77 years since 11-1 win over Barça

13 Jun 2020

If that result was to occur today in a Clasico, it would seem implausible to us, a fake wanting to joke or an error of the arbitration record. But the history books do not lie and indeed on June 13, 1943, Real Madrid thrashed Barça in a resounding way in the second leg of the Copa del Generalísimo semifinals. 11-1! As it is. A devastating result that more than went up the 3-0 recorded by the Catalans in the first leg. Chamartín vibrated like never before. 77 years have passed …

The atmosphere was very heated since Barinaga had a goal annulled in Les Corts when the referee whistled the break when the ball was already in the air on the way to Barca’s goal. In the chronicles of the time (especially one by comrade Eduardo Teus in the newspaper Already, as reflected by Alfredo Relaño in his book 366 stories of world football) The culé fans were accused of having been very belligerent with the white players. That put the lap temperature above normal. In fact, 20,000 whistles were sold that blew loudly every time Barça caught the ball.

In half an hour Real Madrid already had the tie equalized and in the next quarter of an hour it fell apart and got five more. An incredible 8-0 marked the score in the break to the delight of some and the amazement of others. The festival continued afterwards until completing the overwhelming 11-1 that is reflected in that photograph of the marker that has gone down in history, in which curiously it puts 1-11, since the local team was in second place. Real Madrid’s goals were divided between Barinaga (4), Pruden (3), Alonso (2), Alsúa and Botella. The Barça ‘honor’ goal was materialized by Martín.

11-1 had more consequences than you can imagine. But not only for Barça, but for the capital. The scandal that was set up forced the presidents of both clubs, the Marquis of the Mesa de Asta (Barcelona) and Santos Peralba (Real Madrid) to resign. The newspapers of the time dedicated several days to organized controversy, which transcended the political sphere by involving the two great cities of the country.

In the end, Real Madrid was the great beneficiary in quotes of the controversy far beyond 11-1 (after all, the Whites lost the final against Athletic, with a goal from Zarra in overtime). The important thing is that Peralba was replaced by Santiago Bernabéu, the man who changed the history of the club forever, all thanks to an 11-1 …

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