List of association football club rivalries by country

List of association football club rivalries by country

This list deals with association football rivalries around the world. This includes local derbies as well as matches between teams further apart. Footballing rivalries manifest themselves in many ways. Fierce conflicts between supporter groups, large media coverage, high television viewing figures and, in some cases, bitter controversy can be both causes and consequences of high-profile rivalries.


Africa (CAF)


USMAlger vs MCAlger

Also known as "Le Derby Algerois", is the biggest Derby in Algeria between USMAlger and MCAlger due to the fact that both teams come from the same neighborhood and that is Bab El Oued. One can tell that these two teams are meeting just by taking a walk in Algiers, you can see huge flags from the two teams hanging from buildings and balconies, not to mention the mass presence of police forces in case anything goes down.


Al-Ahly vs Zamalek

Th Cairo derby is a rivalry in Egypt between Al-Ahly & Zamalek.[1] Al-Ahly has the biggest win between the two teams since the league commenced in 1948, winning 6–1 at their home Cairo Stadium in 2002.[2][3][4] The derby matches require foreign referees to officiate them.[5]


Asante Kotoko vs Hearts of Oak

A notable rivalry in Ghana is between Accra Hearts of Oak SC and Asante Kotoko. Kotoko represent Ghana's second largest city, Kumasi, while Hearts of Oak play their home games in the capital, Accra. In 2001, a match between the two teams in Accra resulted in the worst football-related disaster in African history, when 127 people were killed by a stampede which broke out after clashes between supporters and police.[6]


Raja Casablanca vs Wydad Casablanca

Raja Casablanca and Wydad Casablanca is a derby based in Morocco's largest city Casablanca . The largest result between the two sides was Raja's 5–1 win over Wydad in 1995.[7][8] The derby is played in Mohamed V Stadium with a capacity of 67,000 seats. The first derby was held the same year as the launch of the Moroccan championship, in 1956-1957.

South Africa

Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates

The Soweto derby is a derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa's two most historically successful clubs, both situated in the township of Soweto, Johannesburg. The derby is often contested in the 90,000 seater FNB Stadium in order to accommodate the large crowds. The derby has resulted in a number of notable incidents. These include two major riots, the Ellis Park and Orkney Stadium disasters. Both occurred at a Soweto derby game, and resulted in the deaths of 43 and 42 people respectively.


Club Africain vs Espérance

In Tunisian football, the Tunis derby is the local derby between the two major clubs in the city of Tunis, Club Africain and Espérance. The derby is played in Rades in the Stade 7 Novembre stadium due to its larger capacity of 65,000 seats. Both teams play their home games in the Stade Olympique d'El Menzah stadium which has a capacity of 45,000 seats.

Asia (AFC)


Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory

Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory

The rivalry involves Australia's Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory FC and is also called The City Derby. The rivalry came about after the inception of the A-League. Melbourne and Sydney were the two largest cities in Australia. It carries on a longstanding rivalry between the two cities, who compete both in sport and in politics.

Saudi Arabia

Al Hilal vs Al Nasser

Riyadh local derby

Al Itthad vs Al Ahly

Jeddah local derby

Al Hilal vs Al Itthad

The rivalry between the two most successful Saudi teams.


Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal Club

The event known as the Kolkata Derby involves two football clubs from Kolkata, India. In Indian football, Mohun Bagan AC and East Bengal are rivals. Mohun Bagan, being the oldest club in Kolkata (and in Asia also), has a large fan base among the older residents of Kolkata. East Bengal club is mostly popular among the people who come from East Bengal (now known as Bangladesh).[9]

These two clubs met in 1925 for the first time and they have played almost 298 matches since then(as on 19th November, 2011). Out of this number, East Bengal has beaten Mohun Bagan 112 times while Mohun Bagan has beaten East Bengal 84 times.


