Barcelona, Real Madrid to play Miami 'Clasico'

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BARCELONA and Real Madrid will meet in the El Clasico when Miami's Hard Rock Stadium host the Spanish giants on July 29.

Palm trees swayed against the bright blue sky, women in bikinis paraded past the Fontainebleau Hotel poolside stage, and celebrities ranging from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to Dolphins Hall of Famer Dan Marino to rapper FloRida hobnobbed with soccer legends Roberto Carlos and Hristo Stoichkov.

The match is part of the International Champions Cup, the annual global exhibition series which features clubs from Europe and around the world.

Tickets will go on sale March 20 on the ICC website.

The game is another big time event promised by the owner of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, Stephen Ross, when announcing massive improvements to the stadium over the last two years - which includes the NFL's Super Bowl after the 2019 season.




"On 29 July, FC Barcelona will play against Real Madrid in Miami during the club's pre-season preparations in the United States", the club said in a statement today.

After several more weeks of calls and negotiations, they reached a deal.

But organisers wanted to celebrate the renovation of the Hard Rock Stadium, the home of National Football League side Miami Dolphins, and believe an El Clasico clash would be able to attract thousands of fans to Miami.

Real Madrid VP Emilio Butragueno agreed: "Miami is very passionate about futbol, and this match will spread the sport all over the Americas".

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