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|SoccerAnchor's Guide to the 'Clásico' between Barcelona and Real Madrid|
SoccerAnchor's Guide to the 'Clásico' will ensure you know before-hand what the 'Clásico' means and what it is all about.
Here are a few notes, statistics and general knowledge for any true football fan around the world when it comes to 'El Clásico'.
Firstly, the English-speaking world tends to denote the biggest Spanish football match erronously as 'El Classico' with a double-s. The world 'clásico' hails from the Spanish language meaning 'classic', which is also known as 'el derbi español'.
The rivalry comes as both Madrid and Barcelona are the largest inhabitant cities in Spain. Both clubs are sometimes identified from the media with opposing political positions, with Real Madrid viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona viewed as representing Catalan nationalism.
Both clubs are known for its rich history and tradition. Real Madrid CF is the official club name with the acronym meaning 'Club de Fútbol' (Football Club). Barcelona's official club name is FC Barcelona (Fútbol Club Barcelona).
Madrid's chants are led by the cry of 'Hala Madrid!' - (Go Madrid!) originating from the traditional Castilian sort of the Spanish language.
FC Barcelona on the other hand is chanted with a 'Visca Barça!' cry which means 'Long live Barça' in the Catalan language.
Barcelona's colossal 99,787 all-seater capacity stadium is the Camp Nou, meaning "our pitch" in Catalan. It is also wrongly interpreted in English as the "Nou Camp".
Barça has won 104 total clásico matches whilst Real Madrid has won 86 official matches in 249 total meetings.
This statistic means that Real Madrid has one win more than Barca in official meetings in comparison to the overall number of encounters between the two. There have been 46 competitive head-to-head draws.
The biggest win from either sides came from Real Madrid. The scoreline was 11-1 back in 1943 in the 'Copa del Generalísimo' (a Cup in honour of General Franco), in the second-leg semi final.
The most recent meeting was in the Copa del Rey (the King's Cup) semi-final second leg at the Camp Nou in a 2-2 draw on the 25th of January earlier this year.
Also, the first 'Clásico' was played on the 13th of May in 1902.
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