Did you know that there is a political reading to Spain’s most famous rival equipos de fútbol (football teams) Real Madrid and Barça?
Caption: Real Madrid is always blanco (white), and Barça is sometimes referred to as azul-grana (blue and scarlet). And that’s a balón amarillo (yellow ball) they’re after.
On the one hand, the Real Madrid symbolizes the right wing and Spanish nationalism, and on the other hand, Barça is viewed as representing the left wing and Catalanism, which fights for the independence of the region called Cataluña, the capital of which is our dear old Barcelona.
There’s even a Spanish word for a Barça-Madrid partido (match), it’s called ‘un clásico’ (a classic). Apparently, other than the Liga de Campeones de la UEFA (UEFA Champions League), el clásico is the most followed football match in the world, watched by millions of people.
FYI: When there is un clásico going on, people everywhere go pretty WILD, so my advice is to avoid driving or using public transport in general.
Caption: The Ramblas de Barcelona after a clásico.
Check out this very interesting article about Spanish football and politics: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2013/may/04/barcelona-real-madrid-spain-pain