All Time Top 10 Biggest Club Level Football Rivalries in the World

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.

January Transfer Window | Premier League’s Madness Analysed

A short summary on how some of the Premier League clubs behaved in the recently concluded 2013 January transfer window. Some of the transfer buys were expected and some not. And sometimes, to buy a player, a club needs to sell some of its product. A crucial part of the window, the players sold or loaned out. [mt_one_half]

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A look at the how the transfer window exploded on the last day otherwise know as the ‘deadline’ day. It came to life, eventually and then it didn’t stop till the very end. The busiest day of the window where a total of 73 deals were done, of course that’s including all the clubs playing professionally in England and not just the Premier League. Clubs like QPR and Newcastle went on a shopping frenzy and some, like Arsenal, remained absent till the very last day. League One side Crawley Town bought the most with 8 signings completed.

Surprisingly, big money spenders had a quiet transfer window, Chelsea only bought Demba Ba and Manchester City, too, completed only one deal, on the last day. City signed the 18 year old Ghanaian Godsway Donyoh, from Right to Dream Academy, which is run by a charity in Ghana.

The whole purpose of this retrospective post is to answer a few questions regarding January transfer window. Questions such as 1) Best buy of the window? 2) Worst buy of the window!?!?! 3) Which club did the best business? 4) Which club sold out loaned out the most players? 5) The day on which most deals took place?, and of course, the fees involved in each deal.

Begin: The players list, club by club, in no particular order.

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Newcastle United

Players Bought – Mathieu Debuchy (From Lille, £5 m), Yoan Gouffran (From Bordeaux, £1.2 m), Moussa Sissoko (From Toulouse, Undisclosed), Massadio Haidara (From Nancy, Undisclosed),  Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (From Montpellier, £6.7 m), Kevin Mbabu (From Servette, Undisclosed)

Sold or Loaned Out – Demba Ba (To Chelsea, £7 m), Conor Newton (To St Mirren, On Loan)

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Liverpool

Players Bought – Daniel Sturridge (From Chelsea, £12 m), Philippe Coutinho (From Inter Milan, £8.5 m)

Sold or Loaned Out – Joe Cole (To West Ham, Free), Nuri Sahin [Back in Borussia Dortmund via Real Madrid), Danny Wilson (To Hearts, On Loan), Adam Morgan (To Rotherham, On Loan), Alexander Doni (To Botafogo, Free), Michael Ngoo (To Hearts, On Loan)

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Manchester United

Players Bought – Wilfried Zaha (From Crystal Palace, £15 m)

Sold or Loaned Out – Angelo Henriquez (To Wigan, On Loan), Federico Macheda (To Stuttgart, On Loan), Wilfried Zaha (To Crystal Palace, On Loan), Scott Wootton (To Peterborough, On Loan), Robbie Brady (To Hull City, £2 m), Luke McCullough (To Cheltenham, On Loan)

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QPR

Players Bought – Christopher Samba (From Anzhi Makhachkala, £12.5 m), Loic Remy (From Marseille, £8 m), Yun Suk-Young (From Chunnam Dragons, Undisclosed), Jermaine Jenas & Andros Townsend (From Tottenham Hotspur, On Loan)

Sold or Loaned Out – Alejandro Faurlin (To Palermo, On Loan), Djibril Cisse (To Al Gharafa, On Loan), Anton Ferdinand ( To Bursaspor, On Loan), Frankie Sutherland (To Portsmouth, On Loan), Rob Hulse (To Millwall, On Loan)

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Chelsea

Players Bought – Demba Ba (From Newcastle United, £7 m)

Sold or Loaned Out – Daniel Sturridge (To Liverpool, £12 m), Patrick Bamford (To Blackpool, On Loan), Lucas Piazon (To Malaga, On Loan), Todd Kane (To Blackburn Rovers, On Loan), Sam Walker (To Colchester, On Loan)

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Manchester City

Players Bought – Godsway Donyoh (From Right to Dream Academy, undisclosed)

Sold or Loaned Out – Mario Balotelli (To AC Milan, £19 m), Reece Wabara (To MK Dons, On Loan), Godsway Donyoh (To Djurgarden, On Loan), Jeremy Helan (To Sheffield Wednesday, On Loan)

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Arsenal

Players Bought – Nacho Monreal (From Malaga, £8.3 m)

Sold or Loaned Out –  Marouane Chamakh (To West Ham, On Loan) , Johan Djourou (To Hannover 96, On Loan), Chuks Aneke (To Crewe, On Loan), Emmanuel Frimpong (To Fulham, On Loan)

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Tottenham Hotspur

Players Bought – Lewis Holtby (From Schalke, £1.5 m), Zeki Fryers (From Standard Liege, £3 m)

