euro 2012. From the organizational point of view would therefore be 'ideal' that La Cartuja was the headquarters of the Copa del Rey.

Mestalla Stadium (53,000 seats), the favorite week ago to host the final, something seems to have fallen out of favor for either team. And this rather curious for a reason, or at least striking. At the last meeting to decide the venue, both clubs pretty much ruled out arguing what came to be known as "negative proximity": Barcelona lost their last final at the Mestalla in Copa del Rey (2011, against Real Madrid), the Athletic fell there also 2009, before the Catalans own. But Mestalla is not entirely ruled out and even enjoys the favor of a number of members of the federation board and has great shooting in this type of games (two of the last three finals), good infrastructure and access roads to the city. And Valencia offered it known immediately after the "no" at the Bernabéu.

In any case, this Tuesday will clear the mystery about what eventually will host the match between the two clubs with the most titles in the competition. It will end the "soap opera" and now, finally, will discuss the final stage. What date is another matter. (via MD)