La final of the Endesa League It starts this Monday (9:00 p.m.) and it is not very new to say. Barcelona and Real Madrid They will meet again for a title. Some time ago in Spain they have imposed a domain that even begins to threaten the interest of competitions. It is difficult for any other team to sneak into a final, but for them to take a title from the two greats seems like a utopia.
With the one that still remains to be elucidated from the Endesa League, Barcelona and Madrid 34 of the 39 trophies will have been distributed that were put into play in national basketball in the last 13 seasons, including all six of the last two. Of all of them, 24 were decided with clashes between Barça and Madridistas. Data that reflects a duopoly that has subjected the rest of the rivals.
Since the 2009-10 academic year, the two greats of Spanish basketball have only missed out on five titles. The baskonia took the CBA of that season with the famous basket of Fernando San Emeterio and also that of 2020, exceptional for being disputed in the bubble of the fontette due to the coronavirus and not having playoffs. The Valencia Basketball won the 2017 League and the Super Cup of the following campaign. And the Gran Canaria He got that first trophy of the season in 2016. And now.
The biggest budgets in Europe
Barça and Madrid have the two highest budgets in Europe. Both of them are around 44 million euros, a figure far from any other team in Spain. His goal each season, beyond trying to prevail in national basketball, is reign in the Euroleague. This is a very different reality from that of many of the teams that live in the Endesa League, capable of give them a scare in isolated matches, but ultimately powerless when titles are at stake. In playoffs to five games, even more difficult.
This Monday will be eighth Clasico of the season. They have already seen each other in the finals of the Super Cup and the Cup, in the Final Four and in two regular League duels in both the ACB and the Euroleague. The balance is 5-2 for the azulgranas, although the whites won the Super Cup and frustrated their rival’s dream of winning the Euroleague in the semifinal in Belgrade.
If they reach the fifth game, they would meet a dozen times this campaign. With the current dynamics, they seem doomed to cross paths in matches for the titles or those that give access to them. It would not be unusual for them to face each other 16 times in a year, the most they could. It would be the extreme case of the eternal Classic.