In the next couple of hours, sporting world will be taken by a certain El Clasico and the noise emanating from the historic Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Inside the cauldron, possibly two of the greatest clubs in the world – Barcelona and Real Madrid – will try to something more than just winning the game and brownie points.
El Clasico is without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest fixture on the annual football calendar. The history, drama and fervor linked to this duel is second only to a FIFA World Cup final. Over the years, some of world football's greatest players have donned the Real and Barca colors to convert this match into a sporting spectacle. As Real Madrid get set to host Barcelona for the first El Clasico of the 2014-15 season, we take down memory lane to a unique moment in the history of this fierce rivalry.
The shares were spoiled in a pulsating Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu, as a thumping late header from Raphael Varane earned Real Madrid a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona.