La Liga, or the Primera División, is the top football league in Spain. From September till June, La Liga brings the joy of exemplary football to fans all over the globe, as 20 teams compete for the Champions title.
The biggest, wealthiest and the most successful clubs play in La Liga, so there’s no surprise why the league has gained the exceptional popularity worldwide. La Liga is home for Barcelona and Real Madrid that are the brightest stars of the league, and, of course, the biggest rivals. The match when these giants meet to play against each other is called El Clásico. Every season, these fierce matchups are among the most watched football fixtures in the world. Despite of its’ domestic origin, El Clásico is as significant as the World Cup Final or the Final of the UEFA Champions League.
As for now, Real Madrid holds the most Champions titles in the history of La Liga. Easy to guess, Barcelona is the runner-up. Despite of which team you choose to support, do not miss a single match of Liga – you can watch it on fuboTV (U.S.) and Sling TV (U.S.). Away from the country? Get NordVPN and stream sports from anywhere on Earth – well, except Antarctica.
The historic El Clásico is one of the oldest football rivalries. It counts more than a hundred years already, as the first match between Barcelona and Real Madrid was played in 1902.
Originally, the term “El Clásico” was used for the matches between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga. Eventually, the term’s meaning has expanded and now “El Clásico” is used whenever the teams meet on the football field – in the UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, or La Liga.
El Clásico is more than a game. Since its’ very beginning, it was seen as an expression of hostility between Castile and Catalonia: Real Madrid symbolizing the Spanish nationalism and Barcelona standing for the Catalan pride.
El Clásico has a unique tradition called The Pasillo. If one of the teams – Barcelona or Real Madrid – ensures the Champions title in La Liga before the El Clásico takes place, the other team gives the guard of honor. The Pasillo has happened three times in the history of La Liga: it was received twice by Real Madrid, and once by Barcelona.
El Clásico is always full of action. Both teams play attacking football, so you can’t lose your attention even for a second, or risk to miss a goal. The highest-scoring game dates back to 1943, when Barcelona couldn’t oppose to the 11 felicitous attacks of Real Madrid’s and lost the game with the score 1:11.
There are a few phrases you need to know to better understand the football phenomenon that is El Clásico . If you are a fan of Real Madrid, or Los Blancos, you are the one of Merengues or Madridistas and must admire their opportunistic playing style, called Pegada. If you support Barcelona, or Barça, you belong among Barcelonistas and cheer when El Clásico end in La Manita – that is, Barcelona’s 5-0 win.
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