Thursday, 8 May 2008

Hail to the Champions: Do the Pasillo

It's one of those unwritten rules: after a side mathematically become league champions, their opponents in all remaining league games will applaud them onto the pitch. It's called the pasillo after the corridor the squad paying homage make and it has stirred up some interest in recent weeks after it became increasingly possible that Barcelona would have to do it for Real Madrid in their visit to the Bernabéu. Fortunately for all concerned, both sides demonstrated their sportmanship with Barcelona complying with tradition and Real not making a huge deal out of it in order not to "rub it in". You might think that this was the first time this had happened between the two clubs, but there have been precedents:

30th April 1988, Nou Camp: Barcelona did the pasillo and went on to win the game 2-0. Real's current coach, Bernd Schuster was a Barcelona player at the time, although he joined Real Madrid the following season.

8th June 1991, Santiago Bernabéu: Real did the pasillo themselves for Barcelona for the first time and went on to win the game 1-0.

7th May 2008, Santiago Bernabéu: Barcelona did the pasillo for the second time and lost the game to Real 4-1.

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