Winning or loosing in these fixtures becomes greater than life or death. Welcome to the world of football rivalries. In this section, we will try to provide a glimpse of the fierce nature of footballers, mangers, fans and a whole city when these fixtures take place. How a nation gets divided into two parts because of a football match.
We have been obsessed with football rivalries for a while now. And this list was always forthcoming. And here it comes.
# Celtic vs Rangers
Known as the ‘Old Firm’ officially or ‘Football’s most dangerous rivalry’ unofficially, a Celtic vs Rangers match gathers attention worldwide. It tends to get ugly but is mighty entertaining. Both clubs hail from the city of Glasgow in Scotland and their matches usually gets played at Celtic Park, Hampden Park or Ibrox Stadium.
Two of the most successful clubs in Scotland, both the clubs have played 399 times together with 144 wins for Celtic and 159 wins for Rangers. Unfortunately, now that Rangers are in Third division of Scottish football, the matches would be less frequent.
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# AC Milan vs Inter Milan
The magnanimous San Siro is the place where these biggies of Italian football fight against each other for pride more than anything else. The city of Milan is divided into AC and Inter. Derby della Madonnina, is the official name of this Milan derby. And it is historic as history gets.
The supporters of both the clubs gets highly creative during the Milan derby. And they couldn’t of hoped for a better setting than the one available at San Siro.
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# Manchester United vs Liverpool
We have got a lot to say about this rivalry. A bit too much perhaps but everything can be read here. All the classic matches between Manchester United and Liverpool can be seen here. We can assure you it’s worth a read as it tells the origins, stats and the infamous hooliganism between both the sides.
# Boca Juniors v River Plate
The Superclasico, epitomizes the word rivalry in football. From Buenos Aires, Argentian, we present to you the most maddening aspect of football. A match between Boca Juniors and River Plate is an event of epic proportions. When we were talking about nations getting divided, this is what we had in mind. As supporters from both the clubs surmount to about 70% of football fan population in Argentina. Someone, perhaps, truly said, the Superclasico makes Old Firm look like primary school football.
Watch some of the most crazy images from the Superclasico below.
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# Fenerbahce v Galatasaray
Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, a Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray match is called as Kıtalar Arası Derbi. Flares are an important part of this fixture, something is always burning during the match. The supporters of both the clubs get absolutely deranged at times. Its not just football, the rivalry extends to all kinds of sports. Both the clubs seems to have a lot of money too, even transfers become like a mini war between these two sides.
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# Ajax v Feyenoord
De Klassieker, from Netherlands, pits the Amsterdam against Rotterdam. Generally, Amsterdam is associated with glamour while Rotterdam is associated with more of a worker’s population. Their is also a sad history of hooliganism related with this rivalry. A lot of matches have been played without away supporters and it is supposed to be like that for at least a season or two more.
# Real Madrid vs Barcelona
This is the holy El Clasico. We don’t even know where to even begin with this one. The biggest rivalry happening in football currently. Two of the best players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are always at the centre the El Clasico. Our extensive thoughts on this rivalry which consists of history, controversies and major events can be read here. Its extensive alright. And if by any chance you get off with stats, head here. All the head to head records are mentioned there.
# Palmeiras v Corinthians
From Brazil, Sao Paulo, we give you the Paulista Derby. Incredible atmosphere followed by some of the greatest Brazilian football makes up this derby.
# Millwall v West Ham
The Green Street Hooligans, huh, anyone? There is a freaking movie made on the basis of this rivalry, it stars Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunman. One of the oldest, nastiest derbies from England. From London, the east of it specifically, both the clubs share equal amounts of animosity against each other.
Not many matches recently though as both the clubs play in different leagues. But it use to be a different kind of monster some years ago.
# Benfica v Porto
Also called as the O Classico, Portugal’s biggest rivalry from the city of Lisbon. The characteristics remain the same as mentioned above. A lot of fireworks are expected during a Benfica vs Porto match. The stadium gets lit.