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The rivalry has streched to players as well.

El Clásico (English: The Classic), also known as El derbi español, El derbi, ¡El SuperClásico! or El clàssic (Catalan language) is a football match between rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The rivalry comes about as Madrid and Barcelona are the two largest cities in Spain, and they are often identified with 'Spanishness' and Catalanism, respectively, whilst the clubs are the most successful and influential football clubs in the country. It is one of the biggest football matches in the world, watched by hundreds of millions of people in many countries.

The clásico term came about in the mid-2000s, and is originally a name for any historical South American footballing rivalry. The new name came about due to the growing presence of Spanish football in the Americas, with the advent of global marketing of the game, and in America.

RivalryEdit

From the early days of football in Spain the two clubs were seen as representatives of the Spanish Centralized State and Catalonia, as well as the two cities themselves which have moved in different directions culturally speaking. This phenomenon in sporting terms also has implications that stray deeply into the country's sociology and politics.

Madrid is the seat of the government and of the royal family. Especially during the Francoist era, it came to represent the conservative centripetal forces. It should be noted that this perception contrasts with the symbolic value that the siege of Madrid had during the Spanish civil war for the republican side . Though the first socialist party in Spain was founded in Madrid, almost all the ideas that have shaped country's modern history - republicanism, federalism, anarchism, syndicalism and communism - have been introduced and become stronger in it, mainly via Catalonia. Also fashions, whether in clothing or art have tended to take root in Barcelona's more welcoming soil years before they gained acceptance in Madrid. During the dictatorships of Primo de Rivera and, especially, the one of Francisco Franco, all regional languages and identities were frowned upon and restrained. FC Barcelona became more than a club (més que un club) because of its alleged connection to progressive beliefs. However, during Franco's regime, the blaugrana team seemed to be granted profit due to its good relationship with the dictator at management level. In any case, for most of the Catalans, and many other Spaniards as well, Real Madrid was regarded as the establishment club, in spite of the fact that during the Spanish Civil War, presidents of both clubs like Josep Sunyol and Rafael Sánchez Guerra, suffered at the hands of los nacionales.

The rivalry was intensified during the 1950s when the clubs disputed the signing of Alfredo Di Stefano. Di Stefano had impressed both Barcelona and Real Madrid whilst playing for Club Deportivo Los Millonarios in Bogota, during a players' strike in his native Argentina. Both Madrid and Barcelona attempted to sign him and, due to confusion that emerged from di Stefano moving to Millonarios from River Plate following the strike, both clubs claimed to own his registration.Subsequently, both Barcelona and Real Madrid believed that they had signed him. After intervention from the Spanish FA Barcelona backed down and di Stefano moved to Madrid; rumour remains that Barca were forced to act by Franco, but Madrid maintained that they acted voluntarily. Di Stefano became integral in the subsequent success achieved by the Madrid, scoring twice in his first game against Barcelona. With him, 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 FC Barcelona winning in 1961.

The story of FC Barcelona top players defecting to arch-rival Real Madrid repeated in the 1980s with Bernd Schuster and in the 1990s with Michael Laudrup. In 2000 the rivalry reached its peak following the decision by Luís Figo to leave FC Barcelona and sign for Real Madrid. The two teams met again in the UEFA Champions League semi-final in 2002. Real Madrid, the eventual champion, won the clash dubbed by Spanish media as the Match of the Century.

Currently, Real Madrid is the team with the larger following in Spain, 32.8% of football fans, and FC Barcelona is close behind, with 25.7%, according to a survey in May 2007 by the public Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. The next team in the list, Valencia CF, is far behind with 5.3%.

MatchesEdit

Game
Date
Round
Home team
Away team
Score (H/T)
Goals (home)
Goals (away)
1 17 February 19292FC BarcelonaReal Madrid1-2 (0-1)Parera (70) Morera (10, 55)
2 9 May 192911Real MadridFC Barcelona0-1 (0-0) Sastre (83)
3 26 January 19309FC BarcelonaReal Madrid1-4 (0-3)Bestit (63)Rubio (10, 37), F. López (17), Lazcano (71)
4 30 March 193018Real MadridFC Barcelona5-1 (3-0)Rubio (5, 23), Lazcano (42, 68, 72)Goiburu (84)
5 1 February 19319Real MadridFC Barcelona0-0 (0-0)
6 5 April 193118FC BarcelonaReal Madrid3-1 (2-1)Ramón (12, 35, 73)Eugenio (38)
7 31 January 19329Real MadridFC Barcelona2-0 (2-0)Olivares (26, 40)
8 3 April 193218FC BarcelonaReal Madrid2-2 (1-1)

Samitier (20), Arocha (p 87)

Lazcano (43), Regueiro (70)
9 1 January 19336FC BarcelonaReal Madrid1-1 (0-0)

