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Figueres have kept alive their dreams to play the Spanish Cup final versus Real Madrid: the Catalan minnows have been paired with Deportivo in the Semis, while Real are facing Atheltic Bilbao.


The Centennial team have the slight advantage to play the second leg at home, but should remember the Basques enjoy great away form this season.


As for Figueres, they are the very first Segunda B side (Third Division) to play the Copa Semis ever.

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Ah, Colo, judging by that post, I wouldn't even know who's playing who:D . For me, it's not a problem but for other people it might. Maybe you should rephrase the frist paragraph:)
 

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Ah, Colo, judging by that post, I wouldn't even know who's playing who:D . For me, it's not a problem but for other people it might. Maybe you should rephrase the frist paragraph:)
No......its a copy and paste.....again...So Im not calling anyone a minnow myself..its all www.dailysoccer.com doinn !!! :howler:
Of course U and I know perfectly who the minnows are...We just dont call names or finger :finger: point any particular team !! :dielaugh:
 

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Real Madrid came out of San Mames with a 1x2 defeat...but had all the chances in the world to have been 4x0 and thats no Xagerating.......At any rate the Bernabeu 2nd leg will decide it all !!!

Hala Madrid !!! :)
 

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Figueres Vs La Coruña/Live notes

The games has just started in España..Full house @ Figueres :cool:
 

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6 minutes...Tristan scores...just like that........La Coruña 1 Figueres 0
 

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eofh

to the lockers....La Coruña on top 1x0
 

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2nd half underway

Figueres down 0x1
 

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About 9 minutes left

Figueres losing 0x1
 

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The game is ...............

Over.......................
Not a bad result for Figueres, unfortunately......the last and decisive game is at La Coruña :cry:.....
Of course nothing is done with until the game its played to its fullest and then you take it to the cleaners :)
 

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by Jonah Fontela
27 January 2002

Occasionally when it seems the game we’ve all come to love for various reasons, in various ways, has forsaken us for good.
The gods in all their indulgent beneficence smile widely upon us and deliver, for all to see, a shimmering example; a shining, undeniable reminder of why we still love it, without condition.

At a time when money, media, marketing and bland, however lucrative, antiseptic uniformity has come to dominate football at its tippy top, it seems a great equalizer has been constructed from the foundation of the time-tested, tried and true domestic cup format.

It seems our message from the gods always comes in the form of a child; inexperienced in the ways of modern expediency, and the temptations of the top flight, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and innocently laid in a manger, intent on toppling a crown.

The FA Cup and Cardiff, Walsall and West Brom, the French Cup and Racing Club Calais a few years back, last year’s installment of the German Cup and never-you-mind, nothing side Union Berlin from the old Soviet end of town are just some of the inspiring examples.

The past three years alone have provided us occasion to ignore the unsinkable chum, and bask in the unintentional, unpretentious glory of a humble side’s hunt of the sun; a prize it never has any legitimate or earthly claim to.

For this year’s tale of inspiration, we head to a land with a special understanding of the underdog, resistance, and a peculiar penchant for a sometimes helpful, always hopeful self-deception and delusion, Iberia’s own great Spain, and its Copa del Rey.

Like the venerable Don Quixote tilting with rash impudence and rational scorn at towering windmills, lowly Segunda B club Figueras from the northern crown of Catalonia, about a million miles from Barcelona both figuratively and literally, is up to a battle of its own against giants, windmills or whatever you like in search of a lady’s favor, a crown, and a silver cup.

Only four sides remain in the competition: Figueras, nobodies whose name has been buried under an avalanche of deserving obscurity for nearly a century, Athletic Bilbao, honorable, decent, all-Basque and cloaked in the mountains’ mystery, bustle and dissident bravado but still historically one of the strongest sides in all of Spanish football, and Deportivo de la Coruna, once lowly, overlooked, lower- leagued and unconsidered tucked away in their north-western wilderness of witchcraft, craggy cliffs and the cold sea’s blunting infinity, but La Liga Champions in ’99 and perennial giants for the new millennia.

There is also, lest we forget, the kings of footballing past, present, and should political and financial ties remain intact and in fine fettle, the future too…the holders, the heavenly champions, Europe’s true royalty Real Madrid, demigods in their own right.

In this the year of our lord 2002, Real are engaged in the drunken celebration of 100 years of pure, unadulterated dominance, a century of celebratory solitude.

The Copa del Rey final is slated to be held in their own dwarfing, blunting Santiago Bernabeu, in premature honor of their Centenary double, maybe treble, perhaps the gods up above and the national rejection of all things reasonable, rational and set in some kind of stone may be set to spoil the Merengue party at home in the literal and figurative Center of Spain.

The Copa del Rey sounds grand, no? It’s the King’s cup, how lovely. So regal, so noble.

