Madrid, Barcelona to play for 7th time in 2011

AP, Wednesday 6 Jul 2011

Real Madrid and Barcelona will play each other in 2011 for a record seventh time in December unless the latter pushes for a change

Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) tries to keep control of the ball against Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos during the King's Cup final soccer match at Mestalla stadium in Valencia April 20, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

The Spanish league rivals are scheduled to play at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Dec. 10. Unless Barcelona pushes for a change, it would then travel straight to Japan to compete in the Dec. 8-18 Club World Cup.

The pair are scheduled to meet again on April 22, 2012, in a match that could decide the league with only four rounds to play.

They play a two-legged Spanish Supercup series in August after having already met in league, Copa del Rey and Champions League play this year.

The season opens the weekend of Aug. 20.

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