Arocha (68)

Regueiro (p 78)
10 5 March 193315Real MadridFC Barcelona2-1 (1-0)

Samitier (35, 68)

Goiburu (89)
11 26 November 19334FC BarcelonaReal Madrid1-2 (0-2)

Morera (46)

Olivares (9), Regueiro (26)
12 28 January 193413Real MadridFC Barcelona4-0 (3-0)

Valle (7), Samitier (20), Regueiro (30), Eugenio (50)

13 3 February 193510Real MadridFC Barcelona8-2 (5-1)

Lazcano (14, 42, 73), Sañudo (21, 35, 47, 81), Regueiro (29)

Escola (17), Guzmán (68)
14 21 April 193581FC BarcelonaReal Madrid5-0 (1-0) Vantolra (43, 62, 68, 82), Escola (48)
15 26 December 19357FC BarcelonaReal Madrid0-3 (0-2) Regueiro (21), Diz (40), Lecue (47)
16 22 March 193618Real MadridFC Barcelona3-0 (2-0) Lecue (10, 47), Emilin (43)
17 28 January 19409Real MadridFC Barcelona2-1 (1-1) Alonso (1'), Lecue (75') Pascual (3')
18 14 April 194020FC BarcelonaReal Madrid0-0 (0-0)
19 1 December 194010FC BarcelonaReal Madrid3-0 (0-0) Sospedra (49, 69), Valle Mas (53)
20 23 February 194121Real MadridFC Barcelona1-2 (0-0) Barinaga (49) Bravo (60'), Martín (63')
21 19 October 1941 4Real MadridFC Barcelona4-3 (2-1) Arbiza (17', 70'), Benito (o.g. 35'), Belmar (55') Calvet (25'), Raich (60'), Gracia (87)
22 25 January 194217FC BarcelonaReal Madrid0-2 (0-0) Alday (63', 78')
23 27 September 1942 1Real MadridFC Barcelona3-0 (1-0) Arbiza (7', 89'), Alsúa (52')
24 10 January 194314FC BarcelonaReal Madrid5-5 (4-1) Martín (25', 40'), Escola (31'), Valle Mas (32', 62') Alonso (10'), Alday (27', 51'), Botella (74'), Mardones II (87')
25 2 January 194413Real MadridFC Barcelona0-1 (0-0) Valle Mas (50')
26 9 April 194426FC BarcelonaReal Madrid1-2 (1-0) Escola (31') Alsúa (62'), Rosalénch (o.g. 71')
27 9 November 1944 8Real MadridFC Barcelona1-0 (1-0) Moleiro (21')
28 25 March 194521FC BarcelonaReal Madrid5-0 (1-0) César (41', 46'), Bravo (52'), Escola (77'), Gonzalvo III (86')
48 26 October 1958 FC BarcelonaReal Madrid4-0 (1-0) Evaristo (22', 68', 70'), Tejada (84')
49 15 February 1959 Real MadridFC Barcelona1-0 (0-0) Herrera (79')
50 29 November 1959 Real MadridFC Barcelona2-0 (1-0) Mateos (5), Di Stéfano (82)
51 20 March 1960 FC BarcelonaReal Madrid3-1 (0-0)Kocsis (50), Martínez (60), Villaverde (62)Di Stéfano (58)
89 7 October 1973 FC BarcelonaReal Madrid0-0 (0-0)
90 17 February 1974 Real MadridFC Barcelona0-5 (0-2) Asensi (30, 54), Cruijff (39), Pérez (65), Sotil (69)
100 8 October 1986 Real MadridFC Barcelona1-1 (1-1)Hugo Sánchez (p 27)Pedraza (6)
101 31 January 1987 FC BarcelonaReal Madrid3-2 (2-0)Lineker (2, 5, 47)Valdano (61), Hugo Sánchez (p 80)
102 12 April 1987 Real MadridFC Barcelona0-0 (0-0)
103 23 May 1987 FC BarcelonaReal Madrid2-1 (1-0)Lineker (39), Roberto (p 60)Hugo Sánchez (53)
119 8 January 1994 FC BarcelonaReal Madrid5-0 (1-0)Romário (24, 56, 81), Koeman (47), Iván Iglesias (86)
120 7 May 1994 Real MadridFC Barcelona0-1 (0-0) Amor (77)
121 7 January 1995 Real MadridFC Barcelona5-0 (3-0)Zamorano (5, 21, 39), Luis Enrique (68), Amavisca (70)
122 27 May 1995 FC BarcelonaReal Madrid1-0 (0-0)Nadal (62)
143 7 December 200315FC BarcelonaReal Madrid1-2 (0-1)Kluivert (83)Roberto Carlos (37), Ronaldo (75)
144 25 April 200434Real MadridFC Barcelona1-2 (0-0)Solari (54)Kluivert (58), Xavi (85)
145 20 November 200412FC BarcelonaReal Madrid3-0 (2-0)Eto'o (28), van Bronckhorst (42), Ronaldinho (p 76)
146 10 April 200531Real MadridFC Barcelona4-2 (2-1)Zidane (7), Ronaldo (20), Raúl (46), Owen (66)Eto'o (29), Ronaldinho (73)
147 19 November 200512Real MadridFC Barcelona0-3 (0-1) Eto'o (14), Ronaldinho (59, 77)
148 1 April 200631FC BarcelonaReal Madrid1-1 (1-1)Ronaldinho (p 20)Ronaldo (36)
149 22 October 20067Real MadridFC Barcelona2-0 (1-0)Raúl (3), van Nistelrooy (50)
150 10 March 200726FC BarcelonaReal Madrid3-3 (2-2)Messi (10, 27, 88)van Nistelrooy (4, p 12), Ramos (72)
151 23 December 200717FC BarcelonaReal Madrid0-1 (0-1) Baptista (36)
152 7 May 200834Real MadridFC Barcelona4-1 (2-0) Raúl (12), Robben (20), Higuaín (62), van Nistelrooy (p 77) Henry (86)
153 13 December 200817FC BarcelonaReal Madrid2-0 (0-0) Eto'o (83), Messi (90)
154 2 May 200934Real MadridFC Barcelona2-6 (1-3) Higuaín (14), Ramos (56)Henry (18, 58), Puyol (20) Messi (35, 75) Piqué (83)
Season Home Away Home Away
1944-1945 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 0
1945-1946 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0
1946-1947 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 2
1947-1948 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 4 Real Madrid 2
1948-1949 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 1
1949-1950 Real Madrid 6 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 3
1950-1951 Real Madrid 4 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 7 Real Madrid 2
1951-1952 Real Madrid 5 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 4 Real Madrid 2
1952-1953 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0
