Real Madrid is going head to head with Athletic Club starting on 1 Dec 2021 at 20:00 UTC at Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid city, Spain. The match is a part of the LaLiga.
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Eden Hazard and Rodrygo are back with the team after recovering from their stomach flu. There are no other news on this squad list, so it will be interesting to see if coach Carlo Ancelotti decides to make some rotations now that the team looked tired last Sunday against Sevilla.
Players like Modric, Kroos, Benzema or even Vinicius Junior will need some rest sooner rather than later and Ancelotti will be forced to trust his bench. Will that happen against Athletic tomorrow so that the aforementioned players can be fresh for Atletico de Madrid and Real Sociedad?
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The ultra groups of Spain’s premier division teams have their own names. Athletic Bilbao’s hardcore fans are called Herri Norte Taldea (HNT); Real Madrid’s are known as the Ultras Sur. Neither group likes the other.
There’s a song that HNT sing whenever Athletic play Real Madrid (a melody to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In”): “We don’t like violence in football grounds/We don’t like violence in San Mames/We have to kill, we have to kill/We have to kill an Ultra Sur/We have to kill an Ultra Sur/We have to kill an Ultra Sur.”
The hatred between the two fan groups comes easily. Politically, HNT have left-wing Basque independence tendencies, while the Ultras Sur are a cadre of right-wing Spanish nationalists. In January 1997, Jose Luis Ochaita, the Ultras Sur leader at the time, was stopped by security trying to enter the Santiago Bernabeu before a match against Athletic with a metal door handle and three screw guns, as detailed in Carles Vinas Gracia’s book El Mundo Ultra.
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NAME: Real Madrid – Athletic Club
DATE: 1 Dec 2021
TIME: 20:00 UTC
VENUE: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
In the same fixture a year later, some HNT fans weren’t allowed inside Real’s home with 31 baseball bats. Although it has rarely spilled over into violence, there has always been tension in the terraces when the two sides meet, a flavour of which Real Madrid can expect when they visit Athletic’s stadium, San Mames, on Saturday in La Liga.
“Since the late 1970s and into the 1980s, the welcome for Real Madrid has been very, very hostile,” says Professor Angel Iturriaga, author of Dictionary of Athletic Club Players. “The atmosphere has always been very heated when Real Madrid arrive at San Mames, especially after General Franco’s death in 1975, but ‘the blood never came to the river,’ as we say in Spain.
“There has never been a big confrontation or bad violence between the fans. It has always been more like verbal violence, a war of words. It doesn’t get physical or out of hand. Maybe in some isolated moments there has been some aggression, towards a bus of fans, for example, but it usually never goes beyond being the threat of violence.
“The ambience is a lot more charged politically in Bilbao compared to the return fixture in Madrid. In the terraces at San Mames, there are always banners critical of Real Madrid as the representative of centralised power in Spain. Until recently, you used to see a lot of Athletic fans with banners supporting the release of ETA [a Basque armed separatist group] prisoners, or the transfer of them closer to the Basque Country.