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El Clásico
Uniforms
Other names Real Madrid vs. Barcelona
Locale  Spain
Teams Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Futbol Club Barcelona
Most recent meeting Barcelona 2–1 Real Madrid
La Liga
(Round 30: 23 March 2015)
Statistics
Number of meetings Competitive matches: 229
Exhibition matches: 33
Total matches: 262
Most wins Competitive matches: Real Madrid (92)
Exhibition matches: Barcelona (19)
Total matches: Barcelona (108)
Most player appearances Manuel Sanchís (43)
Top scorer Lionel Messi (21)

El Clásico (Spanish pronunciation: [el ˈklasiko]; Catalan: El Clàssic,[1] pronounced: [əɫ ˈkɫasik]; "The Classic"), is the name given in football to any match between fierce rivals Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona. Originally it referred only to those competitions held in the Spanish championship, but nowadays the term has been generalized, and tends to include every single match between the two clubs: UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, etc. Other than the UEFA Champions League Final, it is the biggest football club game in the world, and is among the most viewed annual sports events.[2][3][4]

The rivalry comes about as Madrid and Barcelona are the two largest cities in Spain, and they are sometimes identified with opposing political positions, with Real Madrid viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona viewed as representing Catalan nationalism.[5] The rivalry is regarded as one of the biggest in world sport.[6][7][8] The two clubs are among the richest and most successful football clubs in the world; in 2014 they were ranked the world's two most valuable sports teams.[3] Both clubs have a global fanbase; they are the world's two most followed sports teams on social media.[9][10]

Real Madrid leads the head to head results in competitive matches with 92 wins to Barcelona's 89, while Barcelona leads in total matches with 108 wins to Real Madrid's 96. Along with Athletic Bilbao, they are the only clubs in La Liga to have never been relegated.

Rivalry

Historic divisions

Santiago Bernabéu, home of Real Madrid, hosted its first Clásico in 1948
Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona, hosted its first Clásico in 1958

The conflict between Real Madrid and Barcelona has long surpassed the sporting dimension,[11][12] so that elections to the clubs' presidencies are strongly politicized.[13]

As early as the 1930s, Barcelona "had developed a reputation as a symbol of Catalan identity, opposed to the centralising tendencies of Madrid".[14][15] In 1936, when Francisco Franco started the Coup d'état against the democratic Second Spanish Republic, the president of Barcelona, Josep Sunyol, member of the Republican Left of Catalonia and Deputy to The Cortes, was arrested and executed without trial by Franco's troops[13] (Sunyol was exercising his political activities, visiting Republican troops north of Madrid).[14]

Barcelona was on top of the list of organizations to be purged by the National faction, just after communists, anarchists, and independentists.[13][16] During the Franco dictatorship, most citizens of Barcelona were in strong opposition to the fascist-like régime. Phil Ball, the author of Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football, says about the match; "they hate each other with an intensity that can truly shock the outsider".[17]

During the dictatorships of Miguel Primo de Rivera and of Francisco Franco, all regional languages and identities in Spain were frowned upon and restrained. In this period, Barcelona gained their motto més que un club (English: More than a club) because of its alleged connection to Catalan nationalist beliefs and its representative role for that land.[18] During Franco's regime, however, Barcelona was granted profit due to its good relationship with the dictator at management level, even giving two awards to him.[19] The links between senior Real Madrid representatives and the Francoist regime were undeniable;[13] for most of the Catalans, Real Madrid was regarded as "the establishment club", despite the fact that presidents of both clubs like Josep Sunyol and Rafael Sánchez Guerra, suffered at the hands of Franco's supporters in the Spanish Civil War.[14][20][21]

