Six Football Cup Finals You Should Be Watching In Next Two Days
This weekend, the final game weekend for many leagues around Europe, will be most decorative gameday of the season. As it's highly unlikely that you will be able to watch every one of the six finals going on this weekend, here is a lowdown on each one so you can see which of the finals tickles your fancy...
Scottish Cup Final: Inverness CT vs Falkirk, Saturday 30 May 2015, 15:00 BST, Hampden Park
In the first European domestic Cup Final of the weekend, we head to Scotland where Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk go head-to-head in the Scottish Cup Final. Inverness face an injury and fitness crisis, as four first-team players are out of the Final through suspension, injury, or being cup-tied. Inverness CT are still the favourites for the Final, though, as they finished third in the Scottish Premiership, 14 places higher than second division Falkirk.
FA Cup Final: Arsenal vs Aston Villa, Saturday 30 May 2015, 17:30 BST, Wembley Stadium
England's biggest domestic cup is the second Final to take place in Europe on Saturday. Arsenal, defending champions of the FA Cup, are playing a revitalised Aston Villa under Tim Sherwood. The Gunners have been in stellar form for the majority of 2015 and go into the final firm favourites. Despite the late season blip for Aston Villa, there is a feeling that they could genuinely pose a threat with the likes of Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Jack Grealish in their ranks.
DFB-Pokal Final: Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg, Saturday 30 May 2015, 19:00 BST, Olympiastadion Berlin
At around the 70 minute mark in the FA Cup Final, the second European Final kicks off between Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg. Despite the clear difference between the two sides in the league (Wolfsburg finished second, 23 points ahead of Dortmund), Jurgen Klopp's side finished the season strongly. A semi-final win versus rivals Bayern Munich gave Dortmund momentum and confidence, and Jurgen Klopp will be giving his all for the club, players, and fans. It's his final game with the club, and winning the Cup would be a fitting way to end his incredible career at BVB.
Coupe de France Final: Auxerre vs PSG, Saturday 30 May 2015, 20:00 BST, Stade de France
An hour later, France's Cup Final kicks off in Paris, as Auxerre look to topple French Kings PSG. What makes the Coupe de France special is that PSG, who sauntered to the Ligue 1 title, face in the final Auxerre, a team who finished 9th... in Ligue 2! Despite Auxerre's mediocre season in France's second division, there is no greater opponent in France for them to take on in a Final than PSG, so they will undoubtedly be doing their upmost to bring the Cup home.
Copa del Rey Final: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona, Saturday 30 May 2015, 20:30 BST, Camp Nou
What a Final we have in store in Spain late on Saturday. The Copa Del Rey Final constitutes Barcelona's second possible trophy in their effort to seal a monumental La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble this season. Athletic Bilbao finished seventh in La Liga this season, and a massive 39 points behind La Liga champions Barcelona. Rather conveniently for Barcelona, the Final is being hosted at the their home ground Nou Camp.
Taça de Portugal: Sporting CP vs Sporting Braga, Sunday 31 May 2015, 17:15 BST, Estádio Nacional
The final Final of the weekend takes place in Portugal, as Sporting Lisbon take on Sporting Braga. It's a battle between third and fourth place, and Braga will be looking to get the better of their opponents, who finished in the last available Champions League spot in the Portuguese league. There are no conflicting matches for this one, so there's no reason not to watch!