Real Madrid and FC Barcelona's rivalry is limited to athletic competition. Barcelona has fought for more political autonomy. The civil war had little effect on the FC Barcelona team. Catalan culture flourished throughout Franco's reign.
After Franco's death in 1975, the independence of Catalonia was recognized by most of Europe, including Spain. But the Spanish government under Prime Minister José María Aznar wanted to replace catalanism with a new official language: Spanish. In an effort to unify the country, Catalans were offered a referendum on independence or unification with Spain. Most voters chose independence (84%). But the lack of legal recognition left Barcelona without the resources it needed to become an independent state. The president of Catalonia at the time, Artur Mas, tried to resolve this problem through negotiations with the Spanish government, but there was no agreement. So in October 2014, Mas announced that his region would declare its own independent nation if its demands were not met. The declaration failed to produce any results and Mas was forced out of office. His successor, Carles Puigdemont, continued the push for independence until 2017, when he was removed from office by the Spanish government.
This episode shows that sports are only part of the story about the rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. They also fight for political power across Spain and Catalonia.
Who is FC Barcelona's main competitor? Real Madrid is FC Barcelona's main opponent in Spain. The two teams meet on an annual basis for the La Liga title and the match draws a large audience. Other major clubs from Catalonia and Spain that compete with Barcelona include Espanyol, Villarreal, Osasuna, and Deportivo de La Coruña.
Barcelona is one of the most popular sports teams in Spain. The club has several major competitions including the Champions League, the UEFA cup, and the Copa del Rey. Barca is also known for its successful football (or soccer) team that has four consecutive European titles to its name.
The Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona is the home ground of Barcelona FC. The venue has a capacity of 99,000 and it is one of the largest stadiums in Europe. It was built in 1958 by architect Josep Lluís Sert.
The Camp Nou has been the stage for many classic matches between Barcelona and Real Madrid. These games are some of the biggest in world football and they often come down to the last minute of the game.
The rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona Beginning with the most well-known rivalry, not only of Real Madrid, but maybe of the entire football world. Established by the nine years in which two of the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, competed in what became known as El Clasico across the world.
They play each other three times a year for the Spanish title and have done so since 1996. The games are considered by many to be some of the best matches on the soccer pitch; packed with adrenaline from start to finish.
The rivalry has grown over the years, with both clubs competing intensely for everything there is to win including trophies and honor. They have also become political entities; with the president's office at Real Madrid and Barca both trying to outdo one another with lavish signings and announcements.
Real Madrid was founded in 1902 by King Alfonso XIII after he split from Spain's former royal family, the Bourbons. The club initially played its home games in a field that is now part of downtown Madrid but was then an empty field before it was used for horse races. In 1904, Alfonso gave the team his own personal name: Real (royal) Madrid CF. In 1920, the club moved into their current stadium, the Bernabeu, which has been their home ever since.
Rivalry. During the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera (1923–1930), FC Barcelona was the epitome of suppressed Catalan nationalism, in striking contrast to RCD Espanyol, which developed a form of acquiescence with the central government. After Spain's transition to democracy in 1975, both clubs renewed their rivalry on the field with frequent matches being played between them. Today, Barça dominates the match-up with nine victories to Espanyol's two.
They first met on 15 October 1902 in the first official match played by either club. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. It took until 4 December 1903 for their first victory over one another when Espanyol defeated Barça 2-1 at the Montjuïc Stadium. Since then, they have been meeting on the field every year except for 1916, 1939, and 1944 due to World War II.
The most recent match between these two sides was held on 3 November 2015 at the Camp Nou. Barça won the match 3-0 thanks to goals from Messi, Suarez, and Rakitic. This match marked Barça's 10th consecutive win over Espanyol at the Camp Nou.
The Clasico We'll begin with what is maybe the world's most renowned rivalry. This rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain's La Liga dwarfs them all in terms of money, star power, and socio-political instability. That's right—El Clasico, the soccer match, has a political past. When these two clubs first met in 1895, it was not considered a big deal: both teams played on equal footing as members of the Primera División (First Division). But then Madrid started winning more often than not, which spurred Barcelona to try harder. The Catalans began to draw away fans from their capital city rival, and when one team starts winning too much, the other tries to even things out by hiring coaches who know how to win.
Today, El Clasico is for all the world to see. It's on TV, it's in the newspapers, and it draws millions of viewers every year. After all, why would anyone want to watch two millionaires playing a game when you can watch poor players play for free? The answer is because of all the politics involved. Politicians from both cities love to stand up and give speeches before, during, and after the match - sometimes making policy changes in the process. And they do so by picking their favorite team - which is easy since it's always a tie! - and lobbying the league to have their player awarded the "Golden Shoe."