El Clasico : History, Records; All You Need To Know About El Clasico

El Clasico… when we hear the word, what fierst comes to our mind… yeah… you got that right, Classic.

It means ‘The Classic’ in English; ‘Le classique’ in French; ‘classico’ in Italian.

This gives the inevitable definition that this is a match of the greats… like PES 2013’s commentary will say “This is the greatest match on the footballing calendar”.

Now that is just a little bit of what it stands for… it is more than just two clubs going against each other; It is two different ‘clans/tribes/communities’ going up against each other;

With FC Barcelona representing the Catalans, and Real Madrid CF representing Madrid. This rivalry has been on for years .

El Clásico (Spanish pronunciation: [el ˈklasiko]; Catalan: El Clàssic [əɫ ˈkɫasik]; “The Classic”), is the name given in football to any match between fierce rivals Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona.

It originally referred only to those competitions held in the Spanish championship, but nowadays the term has been generalized, and tends to include every single match between the two clubs.

Excluding the UEFA Champions League Final, it is the biggest club game in the world, watched by hundreds of millions.

The March 2014 game had a global audience of 400 million viewers.

The rivalry comes about as Madrid and Barcelona are the two largest cities in Spain, and they are sometimes identified with opposing political positions, with Real Madrid viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona viewed as representing Catalanism.

Some occurrences have strengthened the rivalry over the years.

Real Madrid 11 – 1 Barcelona
In 1943, Barcelona faced Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 1943 Copa del Generalísimo. That was the General’s Cup, before Spain was made a republic, now called Copa del Rey. The first leg match, played at Barcelona’s Les Corts stadium in Catalonia, ended with Barcelona winning 3–0. Before the second leg in Madrid, the Barcelona team received an uninvited guest just before kick-off. He carried an even more unwelcome message;

“Do not forget that some of you are only playing because of the generosity of the regime that has forgiven you for your lack of patriotism.” – Count of Mayalde, Franco’s head of state security.

Di Stéfano transfer
Controversy around Alfredo Di Stéfano’s transfer to Real Madrid instead of Barcelona intensified the rivalry between the two clubs

Recent issues
Luís Figo’s transfer from Barcelona to Real Madrid in 2000 resulted in a hate campaign by some of his former club’s fans

During the last three decades, the rivalry has been augmented by the modern Spanish tradition of the Pasillo, where one team is given the guard of honor by the other team, once the former clinches the La Liga trophy before El Clásico takes place.

This has happened in three occasions;

First, during El Clásico that took place on 30 April 1988, where Real Madrid won the championship on the previous round.

Then, three years later, when Barcelona won the championship two rounds before El Clásico on 8 June 1991.

The last pasillo, and most recent, took place on 7 May 2008, and this time Real Madrid had won the championship.

In 2005, Ronaldinho became the second Barcelona player, after Diego Maradona in 1983, to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The rivalry has been strengthened over 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 who moved to Real Madrid on a free transfer in 1994.

Former Barcelona vice-captain Luís Figo’s switch to Madrid in 2000.

Checkout the head to head result of both teams

El Clasico: Head-to-Head 
Competition  Matched Played Real Madrid wins    Draws     Barcelona wins
La Liga  168    70 (42%)    32 (19%)      66 (39%)
Champions League  8    3 (38%)    3 (38%)      2 (25%)
Copa del Rey  33    12 (36%)    7 (21%)     14 (42%)
Spanish Super Cup  12    6 (50%)    2 (17%)      4 (33%)
League Cup  6    0 (0%)    4 (67%)      2 (33%)
Total  227    91 (40%)    48 (21%)      88 (40%)

Records

Biggest wins (10+ goals)

Margin Result Date Event
10 Real Madrid 11-1 Barcelona 13 June 1943 Copa del Rey
6
Real Madrid
8-2 Barcelona
3 February 1935 La Liga
5 Real Madrid 6–1 Barcelona     18 September 1949
Barcelona 7–2 Real Madrid     24 September 1950
Barcelona 5–0 Real Madrid 21 April 1935

Real Madrid
5–0 Barcelona
5 October 1953
Real Madrid 0-5 Barcelona 17 February 1974
Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid 8 January 1994
Real Madrid 5-0 Barcelona 7 January 1995
Barcelona 5–0 Real Madrid 29 November 2010

