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The History of El classico (Real Madrid vs Barcelona)

The first match between Futbol Club Barcelona and Madrid FC took place on May 13 1902 just a few months after Madrid had been founded by two Catalans living in the Spanish capital, Juan and Carlos Padrós.

The game was the semi-final of what was officially called the Concurso Madrid or Madrid Competition but is commonly known as the Copa de la Coronación as it was organised to celebrate the coronation of Spanish king, Alfonso XIII.

Held in Madrid, the superiority of the more established Catalan team was clear and FC Barcelona won the game 3-1 before going on to lose the final 2-1 to a Basque combination going under the name of Vizcaya.

Ten days later on May 23rd, Alfonso Albéniz, son of the Girona composer Isaac Albéniz became the first player to be transferred when he joined Madrid from Barcelona.

Madrid visited Barcelona for the first time in 1906 to play a friendly officially against FC Barcelona but in reality it was a Barcelona XI because the side included five Español players.

However, statisticians generally cite the game as Barcelona vs. Madrid with FC Barcelona winning 5-2, although this provoked the first complaints from Madrid and is considered the root of the poor relations between the two clubs.

From 1910 to 1920, the two clubs played each other on fifteen occasions - only four of these matches were official Copa del Rey games while the other eleven games were friendlies.

All four official matches were played as part of the Copa del Rey or Campeonato de España of 1915-16.

The two game was won 2-1 by Barcelona and in the second leg won 4-1 by Madrid, the Barcelona players ended up abandoning the pitch accusing the referee of bias by allowing the fourth goal.

The first tie-breaker resulted in a 6-6 draw, which along with Real Madrid's 11-1 victory in the Copa in 1943 remains the highest-scoring game between the two sides, while Madrid finally went through to the final after the fourth game, which they won 4-2.

In 1920, along with a clutch of other clubs such as Real Sociedad, Real Club Deportivo and RCD Español, Madrid FC received royal patronage and became Real Madrid.

Becoming Real Barcelona CF was an honour that never appeared to interest FC Barcelona in the slightest.

The two sides met again in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey of 1926 with both games being won by FC Barcelona, 5-1 and 3-0 respectively, and the Catalans went on to win the competition by beating Atlético de Madrid 3-2 in the final.

It is clear that there was no love lost between Real Madrid and Futbol Club Barcelona but the the matches still lacked the emotional power of the modern Clásico because the two sides met rarely as the main competitions at the time were the Campeonato Regional Centro and Campionat de Catalunya against local rivals Atlético de Madrid and RCD Español and others.

The two sides only met when they were drawn against each other in the Campeonato de España as representatives of their respective leagues and in fact, the period was dominated by Athletic Club de Bilbao, who conquered nine trophies before 1928 against FC Barceona's six and Real Madrid's six.

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