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FINAL CAPITAL ONE CUP 2013: Bradford City AFC – Swansea City
Update: Bradford City AFC – Swansea City (0:5)
Dyer 16, Michu 40, Dyer 47, De Guzmán (pen) 59, De Guzmán 90+1
Both clubs have taken big scalps on the road to Wembley. After starting with an extra-time win against Notts County, Bradford have beaten Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa from the Premier League. Swansea have enjoyed away victories over Liverpool and Chelsea.
As players, there could not have been a greater contrast. Bradford boss Phil Parkinson played for Bury and Reading, Swansea’s Michael Laudrup for Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid. As a manager, Laudrup has tapped into his knowledge of the Spanish market to sign gems such as striker Michu, who has been one of the finds of the season. Parkinson relies on three Yorkshiremen — Matt Duke, James Hanson and Will Atkinson. The Bradford boss is out of contract in the summer and victory today will make him an even hotter property. Ironically, Laudrup is also in talks about a new deal, with other clubs including Manchester City and Real Madrid noting his success.
Bradford skipper Gary Jones started his professional career at Swansea when he was spotted by then manager Jan Molby playing in the Welsh League for Caernarfon Town. The 35-year-old midfielder failed to make a first-team appearance for the Swans, however, and spent 14 years in two different spells with Rochdale before joining Bradford last summer.
Swansea captain Garry Monk has been at the club for nine years and is one of three survivors from their days in League Two, alongside Alan Tate and Leon Britton. If he is left on the bench on Sunday, fellow centre-half Ashley Williams will lead the side out. Williams, a Wales international, has been linked with a move to join former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.