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El Classico Kits: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Adidas versus Nike

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El Clasico: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona - A rivalry like no other

The rivalry between the two Spanish giants is one of the fiercest rivalries in the world…

Real Madrid and Barcelona are two of the most successful clubs in Spanish football.

The rivalry between the two sides dates back 120 years and is one of the fiercest in the world. The Spanish giants have produced several memorable matches over the years and the fixture is indeed a 'classic' encounter in its truest sense.

All you need to know about El Clasico

El Clasico or 'The Classic' was first played on May 13, 1902, in the semifinal of Copa de la CoronaciĆ³n (a tournament in honor of the coronation of Alfonso XIII of Spain). Barcelona won the match 3-1. This competition was considered a forerunner for the Copa del Rey which started in the succeeding year.

The rivalry stems from Madrid and Barcelona being two of the biggest cities in Spain. They are also on opposite political spectrums with Madrid representing Spanish nationalism while Barcelona upholding Catalan sentiments.

To date, 249 competitive matches have taken place between the two clubs with Real Madrid leading the head-to-head record with 100 wins, three more than Barcelona's 97. 52 matches ended in a draw.

Former FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the all-time highest goalscorer in El Clasico with 26 goals to his name. He is followed by legendary Real Madrid player Alfredo Di Stefano who has 18 goals. Amongst players currently at the two clubs, Karim Benzema has the most number of goals (11) in this marquee fixture.

Most successful club in El Clasico

Los Blancos are more successful than their rivals when it comes to winning La Liga. While Real have bagged 34 La Liga titles, Barcelona has won them 26 times.

Real Madrid has also won the Champions League on 13 occasions, the most in history. Barcelona, on the other hand, has five titles to its name. Overall, Real Madrid has won 93 major trophies, one more than their rivals.

Iconic players who played in El Clasico

There is a long list of superstars who have appeared in El Clasico. Iconic players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, and several others. 

There are also players who have played for both clubs namely, Luis Figo, Luis Ronaldo, Luis Enrique, Michael Laudrup, Samuel Eto'o, and many others.

How to reach Madrid and Barcelona from India, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Australia?

There are no direct flights available to Madrid or Barcelona from any of the Indian cities. The carriers who travel between Indian cities and the two Spanish cities are Etihad, Emirates and Lufthansa, and Qatar Airways.

Once again there are no direct flights from Singapore. The Airlines which travel from Singapore to Madrid and Barcelona are Etihad, Qatar, Scoot, and Turkish Airlines.

In Malaysia, Etihad Airways, Emirates, and Qatar Airways travel between Kuala Lumpur and Madrid/Barcelona. There are no non-stop flights available.

In the Philippines, there are no direct flights to Madrid or Barcelona. Carriers who operate in the country are Philippines Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad.

Fans in Australia can travel to Madrid and Barcelona from five cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide. There are no nonstop flights from Australia. There are multiple carriers that operate in Australia namely, Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways, Thai Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, and more.

ADIDAS VS NIKE WHICH IS BETTER

It’s one of those questions which gets asked and answered so many times: The two sportswear giants, Adidas and Nike, are the best?

I’ve decided to put my own spin on things, looking at the past and present of both Nike and Adidas. Taking everything into consideration, but mostly the culture and the clothing, these are my thoughts on the Adidas vs Nike debate.

Quality Of Clothing

First of all, I should speak of the quality of the clothing. I’ve had countless pieces of clothing from both Nike and Adidas over the years. I go back further than I care to remember: From a young child through my teens, twenties, and now.

When it comes to the quality of both, I can have no complaints. With T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, trainers, tracksuits, and jackets, I can’t think of any complaints when it comes to quality.

The quality of both is definitely good, and it should be, as the prices in today’s market for most of their branded clothing (especially the on-trend stuff) are pretty high.

Winner: Draw

T-Shirts, Hoodies & General Sportswear

I have to say, when it comes to wearing and owning Adidas or Nike clothing, I have always preferred Adidas. This comes down to a couple of things, including design and just general branding.

Adidas is bigger in Europe, and they’re probably roundabout even in the UK. Nike is far bigger in the USA, and being an American brand, you’d expect that.

I have more of an emotional tie, especially when it comes to clothing. The Adidas Originals brand with the trefoil and football shirts, both of which I’ll get onto later. Then there are the Adidas “popper” tracksuit bottoms which were re-released as the 90’s trend Adibreak, all fill me with retro joy.

When it comes to general clothing (excluding trainers), I have almost always preferred Adidas over Nike.

Winner: Adidas

Logos & Visual Branding

As already mentioned, Adidas has so many historic, memorable, and cool graphics when it comes to its logos. The three stripes are something that I always wore on my tracksuit bottoms, and still own a pair I use for running.

There’s the Adidas sportswear logo, along with the equipment (EQT) logo which was popular in the ’90s. There’s the trefoil logo too. So Adidas has 3 absolutely iconic logos, and you really want to wear them on your clothes.

The Adidas branding came in two forms: It was small and subtle, but more often than not it was big and bold, so everyone knew you were rocking Adidas.

Nike by contrast has its swoosh. I like the swoosh or Nike tick as some might call it. It’s just as iconic but was usually done in a small and subtle manner. A small swoosh on a tee or sweatshirt, occasionally with the Nike wording.

It was a cleaner look than Nike, but when you’re a kid and wanted to show off your brand, Adidas clothing did a better job.

Winner: Adidas

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