Real Madrid and Barcelona will
meet in the opening La Liga "Clasico" of the season on the
weekend of October 6/7 at Barca's Camp Nou stadium, according to
the draw held at the Spanish football federation (RFEF)
headquarters in Madrid on Tuesday.
Champions Real will then host Barca, who finished second
last season, on the weekend of March 2/3, the RFEF said.
The great rivals also meet over two legs next month in the
Spanish Super Cup, the traditional season opener that pits the
league champions (Real) against the King's Cup winners (Barca).
The first leg will be played at the Nou Camp on August 23,
with the return at the Bernabeu on August 30, the RFEF said.
Real begin the defence of their La Liga title at home to
Valencia, third last term, on the weekend of August 18/19, while
Barca are at home to Real Sociedad.
"It's going to be a tough season, like the last one, and we
will try to respond to expectations with the support of our
fans," Real director Emilio Butragueno said during the draw.
Jose Mourinho's Real set a points record of 100 in winning
the title for the first time in four years last season, when
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