The final of Copa Athletic-Real Sociedad will therefore be unpublished. With the current denomination of Copa del Rey this is the 44th edition and the Basque derby in La Cartuja will be the 21st final unpublished in this period. The last one was Barça-Alavés of 2017. By the way, Athletic and Real They have faced 18 times in the Cup qualifiers and the balance is eight wins for Bilbao and four for Donostiarras. The last time they saw each other in the Cup was in the semifinal of 1987. Then it was Real who won a double game) 0-0 and 0-1) and the San Sebastian team played the final and won it. La Real can boast much less of their adventures in the Cup. He is a long way from his eternal rival. In fact, he has played five finals under the name of Real Sociedad, although the website of the San Sebastian club is awarded the 1909 one won by the San Sebastián Cycling Club, embryo of the Royal Society. With the current denomination, his last final was 32 years ago, with that Real of the 80s How much he enjoyed. He lost 1-0 to Barça at the Santiago Bernabéu. A year earlier he had lifted the trophy, for the only time in its history, in La Romareda, by winning Atlético de Madrid on penalties 4-2, after 2-2 at the end of the extension. Athletic and Real Sociedad are the finalists of the 116th edition of the Spanish Cup, current Copa del Rey, which will be played on April 18 at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville. They are two of the most traditional clubs of Spanish football and older, with more than a century of existence: the Athletic It was created in 1898, although its foundation act dates from 1901while the Real born in 1909; but they have never faced each other in a Spanish Cup final in its different modalities (Spanish Championship, 1903-1930; Republic Cup, 1931-1936; National Soccer Tournament, 1939; Generalissimo Cup, 1940-1976; and Copa del Rey, since 1977). His last showdown was in the 1987 semifinal in a double-play tie (0-0) and (0-1), where Real ended up winning the Cup.The Basque derby par excellence will be staged for the first time in a Cup final. Athletic is already a veteran in these leaders, not in vain will play its final number 38: he has won the trophy 23 times (The rojilanco club is awarded on its website that of 1902, although it was won by a proto Athletic called Vizcaya de Bilbao) and on 14 occasions he has been runner-up. The last time he raised the Cup was in 1984, when he won Barcelona 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu. Y the last final he played was 31 years later, relatively recently, in 2015, when he lost 3-1 to Barça, at Camp Nou.
By Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Apr 11 (PTI) Newly-crowned national champion Sameer Verma is eyeing a consistent run in the international badminton circuit by remaining free of injuries, which hampered his growth early on. A series of injuries affected his career but the 21-year-old from Madhya Pradesh is happy with his performance after regaining his full fitness. “In 2012, I got injured too many times. I had a back injury, I started playing and again I hurt my back in 2013. I worked on my strength and was fit again. But I had an Appendicitis in 2014,” Sameer told PTI. “I have been playing injury free since October, 2014 and I am happy with my game. I won at Tata open last year. I won at Bahrain. I reached the prequarterfinals at All England. I beat World no. 11 and now I became the national champion. So, such performances really have boosted my confidence. “Initially I wanted to play in Malaysia but then I spoke to Gopi sir and he advised me to play at the Nationals and I am happy I could win the title this year. It was satisfying,” said Sameer, who defeated his elder brother and 2012 champion Sourabh Verma 21-16 21-16 in the finals yesterday in Chandigarh. Sameer, who reached the finals of 2015 Senior National Championship, notched up some good victories in the last year, defeating the likes of Vietnams Tien Minh Nguyen, Chinas Wang Zhengming, Japans Sho Sasaki and Hong Kongs Hu Yun. He also achieved a world ranking of 35 after being 262nd spot at the start of 2015. A trainee at the Gopichand Academy since 2010, Sameer, who is currently ranked 38th, said: “I had some good performances after recovering from injury and I just hope I can stay injury free so that I can train hard and improve my game. “Injuries are part and parcel of a players life but it hampers ones game as it takes a lot of time in rehab and then to reach the peak of your game to make a comeback. “I will go home now and my next tournaments will be in May. I will play more Grand Prix and Grand Prix Golds and also look to play the qualifying rounds of Super Series tournaments. The focus will be to perform, ranking will then take care of itself,” said the soft-spoken shuttler. Sameer and his elder brother Sourabh hail from Dhar township which is near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Their father, who works in the Narmada Valley Development Authority, inspired them to take up the sport. First Sourabh joined the Gopichand Academy and a few years later Sameer followed suit. On Sunday, Sameer beat Sourabh in a clash between Varma brothers. It was his third win over his brother, having beaten him at the TATA Open and Bangladesh Open last December. “We share a good bond. Every time we win or lose a match we discuss what we did wrong or right. We also discuss and analyse the players game together,” said Sameer, who is employed with Air India. PTI ATK PM PMadvertisement