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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

90min: Whenever Real Madrid forge a rivalry with another club, politics are usually at the heart of it. While El Clásico with Barcelona is fuelled by the fires of Catalonia vs. the State, and has been used as a political tool ever since the Spanish Civil War, their rivalry with Atletico is seen as a more friendly affair by fans outside of Spain. But that couldn’t be any further from the truth.

El Clásico is widely seen as Real’s biggest rivalry, but El Derbi Madrileño was founded on similarly turbulent grounds. It began in the early 20th century, when Real Madrid – at the time called Madrid FC – were intent on being the only club in the capital. To achieve this, they were absorbing all the other clubs in mergers or buying all the best players until they were forced to dissolve, using their huge financial backing to fund their mission.

However, Athletic Club Madrid, who were founded in 1903, were not to be bought. Funded themselves by Basque outfit Athletic Club Bilbao, they became the last stand against the establishment in Madrid. By the time Los Blancos gained the Real prefix from the King in 1920, many of the working class fans had defected to Atleti due to their hatred of the regime. Thus the rivalry was born.

Historically speaking, the Madrid derby has garnered its reputation as more of a friendly affair due, in part, to the lack of widely reported violence over the years. This was as well as the gulf of class between the two teams since the 1980s playing into the narrative that Real have been the more successful of the sides, both in terms of silverware and general stats head to head.

Of the 225 El Derbi Madrileño’s played in all competitions, Real have won 111, while Atleti have only managed 56 wins; two fewer than the amount of draw’s between the sides. Most recently, Real have triumphed over their city rivals in the Champions League final twice in three years, a competition Los Rojiblancos have never won. while Real have won it a cool 13 times.

Ironically, it was the Champions League, or rather European Cup, that played a huge part in setting the tone of the rivalry for the modern day. The competition allowed for the narrative to be rewritten, and in history, it’s always the victor who writes the narrative.

When Real Madrid won the first European Cup in 1956, back home it was Atletico who were the favoured club of General Franco, the country’s fascist dictator. However, when Alfredo Di Stefano spearheaded Los Blancos to five straight European Cups, Franco jumped on the club, proclaiming them to be indicative of everything good about his Spain, and Real rose to supremacy.

Supremacy it really was. Between the 1956 European Cup triumph and Atletico’s relegation in 1999/00, the Vicente Calderon only saw five La Liga titles head their way, while 23 were won by the club at Santiago Bernabeu. It was during this time that the rivalry adopted new themes.

The class divisions between the clubs became more apparent, as well as racial tensions rising. Santiago Bernabeu himself declared that he would not sign black players to play for the club, whereas Atletico had no such policy, leading to Real fans calling them “Indians” as an insult when Atleti enjoyed a revival of fortunes during the 70s.

It should be noted that Atletico are not innocent of racism either. Their far right wing Frente Ultra’s group are one of the most notorious in Spain, and have been involved in altercations such as calling Real Madrid left back Marcelo a “monkey” during a Copa del Rey fixture in 2015.

After a number of years out in the cold following Los Rojiblanco’s decline in the late 90s, the fixture has reascended to the top of the Spanish game. Since Diego Simeone took charge in 2011 and pushed Atleti back into the La Liga top three and the Champions League latter stages, El Derbi Madrileño has seen a global interest accrue.

 

Abroad it is still seen as the establishment side of expensively assembled galacticos against a working class team of underdogs, and represents the exact tone that it had in the Spanish capital over 100 years ago upon its inception. Meanwhile in Spain, the actual working class team is being seen more and more as Rayo Vallecano, as Atletico Madrid gain more recognition outside the city limits.

While El Clásico may always take pride of place in the Spanish footballing calendar, the Madrid derby is just as important culturally, historically and politically, with the two sets of fanatical supporters making sure that it ranks amongst the greatest derbies in the world.

