Spanish classic in the Women’s Champions League can break record and have the largest audience in the history of the sport

The 1999 Women's World Cup Final attracted the greatest crowd to date.

Barcelona have confirmed that all tickets for the women’s “El Clásico” versus Real Madrid, which is the second leg of the European Champions League quarter-finals, have already been sold. The fact that the top teams in Spain would only meet each other on March 30th added to the significance of the event. The opening leg will take place on March 22.

The amount of tickets sold by the Catalan club was not disclosed. According to the Spanish press, 85,000 tickets were made available, despite the fact that the Camp Nou stadium holds more than 99,000. If the maximum load is supplied, the game is expected to break the all-time attendance record, which is presently held by the 1999 World Cup final, in which the United States defeated China in front of 90,000 fans at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

Even if just 85,000 tickets are sold, the game will be historic since it will be attended by the biggest crowd in the history of Spanish women’s football. At the present, the record is held by the match between Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano (in the country’s capital), when 60 thousand fans packed the stadium to see the Spanish Championship match.

Barcelona, being the current winners of the Women’s Champions League, may be considered favorites versus their fiercest rival. The tournament, which began on August 17 of last year, will conclude on May 22 of this year. The only game of the grand final will take place in Turin, Italy, at the Juventus Stadium.

The quarter-final stage will start on March 22nd and end on May 22nd. The clashes are:

  • Barcelona, Spain vs Real Madrid, Spain;
  • Arsenal, from England x Wolfsburg, from Germany;
  • Juventus, from Italy x Lyon, from France;
  • Bayern Munich, from Germany vs PSG, from France.

There are no Brazilians on the Spanish clubs’ teams. Giovana Queiroz, the current winner of the Samba Gold Women’s 2021 title, was the last to wear the Barça jersey, who is currently on loan to neighboring Spaniard Levante. Thais Moreno and Daiane Limeira were the most recent Real players signed, and they are presently playing for Roma in Italy and Madrid CFC in Spain, respectively. They played at the clubs between 2020 and 2021.

The biggest audiences in the history of women’s football

Check out the chart below for the current and all-time largest crowds in the history of women’s football. The match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is already certain to be in the top five; the only question now is where it will be played.

Ranking Match Competition Place Public
1 Estados Unidos 0-0 (5-4 pênaltis) China Copa do Mundo 1999 Estádio Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Estados Unidos) 90.185
2 Estados Unidos 2-1 Japão Jogos Olímpicos 2012 Estádio Wembley (Londres, Inglaterra) 80.203
3 Inglaterra 1-2 Alemanha Jogos Olímpicos 2012 Estádio Wembley (Londres, Inglaterra) 77.768
4 Atlético de Madrid 0-2 Barcelona Campeonato Espanhol 2019 Estádio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid, Espanha) 60.739
5 Estados Unidos 2-0 Holanda Copa do Mundo 2019 Estádio Parc OL (Lyon, França) 57.900

On December 8, 2021, Corinthians defeated Sao Paulo 3-1 in the final of the Campeonato Paulista in front of 30,077 people, the largest attendance for a women’s game in Brazilian football history.

About the Women’s Champions League

Barcelona, as previously said, are attempting to win the European championship for the second time, since last year’s crown was the club’s first. Real Madrid, on the other hand, are attempting to win the Old Continent’s most significant competition for the first time. Check out all of the champion clubs from the tournament’s 20 editions, which began in the 2001-2002 season.

  • 7 titles: Lyon, from France;
  • 4 titles: Frankfurt, from Germany;
  • 2 titles: Umea, from Sweden, Wolfsburg, from Germany and Potsdam, from Germany;
  • 1 title: Barcelona, Spain, Arsenal, England and Duisburg, Germany.

Who will win in the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals in Europe’s biggest Spanish clash? Sambafoot keeps you up to date on the latest women’s football news.

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