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Zou Feddal's career a tale worth telling as Alaves prep for Copa del Rey final

Alaves defender Zou Feddal, right, has had an unorthodox career, but he has a shot at winning the Copa del Rey against Barcelona and Lionel Messi, left.

Alaves players have been careful this week not to allow people to pat them on the back, in a patronising manner, for reaching the Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona. But no player in either squad has had to suffer football slapping him in the face over and over again -- until he needed to work out whether it was stubbornness or love that kept him pulling on his boots -- more than Zouhair "Zou" Feddal.

The Morocco international wasn't a big-money import for the Copa underdogs; in fact, he's...