It’s always a big occasion when these two clubs lock horns, especially when it’s a cup final. Historically this fixture has arguably provided football fans with more exhilaration than any other match in Spain and the game between the two sides always lives up to the expectations.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have already met twice this season and on both occasions the match has ended in favour of the Catalans. However things might turn out to be different this time around with Barcelona on a disappointing run which has seen them loose both of their last two matches.
The second Clasico of 2014: The Copa del Rey Final will be played at the neutral ground of the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain.
The Spanish Cup Final - El Clasico - will air on April 16th, 2014 at 3PM EST / 12 noon PST. The match will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN (english), ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio (spanish). You can also tune into the match online in both English and Spanish languages on WatchESPN (authenticated users only).
El Clasico always attracts global attention due to the intense Spanish rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. This match is even more signficant since Barcelona have just recently been kicked out of the UEFA Champions League and have very likely just seen their La Liga title hopes slip away with their most recent loss this past weekend, leaving them in third place behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. This might be Barca's only chance at silverware this season as well as Carlo Ancelotti's first chance for silverware with Los Blancos. The world will be watching. See broadcast details below for US television, radio and online coverage of El Clasico 2014, the second of the year:
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Season falling apart for Barcelona
After being tactically outclassed in the second leg of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderón, Barcelona suffered another heart-ache as Yacine Brahimi’s solitary goal of the match subjected the Blaugrana to their second successive loss on Saturday against Granada.
In the course of the two matches, Barcelona have been knocked out of the Champions League a competition they have fared well in recently having made it to the semi-finals in each of the last six seasons.
Unlike ahead of the first Clasico of the year 2014, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not in top form. Leo has gone missing lately while CR7 is out injured. So which players will leave a mark on the game?
Two stars under pressure to perform are Neymar and Gareth Bale. Both completely rocked the 2013 summer transfer window and are expected to justify their astronomical price tags. Indeed, the stage has been set for Neymar and Bale to strengthen their rivalry and overshadow, at least for a day, the mouth-watering Messi-Ronaldo clash which cannot take place in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
Preview: Barcelona will want to avoid a let down after their important El Clasico victory
An emotional rollercoaster at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday ended well for Barcelona. Three goals from Messi helped lift the Catalans over Real Madrid, and they will now have a chance to go top of the league, given Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid's late kick-off.
Luis Enrique, a former Barcelona captain, will prepare his side for a very difficult match at the Camp Nou. Enrique has been linked with the managerial position at Barcelona, but the Catalans opted to go with Gerardo Martino. And despite all the doubt involving the Argentine's future at the club, Barcelona's president as well as Martino have stated publicly that his contract will be honored.
Ronaldo penalty vs Barca brings up Messi penalty vs Man City debate
Fans from both the sides were furious at some of the decisions the referee made during the course of the match and one of these decisions which still continues to divide opinions was Undiano Mallenco awarding Real Madrid a penalty for a foul Dani Alves had seemingly committed outside the box.
Ronaldo scored from the resulting penalty and the Blaugrana faithful were left fuming.
In what is arguably one of the most scintillating domestic football showpieces, two of the most successful Spanish teams will go head to head in a tie which could ultimately prove vital in the title race for the league crown. Real Madrid who had initially lost ground on the race for the title have responded strongly and now enjoy a four point lead over the Catalans. The Castilians suffered a defeat in the return leg back in October when they suffered a 2-1 loss at the Camp Nou and will be looking to make amends this time around.
Here are five ways Real Madrid can get the better of their bitter rivals and gain an important advantage in the title race.
Duel dua raksasa Spanyol, Real Madrid melawan Barcelona dalam partai yang dikenal dengan sebutan El Clasico akan tersaji kembali hari Minggu ini, 23 Maret, 2014 di Stadiun Santiago Bernebau. Menderita kekalahan pada pertemuan pertama mereka atas El Barca pada akhir October taun lalu, Madrid mengincar pembalasan pekan ini dan anak buah Carlo Ancelotti memiliki modal besar untuk meraih tiga popint dalam partai tersebut. Semenjak kekalan 2-1 di Camp Nou, hingga saat ini, Los Blancos belum sekalipun menyentuh kekalahan di semua ajang, sebuah pencapaian yang sudah sepatutnya memberikan kepercayaan tinggi pada Cristiano Ronaldo dkk menjelan big match mereka minggu ini.
Walaupun kondisi mereka bisa dibiliang lebih baik jika dibandingkan dengan rival mereka, Ancelotti tetap menyadari bahwa apapun bisa terjadi dalam El Clasico, untuk itu dia berusaha untuk sedikit meringankan beban anak asuhnya dengan menyatakan bahwa partai minggu nanti belum akan mententukan gelar juara La Liga. Mantan pelatih AC Milan tersebut berasalan bahwa dengan adanya Atletico Madrid sebagi pesaing Madrid dan Barca, dia percaya bahwa gela juara baru akan bisa dipastikan pada akhir musim. Biarpun begitu, raihan tiga poin di Santiago Bernebau nanti akan bisa membuat Los Blancos melepaskan diri dari kejaran El Barca karena jarak tujuh poin bisa jadi akan membuat posisi dari anak asuh Tata Martino makin sulit.
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The previous meeting ended 2-1 in favour of Barca. Messi and Ronaldo’s presence was overshadowed by Neymar’s dream debut in El Clasico and Alexis Sanchez’s wonderful long-range strike.
Preview: Barca poised to extend unbeaten run to 11 games in the League
The Blaugrana have only once dropped points in the league this season in a 0-0 draw against Osasuna. In their last outing the defending champions scored a comprehensive victory over rivals Real Madrid in a match Gerardo Martino’s men dominated.
