The competition was founded in , thus making it the oldest Spanish football competition. It is considered one of the most prestigious national cup trophies in the world. If they have already qualified for Europe through their league position, then the Europa League spot is given to the highest-place team in the league who has not yet qualified until this place was awarded to the Copa runners-up, unless they too had already qualified via the league. Barcelona is the most successful club in the competition, winning their fourth consecutive and 30th overall title against Sevilla in the final held at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Athletic Bilbao have the second-most titles, with Real Madrid is third, with
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The Copa del Rey Final is a football match that will decide the winner of the —20 Copa del Rey , the th edition of Spain's primary football cup including two seasons where two rival editions were played. Originally scheduled for 18 April , the match was postponed with the agreement of the participating clubs on 11 March with no new date decided at that point due to the COVID pandemic , which had led to football matches being cancelled or played behind closed doors as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus, in the hope that the delay would provide time to contain the outbreak and allow the final to take place with a full stadium as in normal circumstances. Real Sociedad are competing in their eighth Copa del Rey final, having lost the final to Barcelona. Athletic Bilbao are competing in their 38th final, having lost to Barcelona in In the Copa del Rey which had two rival tournaments running in parallel , the two clubs participated in the three-team group of the UECF competition along with Madrid FC. The decisive match was between the Basque teams Athletic winning 1—0 ,   but as it was not a final in the traditional knockout format and the newly-formed Real Sociedad were playing under the name 'Vasconia' for licensing reasons,  it is not widely recognised as an equivalent to their meeting years later. However, on 30 April UEFA stated that the final must be played by 3 August to activate the designated qualification place, otherwise this would revert to the team finishing 7th in La Liga either with the fixtures completed or the standings declared. Athletic Bilbao submitted a formal protest against UEFA's instruction,  and on 4 May both teams officially reiterated their stance to delay the match until such a time as supporters would be able to attend it.
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