Sold or Loaned Out –  Andros Townsend (To QPR, On Loan), Heurelho Gomes (To Hoffenheim, On Loan), Alex Pritchard (To Peterborough, On Loan), Jermaine Jenas (To QPR, On Loan), Simon Dawkins (To Aston Villa, On Loan)

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Sunderland

Players Bought – Danny Graham (From Swansea, £5 m), Kader Mangane (From Al Hilal, On Loan), Alfred N’Diaye (From Bursaspor, Undisclosed)

Sold or Loaned Out –  Ahmed Elmohamady (To Hull City, On Loan), Blair Adams (To Coventry, Undisclosed), Fraizer Campbell (To Cardiff City, £650,000)

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Best Bicycle Kick Goals Ever! | A List of Top 10 Overhead Sensations.

Bicycle Kick/Overhead Kick/Scissor Kick are the various names a spectacular goal scored in Football is called as. We now have a list about it. Philippe Mexes & Zlatan Ibrahimovic were probably the catalysts. Both sick f*****g goals.

Considering the fact that two bicycle kick goals of the highest quality were scored in a matter of days, we thought that this obligatory list was forthcoming.

Also Check Out: Top 10 nominees for FIFA Puskas best goal of the season 2012 award.

All the crazy overhead kicks on a ball which managed to go successfully at the back of the net. In no particular order, after all who are we to judge all these moments of geniuses. Here we go with all the videos.

The List:

# Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal vs England

# Philippe Mexes goal vs Anderlecht

# Wayne Rooney goal vs Manchester City

One of the best ever bicycle kick ever, Wayne Rooney against their arch rivals Manchester City. At a very important time too.

# Marco Van Basten goal vs FC Den Bosch

This one is a result of that pure vintage Dutch total football. Marco Van Basten at the end of one slick move which had quite number of passes. The camera angle is superb too for this kind of goal.

# Ronaldinho goal vs Villarreal

This was Ronaldinho’s last match and goal fro Barcelona and what way to go out of wonderful stint with a massive club. Took the ball on his chest and scored sideways. Not the most comfortable of positions but the end result was very good.

# Mauro Bressan goal vs Barcelona

Bressan career at Fiorentina was a normal one with one exception, his tremendous bicycle kick goal against Barcelona. It was flawless.

# Eidur Gudjohnsen goal vs Leeds United

In his time at Chelsea, Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnson was one of the most feared strikers around the world. And this is the reason why. Check out this classic overhead kick video of his below.

# Trevor Sinclair goal vs Barnsley.

This goal won BBC’s Match of the Day (MOTD) Goal of the Season in 1997. Trevor Sinclair of QPR hit a notorious bicycle kick against Barnsley.

# Cristiano Ronaldo goal vs Azerbaijan

This is perfect from Cristiano. Amazing skills to take the ball like that on his chest and then a venomous shot upside down.

# Hugo Sanchez bicycle kick, The Chilena

This is quite an old goal from Mexico and Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez. Amazing technique, Sanchez was a gymnast before, we guess that helps.

Top 10 Richest Football Clubs of 2012

A new review from Forbes.com has revealed the richest top 10 football clubs around the world. Manchester United leads the pack with a worth value of $2.24 billion, followed by the 2 Spanish clubs, which everyone is probably aware of.

As Football grows more and more constantly, the revenue generated by the top clubs is insurmountable. The football clubs are one of the biggest brands out their and they know it. The future looks bright for the top clubs.

A good amount of English, Spanish, Italian, German and French clubs are in the mix.

Check out Top 10 Highest Paid Football Players of 2012

Check out the list below.

1) Manchester United (England)

Owners – Glazer family
Net Worth – $2.235 billion (£1.396 billion)

2) Real Madrid (Spain) 

President – Florentino Perez
Net Worth – $1.877 billion (£1.17 billion)

3) Barcelona (Spain)

President – Sandro Rosell
Net Worth – $1.307 billion (£816 million)

4) Arsenal (England)

Owners – Arsenal Holdings Plc.
Net Worth – $1.292 billion (£807 million)

5) Bayern Munich ( Germany)

President – Ulrich Hoeness
Net Worth – $1.235 billion (£770 million)

6) AC Milan (Italy)

Owners – Silvio Berlusconi
Net Worth – $989 million (£615 million)

7) Chelsea (England)

Owners – Roman Abramovich
Net Worth – $761 million (£473 million)

8) Liverpool (England)

Owners – Fenway Sports Group
Net Worth – $619 million (£385 million)

9) Juventus (Italy)

Owners – The Agnelli family
Net Worth – $591 million (£367 million)

10) Schalke 04 (Germany)

Run by a executive board led by Peter Peters, Horst Heldt & Alexander Jobst
Net Worth – $587 million (£365 million)

Top 10 Richest Football clubs of 2011