Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao will play this Sunday from 3:30 p.m. the final of the Spanish Super Cup at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This meeting will be historic for several reasons: It will be the tenth definition of a title between the two and the first in which they will face each other since 1958.
The duel between Madridistas and Bilbaínos is called El Viejo Clásico because it is the second game that was played the most times in the history of Spanish football. In fact, it was the first until recently, when in the 2011-2012 season it was beaten by Real Madrid vs. Barcelona.
in history, Madrid is far superior: out of 238 games, Los Blancos won 119, exactly half, while the Basques took 75, with 44 draws.
For the Spanish Super Cup, however, there is a single precedent, in 2021, and it was a victory for Athletic by 2 to 1. The Rojiblancos went to the final and beat Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, who was sent off for an attack on Asier Villalibre. Thus, with the final that is coming, the team led by Marcelino García Toral will seek to win its second consecutive Super Cup title.
Likewise and beyond that only victory in this contest, there is another important fact. In the finals, dad is Athletic Bilbao. To define a title, they faced each other nine times, and six were won by the Basques. Of course, the duel dates back more than a century: the first final was in 1903 and the last in 1958.
In addition,the Bilbaínos kept the last five defining crosses, which makes them a true black beast of history for Madrid. In the last decisive duel, for the Copa del Generalísimo 1958 (now it is the Copa del Rey), Athletic won 2-0 at the Bernabéu, against a team in which Don Alfredo Di Stéfano himself played.
History shows that the Spanish Super Cup has at Real Madrid with 11 titles as the second maximum winner of the trophy (Barcelona obtained 13) and at Athletic Bilbao with three consecrations, the last one in 2021. Los Blancos, meanwhile, won the tournament in 2020 by beating Atlético de Madrid on the day of Federico Valverde’s remembered kick to Álvaro Morata.
THIS WAS THE LAST FINAL BETWEEN BOTH
ALL THE FINALS BETWEEN ATHLETIC AND REAL MADRID
Copa del Rey de Fútbol 1903 (It was the first in history): a league was played between three, with the Spanish Club. Both Real Madrid (at that time Madrid FC) and Athletic Club won their first match and faced each other to define the champion. Athletic won 3-2.
Copa del Rey de Fútbol 1905: a triangular league format was also played with San Sebastián, Madrid won the first two games and won the title 1-0 over Athletic.
Copa del Rey de Fútbol 1906: league with Recreativo de Huelva, Madrid FC won the final match 4-1.
Soccer King’s Cup 1907: a league was played between five clubs, including Madrid FC and Club Vizcaya, a team made up of players from Athletic Bilbao and other clubs from the region. In a final tiebreaker, the triumph was 1 to 0 for those from the capital.
Soccer King’s Cup 1916: Athletic won 4-0 in the final.
Soccer King’s Cup 1930: Athletic won 3-2 in extra time.
Cup of the President of the Republic of Soccer 1933 (Current Copa del Rey): Athletic won 2-1 in the final.
Generalissimo Cup 1943 (now King’s Cup): Athletic won 1-0 with a goal from the historic Telmo Zarra (top scorer in the history of the Spanish League until Messi surpassed him in 2014) in extra time.
Generalissimo Cup 1958: Athletic won 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu, against Di Stéfano’s team.
THE LAST MATCH
On December 22, 2021, in San Mamés, Real Madrid stayed with the victory 2 to 1 for date 21 of La Liga, with two goals from Karim Benzema. For the Basques he later discounted Oihan Sancet.