Monday, March 9, 2009
When Football Raises Passions - Barca Vs Real Madrid
Football is for many people much more than sport. This has become the most popular game on the planet, with nearly 270 million people participating in one way or another. In Spain, soccer moves astronomical amounts of money on advertising alone, with Barça and Real Madrid with the most capital invested in promotion. In addition, these two clubs have the most followers. Even their players have become media stars just like singers and actors.
In fact, the enthusiasm for football in Spain has reached astonishing levels: the stadiums of both teams are among the most visited attractions in both cities. In addition, the Museum of Barcelona FC is the most visited museum in Catalonia, ahead of other well-known ones such as the Dalí museum.
Barca and Real Madrid are two of the most famous teams in the world and in our country they have always been eternal rivals. Madrid was named Best Club of the century by FIFA in 2000. they have won 31 league titles, 17 Copa del Rey, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 9 Champion's Leagues, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 European Supercup and Intercontinental Cups 3.
Considering Barça, it has been the only European team that has played continuously in the continental competitions since its beginnings in 1955. Moreover, it has attained 18 league titles, 24 Copas del Rey, 7 Spanish Super Cups, 2 European Super Cups, 2 Champion's League titles, 4 European Cup Winner's Cups and 3 European Fairs Cups among others.
Both Culès as well as Meringues have been blessed with the best soccer stars. Barca have signed players such as Messi, Cruyff, Maradona, Laudrup, Ronaldinho or Kubala, while Real Madrid have signed stars such as Zidane, Di Stefano, Casillas, Raul, Ronaldo and Puskas.
At the moment FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are fighting for the top two positions in the table with Barcelona ahead by just a few points. What seemed impossible a few days ago when a seemingly invincible Barça were 12 points ahead, is now much more of a target for Real Madrid.
We will have to wait until 3rd May for the eternal rivals to face each other again. Undoubtedly, it will be a game to provoke heart attacks as one side is speaking of a crisis in the Barça camp while the whites are enjoying a good run of unbeaten games.
Does anyone dare to bet on who will win the league? With so few days to go until the end of the league, emotions are running at an all time high. The match will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid so why not enjoy the game in style - rent the best apartments in Madrid so as not to miss a thing!