La Liga 2022/2023: Barca, Madrid knows El Clasico dates as La Liga releases fixtures
Real Madrid will host Barcelona at the Bernabeu for next season's first El Clasico on October 16, which is the matchday 9 of the 2022/2023 La Liga season. The return fixture will take place at Camp Nou on March 19, 2023, which happens to be the matchday 26. This was confirmed in the fixture list released by the Spanish Football Federation on Thursday afternoon. Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid side will begin their title defense with a trip to Spanish Segunda Division winners, Almeria, when the league officially kicks off on August 14. Elsewhere, Barcelona will welcome Rayo Vallecano, after the visitors won the reverse fixture last season, and Atletico Madrid will travel to Getafe for their season opener.
After the World Cup, the first game will take place in the new year with several fixtures lined up.