Then again it can go the other way too. Moral lesson? Stop tagging the other team if you don’t have anything nice to say.
We understand the huge rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, and trash talking will never ever be avoided even among friends, but never forget to respect each other and by the end of the match, we’re all friends again. No hard feelings, no hatred :)
The big day of Spanish football is arriving. 29th November, 2010, the day on which first El clásico of the season is scheduled. Any football fan around the world will be waiting to watch what this grand festival of football brings to us. This match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is much more than just a match between two top teams of the world, it has a huge history and politics involved behind it.
Unlike most other football clubs the Spanish clubs has a lot of political and historical importance. In the formative years of Spain, Madrid was the symbol of centralisation. As a result regional rivalries grew up and most Spanish clubs had their foundations based on that. Barcelona was the centre of Catalan identity , Athletics Bilbao represented the Basque region while Madrid FC was the symbol of centralisation. The first ever meeting of Barcelona and Real Madrid (erstwhile Madrid FC) was in a tournament in 1902 which was held to commemorate the crowning of the king Alfonso III. The tournament also featured the Basque club Vizcaya who were the eventual winners defeating Barcelona (who defeated Madrid FC 3-1) by a margin of 2-1. Gradually in the next few decades FC Barcelona became the centre of the Catalunya and the symbol of the Catalan people.
Civil Wars and the Effect of General Franco:
Spain faced a civil war from 1936 to 1939 which was against the strong Nationalist General Francesco Franco. Barcelona was the epicentre of the republic movement against the Fascist nationalism. When, at the end of the civil war, the nationalists took control of the country, FC Barcelona, the focal point of the people of Barcelona was drawn into the conflict.
At that time football became the centre of the Spanish culture and as a consequence Franco used Football as a propaganda tool for his new regime. He supported nationalist club and wanted to uproot the symbol of Catalan pride FC Barcelona. The dictator changed the name of the club to Club de Fútbol Barcelona, the Spanish equivalent of the Catalan name, and removed the Catalan flag from its logo.
However, more direct influence was seen in the Generalisimo’s Cup (King’s Cup) semifinal match in 1943. Barcelona looked in full control after a 3-0 win at home in the first leg but before the second leg match started there was a surprise visit of the director of the state security to the club. Apparently he reminded who the ruler of the country was and players took the hint losing 11-1 in the match to let Madrid FC reach the final.
The next important intervention was in the 1960’s when Barcelona signed Alfredo di Stefano from the Argentine club River Plate who were the official owners of the player.
However, Real Madrid signed him from Millionares of Cloumbia for whom he played at that time. Though FIFA ignored the unsanctioned Columbian side, the Spanish government took the decision of its own that he would play for both clubs alternately which had a support from the Barcelona president Marti Carreto, who acted under Franco. However, Carreto was soon removed from his post and Catalans disapproved of any deal linking them with nationalist forces and di Stefano was a Madridista. Di Stefano soon grew up to be the Spanish icon and help Real Madrid dominate football in Spain and Europe for the next decade.
Post Franco Era:
Since the Franco era, the relationship between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid has been hard to define. It is much more than a rivalry, it is a feeling of hatred and abhorrence that they share for each other. Being the top two clubs in Spain and among the best in Europe, their direct confrontations have been frequent and the feelings have continued to remain similar for more than 50 years.
Influence of Modern Media:
Since the emergence of media in Spain, the battle on the football ground was shifted to the homes. Football being highly revered and followed in Spain attracted the attention of the media. And this rivalry on the football field became more aggressive on the newspapers with Marca and AS supporting Real Madrid and Sport and el Mundo Deportivo going the Catalan side. Throughout the history these newspapers have locked horns with each other and that has retained the enmity between the two sides. Whether it beings Sport’s swipe at the Spanish capital and Florentino Perez or Marca’s revelation of Barcelona star Ronaldinho’s partying habits, the rivalry has always big a story in Spanish media.
Although both clubs have similar goals and objectives to fulfill at the beginning of every season the approach to that is very much different. Madrid lives by an extremely efficient business strategy where revenues and profits are as important as football and silverware while Barcelona is known to follow a very different style and identity nurturing the young players and developing them into world’s greats.
Both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona enter into the season hoping to win everything they step on but still the most important reward for the teams remain the gem of all matches ‘El clásico’. Even if one of these teams win the Spanish league or the Champions’ League and gets drabbed in El clásico the season will not end sweetly. For example Real Madrid’s 5-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeau in 1995 created a lot of furore in Barcelona. And similarly when they were trounced 2-6 at their own backyard in 2008 Real Madrid lost the next five league matches while Barcelona went on to win the first ever treble for a Spanish team. The political games of the 1950’s might have been over long ago but the passion for El clásico is still very much alive.
You don’t speak Spanish? But the word “El Clasico” struckyou that made you read this post and gave you a brief idea that this is about football, specifically, Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona match. It’s okay I only know few Español, so don’t worry and don’t bother to Google Spanish-English translator ‘cause the rest of this post will be in English.
The title means “I cannot wait for the next El Clasico!”
I know last year’s result was a tragic to Real Madrid club especially to their avid supporters (e-hem!) like me. Barcelona hammered Real Madrid in Camp Nou by scoring five goals while Real Madrid got nothing but a Red Card by Sergio Ramos. Yeah, that was really a night mare! But moving forward… Now the second meeting will be held in Santiago Bernabeu on April 17, 2011 (in Philippine time) but it is exactly on April 16, 2011 4:00 pm EDT, in the home of Real Madrid!
Again thousands of fans will be watching it in the stadium and in their homes and also football fanatics around the world will be watching too. Football fans around the world will also tune on their football apps on their phones or will be watching a live stream on their computers, either way, El Clasico is a must-watch around the world and it will surely get the highest ratings too. I am also sure that the high lights of the game will be trending in Twitter and YouTube for a week or more.
It’s not just about football anymore, (I also heard that line from Dieder Drogba’s interview in Sports Illustrated) It is also about pride, glory, money and so much more that I couldn’t think of right now. But El Clasico nowadays is also about the rivalry between their best players Cristinao Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Who will have their first goal? Who will score the winning goal? Who will lead their team to victory? These questions and so much more which I couldn’t think of again for now are the common questions and the topic of predictions about El Clasico.
Of course, a draw is unacceptable! There’s no way these giant Spanish clubs will end the game in a draw. We don’t want and I’m sure they don’t want it too.
So brace yourselves and keep calm as much as possible. Ha ha! Another El Clasico is coming and REAL MADRID WILL HAVE THEIR REVENGE and CLAIM THEIR PLACE ON TOP!