With each team constantly trying to outperform the other, clashes and spats are bound to happen. Especially keeping in mind how volatile the world of football is. It is in no time that the spirit of sportsmanship takes a backseat and the players drag their egos to the field which culminates into a series of violent riots right there on the ground where the teams leave no stone unturned in defeating the other.
There are so many rivalries between clubs in Football fuelled by the desire to emerge victorious in every possible match that we can now enlist them for our entertainment. Here is a comprehensive list of the most intense rivalries in the game of football.
Top 6 Football Rivalries
1. El Clasico
The most famous and the most interesting derby in the international football, the ‘El Classico’ exists between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Both the teams are also top contenders for the position of the best team in the world, thus intensifying the rivalry even more. Both the teams have the best of talented players with them, and millions of spectators watch in awe when these two play against each other. El Classico is clearly one of the most awaited fixture in soccer.
2. Liverpool vs Manchester United
Both Liverpool and Manchester united being one of the most successful clubs in England are constantly competing against each other. The rivalry is further fuelled by the fact that they represent two different regions of the same country.Though Manchester united has been more successful out of the two, it stands high chances of losing to Liverpool,given the immensely talented and consistently performing players Liverpool has.
3. River Plate vs Boca Juniors
These two teams are arch rivals and the derby is famous as ‘Superclasico’. The two Argentine teams present a tough challenge to each other whenever there is a face-off. Being two of the most celebrated clubs in South America, both share a common neighborhood by the name of La Boca. This further gives rise to an urge among the teams to defeat the rival team and prove themselves as the best. Whenever there is a match between the two, it is as volatile as fireworks.
4. O Classico
The infamous ‘O Classico’ derby between two of the best and accomplished Portuguese football clubs, FC Porto and SL Benfica are also two of the three clubs which constitute the “Big Three” in Portugal. This rivalry is regional in its origin as Benfica is based in Lisbon and club Porto represent the Porto city of Portugal. Though Porto has been able to fetch more wins, it receives tough competition from Benfica every time they come face to face.
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5. Lazio vs Roma
This Italian derby exists between SS Lazio and AS Roma, proclaimed as two of the best teams in Rome. The derby is infamous as the ‘Derby Della Capitale’. It is more than just another rivalry, as it arises from cultural differences. Roma has registered more wins, leaving Lazio behind. The derby goes way back in history as the teams first contested against each other in 1929. It got violent and following an incident in 1979 when a Lazio fan died after he was hit by a flare fired by a Roma fan sitting on the opposite side of the stadium.
6.Partizan vs Red Star Belgrade
This rivalry is rather eternal and thus known as the ‘Eternal Derby’ for obvious reasons. Contested between two of the best Serbian teams, it is by far the most violent derby often resulting in frequent clashes even outside the stadium. The fans can be bitter towards one another and this generally creates a hostile environment. A lot of drama follows when these two arch rivals are playing against each other.