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FC Barcelona – The Rivalry With Real Madrid

While there were sports teams, there was competition. Whether it’s the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox or the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, the two rival teams are sure to end up together over and over again, creating an ongoing heated competition that sports fans will enjoy. One such competition is between the Spanish football teams FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

FC Barcelona (also known to its fans as Barça) and Real Madrid are two of the earliest football teams in Spain, both of which merged in the 1890s. From the beginning, both teams were seen as representatives of two rival regions in Spain, the ancient kingdoms of Castle and Catalonia. Both teams were part of La Liga, the Spanish football league and a competition that went far beyond football quickly advanced.

It was during and after the Spanish Civil War that competition took on more political overtones. Dictator Francisco Franco banned all peripheral languages, such as Catalan, the language of Barcelona. Catalonia has long been associated with more progressive fashion and political ideas, such as democracy – which was diametricly opposed in Franco ‘s dictatorial regime. FC Barcelona suffered as a result of being part of Catalan culture. Conversely, many Spaniards (and Catalans in particular) saw Real Madrid as the “founding” club. Although Franco appeared to be in favor of Real Madrid, members of both teams suffered under his regime.

The fierce competition continued into the 1950s when both clubs tried to sign Alfredo Di Stefano to play for them. Real Madrid eventually won out and Alfredo Di Stefano went on to give them many wins. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid went head to head twice at the European Cup in the 1960s, with Real Madrid winning one and FC Barcelona winning the other. The two teams met again over a player in 2000 when Luis Figo left FC Barcelona and signed for Real Madrid. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid competed against each other again in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2002, with Real Madrid winning. The Spanish media got the game “The Match of the Century”.

In the mid-2000s, competition escalated when it got its own name, El Clasico. The term El Clasico has traditionally been assigned to any South American football tournament, but the growth of American football combined with the competition of these two major teams created the term as applied to FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. This was largely a marketing scheme communicated through GolTV, an all-football satellite channel, but the term has been embraced by fans around the world.

El Clasico shows no signs of slowing down. To this day, both teams are sure to find each other out on the pitch to find out who is the best team in Spain. Sometimes FC Barcelona wins and sometimes Real Madrid wins, but in the end football fans all over the world are the ones who win every time these two giants come together on the pitch.

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