Rivalries

Real Madrid VS Barcelona: Game or War?

Two times a year, the whole world postpones its affairs and gathers on televisions in order to watch how Real Madrid and Barcelona will play football between themselves. This is probably the most popular and interesting of the modern derby, which does not become less fantastic because it happens at least twice a year. The story itself has made these football matches “El Classico”, the enmity of two different cultures has turned sporting matches into a showdown with a nationalist touch. And the origins of this enmity lead to the first half of the last century, when nationalists, led by Francisco Franco, seized power in Spain as a result of the civil war. His rule was in many ways reminiscent of the fascist regime in Germany, and Catalonia was the first to fall under the dictator’s distribution. Proud province, always considered itself independent of Spain.

The agreement with Hitler helped Franco to avoid participation in the Second World War, and after it ended to keep power in their hands. In many ways, the loyalty of the victorious allies to the pro-fascist regime in Spain was due to the fact that with the tacit consent of the dictator, the Spanish border guards allowed Jews who had fled from the occupied countries to Spain and despite pressure from Hitler, no anti-Semitic legislation was adopted. As a result of this policy, almost 80 thousand people were saved.

However, this did not prevent Franco with an iron hand to restore order in his own country. He banned the Catalan autonomy and the Catalan language. He burned the Catalan flags and killed the Catalan leaders. The only thing that he could not destroy from all Catalan was the football club Barcelona. At the time of General Franco, only at the Camp Nou stadium could Catalans wave the Catalan flags and speak their native language among themselves.

The dictator himself adored Real, and, they say, knew by heart not only the composition of the team, but could at any moment tell who in what minute and with which filing scored a goal in any match. In a word, Franco’s was a fan of from Royal Club and it was very serious, which was the main reason for the hatred of the Barcelona citizens. Real Madrid fans hated the Catalans for their stubborn reluctance to admit themselves to the Spaniards and terrorist acts that were often staged by the Catalan and Basque radical forces. In a completely natural way, hatred spread to football: after all, this game for the Spaniards is more than just a game. To crush Real Madrid for the Catalans is to humiliate Spain, beat Barcelona for the Aragonese – to replace upstarts from the coast.

That is why the players who have moved from one Spanish superclub to another, become not just personas non grata, but the most real objects for hatred. But there were few such players: Mikael Laudrup, Luis Enrique, and Luis Figo. The stadium’s reaction to such players is deafening, posters with the words “Judas!” are full of stands in the stands” Figo at the Camp Nou showered pig heads, Laudrup could not stand the psychological pressure and asked for a replacement. At these moments, the camera snatched several laughing Barcelona leaders in the stands – in war as in war. But if Laudrup and Figo were only fleeting episodes in the history of the Catalan superclub, then Luis Enrique, having become a star in “Real”, has tied his life with “Barcelona” and now works there as a youth coach.

Since Joan Gaspar came to Barcelona’s presidency, the fans of the giants have been shocked more than once by the fact that the Barça and Real Presidents, smiling peacefully, talked in the VIP box. The situation was not understood either in Madrid or in Barcelona. Miguel Núñez, the most prestigious Barcelona president, talked with his colleagues from Madrid differently – exclusively through the press, using arguments that were murderous for the opponent. Maybe that’s why Gaspard didn’t hold out for long in the presidents: in Catalonia “Real” is hated absolutely sincerely, and the chosen “socios” president is obliged to follow the rules of the game.

In the 2001/02 season, the confrontation spilled out of the usual framework of the Spanish championship and moved to the European arena – Barça and Real Madrid met in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Okolofutbolnye events overwhelmed the opposing camps – on the Camp Nou appeared a cult poster “Catalonia – not Spain!”, and before the match in Madrid, not far from the “Santiago Bernabéu” cars exploded. This is much closer for “El Classic” than the peaceful conversation of the two presidents.

