October Clasicos tend to signal goal fests

October Clasicos tend to signal goal fests


The fixture list for the 2013-14 La Liga campaign was published on Tuesday and the first thing Real Madrid and Barcelona always do is to check out on what date the first Clasico takes place.

This year, the match will be at Camp Nou on the 10th match day of La Liga, which will take place from Friday 25th to Monday 28th October. Historically, Merengues and Azulgranas have only faced each other twice during those dates, and curiously both ended with a goal fest for the home team.

The first instance dates back to October 25th 1953, when Real Madrid smashed Barcelona at Santiago Bernabue with a huge 5-0 win, thanks to a brace from Di Stefano and Roque Olsen, and a Molowny strike. That triumph was an example of the great season completed by Los Blancos, as they won their third league title while Barca had to settle for the runner-up place.

The Blaugrana got their revenge in 1958, specifically on October 26th. That day, the Catalonians embarrassed their arch rival with a 4-0 goal rush, thanks to Evaristo’s hat trick and Tejada’s goal. At that time, Barca had a very strong squad with legendary players like Kubala or Luis Suarez.

In fact, that year, Barcelona won both La Liga and the Copa. However, Real Madrid did not end the season with their hands empty, as they kept their hegemony in Europe by winning their fourth consecutive European Cup.

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Alvaro Heralta is a Spanish journalist specialising on sport, and more specifically, on football. He has worked as a sports reporter for various Spanish media outlets such as Radio Marca, Eurosport Spain, Onda Madrid, Teinteresa.es and LaSemana.es. Since 2009, he has written a blog in Spanish called La Medialuna, in which he covers unusual stories and curious historical facts about football.