The image for both clubs was further affected by the creation of Ultras groups, some of which became hooligans. In 1980, Ultras Sur was founded as a far-right-leaning Real Madrid ultras group, followed in 1981 by the foundation of the far-right, Barcelona ultras group Boixos Nois. Both groups became known for their violent acts,[13][22][23] and one of the most conflictive factions of Barcelona supporters, the Casuals, became a full-fledged criminal organisation.[24] For many people, Barcelona is still considered as "the rebellious club", or the alternative pole to "Real Madrid's conservatism".[25] Moreover, according to a Spanish poll released by CIS (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas), Real Madrid's followers tend to adopt right-wing views, while Barcelona fans are politically closer associated with the left-wing, except in Catalonia, where right-wing Catalan nationalists and non-nationalists overwhelmingly support Barcelona. However, among the voters of the biggest center-left party of Spain, PSOE, Real Madrid fan base is bigger than Barcelona's.[26]

1943 Copa del Generalísimo semi-finals

On 13 June 1943, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 11–1 in the second leg of a semi-final[27] of the Copa del Generalísimo, the Copa del Rey having been renamed in honour of General Franco. It has been suggested that Barcelona players were intimidated by police,[28] including by the director of state security who "allegedly told the team that some of them were only playing because of the regime's generosity in permitting them to remain in the country."[29] The Barcelona chairman, Enric Piñeyro, was assaulted by Madrid fans.[30] However, none of these allegations have been proven and FIFA and UEFA still consider the result as legitimate. According to Spanish journalist and writer, Juan Carlos Pasamontes, Barcelona player Josep Valle denied that the Spanish security forces came before the match.[31] Instead, at the end of the first half, Barcelona coach Juan José Nogués and all of his players were angry with the hard-style of play Real Madrid was using and with the aggressiveness of the home crowd.[31] When they refused to take the field, the Superior Chief of Police of Madrid appeared, identified himself, and ordered the team to take the field.[31]

A newspaper called the scoreline "as absurd as it was abnormal".[32] According to football writer Sid Lowe; "There have been relatively few mentions of the game [since] and it is not a result that has been particularly celebrated in Madrid. Indeed, the 11-1 occupies a far more prominent place in Barcelona's history."[32] Fernando Argila, Barcelona's reserve goalkeeper from the game, said: “There was no rivalry. Not, at least, until that game."[32]

Di Stéfano transfer

Controversy around Alfredo Di Stéfano's transfer to Real Madrid instead of Barcelona intensified the rivalry between the two clubs

The rivalry was intensified during the 1950s when the clubs disputed the signing of Alfredo Di Stéfano. Di Stéfano had impressed both Barcelona and Real Madrid while playing for Club Deportivo Los Millonarios in Bogotá, Colombia, during a players' strike in his native Argentina.[33] Both Real Madrid and Barcelona attempted to sign him and, due to confusion that emerged from Di Stéfano moving to Millonarios from Club Atlético River Plate following the strike, both clubs claimed to own his registration.[33] After intervention from FIFA representative Muñoz Calero, it was decided that both Barcelona and Real Madrid had to share the player in alternate seasons. Barcelona's humiliated president was forced to resign by the Barcelona board, with the interim board cancelling Di Stéfano's contract.[33] While the club's official website bitterly bemoans this incident as "a strange federative manoeuvre with Francoist backing", Real Madrid point to the president's resignation and subsequent cancelling of Di Stéfano's contract to argue it was voluntary. This ended the long struggle for Di Stéfano, as he moved definitively to Real Madrid.[33]

Di Stéfano became integral in the subsequent success achieved by Real Madrid, scoring twice in his first game against Barcelona. With him, Real Madrid won the initial five European Champions Cup competitions. The 1960s saw the rivalry reach the European stage when they met twice at the European Cup, Real Madrid winning in 1960 and Barcelona winning in 1961.

Recent issues

Luís Figo's transfer from Barcelona to Real Madrid in 2000 resulted in a hate campaign by some of his former club's fans

During the last three decades, the rivalry has been augmented by the modern Spanish tradition of the Pasillo, where one team is given the guard of honor by the other team, once the former clinches the La Liga trophy before El Clásico takes place. This has happened in three occasions. First, during El Clásico that took place on 30 April 1988, where Real Madrid won the championship on the previous round. Then, three years later, when Barcelona won the championship two rounds before El Clásico on 8 June 1991.[34] The last pasillo, and most recent, took place on 7 May 2008, and this time Real Madrid had won the championship.[35]

The two teams met again in the UEFA Champions League semi-final in 2002, with Real Madrid winning 2–0 in Barcelona and a 1–1 draw in Madrid. The match was dubbed by Spanish media as the "Match of the Century".[36]

In 2005, Ronaldinho became the second Barcelona player, after Diego Maradona in 1983, to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu.

