When talking about what is the biggest match in football, the usual answer is “El Clásico”, in other words FC Barcelona – Real Madrid. Every year it takes place at least twice as long as both of the teams are playing in the Spanish league and last year we saw a total of five classics from La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions league. For those of you who don’t follow football closely, let’s do a bit of recapping. Barça was victorious in both La Liga and Champions League last season while Real Madrid had to settle for the cup trophy. Well they probably enjoyed that also because it had been a long long time since the last time they had won anything.
This season there have already been two Barça – Madrid matches as they met each other in the Supercopa final in August. After the two-legged game, Barcelona ended up winning the trophy. The first of the “real” clásicos this year will take place in Madrid on the 10th of December and the date for the match in Barcelona is the 22nd of April. The season for FC Barcelona has so far been two sided. On one hand they have played many high scoring games without conceding many goals, but on the other hand there have been some surprising draws that you simply cannot afford in the battle against Madrid.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been on fire as usual and Cesc Fabregas did some world class adapting to his new team after returning to Barcelona last summer from Arsenal. Barcelona has seen more than its fair share of injuries this season but at this moment they are in an ok position, 3 points behind Madrid. As usual, the clasicos are expected to be the most important games of the season, and if either of the teams wins both matches, that team is more than likely to become the champion. If you expect to see the Clasico in Barcelona live in the spring you better have deep pockets, a fat wallet or good connections. For those of us who have to stay out of the stadium there is the victory celebration in the end of the Rambla after the game. Hopefully we meet there!
If you’re interested in some other FC Barcelona game, there should be space left for you 😉