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Athletic Bilbao seeks redemption in Copa del Rey final against Real Mallorca

Posted : 05 April 2024

Athletic Bilbao, renowned as the second most successful team in Copa del Rey history, faces the daunting task of reversing a streak of six consecutive final defeats when they clash with Real Mallorca at La Cartuja in Seville on Saturday. Spearheaded by brothers Inaki and Nico Williams, Athletic's potent attack positions them as strong favorites, although Real Mallorca, led by coach Javier Aguirre, thrives in the underdog role.


Despite Athletic Bilbao's illustrious history, their last Copa del Rey triumph dates back to 1984, a domestic double achieved long before the birth of any current squad member. As they make their 40th final appearance, they confront Real Mallorca, a hard-working team aiming to replicate their sole cup victory in 2003, in only their fourth final appearance.


Athletic Bilbao's recent cup final disappointments, notably in 2021 when they suffered defeats against Real Sociedad and Barcelona within a fortnight, serve as bitter reminders of their trophy drought. The agony of these losses was compounded by the absence of fans due to pandemic restrictions, heightening the significance of playing in front of their supporters for Athletic's Inaki Williams, who emphasizes the team's determination to deliver victory to their loyal fanbase in Seville.


With anticipation building and thousands of fans expected to rally behind them, Athletic Bilbao approaches the Copa del Rey final with a sense of responsibility and determination to end their title drought, knowing that the support of their devoted fans could be the decisive factor in their quest for glory.


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