El Clásico

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El Clásico (English: The Classic, Catalan: El clàssic[1]) is a football match between two Spanish rival football clubs, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, in the Spanish football league La Liga. It is one of the most famous football matches in the world.[2]

History[change | change source]

The rival match is also well-known due to its history. Historically, Catalonia was oppressed and disrespected by the dictatorship. Thus, the only way the citizens could take revenge to the government was to defeat the football club representing Madrid (the capital city and the central government in Spain). FC Barcelona led in Official Matches 96 wins to 95 Real Madrid. As early as the 1930s, Barcelona "had developed a reputation as a symbol of Catalan identity, opposed to the centralising tendencies of Madrid".[3]

Achievements[change | change source]

Currently, the records for both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are one of the top football clubs in the world.

Real Madrid has won: 34 La Ligas, 19 Copa del Reys, 2 UEFA Cups, 13 UEFA Champions Leagues, 3 Intercontinental Cups, and 4 FIFA Club World Cups.

FC Barcelona has won: 26 La Ligas, 30 Copa del Reys, 4 UEFA Cup Winners' Cups, 5 UEFA Champions Leagues, 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, and 3 FIFA Club World Cups.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kaká: 'El clàssic serà diferent de tots els partits que he jugat'". El Periódico de Catalunya. 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
  2. "Site about El Clasico". Archived from the original on 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  3. Centeno, Miguel A.; Silva, Patricio (1998), "The Politics of Expertise in Latin America: Introduction", The Politics of Expertise in Latin America, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 1–12, doi:10.1007/978-1-349-26185-7_1, ISBN 978-1-349-26187-1, retrieved 2022-04-28
  4. Site about Real Madrid and FC Barcelona (Korean)