FC BARCELONA VS REAL MADRID – EL CLASICO TONIGHT
UPDATE: SUPERCOPA DE ESPANA 2012
Finally, the day has arrived for FC Barcelona fans, tonight is the night of El Clasico at Nou Camp! The match is the first leg of the SUPERCUP OF SPAIN and is also important for the blaugrana fans as its their first El Clasico since Guardiola left.
The SUPERCUP is annually played by the last season winners of the La Liga and the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid, as La Liga winners, are trying to convince the world that they can be better than the Catalan club. And FC Barcelona, as Copa del Rey winners, will start tonight, their struggle to win back the title of Spain and Europe’s best team.
This year the match is surrounded by great expectation because Tito Villanova, the former assistant of Guardiola, has his first chance to prove that can keep the quality of the football in EL CLASICO and beat Mourinho. The rivalry between the tw0 coaches already has some tension building up. In 2011′s Supercopa de Espana, Mourinho exposed his anger by poking Villanova in the eye in the middle of some melee after the match. After the situation, when asked about it, Mourinho ironically answered “Villanova who?”, meaning that the his second, by that time wasn’t important.
Obviously, El Clasico is always a very popular and highly attended match, between the very old rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Tons of people squeeze into all the bars in Barcelona to watch this very important game of La Liga. In my opinion, if I was a Real Madrid fan, I would not wear my football shirt among the FC Barcelona fans tonight!
By the way, where are you going to watch the match? Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy the experience of watching the game at Nou Camp. But do not despair – there are literally thousands of amazing bars around Barcelona where you can watch El Classico with a bunch of crazy fans!
Basically ANY bar around Barcelona will run the game tonight so it all comes down to the kind of crowd you want to be surrounded by. As we said before, we bet many of you would like to find a place to watch El Classico in an environment slightly different than a normal sportsbar full of tourists. For the seekers of a truly Catalan experience, some good advice might be to check out the streets of the barrios out of the city center. We bet it won’t be long before you find a cozy bar full of passionate local supporters!
Our personal favourite local place is Can Eusebio in Poble Sec (Carrer de Vila i Vila 84 on the map below) just a 10 minutes walk from Las Ramblas. They’ve got 2 screens and…amazing tapas! It’s usually full of locals and if you want to enjoy a true Catalan experience for El Clasico – don’t hesitate to go there. Just keep in mind that in order to get good seats you need to be there earlier.
Here are some of the famous sports bars in Barcelona. The downside of some of them is that very often you won’t find many local people if that’s what you are looking for.
- Sonora Sport Tavern
- Flaherty’s Irish Pub
- Sports Bar Barcelona
- McCarthy’s Irish Bar Barcelona
- 7 Sins
- L’Ovella Negra
- Ryans Pub
So who do you think will win? Do you believe that Villanova will “poke” back Mourinho with a stunning victory or that the experienced coach will manage to stop Messi and friends?
We already wear our Blaugrana jerseys waiting for the moment to meet at some bar! Hope to see you there!
Jack and Ivo