By Enis Koylu
There is nothing quite like a Clasico. At least twice a season, the entire footballing world is focused solely on Spain's two most prestigious clubs: Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Castilian and Catalan cities are separated not just by 620 kilometres, but by language, culture, politics, and the two clubs' struggle for dominance has only made the enmity all the more fierce.
Aside from the rivalry off the pitch, each match makes for a fascinating spectacle. For los Blancos, you have the hard work and dynamism of the likes of Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain, and in the Blaugrana, the natural brilliance of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas. And that's not mentioning the personal battle between the well-honed skills of Cristiano Ronaldo and the improvised genius of Lionel Messi.
And Goal.com are here to give you all the facts and figures as the two enemies gear up for another clash - one that will decide the destination of the first silverware of the Spanish season: the Supercopa.
0 - Since taking charge of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho has failed to win a Clasico in the Spanish capital. His two triumphs came in La Liga at Camp Nou last season, and in the Copa del Rey final at Mestalla in 2011.
2 - Two players, Alex Song and Luka Modric could be making their respective debuts for Barcelona and Real Madrid on Wednesday. The duo have clashed a number of times in the north London derby while representing Arsenal and Tottenham, but swapped the Premier League for La Liga this summer.
4 - Cristiano Ronaldo became the first Real Madrid player to score in four straight Camp Nou Clasicos last week, but the Portuguese has only scored twice at the Bernabeu against Barcelona.
7 - Messi and Dani Alves have played in all of Barcelona's seven-match unbeaten run in fixtures between the two sides at the Bernabeu.
11 - The biggest winning margin in a Clasico was Real Madrid's 11-1 win over their Catalan counterparts in the 1943 Copa del Generalisimo semi-final second leg.
12 - A total of 12 players from Vicente del Bosque's 23-man Euro 2012-winning squad represented Real Madrid or Barcelona at the start of the tournament. Jordi Alba sealed a move to Camp Nou shortly after the final, while a further four players spent time at either club at some point in their careers.
13 - Between them, Real Madrid and Barcelona have won 13 European Cups, but the Catalans have triumphed on the continent three times since los Blancos' last triumph in 2002.
14 - After last week's penalty to put Barca 2-1 up, Messi has now scored 14 goals against Real Madrid, equalling the club record previously held by Cesar.
33 - A total of 33 players have spent time at both clubs during their career, including the likes of Luis Enrique, Bernd Schuster, Ronaldo and Luis Figo.
53 - The two clubs have shared 53 of the 81 Liga titles, with Real Madrid triumphing on 32 occasions and Barcelona on 21. The next most frequent winners are Atletico Madrid, with nine league wins.
87 - Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have recorded 87 official victories over their rivals since the first meeting between the two sides in May 1902.
220 - Real Madrid and Barcelona have played each other a total of 220 times. Who will triumph in the 221st meeting?
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