Football derbies mean a lot more than 3 points or progressing to the next round of competition. They mean that the victor has bragging rights until the next match. Usually derby rivals are located in the same city, but sometimes a derby rivalry is created from history, religion or controversy in the past. Here is our list of the biggest football rivalries in world football.
The Old Firm Derby – Glasgow Celtic Vs. Glasgow Rangers
One of the oldest and most fiercely contested derbies in the world takes place in Glasgow City, Scotland. The two teams are based in the same city which already make this match fiercely contested, what adds even more spice to this battle is that both sets of fans are a different religion; Rangers are protestant and Celtic are Catholic.
The Derby Della Madonnina – Inter Milan Vs. AC Milan
This is the biggest game in Italian football by a mile. Not only do the two teams share a city, they also share a stadium! When both teams take to the field in their joint stadium, the San Siro, the atmosphere and tension is electric!
The North West Derby – Manchester United Vs. Liverpool
This derby comes down to two of the biggest clubs in English football. Unlike other rivals they do not share a city, what they do share is an area – the North West of England. Both sides have been extremely successful in the league, Liverpool in the 70′ s and 80’s, Manchester United in the 90’s onwards. This derby is about the king and his successor.
The Merseyside Derby – Liverpool Vs. Everton
The city of Liverpool is divided every time Liverpool play Everton. It used to be the case that Liverpool were favourites, these days the Merseyside has become a very close contest. The derby is an adrenalin fuelled, passionate and fast paced match. The latest game ended in an enthralling 3-3 draw.
El Clasico – Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid
Some of the best players in football history have played in the El Classico derby. It is one of the most watched derbies in the world, the two teams will always have the best footballing talent on show. These days fans can watch Messi, Ronaldo and Gareth Bale showcase their skills. Real Madrid in their recognisable white shirt with Bwin.com on the front and Barcelona in their iconic red and blue strip. It is an important fixture because these two side usually contest the league, the victors are able to pick up valuable points on there way to the trophy.