bill-swift - April 24, 2012
El Clásico is one of the most anticipated events of the year, especially for fans of the Beautiful Game (that's soccer for all you non-soccer fans). Anytime that Real Madrid and Barcelona, two of the best and most popular soccer teams in the world, meet it is given this name.
Why? It's because these guys and this game is always that damn good.
Calling these guys just ‘good' is like saying bacon is just cooked pig. Barcelona and Madrid are the two biggest cities in the country. Their respective clubs are two of the best in the world; not just now, but throughout history. Over the years Barcelona has won 75 trophies; Madrid 74.
The series between the two could not be much more contested then it has been dating back to the first game between the two on May 13, 1902. The all-time results show Real Madrid winning 87 to Barcelona's 86 (there have been 46 draws). Madrid has scored 364 goals to Barcelona's 351. After 218 matches, for this series to be so close is impressive to say the least.
Oh yeah- the latest edition on Saturday lived up to the name just like everyone before it. Madrid took the lead with an early goal from Sami Khedira (in the 17th minute). Late in the second half Alexis Sanchez tied it up for Barcelona, but then Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 73rd minute to give Madrid the win 2-1.
The loss was Barcelona's first at home in 55 games and the first for Madrid on Barcelona's home field since 2007.
Article by Travis Pulver
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