While El Clásico is regarded as one of the fiercest rivalries in world football, there have been rare moments when fans have shown praise for a player on the opposing team. In 1980, Laurie Cunningham was the first Real Madrid player to receive applause from Barcelona fans at Camp Nou; after excelling during the match and with Madrid winning 2-0, Cunningham left the field to a standing ovation from the locals.[37][38] On 26 June 1983, during the second leg of the Copa de la Liga final at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, having dribbled past the Real Madrid goalkeeper, Barcelona star Diego Maradona ran towards an empty goal before stopping just as the Madrid defender came sliding in an attempt to block the shot and crashed into the post, before Maradona slotted the ball into the net; Madrid fans were stunned at the manner of the goal and began applauding.[37][39] In November 2005, Ronaldinho became the second Barcelona player to receive a standing ovation from Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu; after dribbling through the Madrid defence twice to score two goals in a 3-0 win, Madrid fans paid homage to his performance with applause.[40][41]

The rivalry has been strengthened over time by the internal transfer of players between the clubs. Barcelona players who have later played for Real Madrid include Bernd Schuster, who switched in 1988; and Michael Laudrup, who went to Real Madrid on a free transfer in 1994. The most notorious, however, was former Barcelona vice-captain Luís Figo's switch to Madrid in 2000.[42][43] On his return to Barcelona in a Real Madrid shirt, Figo was mercilessly taunted throughout; banners with Judas. Scum. Mercenary were hung around the stadium, and aside from the vociferous abuse, a barrage of missiles reigned down onto the field; the game in 2002 produced one of the defining images of the rivalry when a pig's head was in among the debris where Figo had been taking a corner.[43] Players transferring from Real Madrid to Barcelona are less frequent, the most recent being Luis Enrique, who went to Barcelona in 1996 where he went on to captain Barcelona, and became the manager of Barcelona in 2014.[44]

Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra in a 2011 El Clásico

A 2007 survey by the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas determined that Real Madrid was the team with the largest following in Spain with 32% of the Spanish population supported Real Madrid, while 25% supported Barcelona. In third place came Valencia, who were supported by 5%.[45] According to a poll performed by Ikerfel in 2011 and published in AS, Barcelona is the most popular team in Spain with 44% of preferences, while Real Madrid is in the second place with 37%. In the overall popularity, Atlético Madrid, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao complete the top five.[46] Barcelona seems to be more popular in Europe than Real Madrid. A survey made by the German research agency Sport+Markt in 2010 revealed that Barcelona has approximately 57.8 million fans around Europe, while Real Madrid has 31.3 million fans.[47][48]

The rivalry intensified in 2011 where, due to the final of the Copa Del Rey and the meeting of the two in the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona and Real Madrid were scheduled to meet each other four times in 18 days. Several accusations of unsportsmanlike behaviour from both teams and a war of words erupted throughout the fixtures which included four red cards. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque stated that he was "concerned" that due to the rising hatred between the two clubs, that this could cause friction in the national side.[49]

In recent years, it has been said that the rivalry has been "encapsulated" by the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.[50]

Results

As of 23 March 2014[51]
Matches Wins Draws Goals Home wins Home draws Away wins
Real Madrid Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona
La Liga 170 71 67 32 278 268 52 48 15 17 19 18
Copa del Rey 33 12 14 7 65 66 5 7 5 2 3 5
Copa de la Liga 6 0 2 4 8 13 0 1 2 2 0 1
Supercopa de España 12 6 4 2 25 17 5 4 1 1 1 0
UEFA Champions League 8 3 2 3 13 10 1 1 2 1 2 1
All competitions 229 92 89 48 389 374 63 61 25 23 25 25
Friendly/other 33 4 19 10 42 83 3 11 4 6 1 8
All matches 262 96 108 58 431 457 66 72 29 29 26 33