Source: Published by 90min

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TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
11 days ago

Good

Ogunsola hammed Opeyemi
Ogunsola hammed Opeyemi
11 days ago

good

Emmanuel Aso otisi
Emmanuel Aso otisi
11 days ago

The Madrid Derby is always an interesting match

Osuji Caleb ikechi
Osuji Caleb ikechi
11 days ago

Their match is always full of fight

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
11 days ago

Thanks for the update.

Mustapha Animashaun
Mustapha Animashaun
11 days ago

They always fight dirty during derby match of this two team

Chisom Charles
Chisom Charles
11 days ago

Elclasico has always been the best

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
11 days ago

This match will be great,the Madrid Derby.

Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
11 days ago

Madrid derby has a lot of historical significance in Spain

Esther Areo
Esther Areo
11 days ago

Good,cool

Omo_ola
Omo_ola
11 days ago

Kudos to real Madrid…

Omo_ola
Omo_ola
11 days ago

The best team ever….

AREO Abiodun
AREO Abiodun
11 days ago

Wow I am really excited to read about history of both Madrid’s Spanish football clubs today,what a great record

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
11 days ago

The Madrid derby has always been tough bt can’t be compared to d elclassico

Idowu Ayomipo
Idowu Ayomipo
11 days ago

The madrid derby is just like the manchester derby

Mohammed Nma Madiwu
Mohammed Nma Madiwu
11 days ago

Lion vs tiger how can defeat

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
11 days ago

Interesting facts

Oluwaseun Elugbaju
Oluwaseun Elugbaju
11 days ago

It always a great rivalry in Madrid

Nnorom Nzenwa
Nnorom Nzenwa
11 days ago

A good match to watch. A breath taking and entertaining one

ikechukwu
ikechukwu
11 days ago

this will surely be a classical match

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
11 days ago

Facts that I have never read before now

Victor Destiny
Victor Destiny
11 days ago

Madrid derby is always an interesting match

Ayodeji Adeniyi
Ayodeji Adeniyi
11 days ago

Clash of the Titans. Real Madrid to win

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
11 days ago

Wow!
Wonderful and interesting history.
People still rate the El Clasico higher than the Madrid Derby

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
11 days ago

Cool but it going to be a very serious match

Joseph Gbenga
Joseph Gbenga
11 days ago

It always tough but not as tough as el clasico.el classic is the most watched match in football history

Atte
Atte
11 days ago

Their rivalry has always seen Real ahead of Atletico, obviously Real has the upper hand making them better

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
11 days ago

Real madrid ofcourse. GOAL300, Always update with football

Edeh chukwuma Emmanuel
Edeh chukwuma Emmanuel
11 days ago

Real Madrid has always been the best right from time

Pablo chidiebere
Pablo chidiebere
11 days ago

Madrid derby is always interesting and tough

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
11 days ago

Eclassico is the most high rated match where two giant meet,I always look forward to it.

Rasheed Toheeb Bolaji
Rasheed Toheeb Bolaji
11 days ago

I agree

Idris yayah
Idris yayah
11 days ago

Real Madrid are just too strong but el classico remain most interesting match in Spain nd across some European countries.

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
11 days ago

Derby match is always hot and hard for both team , it is a game which people likely to watch because it is very interesting game in football

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
11 days ago

The Madrid Derby is always more of a friendly and historical background of both sides. The supremacy battle became paramount due to financial muscle of Real Madrid

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
11 days ago

Madrid derby is one of the best derbys in the world

Michael Josi
Michael Josi
10 days ago

Two great clubs with great history, wow!

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
10 days ago

Real Madrid will always be boss

John Orobosa
John Orobosa
10 days ago

Cool for the records.

Stanley Ejike Raphael
Stanley Ejike Raphael
10 days ago

It will really a great match

ogunjemiyo Akinlami
ogunjemiyo Akinlami
9 days ago

Elclasico is must to watch for political is going happen if Madrid is playing but with barcelonia

Olayinka Njoku
Olayinka Njoku
9 days ago

Real Madrid is better, they have good records to show for it .