Are you looking to obtain tickets for El Classico in Barcelona this year (3rd December at 1615 to be precise ?). Whether or not you spell it right (it’s actually “El Clasico”) is not really the question. The problem is – how and where can I get tickets to Barcelona Real Madrid ?
This blog takes a look at the hype around this match, this prime example of (foot)-bullshit, and what you can do about it. Before we go on, just to be sure, you can book tickets for El Classico here.
El Classico last year – thrashed in November, Madrid’s revenge in April
In strictly footballing terms, all was set up in April last year for what should have been a Barcelona Liga-clinching showpiece. The blaugrana locals were 8 points ahead of their rivals in La Liga. In the first El Classico of the season the November before in Madrid, Iniesta had inspired Barcelona to hand out an embarrassing 0-4 thrashing. Suarez and Neymar also helped as Ronaldo sulked and bubbled on the Bernabeu touchline. (But not half as much as Florentino Perez sulked, before ending Rafa Benitez’ Madrid career.)
It appeared all Messi & Co had to do was show up, flick the ball around a bit and chip it over the head of Madrid goalkeeper Navas a few times to sew up La Liga. Well, Real Madrid had other ideas as Zidane’s side arrived determined to take the match by the scruff of the neck (Sergio Ramos actually took several Barcelona players by the scruff of the neck, and was sent off). Another scruff-taker, Pique, headed a goal for Barcelona early in the second half, but it was not enough. Late goals from Benzema and Ronaldo secured a 1-2 win for Madrid. Bale also scored a goal that was perfectly good to all eyes except the ref’s…
Last year’s El Classico was thereby made the first in a series of signal results under new manager Zidane that were to gain the Frenchman favour at the court of King Florentino (not that there weren’t a few “off with his head “ calls mixed in as well). In the end that 1-2 result for Madrid at Camp Nou was not to affect Barcelona’s Liga championship hopes too much. Things did get decidedly tighter at the end of La Liga in 2015 – 2016. Barcelona appeared to hit the wall, maybe because of that result against their oldest rivals, and slumped spectacularly, tumbling out of the Champions League against Atletico again. Eventually Suarez’s goals ensured they had the momentum to get over the finishing line in May)
How to see Barcelona Real Madrid, 3rd December 2016
Best way is to know someone (intimately if possible) who is a socio or season-ticket holder. That way you can get one of those golden (if plastic) passes or abonos, or carnets (or abonaments if your speak Catalan, which will really help you get into the match by the way). Your friendly local “Barcelona brother or sister” might even be good enough to accompany you (using their grandfather’s one).
But if you’re not the sibling/boyfriend/girlfriend/cousin/patron/esteemed-business-associate of someone who’s family have been fully-paid-up Barcelona season ticket holders for a good couple of decades or more (otherwise they’d still be one the waiting list), mnn, not so easy to go that route. Paper tickets are also an option – just not much of a one, as there are hardly any printed, and they are really only obtainable if you have a FC Barcelona member’s card and pin number.
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The other way to get a seat for El Classico is just to face reality and pay a bit. It’s not as if it will set you back that much, and well, it is one to tell your grandchildren about. In fact spending five hundred plus on Clasico tickets looks like a bargain when you compare it with similar VIP experiences that get you seated next to the luminaries, a-listers and non-doms and their pricily-adorned love partners. We are thinking Ibiza clubbing tickets or a bottle of Grey Goose at Opium at Port Olimpic.
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