El Clásico

”It’s exactly one week until el clásico and, like all fans, I am already counting down the days until the big date of December 18. A clásico is always a special match, and in the weeks before the game it shows in the atmosphere. 

They are things that I have experienced as a footballer. And not only when I was at Barça or Madrid. Also in Italy, Holland and Denmark. They are matches which evoke very strong feelings and the supporters make you feel that way. That you have a great responsibility…”

The words come from Michael Laudrup, the best football player Denmark has ever had. He played in both FCBarcelona and in Real Madrid and had more than or was it close to 100 matches for the national team of Denmark. On the website of FCBarcelona he writes – brilliantly – about his experiences as a player, who several times played THE match in Spain…

Which will again be played tonight at 8pm at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. If… the demonstrators allow it. And if they do so there will be a strong expression of Independencia from the 90.000, who are expected to come tot he stadium.

I will be watching on television – Messi please, show your genius again, but I will also enjoy Karim Benzema, this great centerforward from Madrid, and I will cross fingers that the man who should not be allowed to enter a football pitch, Sergio Ramos from Madrid, will behave and stay away from his normal dirty attacks on the opponent.

Here is the link to the Michael Laudrup article, read it before the match:


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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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