The 2013 Copa del Rey final was the 110th final since its establishment. The match was a Derbi madrileño between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on 17 May 2013 at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. It was the clubs' first meeting in the final since the 1992 final when Atletico Madrid won 2–0 over Real Madrid. Before this match, the two teams have been finalists on four other occasions in 1960, 1961 and 1975 Copa del Rey; all Atlético wins; except 1975 when Real Madrid won. Atlético Madrid lifted the trophy for the 10th time in their history. It was the first time since 1992 that Atlético had won back-to-back trophies, following their win in the Europa League final the previous year.
Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) all agreed that the game should take place somewhere in Madrid. Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu was chosen over Atlético Madrid's Vicente Calderón, due to the former's greater seating capacity (80,000 compared to 55,000). Each team was allocated 30,000 tickets to distribute to their supporters, leaving just over 24,000 with the RFEF. The last Copa del Rey final to be held at the Santiago Bernabéu was in 2007 when Sevilla beat Getafe.
The match was provisionally fixed to be played on 18 May, a Saturday. However, the decision to play the match on a Friday was taken to avoid television scheduling problems with the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, which was to be hosted in Sweden on the following day.