15 April 2014 16:45 | By Thomas Oakey
El Clásico and the fiercest rivalries in world football

A guide to the bitterest relationships in club football



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Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet in the final of the Copa del Rey on April 16, in the latest instalment of Spanish football’s biggest rivalry.

Known worldwide as 'El Clásico' and originating in 1902, the shared hostility has since transcended football and moved into societal and political relations between the two cities, encapsulating the acrimony between Spanish nationalists in Madrid and the Catalan capital of Barcelona.

On the field, Madrid have the edge over their long-time foes, winning 90 derbies to Barca’s 88, and lifting 32 La Liga titles in comparison to the Blaugrana’s 22.

The Clásico club’s fiery relationship follows in football’s great tradition of warring clubs. Click or swipe through the gallery to see more of the sport’s fiercest rivalries

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