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Barcelona to host Real Madrid in first league clasico in October

MADRID (AP) – Defending champion Barcelona will host Real Madrid in the weekend of October 28-29 in the first “clasico” of the new Spanish league season.

The game will be played at the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium because Camp Nou, Europe’s largest football stadium, is undergoing renovations.

The league calendar was announced yesterday. Barcelona will open its title defence at Getafe with the first round of games held on August 12-13. Madrid faces a visit to Athletic Bilbao in the opening round. Barcelona will visit Madrid for the second league clasico on April 20-21 with just six rounds remaining.

Barcelona won its first league title last season since the departure of Lionel Messi.

Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski is challenged by Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga and David Alaba during the Spanish Copa del Rey semi-final. PHOTO: AP