Naturally, the rivalry between both of these foot-balling giants is intense, and each time that they meet, both teams’ reputations are subject to immense pressure, not merely from their respective, loyal fan bases, but from the world’s media too.
Both sides play in the La Liga, the Spanish premier league. When these two great football colossi meet, (at the very least twice each year in league competition, and more if they play each other in virtually any of the European trophy fixtures), the name that’s directed at the games, (yes they already have a special name because of this particular football fixture), is “El Clasico” – The Classic.
Since these two clubs first began playing against one another back in 1902, Real Madrid have a light edge, with a complete of 74 wins over their old rivals, as opposed to Barcelona’s 73.
The origin of their great rivalry is really politically charged. Barcelona FC, more affectionately known as Barca, (correct pronunciation “Barsa”), are the champions of the Catalonian region and its own peoples, whereas Real Madrid a long time ago were associated with Franco’s fascist regime. This clash between your people versus the establishment was the building blocks for what is one of the fiercest fought sporting rivalries in the world today.
There’s one amazing story that recounts the fortunes of 1 Alfredo di Stefano, now a figure of legend for both clubs. His arrival in Spain from Argentina’s Deportivo Los Millonarios was amid fierce competition between Real and Barca who have been both desperate to sign the ball player. barcelona vs real madrid In the following confusion on the bitter argument of who he would play for, it had been decided the he’d play for Real one year, and Barca the next.
The intense confrontation between your two clubs is likened to a reenactment of the Spanish Civil War, a situation heightened recently when only last Wednesday Real coach Jose Mourinho poked his finger in the attention of Barca’s assistant coach Tito Vianova following earlier incidents on the field of play. It is feared by many that the bad feeling between your two clubs may spill over into the national team side which currently boats nine Barca players in its squad.
But all rivalries aside, both of these great clubs have provided some marvelous spectacles of scintillating football in recent years although it is an undeniable fact that Barcelona FC have become much in the ascendancy right now. Their explosive style of football is hard for any other club to maintain with, plus they have humbled a great many other great world football clubs as they did with Manchester United if they beat them in last season’s European Cup final.
Barcelona FC are THE club to be reckoned with. In recent face to face meetings with Real Madrid Barca have won 6 from the last 10 games outright, with Real only managing 2 wins; the other games being drawn. Barcelona chalked up their longest unbeaten run in La Liga within the last season with 28 matches undefeated, and with nine of their current team in the international team squad, they’re a classic force to be reckoned with. Real Madrid eat your hearts out!