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Hunter: clasico promises goals aplenty

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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: clasico promises goals aplenty

The ESPN FC team debates who will be victorious in the upcoming match between the world's elite, Real Madrid or Barcelona.

It would be naive to deny that the rise of the clasico to become the biggest and most important game in world football has nothing to do with vastly expanded television coverage in recent years or with the many thousands of online columns, magazine articles or newspaper coverage around the globe.

Clearly, that's a major factor, but the reason for that voracious global hunger, its single defining quality is ... quality.

All of Spain's football communities, and many of the world's clasico outposts,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
8 hours ago

Real Madrid prepare to sign Javier Hernandez to permanent deal

With three goals in just four league outings, Chicharito has convinced Real Madrid to loosen the purse strings...

Wait, the transfer window is closed? That's news to the Transfer Talk crew. There are still plenty of transfer-related rumours around the world!

Carlo signs off on Chicharito

After just four appearances in their famous white kit, Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid have been sufficiently impressed with Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez to want to tie him down to a permanent deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Daily Express says that there is an option-to-buy clause in the Manchester United man's loan deal...

11 hours ago

Real Madrid-Barcelona: A derby between teams in transition

Southampton manager and former Barcelona man Ronald Koeman speaks to the significance of El Clasico.

BUENOS AIRES -- The latest UEFA Champions League match-day brought goals everywhere, but above all, it was a great appetizer in the lead-up to the great game that all of us lovers of soccer want to see: the Spanish clasico, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona.

It's that, besides the enormous amount of goals and the odd relative surprise, such as the collapse of Juventus, we have repeatedly said that the first phase of the Champions League is very unequal. The fact that there have been so many goals and...

11 hours ago

El Clasico: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona 50-50 Challenge

Luis Suarez declares himself fully fit for the Real Madrid clash later this month as the Barcelona man's ban comes to an end.

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona barely needs any more added spice but it's getting it this Saturday with Luis Suarez set for his debut. El Clasico promises to be as enthralling as ever -- here's ESPN FC's Rob Train (Real Madrid) and Dermot Ledwith (Barcelona) previewing the action.

Only one place to begin -- Luis Suarez. Will he start? It's written in the script for him to score, surely?

Rob Train: It's not just chins being stroked in Catalonia over how exactly Suarez will operate alongside Lionel Messi...

 By Michael Cox
18 hours ago

Realigning stars: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo face changing roles

The ESPN FC team debates who is better, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, and what is more valuable to the team, goals or assists?

In advance of this weekend's Clasico, the winners of the past six Ballon d'Ors are changing roles-thanks both to new teammates and their own limitations.

FC BARCELONA

Lionel Messi: For years, Messi has been the heart and soul -- also head, feet and legs -- of the Barcelona attack. One of the world's most ruthless goalscorers, he dominated Barca's striking play by taking or creating 40 percent of the team's shots since 2010. But with Neymar and Luis Suarez on the flanks of Barca's 4-3-3, Messi...

1 day ago

Outclassed Liverpool no longer on same level as Real Madrid

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol calls out his club for playing with a lack of heart and determination against Real Madrid.

LIVERPOOL -- The pre-match entertainment was seductively good. They were playing the tape of one of Anfield's greatest European nights as an appetiser. Liverpool's television channel broadcast a favourite programme, replaying the 2009 night they beat the mighty Real Madrid 4-0.

And that, frankly, represented the highlight of Liverpool's evening. After the nostalgia, the here and now. After one historic humiliation, a record-breaking reverse. Only Alvaro Arbeloa, a winner on both occasions, could...