Tuesday May 10 2016
Copa to get final four makeover?

A plan to revamp the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, inspired by basketball’s final four, has reportedly been discussed.

AS cites Catalunya Radio as reporting the proposal, which would see the competition’s two semi-finals and the final played in one city, with the Euroliga basketball tournament send to be the inspiration.

The idea was reportedly discussed at a meeting last week and would need the go-ahead from the Spanish Football Federation [RFEF], but with Angel Maria Villar in line to replace Michel Platini as UEFA President, that would likely be a formality.

AS draws a comparison to England’s FA Cup, which stages the semi-finals and final at Wembley, though they take place over a matter of weeks whereas the new Copa del Rey would see the semis played in mid-week and the final at the weekend.

The clubs are believed to be in favour of the idea but there is a concern over the number of cities that would be able to host three games in such short time and have the hotels to accommodate fans from four clubs.

Football Italia website