The game of the century… on Monday
The Barça v Madrid will be played on a Monday for the first time this century. But not for the first time ever. The same thing happened in 1964 and 1972.
The main difference between those games and the one coming up on November 29 is that this will be a
working Monday. Both in 1964 and 1972 the game was played on Easter Monday, a holiday in Catalonia.
Win and a loss
The respective sides are level in terms of wins in Monday meetings. In
1964, goals from Gento and Puskas won the full set of points for Madrid, with Zaldúa getting a
consolation goal for FCB in a 2-1 defeat. Eight years later, an Asensi strike early on was at it
took for Barça to win by a solitary goal.
The Monday curse
Both seasons that the game was played on a Monday, the league trophy
eventually went off to Madrid. In 1963/64, Madrid finished with 4 points more than second placed
Barça (46 to 42). Likewise, in 1971/72 Madrid collected 47 points, four more than Barça, who had to
make do with third behind Valencia.
Tuesday and Wednesday
Of the 80 clásicos at the Camp Nou, 51 have been played on a Sunday and 25 on a
Saturday. Other than the 2 Monday games, there was also one on a Tuesday and another on a
Wednesday. Why? In 1968, the game was postponed due to the unexpected death of Barça defender Julio
César Benítez the Sunday before. The rearranged game ended 1-1.
The Wednesday game between Barça and Madrid in 1999/00 was simply because it was a standard
midweek tie. That one also ended level, 2-2.