THE BATTLE OF THE SPANISH GIANTS
Football (soccer), the beautiful game, can become a matter of life and death for some clubs and its supporters. Cultural, as well as regional differences contribute to the fierceness of the clashes and performances of players in such matches determine whether they will be entirely loved or hated. A mistake or a moment of magic can create history but can also result in brawls, fights, clashes and even riots. We often find ourselves in the front-line watching different football competition- the English Premier league, Champions league, German league (Bundlesliga), Spanish league (La Liga), the Nigerian league, World Cup or other football competitions. With football, as with any sports, there is no more powerful reflection and show of greatness and dominance than to compete against a powerful arch-rival, a nemesis whose very existence fuels and propels passion and against whom, one's own greatness is either confirmed of found wanting. Throughout the history of sports, different sportsmen and women have been able to show their greatness in different sports. Such competitions between two very strong opponents serve to enhance, even define a competitor's prowess and there cannot really be a victor if the nemesis is yet to be vanquished. Only few rivalries in sports can compete with the spectacle, the passion and the sheer football brilliance of a match tussle between two Spanish football giants- FC Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The rivalry between these two has become such a loud issue in football such that any meeting between the two is simply, elegantly and without exaggeration known as ‘El Clasico’. El Clasico (also known as El Derbi Español) is the name given in football to a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona. It is contested twice every La Liga season and if the clubs meet in other competitions. It is the second most followed football match worldwide after the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League...
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