Records

Biggest wins (5+ goals)

Margin Result Date Event
10 Real Madrid 11-1 Barcelona 13 June 1943 Copa del Rey
6 Real Madrid 8-2 Barcelona 3 February 1935 La Liga
5 Real Madrid 6–1 Barcelona 18 September 1949
Barcelona 7–2 Real Madrid 24 September 1950
Barcelona 5–0 Real Madrid 21 April 1935
Real Madrid 5–0 Barcelona 5 October 1953
Real Madrid 0-5 Barcelona 17 February 1974
Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid 8 January 1994
Real Madrid 5-0 Barcelona 7 January 1995
Barcelona 5–0 Real Madrid 29 November 2010

Longest runs

Most consecutive wins

Games Club Period
6 Real Madrid 22 February 1962 – 28 February 1965
5 Real Madrid 5 March 1933 – 3 February 1935
5 Barcelona 25 January 1948 – 15 January 1949
5 Barcelona 13 December 2008 – 29 November 2010

Most consecutive draws

Games Period
3 11 September 1991 – 7 March 1992
3 1 May 2002 – 20 April 2003

Most consecutive matches without a draw

Games Period
18 25 January 1948 – 21 November 1954
17 23 November 1960 – 19 March 1967
14 4 December 1977 – 4 June 1983
12 19 May 1957 – 27 April 1960
10 5 March 1933 – 28 January 1940

Longest undefeated runs

Games Club Period
13 Barcelona 1 November 1917 – 3 June 1928
10 Real Madrid 31 January 1931 – 3 February 1935

Longest undefeated runs in the league

Games Club Period
7 (6 Wins) Barcelona 13 December 2008 – 10 December 2011
7 (5 Wins) Real Madrid 31 January 1932 – 3 February 1935
6 (6 Wins) Real Madrid 30 September 1962 – 28 February 1965
6 (4 Wins) Barcelona 11 May 1997 – 13 October 1999
6 (3 Wins) Barcelona 28 November 1971 – 17 February 1974
5 (4 Wins) Barcelona 30 March 1947 – 15 January 1949
5 (3 Wins) Barcelona 11 May 1975 – 30 January 1977

Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal

Games Club Period
5 Barcelona 3 April 1972 – 17 February 1974
3 Barcelona 10 January 1914 – 7 March 1916
3 Real Madrid 29 June 1974 – 11 May 1975
3 Barcelona 29 November 2009 – 29 November 2010

Most consecutive games scoring

Games Club Period
22 Real Madrid 15 February 1959 – 19 September 1969
17 Barcelona 27 November 1982 – 31 January 1987
17 Barcelona 27 April 2011 – current
16 Real Madrid 3 May 2011 – current
14 Real Madrid 15 February 1959 – 21 January 1962
14 Real Madrid 5 December 1990 – 16 December 1993
13 Real Madrid 22 April 1962 – 9 April 1968
12 Barcelona 26 March 1916 – 26 April 1926
11 Barcelona 11 September 1991 – 7 May 1994
10 Barcelona 30 January 1997 – 13 October 1999

Bold represents current active streak.

Goalscorers

Top scorers

Rank Nationality Player Club La Liga Cup Super Cup League Cup Europe Total
1  Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 14 5 2 21
2  Argentina/ Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano Real Madrid 14 2 2 18
3  Spain Raúl González Real Madrid 11 3 1 15
 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 7 5 3 15
3  Spain César Rodríguez Barcelona 12 2 15
 Spain Francisco Gento Real Madrid 10 2 2 14
 Hungary/ Spain Ferenc Puskás Real Madrid 9 2 3 14
8  Spain Santillana Real Madrid 9 2 1 12
9  Mexico Hugo Sánchez Real Madrid 8 2 10
 Spain Juanito Real Madrid 8 2 10
 Spain Josep Samitier Barca / Real 4 6 10
12  Spain Estanislao Basora Barcelona 8 1 9
13  Spain Jaime Lazcano Real Madrid 8 8
 Chile Iván Zamorano Real Madrid 4 2 2 8
 Paraguay Martínez Barcelona 2 5 1 8
 Spain Luis Suárez Barcelona 2 4 2 8
 Spain Santiago Bernabéu Real Madrid 8 8

