The 2013-14 La Liga schedule was released today and first Clásico of the season will be at the Camp Nou on either October 26 or 27.
The return fixture will be held at at Santiago Bernabeu on either March 22 or 23. That date is the weekend following the second leg of the Champions League Last 16 and 10 days prior to any possible participation for either team in the competition’s quarter-finals.
Spain‘s El Clásico has grown into one of the biggest rivalries in the world. Historically Real Madrid was viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona viewed as representing Catalanism. But recently, Barca under Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova have represented the beautiful game, with their home-grown talent and tiki-taka style of play. Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho especially, were viewed as anti-football, for their physical play and emphasis on counter-attacking play.
So it will be interesting to see how Real Madrid lines up at the Camp Now in late October under Carlo Ancelotti. Real have spent a lot of money this summer, restoring a Spanish core to their side by singing up some of the best young Spanish talent around.
Barcelona, on the other hand, made the signing of the summer transfer window, when they finally landed Neymar from Santos. Neymar and Messi will have a couple of months to get used to each other before the first El Clásico, and it will be fascinating to see how these two superstars play together.
El Clasico Head-To-Head Results
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