Six of the best “El Gran Clasico” encounters
Barca run riot on route to clean sweep
Pep Guardiola’s side destroyed their bitter rivals to move seven points clear at the top of La Liga, ending a run of 18 games without defeat for Real Madrid, since they had succumbed to Barca earlier in the season at the Nou Camp. Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry stole the show with two goals apiece, as Barcelona went on to win every trophy in sight.
Cruyff the catalyst for five star champions
35 years previous, and another glittering performance from Barcelona in the capital. The legendary Johan Cruyff was among the scorers that night, during another title-winning season for the Catalan club, to which their hosts had no reply.
Zam the man, as Real avenge mauling
With Barcelona’s dominance in La Liga under Johan Cruyff at its peak, an emphatic victory, inspired by the brilliant Chilean Ivan Zamorano, signalled the beginning of the end for this great Barca side. After winning four consecutive titles, Cruyff’s ended the season in fourth, whilst Real went on to win their first Spanish crown since 1990.
Raul magic earns Madrid European spoils
After winning 2-0 in the Nou Camp in the first leg, Real Madrid had all but secured their place in Glasgow, thanks to goals from Zinedine Zidane and Steve McManaman.
42 years on from the night the great Alfredo Di Stefano lit up Hampden Park, they secured their passage back to the famous ground. Although Barclelona dominated the game, a moment of magic from Raul was enough to see them through.
The birth of “El Gran Clasico”
Real Madrid 11-1 Barcelona, Cup of Spain semi-final, second leg, 1943, Chamartin Stadium
The game from which the term “El Gran Clasico” was first used to describe this great game. Having lost the first leg 3-0 away from home, and been subjected to verbal abuse and hostilities by the Barcelona support, Real’s players went out on to the pitch on a revenge mission. After storming into an 8-0 lead at half time, Real went on to achieve their greatest ever win over their great rivals.
The pig’s head
Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid, Primera Division, November 2002, Nou Camp
After his world record £37million move from Barcelona to Real in the summer of 2000, Luis Figo felt the full force of the hatred between the two sides on his first return to the Nou Camp. Disgusted at his switch of allegiance, the Catalan crowd let their fury be known, reigning a constant tirade of abuse and missiles down on the Portuguese midfielder throughout the 90 minutes, including the now infamous, pig’s head.