El Clasico: Real Madrid vs. BarcelonaBy: Bob | October 20th, 2006
This post is part of our series on the greatest football derbies.
It is a big weekend for football rivalries with Liverpool and Manchester United squaring off in England, but no rivalry is bigger than the one between Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. The two sides will meet on Sunday for the 231st time. Barca holds the series advantage with 95 wins, 85 losses and 50 draws.
Like the Old Firm in Scotland and the Superclasico in Argentina, this rivalry is about more than just football. The two combatants, of course, are two of the more storied clubs in the world, but they also represent the regions of Catalonia and Castile. They are the pride of two very different cities and they are tied in directly with the historical, cultural and political differences that are the underlying fabric of Spanish society. When they play each other it is a national event.
This weekend’s chapter in the long rivalry should be an intriguing one. Real Madrid has gotten off to a slow start in La Liga play, but is probably feeling pretty good about themselves after pasting Steaua Bucharest 4-1 in the Champions League. Barcelona is on top of the table, but comes in licking its wounds after playing poorly in its loss to Chelsea in the Champions League.
No matter the form and no matter where the clubs are in the standings, this is one rivalry that is always worth watching.