Even though there were some decisions which went Barca’s way, it was for all to see that the residents of Camp Nou were the deserved winners. Barcelona’s Argentinean coach Gerardo Martino has turned out to be some coup for the Spanish champions. The 50 year old apart from being excellent at man management has also proven to be an astute tactician.
It is interesting to know that the Catalans, who have been tagged as favourites ahead of Saturday’s clash, have not beaten Real Madrid in 429 days. Indeed, under Jose Mourinho, the gap between these two Spanish rivals greatly reduced. The last five results between the pair are as follows:
With another El Clasico upon us, we will take a look at some facts that stick out between Ronaldo and Messi. The two stars have made a significant impact on the El Clasico over the years, and the upcoming match will likely be no different.
From scoring goals to getting their teammates involved, their performances will always influence the final result.
1) Consistently Playing
It is not often that you see either player not finish any match, especially when it comes to El Clasico. For Lionel Messi, he has only not played the full 90 minutes against Real Madrid on one occasion. That match came in his first meeting with the Merengues during the 05/06 campaign, when he was subbed off in the 70th minute. The Blaugrana won that match 0-3.
Barca’s winless streak in El Clasico
As the calendar confirms it, Saturday will mark 429 days since the Blaugrana last defeated their eternal rivals, Los Blancos. One must roll back the time to August 23 last year to re-live Barca’s latest victory. It occurred in the first leg of the 2012 Supercopa de Espana at the Camp Nou with the hosts winning 3-2.
The game was marked with a terrible blunder by goalkeeper Victor Valdes which allowed Argentine winger Angel Di Maria to reduce Real Madrid’s deficit. That goal proved vital as the Spanish giants, then managed by Jose Mourinho, beat the Catalans 4-4 on aggregate thanks to the away goals rule to lift the Spanish Super Cup.
Will 26 October 2013 mark the end of Barcelona’s five-match winless streak against Real Madrid?
Diego Lopez vs Victor Valdes
While the forwards might get all the attention and the plaudits coming their way, the goalkeepers will have an equally important job on Saturday night. Both the men will be protecting their goal against some of the most accomplished players in the world of football and will definitely have to put up a special performance to help their team win.
Barcelona have conceded the lowest number of goals in La Liga and much of this is down to the brilliance of Victor Valdes who is set to bid farewell to the club at the end of the season.
beIN Sport to broadcast El Clasico to USA viewers on October 26, 2013
On October 7, the LFP announced the timing of this huge rivalry match set to take place at the Camp Nou. LFP president Javier Tebas confirmed the 18:00 local time which is a result of marketing factors. La Liga has a huge amount of followers in Asia and America and the decision was made to attract the largest viewing figures possible for this Barcelona vs Real Madrid fixture on 26 October 2013.
It will be the 166th El Clasico in the history of the Spanish La Liga. Current head-to-head results put the Spanish giants on top of the Cules with 70 wins – six more than Barca – with the other 32 games ending all square.
In terms of goals, the Catalans have progressively been closing the gap during the last few years. They have scored 259 goals in El Clasico in La Liga, only 11 less than Real Madrid. Gerardo Martino will be looking to offer the club’s fans their 48th Primera Division home win over Real Madrid at the Camp Nou come October 26, 2013.
The marquee signings
La Liga’s two most expensive signings in the 2013 summer transfer window will go head to head as Barcelona take on Real Madrid for the first time this season. The two were the talk of the summer as Gareth Bale and Neymar finalised their big money moves to Spain.
However life in the Iberian country has begun in contrasting fashion for both individuals. In case of the Brazilian, the mercurial number 11 continued from where he left off and after an inspirational display for his national side in the Confederations Cup, Neymar has continued his brilliant form with his new club.
What’s more, El Clasico will be telecast free of charge on COMCAST! The game will be called in Spanish but if you need English commentary, use the Secondary Audio Program (SAP) feature.
Expert beIN Sport en Español pundits will offer exciting pre-match and post-match analysis of this encounter which will be staged at the Camp Nou, in Catalonia. Barca-Real Madrid will also be broadcast live on beIN Sport.
Stay tuned to the best coverage with additional programs such as “El Clasico: Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo,” and “Nueva Temporada, Misma Rivalidad 2013.”
Barcelona vs Real Madrid kicks off at 9:00am PST / 12:00pm ET this Saturday. LiveSoccerTV will bring you live scores as events unfold at the Camp Nou.
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Miami Beach, Florida (March 1, 2013) – Set your alarm for an early start as El Clasico kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Live Soccer TV (@LiveSoccerTV) brings its users information on where to watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona live from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – whether USA or elsewhere in the world.
El Clasico on Saturday promises to be a totally different game than what the world saw live from the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey on February 26. Barcelona were crushed in their own backyard and when Angel Di Maria ridiculed Carles Puyol to assist Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal, there was no way back for the hosts.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 1, 2013) – LiveSoccerTV.com reminds you where and when to watch the 11 matches available across beIN Sports between March 1 and March 4, 2013.
The coverage on beIN SPORT and beIN Sport en Español will be paralleled for the first three fixtures. It begins with Napoli’s home match against Juventus at 14:45 EST this Friday. This ‘first versus second’ battle could see the Scudetto swing from Juventus’ stadium to Napoli’s home. Only six points separate both sides and Antonio Conte knows that victory will give the Old Lady a bit of comfort with 11 more matches to go after this week’s clash in the Italian Serie A.