Thai football fans celebrate El Clásico with M88 Mansion and La Liga 

After the successful LaLiga Football Camping event in February, Thai football fans were once again treated by M88 Mansion and LaLiga to a unique way of experiencing Spanish football.

El Clásico Boat Party was an exclusive event for fans of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, as well as special guests, to discuss one of the world’s most captivating team sports rivalries heading to their most recent meeting on March 21.

The cruise set sailed on the evening of March 18 and traversed the Chao Phraya for about three hours before returning to Rat Burana Dock in Bangkok. The one-night affair aboard a Sabai Cruise yacht was both intimate and eventful. Attendees participated and won in games and raffle draws, listened to experts and analysts look back at the history of El Clásico and dissect the then upcoming match, and had a fun time all in all with live music and delectable food being served.

Over a hundred fans scanned the QR code and registered by sending a photo showing why they are a big La Liga fan. More than 40 were selected to take part in this one-of-a-kind gathering. Almost 100 persons, including boat crew, were on board.

Being LaLiga’s regional partner, M88 Mansion sponsored the prizes, which includes a three-day, two-night stay in a luxury hotel in Phuket plus pocket money.

Some other rewards that were given away are dinner cruises, footballs and jerseys, as well as surprise gifts. Panini was also on hand to distribute collectible cards.

COVID-19 tests were also conducted at the dock before alighting on the boat to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Bare minimum protocols were also in place during the cruise.

El Clásico Boat Party COVID-19 tests
El Clásico Boat Party COVID-19 tests

As for El Clásico itself, Real Madrid has won 76 of their La Liga meetings, with FC Barcelona prevailing on 73. The former has 54 league home wins to date compared to the latter’s 50.

In 184 total fixtures played in the Spanish top flight, 35 finished as draws. Curiously, both clubs share the same number of goals scored against each other in Primera División encounters (295). These numbers show how evenly matched this rivalry is.

Recently, Barcelona defeated Los Blancos, 4-0, on March 21 to register their first victory against their nemeses this decade. Before this, the Blaugrana’s last conquest was in a La Liga encounter in March 2019, where they came out on top, 1-0.

Since then, it has all been Real Madrid. This includes the semi-finals of the 2021-22 Supercopa de España, a 3-2 win at the extra time courtesy of a Federico Valverde goal in the 98th minute.

Overall, out of 249 competitive matches between their respective first teams, Real Madrid has registered 100 wins, 66 at home and five in other venues, to Barça’s 97 (63 at home, four in other venues). About a fifth of their faceoffs ended up deadlocked after the final whistle. The current 2021-22 La Liga table leaders have 415 total goals, seven more than the Catalan squad.