FC Barcelona are the favourites for the 2016-17 Copa del Rey in Spain as the Camp Nou club look to win their third title in a row, having lifted the trophy in 2015 and 2016.
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The Copa del Rey, the King's Cup, is so named as the effective founder - Carlos Padros, who went on to become president of Madrid FC (later Real Madrid) - believed it to be a fitting tribute for Alfonso XIII's coronation in 1902.
The competition produced the first ever meeting between Spanish rivals Barcelona and Real, who now engage in El Clasico, one of the most watched sporting fixtures in the world.
The Copa del Rey is considered the premier cup competition in Spanish football and before the formation of La Liga in 1929, acted as the national championship.
The Copa del Rey takes a knockout format and has produced a total of 14 different winners with Barcelona the most successful team (28 times winner) followed by Athletic Bilbao (23), Real Madrid (19), Atletico Madrid (10), Valencia (7), Real Zaragoza (6), Sevilla (5), Espanyol (4), Real Union (4), Real Sociedad (2), Real Betis (2), Deportivo la Coruna (2), Arenas (1) and finally Mallorca (1).
Barcelona are also the most successful club in the current decade, winning the trophy in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
And now the bookmakers see Barca as the favourites to retain the Copa del Rey in the current campaign, having been drawn against minnows Hercules in their opening tie – all of Spain’s seven clubs involved in European competition were guaranteed to face opponents from the third or fourth tiers of the league structure when they enter in round four.
Copa del Rey 2016-17 outright odds
7/4 Real Madrid
8/1 Atletico Madrid
33/1 Athletic Bilbao
33/1 Celta Vigo
50/1 Real Sociedad