El Clásico Starting XI’s & Squad Lists

November 29, 2010 — by Suman

We find it useful to have full squad lists in front of us while watching a match. Find below Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s, pulled from Wikipedia (with links conveniently preserved, so that you can click thru to each player’s entry), as well as each team’s starting XIs for today’s El Clasico.

Spain's Starting XI - World Cup 2010 (Casillas, Iniesta, Villa, Xavi, Puyol; Pedro, Busquets, Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Capdevila, Pique

Spain obviously dominates the squads–but Barcelona’s much more than Madrid’s. In fact, Barcelona’s starting lineup consists of the core of Spain’s World Cup winning lineup (Pique, Puyol, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro Villa), with a couple wingbacks slotted in (Dani Alves certainly; and either Abidal, Maxwell or Adriano on the other side)–plus Messi front and center.

The other Spanish starters start for Madrid: Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos.  (Well, 7+3=10; the one missing Spanish starter from this match is Joan Capdevila, who plays for Villareal.)  The rest of Madrid’s starting lineup is pulled from Portugal (Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe), Germany (Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira), Argentina (Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria) and Brazil (Marcelo).  Although today we get Benzema (France) starting in place of Higuain due to injury.

Full squad lists:

FC Barcelona

Starting XI: Valdes; Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Villa, Pedro

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Víctor Valdés (3rd captain)
2 Brazil DF Daniel Alves
3 Spain DF Gerard Piqué
5 Spain DF Carles Puyol (captain)
6 Spain MF Xavi Hernández (vice-captain)
7 Spain FW David Villa
8 Spain MF Andrés Iniesta (4th captain)
9 Spain FW Bojan Krkić
10 Argentina FW Lionel Messi
11 Spain FW Jeffrén Suárez
No. Position Player
13 Spain GK José Manuel Pinto
14 Argentina MF Javier Mascherano
15 Mali MF Seydou Keita
16 Spain MF Sergio Busquets
17 Spain FW Pedro Rodríguez
18 Argentina DF Gabriel Milito
19 Brazil DF Maxwell
21 Brazil DF Adriano
22 France DF Éric Abidal

Real Madrid

Starting XI: Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Khedira, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Iker Casillas (captain)
2 Portugal DF Ricardo Carvalho
3 Portugal DF Pepe
4 Spain DF Sergio Ramos (vice captain)
5 Argentina MF Fernando Gago
6 Mali MF Mahamadou Diarra
7 Portugal MF Cristiano Ronaldo
8 Brazil MF Kaká
9 France FW Karim Benzema
10 France MF Lassana Diarra
11 Spain MF Esteban Granero
12 Brazil DF Marcelo
13 Spain GK Antonio Adán
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF Xabi Alonso
15 Spain DF David Mateos
16 Spain MF Sergio Canales
17 Spain DF Álvaro Arbeloa
18 Spain DF Raúl Albiol
19 Argentina DF Ezequiel Garay
20 Argentina FW Gonzalo Higuaín
21 Spain MF Pedro León
22 Argentina MF Ángel di María
23 Germany MF Mesut Özil
24 Germany MF Sami Khedira
25 Poland GK Jerzy Dudek