El Clasico crosses the Atlantic: Real Madrid, Barcelona to play in Miami

El Clasico is Miami-bound. For the first time ever, the storied rivalry between Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona will be played in the United States (Manu Fernandez/AP)

El Clasico is crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

For the first time ever, the storied rivalry between Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona will be played in the United States.

The two sides will meet at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on July 29 as part of the International Champions Cup (ICC), an annual exhibition series that brings some of the most famous European soccer clubs to compete in other parts of the world.

“I am thrilled to bring the International Champions Cup back to the city of Miami,” said Stephen Ross, ICC and Miami Dolphins owner, in a statement. “The opportunity to showcase two of the most storied clubs in the history of the sport is why we created this tournament.”

Madrid and Barcelona have met a total of 265 times (friendly or otherwise) in their combined 232 years of history. Barcelona leads the all-time head-to-head series 109-97, with 59 draws between them. In non-friendly competition, however, Madrid holds a slight edge with 93 wins to Barcelona’s 90, along with 49 draws.