Cultural Leonesa, First Rival for Real Madrid in Copa del Rey

Cultural Leonesa, First Rival for Real Madrid in Copa del Rey


Copa del Rey Last 32 Round was drawn on the Friday morning in Madrid organised by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). Real Madrid will play against Cultural Leonesa in the Last 32 round. The games will be played on the 26th of October in León -the first leg- and the second leg on the 30th of November at Santiago Bernabéu.

Real Madrid game will be played before all the other games because of the FIFA World Cup. Los Blancos have to travel to Japan at the end of the year, so they need to play in advance their fixture. The other fixtures will be played on the 30th of November and 21st of December.

Cultural Leonesa is a small team from León, in the north of Spain, currently playing in the Spanish Third División (Segunda B). They are in the First Group in this category, currently second in the table with 20 points in eight games, having won the last five games.

Real Madrid and Cultural Leonesa played once in the Copa del Rey in 1960 in the Last 16 round. Then, Real Madrid went through the next stage, scoring 9 goals and conceding none. This was not a free draw, like the FA Cup. The teams playing in Europe had to face small teams, from Third or Fourth Division. Therefore, big Spanish clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid or Sevilla will face week teams.

Last season, Real Madrid were knocked out in the first round of the competition. Los Blancos played against Cádiz and Rafa Benítez put in the pitch Cheryshev, who was suspended when he was playing for Villarreal. Real Madrid were eliminated of the competition in a shaming performance for a big club.

Full fixtures are:

Cultural Leonesa-Real Madrid
Guijuelo-Atlético de Madrid
UCAM Murcia-Celta
Valladolid-Real Sociedad
Huesca-Las Palmas
Betis-Deportivo La Coruña