Real Madrid, Barcelona will both play Clasico in away kits … and fans aren’t happy

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are both celebrating their 100th year in La Liga this season. The Clasico has always been a highly-anticipated matchup, but ever since the new kits were released for 2018/19, there’s been quite a bit of controversy with fans getting upset over which team is wearing what.

The “barcelona la liga” is a football match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which will be played in away kits. The fans of both teams are not happy about this, as they believe that it reduces the importance of the game.

When Real Madrid and Barcelona take to the field at the Bernabeu on Sunday for the Clasico (watch LIVE at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in the United States), there will be a new look to the iconic match between the two great LaLiga rivals.

That’s because, for the first time in their 249 competitive encounters, both teams will wear away shirts instead of Madrid’s famed all-white and Barca’s unique blue-and-red stripes.

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Despite the fact that the game will be played in the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Madrid will wear a new strip that was announced this week. To commemorate the club’s 120th anniversary, Carlo Ancelotti’s team will be clad in black as part of a cooperation with Y-3, which is itself a partnership between Adidas and Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto.

A unique collection to commemorate a unique occasion. 🖤 @RealMadrid x @adidasfootball @RealMadrid x @adidasfootball @RealMadrid x @adidasfootball @RealMa https://t.co/LLxFTMoOgC pic.twitter.com/3CkRQp2nYP

March 17, 2022 — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden)

On Sunday, though, Barca will don their away uniform, which is yellow with four red brushstrokes across the front. The colors are inspired by the Catalan flag, La Senyera.

Both teams’ famed colors have become nicknames: Madrid is known as Los Blancos, while Barcelona is known as the Blaugrana — and the collision of those two sets of colors on the field has become associated with El Clasico. Fans have responded negatively to the clubs’ choice to violate convention this weekend, as one would anticipate.

Disgusta mucho. No es un clásico, ni siquiera está cerca de serlo. https://t.co/rMKA11XRJB

March 17, 2022 — Alejandro Segura (@Alejandro sj)

Alejandro Segura, a journalist at Marca, tweeted, “Absolutely despise this.” “This is in no way a Clasico.”

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“The financial aspect of football is taking over everything,” one Barcelona fan lamented, referring to teams and manufacturers trying to profit off second, third, and even fourth kits each season.

A Madrid supporter added: “This Clasico does not seem to be important to either Barca or Madrid, in my opinion. It has a strong ‘decaffeinated’ flavor. They aren’t even playing for the sake of pride, which is why they are wearing these uniforms.”

Another Twitter user said, ” “Politics and marketing. Years ago, football ceased to feel the same way it did to.”

One witty comment, probably from a Barca fan, read: “Both teams paid tribute to what they care about the most, Barcelona to Catalonia and Madrid to the referees who have been so helpful to them. It was a kind gesture.”

🆕 Un Clásico diferente: ni blanco ni azulgrana ⚫ Barcelona utilizará la senyera y Real Madrid utilizará el negro.

What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/62YeRbgGwG

March 17, 2022 — Diario AS (@diarioas)


This isn’t the first time that Madrid or Barcelona have sparked controversy among their own supporters over their uniforms.

Real Madrid’s legendary all-white home jersey doesn’t offer much space for innovation, but the club’s second and third jerseys have gotten more daring over the previous decade.

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