31 match Real Madrid does not lose in all tournaments on the Santiago Bernabéu. More than a year has passed since the last home defeat. On December 10, 2011, the team of Jose Mourinho lost to Barcelona. The whole of 2012 “Real” at the “Bernabeu” was merciless to the guests and at the beginning of 2013 continues in the same spirit. It will be funny if the series is interrupted in the cup match with Barcelona. But after all, everything that has a beginning has an end. 37 matches in the “classic” played Raul, and this is a record. In the “Real” forward spent 16 years, during which 550 times out on the field as part of the “Royal Club”. In 2010, Raoul last played with Barça, but the meeting did not bring him happiness: Real Madrid lost with a score of 0: 2.

The 200th match for Barcelona will be played by Pedro, if he enters the field at Classico. One of the most inconspicuous players of Barça, in a quiet glander, has already gathered 200 matches for the team. Pedro was denied talent for a long time, but he continued to work hard in training. Star strikers came to Barcelona, ​​many of them could not get acclimatized in the blue-garnet team, and Pedro is still here and regularly takes to the field. Pedro even made his way into the Spanish national team through Barça, and although he didn’t become a leading player there, Vicente del Bosque regularly calls him for training. 2000 tickets remained in free sale as of the morning of January 30th. The matches of the championship and the Cup of Spain do not always collect a full house, but the “classic” is a thing in itself. Getting a ticket for the match between Real and Barcelona is not an easy task. It is also complicated by the fact that there are a lot of fakes for sale, which can’t be distinguished from real tickets by an unprepared person. Nevertheless, the fans still resort to the services of second-hand dealers to get a pass for the match. At the box office of the stadium, tickets run out too fast.

Derby FC Barcelona VS Espanyol

The confrontation between the fans of Barcelona and Espanyol began a long time ago – to be perfectly accurate, since the formation of the second club in the capital of Catalonia. In 1900, the city already had Barcelona, ​​so the creators of the second team chose the name Espanyol – Spanish, which subsequently became a big mistake. If Barcelona always identified itself with Catalonia, and soon became an inseparable symbol of the region, then Espanyol, naturally, was associated with Spain. The Catalans did not hurt him, and migrants became fans of the white-blue ones.

The feud of the central firms Barcelona and Espanyol, respectively, Boixos Nois and Brigadas Blanquiazules, grew with the development and replenishment of the antagonist groupings, and in the end, numerous clashes led to the murder. In January 1991, on Avenida Sarria, not far from the “parrots” stadium, before the match “Espanyol” – “Sporting Gijon” a part of the small “white-blue” mob, belonging to the BB Company, was attacked by ten Boyjack Nois festlists. Deftly wielding a knife, the fans of “Barcelona” stabbed Frederick Francois Rukier’s parrot, and inflicted multiple injuries on another Espanyol fan, José Maria Arboleas.

Rukier, a Frenchman by nationality, died long and hard – one of the blows turned the abdominal cavity, this is the most painful injury, after which all the time tormented by thirst. But you can’t drink. The trial took place only three years later, and all this time Boyhos Nois and the Brigadas Blanquiazules were held in endless wars, and only by lucky chance no one was killed. Five hooligans of Barcelona sat in the dock, and in the death of Rukier, Francisco Abadal was found guilty, who became a murderer at the age of 19, being a military contract soldier from Zaragoza. At trial, Abadal said that he defended the colors of his club, who insulted Frederick Rookier.

Firm Barcelona has undertaken this attack, positioning it as an act of revenge after the hardcore Espanyol almost killed one of the “crazy”, Sergi Segarru said. The only member of Boixos Nois who was able to interview was the victim himself – in a collision with the fans of “Espanyol” they pierced a lung with a dagger, and he lay in one of the Barcelona hospitals. In the corridor there were wary comrades in the movement, who periodically alternated, like an honor guard — they feared that the Espanyol fest landers might attack the wounded right in the hospital.

Someone asks from journalist: “What will happen to you in the future?” Sergi only throws up his hands: “Perhaps I will die soon. That is our world. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente”. The Barca supporters, sitting in the corridor, do not for a moment doubt that it will be so. In a sense, not the death of Sergi Segarra, but the nearest vengeful action: a Roland for an Oliver.