Real Madrid vs Barcelona in Las Vegas: how to watch online and on TV
The Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will host the third Clásico to be played outside of Spain, the second to be played in the US. Here’s how to watch it.
There is no bigger game in Spanish football, and few to compare in world football, than El Clásico, and fans in the United States will be able to see the two teams meet in a pre-season friendly (it’s never really ‘friendly’) clash.
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona in Las Vegas: preview
Originally, Real Madrid’s chief enemies were neighbours Atlético but their rivalry with Barcelona has steadily grown since the post-war years after the Catalan club suffered a harrowing 11-1 thrashing in the Copa del Generalísimo semi-final. By the time Barça had picked up their second league title in 1945, pipping Madrid to the trophy by just one point, they were now viewed as a direct threat. In Spain that rivalry has been fiercely played out in LaLiga with Madrid’s 35 titles compared to Barça’s 26, and in the Copa which the Blaugranas have dominated - 31 titles to Madrid’s 19.
For a decade, El Clásico gained maximum exposure because of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi and almost became a direct battle between the two top players on the planet. Both have departed and Madrid have had the edge in the last few years although Xavi’s Barça hope to redress the balance with a raft of new signings including Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski.
Madrid have also been busy retouching their squad, strengthening the team defensively with the additions of Antonio Rüdiger and Aurelien Tchouaméni. Ancelotti’s 28-man squad arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday and have been training at UCLA’s facilities. Four Castilla players have made the trip - goalkeepers Luis López and Lucas Cañizares, right-back Vinicius Tobias and striker Juanmi Latasa.
Barcelona touched down in Miami on Sunday evening, flying in through a tropical storm and without Xavi. The coach was denied a visa for having visited Iran during his time at Al Sadd although the issue has since been sorted out. Barça have already warmed up for El Clásico by serving their hosts, David Beckham’s Inter Miami a 0-6 drubbing with goals from Aubameyang, Ansu Fati, Gavi, Memphis, Dembélé and newboy Raphinha. Recent arrivals Franck Kessié, Andreas Christensen and Lewandowski could all make their Barça debuts against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid US tour squad:
Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Luis Lopez, Lucas Canizares, Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Jesus Vallejo, Nacho, Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, Alvaro Odriozola, Vinicius Tobias, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Lucas Vazquez, Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Ceballos, Eduardo Camavinga, Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Rodrgyo, Mariano Diaz, Juanmi Latasa.
Barcelona US tour squad:
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Sergio Busquets, Ousmane Dembele, Pedri, Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Nico, Jordi Alba, Ferran Torres, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Eric Garcia, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gavi, Inaki Pena, Miralem Pjanic, Alan Collado, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha, Arnau Tenas, Pablo Torre, Alejandro Balde, Abde Ezzalzouli, Marc Casado, Robert Lewandowski.
What time does the Real Madrid vs Barcelona match start?
The 2022 Soccer Champions tour friendly between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and will kick off at 8 pm (local time) PDT / 11 pm EDT on Saturday 23 July 2022.
That’s 5 am in Spain (CEST) and 4 am in the UK (BST), in the early hours of Sunday 24 July.
Where can I watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona ?
In Spain, the match will be broadcast live free-to-air on state television La 1 and in Catalunya on regional network TV3 and Barça TV. Fox will be covering the game in the United States. The match will be broadcast live in many other parts of the world.
United States: FOX Sports App, FOX Deportes, fuboTV (free-trial).
Spain: La 1 (RTVE), fuboTV España, TV3, Barça TV.
United Kingdom: Premier Player HD, Premier Sports 1
Is the Real Madrid vs Barcelona game online?
As well as the options above, you can also follow our live text commentary, with all the key statistics, here on AS USA. We will be building up to the match throughout the early evening, before giving you a minute-by-minute account of the action as it unfolds.