Written By Austin Esecson, Remy Lupica, and Neel Muthana in 2009
Edited and Updated by Austin Ness, Vishnu Kadiyala, Natasha Catrakilis, Julianna Miller, and Basil Seif in 2013
For both its sustained tension and historical significance, few football rivalries can compare to Spain’s El Clásico, between Barcelona and Real Madrid. The stories of Alfredo di Stéfano, General Franco, Santiago Bernabéu, and Luis Figo are legendary, stoking a rivalry of regions that encompasses an entire nation and captivates the world. These actors in a great sporting drama speak to the heart of Spanish culture, politics, and society, and each deserves an in-depth look at the true meaning of El Clásico.
Start with the “Origins of the Rivalry,” or click on the links the right for the story of Spanish football’s greatest spectacle.
How to cite this article: “El Clásico as Spanish History,” Written by Austin Esecson, Remy Lupica, and Neel Muthana (2009), Edited and Updated by Austin Ness, Vishnu Kadiyala, Natasha Catrakilis, Julianna Miller, and Basil Seif (2013), Soccer Politics Pages, Soccer Politics Blog, Duke University, http://sites.duke.edu/wcwp/research-projects/spain/ (accessed on (date)).