Wherever you are in Spain make sure you experience el clásico, a famous football match between to football giants in Spain.
Experience el clásico, the most important football match in Spain
Just before the preparations for Christmas were about to start last year, a special event took place in Spain: El Clásico. In other words, the clash between eternal rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. On Saturday December 3 the Camp Nou stadium was the theatre for this special match, which always ensures spectacle and nice goals. If you’re lucky and you are in Spain during the match, you can experience el clásico, and see how the Spaniards experience this match in their own way.
Although it was financially almost impossible to actual go to Barcelona and buy tickets, it was in Valencia a nice experience as well. The week before the match the shops will sell a lot of merchandise. It is difficult to estimate which of the two teams has the most support in this city.
When you don’t know where to watch El Clásico on match day itself, ask around. Many people from Valencia tell you that every random bar with a television screen would broadcast Barca-Real. And no Irish Pub of course, but rather a typical Spanish bar where the delicious jamones hang above you on the ceiling and the dobles stand next to you on the counter. A little bet with your friends and the game can begin!
It is better not make it that late the evening before. To get a good place to sit and watch the game in a bar you have to be on time. But do not expect that you can follow the football every single second. Bars will be filled with people and besides that Spaniards are known to be quite passionate during these kind of games.
Because FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are very big, in Valencia as well live a lot of supporters of both clubs. That’s why it is so special to witness that (youthful) fans can watch the match together. You can’t imagine that when for example Manchester United and Liverpool face each other. Nevertheless, one can see that more people cheer for the Catalans than the Madrilènes. This manifests itself in jubilation after the 1-0 scored by Suarez just after halftime. Moreover, it is advisable to go on the streets during halftime. You will notice that it is very quiet there and that’s how much the confrontation lives in the city! Eventually the rivalry is not too bad when Ramos scores the 1-1 just before the end of the game. The people drink a beer together and cheers on the result.
Altogether it’s special to perceive how El Clásico is experienced in this country that is crazy for the football game.