Spanish football's end-of-season bash is a classic in the making as Real Madrid host neighbors Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. It's a Copa del Rey final likely to reverberate long after one side's captain is handed the trophy by King Juan Carlos I.
While battles between Madrid and Barcelona have dominated La Liga in recent years, the rivalry within the Spanish capital has deeper roots. In the 1930s and 1940s, Atletico were top dogs before their more financially and politically powerful neighbors pulled ahead. But even still, the city's scrappier underdog has won three of the four previous "derbi" King's Cup finals.
Such history means Madrid is pretty evenly split between Blancos and Rojiblancos, with many families containing supporters of both sides. Even the royal palace is divided - crown prince Felipe is an Atletico fan, while his father favors Real.
These are diversions but they have added color to this week's build up to the game in Spain. While Madrid boss...