Madrid to play Barcelona right after Club World Cup


July 22, 2017
In this file photo then Real Madrid player Pepe (right), duels for the ball against FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi during the Spanish La Liga match against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, October 26, 2013. (AP Photo)

MADRID, Spain (AP):

Real Madrid will host Barcelona in a 'clasico' 'match in late December, just after Madrid returns from playing at the Club World Cup.

The Spanish league calendar, released yesterday, pits Madrid against Barcelona on December 20, a Wednesday, in the Spanish capital. That will be four days after the final of the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, in which Madrid will compete as winner of the Champions League.

The second league match between the two will come as the season reaches its climax, in the second-to-last round on May 6.

Madrid and Barcelona will start the season by playing the two legs of the Spanish Super Cup on August 13 and 16. The opening round of the Spanish league is on the weekend of August 19-20.

Madrid will begin its title defence of the Spanish league at Deportivo La Coruna, while Barcelona will host Real Betis.

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