Longest runs

Most consecutive wins

Games Club Period
6 Real Madrid          22 February 1962 – 28 February 1965
5 Real Madrid 5 March 1933 – 3 February 1935
5 Barcelona     25 January 1948 – 15 January 1949
5 Barcelona              13 December 2008 – 29 November 2010

Most consecutive draws

Games Period
3             11 September 1991 – 7 March 1992
3 1 May 2002 – 20 April 2003

Most consecutive matches without a draw

Games Period
18 25 January 1948 – 21 November 1954
17 23 November 1960 – 19 March 1967
14 4 December 1977 – 4 June 1983
12 19 May 1957 – 27 April 1960
10 5 March 1933 – 28 January 1940

Longest undefeated runs

Games Club Period
13 Barcelona 1 November 1917 – 3 June 1928
10 Real Madrid      31 January 1931 – 3 February 1935

Longest undefeated runs in the league

Games Club Period
7 (6 Wins) Barcelona               13 December 2008 – 10 December 2011
7 (5 Wins) Real Madrid      31 January 1932 – 3 February 1935
6 (6 Wins) Real Madrid             30 September 1962 – 28 February 1965
6 (4 Wins) Barcelona 11 May 1997 – 13 October 1999
6 (3 Wins) Barcelona            28 November 1971 – 17 February 1974
5 (4 Wins) Barcelona   30 March 1947 – 15 January 1949
5 (3 Wins) Barcelona 11 May 1975 – 30 January 1977

Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal

Games Club Period
5 Barcelona 3 April 1972 – 17 February 1974
3 Barcelona 10 January 1914 – 7 March 1916
3 Real Madrid 29 June 1974 – 11 May 1975
3 Barcelona 29 November 2009 – 29 November 2010

Most consecutive games scoring

Games Club Period
22 Real Madrid    15 February 1959 – 19 September 1969
17 Barcelona 27 November 1982 – 31 January 1987
16 Barcelona 27 April 2011 – current
15 Real Madrid 3 May 2011 – current
14 Real Madrid 15 February 1959 – 21 January 1962
14 Real Madrid 5 December 1990 – 16 December 1993
13 Real Madrid 22 April 1962 – 9 April 1968
12 Barcelona 26 March 1916 – 26 April 1926
11 Barcelona 11 September 1991 – 7 May 1994
10 Barcelona 30 January 1997 – 13 October 1999

Bold represents current active streak.

Top scorers

Rank   Nationality              Player                             Club           Goals 

1         Argentin           Lionel Messi                   Barcelona          21 

2         Argentina         Alfredo Di Stéfano         Real Madrid     18 

3         Spain                 Raúl                                 Real Madrid    15 

4         Spain                César Rodríguez             Barcelona         14 

4         Spain                Francisco Gento              Real Madrid    14 

4         Hungary           Ferenc Puskás                 Real Madrid    14 

7         Portugal            Cristiano Ronaldo          Real Madrid    13 

8         Spain                 Santillana                         Real Madrid   12 

9        
 
Mexico               Hugo Sánchez                 Real Madrid   10 

9        Spain                   Juanito                            Real Madrid    10  

9        Spain                   Josep Samitier                Barca / Real     10 

Most appearances


Appearances Player Club
43 Manuel Sanchís Real Madrid
42 Francisco Gento Real Madrid
40 Xavi Hernández Barcelona
37 Fernando Hierro Real Madrid
37 Raúl González Real Madrid
34 Iker Casillas Real Madrid
32 Carles Puyol Barcelona
28 Lionel Messi Barcelona


