Tomorrow sees the return of the world's biggest club football match: Real Madrid-Barcelona.
There's nothing quite like it in the world of professional football.
Pageantry. A true despise and hatred for each other. A frenetic atmosphere. An idealogical clash between 'good and evil.'
It has a little bit of everything ... and then some.
I can not wait for this match!
Real Madrid are undergoing massive change these days, letting coach Bernd Schuster go in favor of former Sevilla and Tottenham skipper Juande Ramos.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are coasting. After destroying Valencia (my beloved club) 4-0 last weekend, Barca look unstoppable. Samuel Eto'o is the league's leading scorer, new coach Pep Guardiola has instilled a fresh philosophy to the club and they have some guy named Lionel Messi who just happens to be very good ...
This match has it all ... as Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague says in his preview of the match:
What else is there left to say? This is Barca-Real after all. As (Barca president Joan) Laporta said in our interview this week, there is no other sporting spectacle like it in the world. More clichés? Why not. This is more than a game. This is the ultimate grudge match. This is history. A clash of the Titans. For everyone in Spain it represents a variety of conflicting symbols: two nations; two great sporting institutions; two worldviews; two philosophies or even just two football teams. Wherever you come from, it means something different, but wherever you are, it matters.Very, very true ... it is the Game of Games. The Big Show. The irresistible force vs. the immovable object ... shall I go on?
Here, a smorgasbord of highlights from previous Classico's ...
First off, remember the day Ronaldhino was cheered at Madrid's Bernabeau?
Remember Luis Figo's first time at the Nou Camp wearing the white shirt of Real Madrid? I'm sure he'll never forget ...
What's it like in the Nou Camp before the match?
How have the last 10 Classico's gone? Check out this review, in Spanish ...
For a preview of the match, make sure to click here. And here.
What does Spain's prime minister think of the match? 5-1? No me digas!
What do the fans think ahead of the big one?