Consecutive goalscoring

Rank Player Club Consecutive matches Total goals in the run Start End
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 6 7 2011–12 Copa del Rey (1st leg) 2012–13 La Liga (7th round)
2 Chile Iván Zamorano Real Madrid 5 5 1992–93 La Liga (20th Round) 1993 Supercopa de España (2nd leg)
3 Spain Simón Lecue Real Madrid 4 5 1935–36 La Liga (7th Round) 1939–40 La Liga (9th Round)
Brazil Ronaldinho Barcelona 4 5 2004–05 La Liga (12th Round) 2005–06 La Liga (31st Round)
Brazil Giovanni Barcelona 4 4 1997 Supercopa de España (1st leg) 1997–98 La Liga (28th Round)

Most appearances

Appearances Player Club
42 Manuel Sanchís Real Madrid
42 Francisco Gento Real Madrid
42 Xavi Hernández Barcelona
37 Fernando Hierro Real Madrid
37 Raúl González Real Madrid
36 Iker Casillas Real Madrid
32 Carles Puyol Barcelona
30 Lionel Messi Barcelona

Players who played for both clubs

Javier Saviola was the most recent player to transfer between the two rivals, in 2007
Barça then Madrid
Madrid then Barça

Switches table

From Barça to Madrid 17
From Barça to another club before Madrid 4
Total 21
From Madrid to Barça 3
From Madrid to another club before Barça 9
Total 12
Total switches 33

Honours

The rivalry reflected in "El Clásico" matches comes about as Real Madrid and Barcelona are the most successful football clubs in Spain. As seen below, Real Madrid leads Barcelona 79-78 in terms of overall trophies.[52][53] This includes the three ICFC titles for Barcelona which are not officially recognized by UEFA, but are recognised by FIFA as a "major" honour. Both teams have won other titles as well, although they are not included in the official count since they are either regional or unofficial.

Real Madrid Championship Barcelona Official
International (official)
1 FIFA Club World Cup 2 Yes
3 UEFA/CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup (Defunct) 0 Yes
10 UEFA Champions League 4 Yes
2 UEFA Europa League 0 Yes
2 UEFA Super Cup 4 Yes
0 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (Defunct) 4 Yes
0 UEFA Intertoto Cup (Defunct) 0 Yes
0 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (Defunct) 3 Yes
Domestic (official)
32 La Liga (Primera División) 22 Yes
19 Copa del Rey 26 Yes
9 Supercopa de España 11 Yes
1 Copa de la Liga (Defunct) 2 Yes
International (Defunct, non-official)
2 Small Club World Cup 1 No
2 Latin Cup 2 No
Domestic (Defunct, non-official)
0 Copa de la Coronación 0 No
0 Liga Mediterránea 1 No
0 Copa de la España Libre 0 No
0 Copa de Campeones de España 0 No
0 Copa de Oro Argentina 1 No
1 Copa Eva Duarte 3 No
Regional International (Defunct, non-official)
1 Copa Iberoamericana No
Pyrenees Cup 4 No
Regional Domestic (Defunct)
6 Campeonato de Madrid N/A No
12 Campeonato Regional de Madrid N/A No
5 Campeonato Regional Mancomunado Centro N/A No
N/A Copa Macaya 1 No
N/A Copa Barcelona 1 No
N/A Campionat de Catalunya 21 No
N/A Lliga Catalana 1 No
Friendlies
2 World Football Challenge 0 No
24 out of 35 Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu N/A No
N/A Trofeu Joan Gamper 37 out of 49 No
0 Copa Martini & Rossi (Defunct) 6 out of 6 No

See also

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External links

  • Ball, Phill (2003). Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football. WSC Books Limited. ISBN 0-9540134-6-8. 
  • Farred, Grant (2008). Long distance love: a passion for football. Temple University Press. ISBN 1-59213-374-6.