The only aspect we ought to leave out of the Real-Barca preview is the importance of home field advantage. Since 2008-09, Barca have won six times at the Bernabeu, and Real have won four times at the Nou Camp. This Saturday, they play at the Santiago Bernabeu, the pitch where Lionel Messi feels most comfortable. In fact, of the 21 goals the Argentine has scored against the Merengues, 12 have been on Madrid soil. But this isn't just about Messi. It's about all the new things this 229th official...
On Saturday, Real Madrid will host Barcelona in the 229th edition of el Clasico -- a rivalry that has become the biggest-money clash in world football.
Players with a total value of almost 1.3 billion euros will take the field at the Bernabeu in front of a global audience of more than 400 million viewers.
In every direction, the clasico numbers keep on growing. No other game comes close.
1. The two clubs own the five most expensive players in football history
Madrid's XI won't include the...
The biggest game in club football is upon us. On Saturday, at noon ET (6 p.m. local time), the players of Real Madrid and Barcelona will step onto the Bernabeu pitch to compete in the 229th edition of El Clasico.
Both teams enter the game in prime form. Real Madrid have won five straight league games, scoring 25 goals in the process, while Barcelona have dropped just two points through eight games and have yet to concede a goal.
Who will win El Clasico?
And then there are the players ... Gareth Bale will miss the game...
Barcelona could unleash their all-South American forward line in Saturday's Clasico against Real Madrid -- Luis Suarez showed few signs of ring rust when he tuned out for Uruguay recently. The logic behind his signing would seem to lie in a recognition that, at the age of 27, Lionel Messi may be coming to the end of or even past his athletic peak. Rather than being the goal scorer, in the future his fabulous technical ability is likely to mean that he operates a little deeper, threading through...
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,...
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...