Featuring two of the top franchises in all of world football, El Cláscio is one of the most intense rivalry matches in professional sports today. These clashes between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have given fans some of the most spectacular displays of technical skill, offensive firepower and raw emotion ever.
The 2015-16 La Liga season will kick off on August 21, but Madrid and Barcelona won’t resume their classic rivalry until months later, when the two storied organizations meet for the first of two matches on Sunday, November 8.
Last season, these foes met twice during La Liga, with the first coming last October 25. Real triumphed at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium as Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half penalty equalized the score line after an early Neymar strike. Second-half tallies from Pepe and Karim Benzema were enough to lead them to a 3-1 win.
The second fixture came on March 22, with Barcelona winning in front of a 90,000-plus crowd at Cap Nou. First-half goals from Jérémy Mathieu and Luis Suárez were enough to hold off Real by a score of 2-1. This match saw cards aplenty as a total of 11 yellow cards were received.
Historically, Real Madrid currently leads the head-to-head results with 92 wins in competitive matches, while Barcelona leads in total matches with 102 wins.
The lowest-priced tickets currently available on the secondary market are located in seating section Category 3, with ticket prices starting at $406.08, according to international ticket reseller Ticketbis. Category 2 – Side tickets prices start at $463.73, while Category 2 – FUND start at $510.18. For those desiring Category 1 tickets, prices begin at $617.99, and Category 1 – Premium begins at $810.99. Meanwhile, the most expensive tickets, VIP, have a starting price of $2,307.35. Barcelona fans seeking lower priced admission can do so by means of purchasing Away tickets, which start at $618.28.
Fans interested in attending this early-November clash at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium should aim to purchase tickets as soon as possible, with the current averages expected to rise as the fixture moves closer.
Real Madrid kicks off their season on August 23 against Sporting de Gijón. New manager Rafael Bentítez has brought in some new faces to replace the departures of fan-favorite goalkeeper Iker Casillas and midfielder Sami Khedira. Topping the list of arrivals is defender Danilo from FC Porto and goalkeeper Kiko Casilla from Espanyol. Madrid put together a solid preseason, winning both the Australian and Asian legs of the International Champions Cup.
FC Barcelona also begins their La Liga season on August 23 when they will face Athletic Bilbao. The biggest departure for Barcelona was longtime midfielder Xavi, who joined Qatar club Al-Sadd on a free transfer. Barcelona will play their next match on August 11 when they take on Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup, followed by the two-legged Supercopa de España against Athletic Bilbao on August 14 & 17.