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Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: El Clasico Open Thread

These two teams, I'm told, are popular teams that people enjoy.

Denis Doyle

So. There's the second leg of the Copa del Rey today. It's at Camp Nou. It is on television, starting at 3 PM EST:

TV: beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Español (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Canal+ 1 (Spain)

SB Nation's main soccer page has a whole bunch of things for you to read about the match. I'm told that these two teams have some support outside of their home nation Spain, although I'd never heard of them until today. Are they good? How can this Lionel Messi guy be good when he's not that large? I thought athletes were supposed to be large? Who is Cristiano Ronaldo? Is he good? That other Ronaldo was good, right?


El Clasico. You know the drill, everyone. There will probably be cool things that happen, or, conversely, nothing cool will happen, someone will score a scrappy goal, and Sergio Ramos will probably get sent off.

Oh, and someone called Cesc Fabregas is starting for Barcelona. Here's who else is playing:

Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3): José Manuel Pinto; Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol, Dani Alves; Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas; Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Pedro Rodriguez.

Real Madrid starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez; Fabio Coentrão, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa; Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil, Angel Di Maria; Gonzalo Higuaín.