Barcelona vs Madrid. One of the biggest rivalries in the world. This rivalry is about more than just soccer. It is about politics and independence. It is about culture and identity. This past Sunday, Madrid and Barcelona played each other in the El Clasico soccer game.
When I was younger, soccer was my life. I started playing soccer when I was 5 years old. I am still so passionate about the game to this day. I was so excited to watch this game because I have learned all about the intense rivalry and could not wait to see this rivalry first hand. My friends and I wanted to experience the game and the Spanish culture, so we went to a local bar here in Barcelona to watch the game. It was a crazy atmosphere. Everyone was dressed in jerseys, had a drink in their hand and was there to support their team, whether it be Madrid or Barcelona. The bar was extremely crowded and most of us had to stand to watch the game, but we did not care. We were just so happy to be apart of this experience. There was such a positive strong energy in the room. People were chanting and cheering. Others were screaming insults and profanities. The first goal was scored by Madrid. Half the people in the bar were screaming in disappointment for they were rooting for Barcelona. However, others were screaming in happiness and screaming “where is your independence now Barcelona”. The crowd was getting very into the game and really rowdy. Barcelona scored the next goal. I was so excited!
I was so in awe of the gracefulness that these two teams possessed. Every movement was clear and fluid. It was like watching an art. The teams were in synced and unified. FCB’s slogan is “more than a club”. This was very apparent to me when they were playing. They are not just a team, they are a family.
After 90 minutes, the game ended in a 2-2 tie. It was an experience and atmosphere I will never forget. I am so glad I finally got to see the Barcelona and Madrid rivalry first hand.