World press amazed by Barça
As has become wonderfully common in recent times, the world was enchanted by Barça’s incredible win against Real Madrid.
Not only did the 5-0 result have a massive impact on the Catalan and Spanish press, where it made
the headlines left, right and centre, but all around the planet the world’s media was stunned
by such a convincing display in the clásico.
It goes without saying that the Barcelona papers had news of the victory emblazoned
on their covers. ‘Sport’ led with the headline “Slap in the face for Mourinho.
Rout, humiliation and leaders”. ‘Mundo Deportivo’ simple went for
‘5-0’, the result of the incredible win against the all-whites. ‘El 9
Esportiu’ went for the header “And without abusing”.
‘Marca’ and ‘As’, published in Madrid, had no option but to
accept FC Barcelona’s superiority. ‘Marca’ went for “Mouchísimo
Barça”, a play on the Spanish word for ‘much’ and the name of the defeated
manager, while ‘As’ said “Thrashed and driven mad”.
Humiliation for Madrid in national papers
The general interest newspapers also featured Barça v Madrid on its
front pages. In Catalonia, ‘El Periódico de Catalunya’ was titled “Reality
bath”, ‘La Vanguardia’ stated that “Barça humiliates Real Madrid with an
exhibition of football”, and ‘Avui’ filled its front page with ‘5-0’.
‘Ara’, which came out for the first time on Sunday, also included Barça v Madrid by
asking “And now what?”.
Examples from elsewhere in Spain included ‘La Razón’ (“Barça wins by
absolute majority”) and ‘El Mundo’ (“Barcelona humiliate Madrid once
From Portugal to Argentina
But there was also an extraordinary amount of coverage in the international press.
‘Jornal do Notícias’, in Portugal, went for the self-explanatory “Real
humilhação”; ‘L’Équipe’ in France made it the main headline, proclaiming
“Barcelonesque”, and ‘Corriere dello Sport’ spoke of “Barça scream.
Real Mouto!” (a play on the Italian for ‘mute’. On the other side of the
Atlantic, Argentina’s ‘Clarín’ (“Barcelona dance and rout in the
clásico”) and ‘Olé’ (“Mourirte de risa” (die laughing, again playing
with the name of the Madrid coach) were just two of the papers that praised the job done by
Guardiola and his men.