Players who played for both clubs

  • Alfonso Albéniz (Barça to Madrid) (1902) 
  • Luciano Lizarraga (Madrid to Barça) (1905) 
  • Charles Wallace (Barça to Madrid) (1906) 
  • José Quirante (Barça to Madrid) (1906) 
  • Alfonso Albéniz (Barça to Madrid) (1911) 
  • Arsenio Comamala (Barça to Madrid) (1911) 
  • Walter Rozitsky (Barça to Madrid) (1913) 
  • Ricardo Zamora (Barça to Espanyol to Madrid) (1930) 
  • Josep Samitier (Barça to Madrid) (1932) 
  • Hilario (Madrid to Valencia to Barça) (1939) 
  • Alfonso Navarro (Barça to Madrid) (1950) 
  • Justo Tejada (Barça to Madrid) (1961) 
  • Jesús María Pereda (Madrid to Real Valladolid to Sevilla to Barça) (1961) 
  • Evaristo de Macedo (Barça to Madrid) (1962) 
  • Fernand Goyvaerts (Barça to Madrid) (1965) 
  • Lucien Muller (Madrid to Barça) (1965) 
  • Lorenzo Amador (Madrid to Hércules to Barça) (1980) 
  • Bernd Schuster (Barça to Madrid) (1988) 
  • Luis Milla (Barça to Madrid) (1990) 
  • Gheorghe Hagi (Madrid to Brescia to Barça) (1994) 
  • Fernando ”Nando” Muñoz (Barça to Madrid) (1992) 
  • Julen Lopetegui (Madrid to Logroñés to Barça) (1994) 
  • Michael Laudrup (Barça to Madrid) (1994) 
  • Robert Prosinečki (Madrid to Real Oviedo to Barça) (1995) 
  • Miquel Soler (Barça to Sevilla to Madrid) (1995) 
  • Luis Enrique (Madrid to Barça) (1996) 
  • Daniel García Lara (Madrid to Real Mallorca to Barça) (1999) 
  • Luís Figo (Barça to Madrid) (2000) 
  • Albert Celades (Barça to Celta Vigo to Madrid) (2000) 
  • Alfonso Pérez (Madrid to Real Betis to Barça) (2000) 
  • Ronaldo (Barça to Internazionale to Madrid) (2002) 
  • Samuel Eto’o (Madrid to Real Mallorca to Barça) (2004) 
  • Javier Saviola (Barça to Madrid) (2007)

Switches table

From Barça to Madrid 17
From Barça to another club before Madrid 4
Total 21
From Madrid to Barça 3
From Madrid to another club before Barça 9
Total 12
Total switches 33

Honours
The rivalry reflected in “El Clásico” matches comes about as Real Madrid and Barcelona are the most successful football clubs in Spain. As seen below, Barcelona leads the count in official titles won with 81 trophies, while Real Madrid has won 79 trophies. Both teams have won other titles as well, although they are not included in the official count since they are either regional or unofficial.

Real Madrid Championship Barcelona Official
International (official)
0 FIFA Club World Cup 2 Yes
3 UEFA/CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup (Defunct) 0 Yes
10 UEFA Champions League 4 Yes
2 UEFA Europa League 0 Yes
2 UEFA Super Cup 4 Yes
0 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (Defunct) 4 Yes
0 UEFA Intertoto Cup (Defunct) 0 Yes
0 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (Defunct) 3 Yes
Domestic (official)
32 La Liga (Primera División) 22 Yes
19 Copa del Rey 26 Yes
9 Supercopa de España 11 Yes
1 Copa de la Liga (Defunct) 2 Yes
1 Copa Eva Duarte (Defunct) 3 Yes
International (Defunct, non-official)
2 Small Club World Cup 1 No
2 Latin Cup 2 No
Domestic (Defunct, non-official)
0 Copa de la Coronación 0 No
0 Liga Mediterránea 1 No
0 Copa de la España Libre 0 No
0 Copa de Campeones de España 0 No
0 Copa de Oro Argentina 1 No
Regional International (Defunct, non-official)
1 Copa Iberoamericana No
Pyrenees Cup 4 No
Regional Domestic (Defunct)
5 Campeonato de Madrid N/A Yes
12 Campeonato Regional de Madrid N/A Yes
5 Campeonato Regional Mancomunado Centro N/A Yes
N/A Copa Macaya 1 Yes
N/A Copa Barcelona 1 Yes
N/A Campionat de Catalunya 21 Yes
N/A Lliga Catalana 1 Yes
Friendlies
2 World Football Challenge 0 No
23 out of 34 Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu N/A No
N/A Trofeu Joan Gamper 35 out of 47 No
0 Copa Martini & Rossi (Defunct) 6 out of 6 No

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