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El Clasico Countdown: 1943 – Real Madrid 11-1 Barcelona

by Staff Writer | Posted on Saturday, October 6th, 2012

As a build up to Sunday’s El Clasico, Inside Spanish Football is bringing you highlights of some the game’s top matches and moments, starting with Real Madrid’s biggest ever win against Barcelona in 1943.

In one of the most controversial encounters between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the Copa del Rey or Generalissimo as it was called in the days of General Franco was Real’s biggest ever win over Barca.

Franco was rumoured to have told his troops and followers to threaten the Catalans to lose he match or face lifetime imprisonment. The scoreline suggests they did just that with the referee also subject to threats from the regime.

Sabino Barinaga scored four goals in the game that will always be remembered as a point in history that separated the Spanish state and it’s Catalan independent believers.


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