But the Cup was, as with everything else in the nation save for pockets of anti-central sentiment, the Generalissimo Franco’s for more than thirty years. The grand general of fascist affairs and Spain-building, had to hand the cup that bore his name to many a man who might have killed him dead if only given the proper chance, with a smile.

Catalans, Vascos and the like had died fighting face down in the mud to oppose an inherently indecent conception of a new Spain that would see uniformity destroy mystery and one language and culture replace the mystical mingling of many.

But with a sense of victory and memory he handed that Cup over to enemies, the Old World, stubborn symbols of quixotic defiance in the face of a unified Spain, Barca in ’42, Athletic Bilbao in ‘43, ‘44,’45 and ’50, Atletico in ‘65... and many times beyond that too.

But make no mistake, he handed it to his boys occasionally as well

Well, it is the General’s Cup no longer, as it has become the proud inheritance of King Juan Carlos. The Cup’s current custodian has swapped a smart suit and an implied crown for the functional fatigues of his predecessor.

But as with Franco before him, and anyone with a view to a modern Spain, disdainful of its past, its cultural, religious syncretism and incompatible, anti-modern impulses, Real Madrid, in the blinding, pure, incessant white of tomorrow, remain the regent’s team, and his standard bearers.

Figueras are up against it; we can’t deny the facts outright. The little Catalan side dropped the first leg of their semifinal at home to SuperDepor 1-0. But then again Real went down 2-1 in the steaming cauldron of the San Mames up north as well, so maybe there are but a few twists left in the plot.

Let’s just let ourselves dream for a moment, and have a pinch of faith in the gods who dictate the proceedings and oft-times forsake, lest we forget.

In this the 100th year of the finest, and most politically challenged champion in all the land, they may be made to meet yesterday’s forgotten prospect, the nobodies, forsaken by history, god and finance too.

And what happens then? Well, we can’t ask for too much I suppose.

As the stage is set, and the banners unfurl, on the peninsula at least, the gods have smiled upon us once again, at least for a while, as lowly Figueras dumped Osasuna and their kingly Catalan compatriots Barcelona out of the King’s competition.

But from here on out it’s every man for himself and the gods against all...

Let’s not forget though, they too have their favorites.

Dont blame colocolo the :jester: !!! The owner of the article is at the top !!! :howler:
 

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Deportivo-Figueres

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Deportivo's poor away form has been a constant source of irritation for coach Javier Irureta and last week's 1-0 first-leg win over Figueres was their first away victory since November 28. Diego Tristan got the only goal of the game meaning Depor only need to avoid a home defeat in the second-leg and they will be through to face either Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in the final.

Depor's recent form has improved slightly and they sit third in the league behind Real Madrid and their Galician rivals Celta Vigo. On Sunday Brazilian enigma Djalminha bagged his first goal of the season against Bilbao but it took the Basques less than two minutes to draw level through Santiago Esquerro.

At the beginning of the tournament Figueres surely wouldn't have believed that they could reach such dizzy heights. It was almost unimaginable to think that a Secunda B side could get this far. In reaching the semis they have knocked out the likes of Barcelona, Osasuna and most recently Cordoba. They won't go out in fear of Depor but will need to be prudent in the first 20 minutes because this is often when Irureta's men are at their most dangerous.


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Deportivo- PL- 4-2-3-1- Nuno, Scaloni, Caesar, Donato, Capdevila, Emerson, Duscher, Jose Manuel, Djalminha, Amavisca, Tristán or Makaay.

Figueres- PL- 4-4-2- Felix Cano, Fernando, Dani Fernández, Serra, Ruano, Salas or Cortada, Freixa, Piti, Raset, Eloi, Kali Garrido.


SOCCERAGE PREDICTION

Figueres will be a team playing without pressure and these type of opponents are often the most dangerous. Nonetheless, Depor should still take the match at a canter.

Deportivo Win 75%
Draw 15%
Figueres Win 10%


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It's hard to see La Coruna not making the final.

Dream final I reckon.

Real Madrid vs La Coruna
 

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Deportivo end brave Figueras' Cup dream

CORUNA, Spain, Jan 30 (AFP)


Deportivo La Coruna proved to be one scalp too far for third division Figueras here Wednesday as they drew 1-1 in their Spanish Cup semi-final second leg match but the home side went through 2-1 on aggregate.
Deportivo, who will play either Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in the final, took an early lead through Jose Manuel as he rattled home the ball in the sixth minute following nice work by Brazilian playmaker Djalminha.
Despite cruising for much of the match they were set back on their heels when Figueras, conquerors of among others Catalan giants Barcelona in an earlier round, were awarded a penalty in injury-time.
Piti duly converted it but to Deportivo's relief the referee soon whistled for full time and end Figueras' wonderful adventure was over.
Real host Athletic Bilbao on Thursday trying to overcome a 2-1 deficit.

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