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El Clásico (English: The Classic), also known as El derbi Español or El Clàssic is the name generically given to any football match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. It is contested at least (and usually) bi-annually as part of the Spanish La Liga competition, with a maximum of nine matches a year, with two extra in the Copa del Rey, the Champions League, and the Supercopa de España, with another possible in the UEFA Super Cup. Other than the UEFA Champions League Final, it is the most followed club football match in the world, watched by hundreds of millions of people.

The rivalry comes about as Madrid and Barcelona are the two largest cities in Spain, and the two clubs are the most successful and influential football clubs in the country. Real Madrid has amassed 73 trophies and Barcelona 68, while Athletic Bilbao comes third with 32 trophies. They are sometimes identified with opposing political positions, with Real Madrid and Barcelona representing Spanish nationalism and Catalan nationalism respectively.

The Primo de Rivera and Franco years

As early as the 1930s, Barcelona "had developed a reputation as a symbol of Catalan pride and identity, opposed to the centralising tendencies of Madrid". During the Franco dictatorship, most citizens of Barcelona were in strong opposition to the fascist-like régime, with several players of Barcelona enrolling with the opposition forces in 1934[clarification needed]. . On a representative level, the president of Barcelona Josep Sunyol was killed by Franco's security police as part of his political activities while visited Republican troops north of Madrid.[4] Phil Ball, the author of Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football, calls the El Clásico "a re-enactment of the Spanish Civil War".

Though the first socialist party in Spain was founded in Madrid, almost all the ideas that have shaped the country's modern history – republicanism, federalism, anarchism, syndicalism and communism – have been introduced via the region of Catalonia, where Barcelona is. During the dictatorships of Miguel Primo de Rivera and of Francisco Franco, all regional languages and identities were frowned upon and restrained. In this period FC Barcelona gained their motto més que un club (English: More than a club) because of its alleged connection to progressive beliefs and its representative role for Catalonia. 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 in the Spanish Civil War.

Di Stéfano transfer

The rivalry was intensified during the 1950s when the clubs disputed the signing of Alfredo di Stéfano. Di Stéfano 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 Stéfano moving to Millonarios from River Plate following the strike, both clubs claimed to own his registration. After intervention from FIFA representative Muñoz Calero it was decided that both Barcelona and Real Madrid had to share the player in alternate seasons. Barcelona's Franco-imposed President backed down after a few appearances as Barcelona's side claimed but Real say Barcelona's decision was voluntary, and di Stefano moved definitively to Madrid.

Di Stéfano became integral in the subsequent success achieved by 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.

Current issues

When Luis Figo returned to Barcelona as a Real Madrid player, the Barcelona support group Boixos Nois threw a pig's head after him.

The two teams met again in the UEFA Champions League semi-final in 2002, with Real Madrid winning 2-0. The match, dubbed by Spanish media as the Match of the Century, was watched by more than 500 million people. In the Clásico held on November 2005, Barcelona played away in Madrid, winning 3-0. The star of the Barcelona team was Ronaldinho, who became the first Barcelona player to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans.

The rivalry has been strengthened throughout time by the internal transfer of players between the clubs. Barcelona players who have later played for Real Madrid include Bernd Schuster, who switched in 1988, Michael Laudrup went to Real Madrid on a free transfer in 1994, but the most notorious was former vice-captain Luís Figo's switch in 2000. Players transferring from Real Madrid to Barcelona are less frequent, the most recent being Luis Enrique, who went to Barcelona in 1996 where he went on to captain the Blaugrana, and since 2008 coach the reserve team.

A 2007 survey by the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas determined that Real Madrid was the team with the largest following in Spain. Thirty-two percent of the Spanish population supported Real Madrid, while twenty-five percent supported Barcelona. In third place came Valencia CF, who were supported by five percent.[18] Barcelona in turn is more popular in Europe than Madrid. According to a survey made by the German research agency Sport+Markt in 2010, Barcelona has approximately 57,8 million fans around Europe, while Real Madrid has 31,3 million fans.

Head-to-head results

Real Madrid wins 68
FC Barcelona wins 62
Draws 30
Total matches 160
 
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Barca tetap menjadi pilihan ati den :)cgrock
 

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madrid pon bukan macam dulu..
since mourinho amik alih..
lebih polish team madrid skang..
even barca main home tp sebenarnya
kekuatan same rate rase..this time
i go with madrid..sori tt :)
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malam nie ak rs barca pegang game
tp madrid menang..
 

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Barca last 4 match again Mou team.. 2 win 1 draw 1 lost.. Tapi madrid konpiden gile menang.. Katenyer sebab mourinho.. tapi bukan dier yg main pun.. Parking bus reti ler.. Aku sanggup kalah dari parking bus..:))
 

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madrid pon bukan macam dulu..
since mourinho amik alih..
lebih polish team madrid skang..
even barca main home tp sebenarnya
kekuatan same rate rase..this time
i go with madrid..sori tt :)
my 2 cents.
pandangan masing2
xdo masalah
kalau tgk performance semasa
mmg RM lg konsisten
tp Barca x kurg hebat nya
so den raso Barca 51 - 49 RM
Barca mng :)cgrock
 
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