1953-1954 Real Madrid 5 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 1
1954-1955 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 2
1955-1956 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0
1956-1957 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0
1957-1958 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 2
1960-1961 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 5
1961-1962 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 1
1962-1963 Real Madrid 4 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 7
1963-1964 Real Madrid 4 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2
1964-1965 Real Madrid 4 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2
1965-1966 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 3 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1
1966-1967 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1
1967-1968 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1
1968-1969 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1
1969-1970 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 3 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0
1970-1971 Real Madrid 0 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 1
1971-1972 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0
1972-1973 Real Madrid 0 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0
1973-1974 Real Madrid 0 FC Barcelona 5 FC Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 0
1974-1975 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 0
1975-1976 Real Madrid 0 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1
1976-1977 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 1
1977-1978 Real Madrid 4 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 3
1978-1979 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0
1979-1980 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 2
1980-1981 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1
1981-1982 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 1
1982-1983 Real Madrid 0 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1
1983-1984 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2
1984-1985 Real Madrid 0 FC Barcelona 3 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 2
1985-1986 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0
1987-1988 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0
1988-1989 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 0
1989-1990 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 1
1990-1991 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1
1991-1992 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1
1992-1993 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1
1993-1994 Real Madrid 0 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 0
1994-1995 Real Madrid 5 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0
1995-1996 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 0
1996-1997 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0
1997-1998 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 3 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 0
1998-1999 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 0
1999-2000 Real Madrid 3 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 2
2000-2001 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0
2001-2002 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1
2002-2003 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 0
2003-2004 Real Madrid 1 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2
2004-2005 Real Madrid 4 FC Barcelona 2 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 0
2005-2006 Real Madrid 0 FC Barcelona 3 FC Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1
2006-2007 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 0 FC Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 3
2007-2008 Real Madrid 4 FC Barcelona 1 FC Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 1
2008-2009 Real Madrid 2 FC Barcelona 6 FC Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0

Head to HeadEdit

Team Win Draw Loss Goals for
Real Madrid 68 30 60 262
FC Barcelona 60 30 68 242
Team Home Win Home Draw Home Loss
Real Madrid 39 12 10
FC Barcelona 38 12 12
Team Visitor Win Visitor Draw Visitor Loss
Real Madrid 12 12 38
FC Barcelona 10 12 39

Players who played for both clubsEdit

While the transfers of Luis Enrique from Real Madrid to Barcelona and Luís Figo from Barcelona to Real Madrid caused an uproar amongst the fans of their respective clubs, the rivalry between the two teams has not prevented players from switching teams, sometimes without controversy. Players such as Ricardo Zamora, Josep Samitier, Bernd Schuster, Michael Laudrup and Ronaldo have also played for both teams.[1]


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