El Clasico

El Clásico refers to any match between fierce rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Other than the Champions League Final, it is considered one of the biggest club football games in the world, and is among the most viewed annual sporting events.

La Liga

Advantage Barca In First El Clasico

The Spanish Super Cup remains in the balance after Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 last night in the Camp Nou in the first leg in the first El Clasico of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid ahead, heading home from a corner, but Pedro levelled immediately from the kick-off.

Lionel Messi scored a penalty after Andres Iniesta was fouled, before Xavi scored a terrific third. At that point it seemed like the first trophy of the season was heading to Barca, but then Angel Di Maria pounced on a mistake by Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes to set up a potential classic next week at the Bernabéu.

La Liga

Super Cup ‘Clasico’ changed due to awards ceremony

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The second leg of the Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been brought forward a day as 11 of the potential participants are up for Europe’s player of the year award on August 30.

“UEFA have asked the Spanish federation (RFEF) to change the date for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, from Aug 30th to the 29th..” the RFEF said in a statement on Tuesday.

“..so that it does not coincide with the gala put on by European football’s governing body in Monaco.”

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El Clásico Showdown Moved To 21 April

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Barcelona’s game with Real Madrid at Camp Nou has been brought forward by a day to 21 April.

El Clásico, which will take place between the two legs of the Champions League semi-finals, has been moved from Sunday to Saturday.

Barcelona travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the first leg of their last-four meeting three days earlier on Wednesday 18 April, with the return fixture on Tuesday 24 April.

Madrid face Bayern in the other semi-final on 17 and 25 April.

A statement on Madrid’s website read:

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Guardiola: Barcelona Now At The Mercy Of Madrid

Some good news for Madrid fans as arch rivals Barcelona slumped to a 3-2 loss Osasuna yesterday forcing Barca coach Pep Guardiola to admit that his side is now at the mercy of Madrid and only a slip up from the capital club would give his team a lifeline.

Madrid could go 10 points clear at the top of the table should they win at home to Levante today an opportunity i am sure Mourinho would not want to miss. Talking about Mourinho, has anyone else noticed how silent he has been recently?

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Guardiola Tries To Play Down El Clasico Win

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is refusing to read too much into a 3-1 derby success over arch-rivals Real Madrid, with the title still up for grabs.

The reigning Primera Liga champions returned to the top of the table on Saturday as they picked up three priceless points at Santiago Bernabeu.

Real, who were on a 15-match winning run, burst out of the blocks and led after just 23 seconds when Karim Benzema benefitted from a mistake by Victor Valdes.

Barca hit back, though, and took the spoils courtesy of goals from Alexis Sanchez, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas.

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Barcelona Scoop Maximum Points In El Clasico Fixture

Karim Benzema’s record making goal was not enough to keep Madrid’s impressive home record intact as Los Blancos suffered a 3-1 home defeat to arch rivals Barcelona last night.

The win saw the Catalans pip Madrid into first place although both clubs remain level on 37 points. Interesting to see how Barca’s win sparked the never ending debate between Ronaldo and Messi and after last night’s performance, the Argentine firmly cemented his place as the favourite for the coveted FIFA Ballon d’ Or award.

However, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has attributes Barca’s win to luck and thought that Messi should hae been sent off.

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Gerard Pique Given All-Clear For El Clasico

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique will be eligible to face Real Madrid next week after escaping further punishment for the caution he received against Rayo Vallecano.

Pique was booked for time-wasting in the 83rd minute of Barca’s 4-0 win on Tuesday, his fifth caution of the season with the one-match ban ruling him out of this weekend’s meeting with Levante.

The competition committee met on Friday to decide if Pique deserved further punishment for deliberately seeking a caution so as to avoid the risk of being suspended for El Clasico, but ruled in favour of the Barcelona defender.

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Real Madrid And Barcelona Serve Up Another Clásico

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The two best teams in Europe locked horns in Spain tonight as Real Madrid and Barcelona drew 2-2 in an entertaining first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu. I watched a lot of Premier League games this weekend and these two Spanish giants are several steps above even Manchester United.

Real Madrid had an impressive preseason and Jose Mourinho threw a couple of wrinkles into his team selection playing Ángel Di María on the right flank and leaving summer signing Fábio Coentrão on the bench. Barcelona on the other hand gave a debut to new signing Alexis Sánchez, while regulars Gerard Piqué, Xavi Hernández, Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodríguez were all left out on the bench.

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Opening El Clásico Ends Up All Square

The first of four match-ups between Spanish giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona ended all square as the ten-man hosts came from behind to earn a share of the spoils at the Santiago Bernabéu.

It looked like Barcelona were going to take all three points after Raúl Albiol brought down David Villa in the box and Lionel Messi converted from the spot, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s 82nd-minute penalty meant that Barca’s lead at the top of La Liga stayed at eight points.

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Which El Clásico Is The Most Important?

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Saturday brings the start four El Clásico matchups in 18 days. The matches will decide not only the Spanish league, but the Copa del Rey and the Champions League as well.

The big question is whether all four of the El Clásico are equally important or whether some are more important than others? The answer to that question depends on who you ask.

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No less an authority than Johan Cruyff argues that the first matchup is the most critical.