Persija Jakarta vs Persib Bandung


Esteghlal vs Persepolis

Sepahan vs Zobahan

Abumoslem vs Payam


Shimizu S-Pulse and Júbilo Iwata


Al-Arabi vs Qadsia

Europe (UEFA)


Rapid Wien vs Austria Wien

The Viennese derby is a match between city rivals Rapid and Austria. The rivalry dates back to the two clubs' foundations: Rapid was formed as a working-class club, whereas Austria traditionally represented the bourgeois city centre elite.[10] As of 4 October 2010, 294 league matches have been played. Rapid won 122 times, Austria won 107 times, while 65 matches ended in a draw.[11]


Neftchi Baku vs Khazar Lankaran


Cercle Brugge vs Club Brugge

Beerschot AC vs Royal Antwerp FC

KRC Genk vs Sint-Truiden VV

Sporting Charleroi vs Standard de Liège

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo vs Željezničar

The Sarajevo derby is a match between city rivals FK Željezničar and FK Sarajevo. So far (as of 5 May 2011), a total of 112 matches were played in all competitions. Sarajevo won 37 times and Željezničar won 35 times, while 40 matches ended with a draw.[12] Since Bosnia and Herzegovina became independent in 1992, as of July 2011 the teams have played each other 27 times in the Bosnian championship; Sarajevo won 9 times, Željezničar won 7 times, with 11 draws.[13]

Zrinjski vs Velež

The Mostar derby is a football rivalry in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina between HŠK Zrinjski and FK Velež. The Mostar derby is special because of its political and national tensions. Mostar was in war in the near past, and in that war Zrinjski (West Mostar, Croatian part of the city) and Velež (East Mostar, Bosniak part of the city) were on different sides. The wounds of the war are still fresh which might be the reason why this derby is always accompanied by riots and violence.[14]


CSKA Sofia vs Levski Sofia

This match is known as the so-called "Eternal derby" in Bulgaria. Historically the rivalry between Levski Sofia and CSKA Sofia is related to the rivalry between the Communist Army and people's support for the two teams, but this is no longer the case.[15] There is fierce hatred between the fans of the clubs and there are often fights. On occasions up to 1500 police officers have been required to prevent trouble from occurring.[16]

Levski's best results are 7:1, 7:2 and 5:0. CSKA's best results are two wins with 5:0 and one with 6:2 in a friendly game.[when?]

Lokomotiv Plovdiv vs Botev Plovdiv

This, the second biggest rivalry in Bulgaria, pits teams from the second biggest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv, against each other. Botev Plovdiv have had more success historically, but now their rivals Lokomotiv can gloat that their rivals are in the lower leagues. Nonetheless this rivalry is still hot and with Botev's rise in form, there will be no lack of pressure when these teams line up in the future.


Dinamo Zagreb vs Hajduk Split

The Eternal Derby (Vječni Derbi) is between Croatian clubs Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split. Both teams are amongst the strongest in the country and have strong support groups, which are the Bad Blue Boys for Dinamo and Torcida for Hajduk.[17]

Hajduk is from Dalmatia (Split) and Dinamo is from the Zagreb region.

In 2004, a friendly match between the teams was abandoned after fans threw objects including bottles and knives onto the pitch. The situation became intolerable after a Dinamo player Edin Mujčin was sent off and tensions in the stands grew. Police said that before the match, 25 fans had been arrested.[18]

Czech Republic

Sparta Prague vs Slavia

AC Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague, both based in Prague, Czech Republic, first faced off in 1896 match which ended in a 0-0 draw. As of September 2010, the two teams had faced each other a total of 274 times. Sparta Prague won 125 of those matches, with 64 draws and 86 victories for Slavia.[19]


Brøndby vs Copenhagen


Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal and Tottenham are neighbouring north London clubs, situated less than four miles from each other, hence the footballing rivalry. The rivalry dates back to 1919, when Arsenal were awarded promotion ahead of Tottenham, despite Tottenham finishing above them.[20] Arsenal have won many more League titles (13 to Spurs' 2), and have won ten FA Cups to Tottenham's eight, many of these in recent years. However, Spurs have won more European trophies and League Cups; Arsenal more Community Shields. An example in recent years that highlights the rivalry is the move of Sol Campbell from Tottenham to Arsenal. At the time Campbell was considered one of the best defenders in the country and was in demand from teams such as Barcelona and Inter Milan. Campbell's decision to join close rivals Arsenal came as a shock to fans.[21] The move even prompted death threats from fans upset that he chose Arsenal.[22] William Gallas has also made the switch, but from Arsenal to Tottenham Hotspur at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season.[23]

Aston Villa vs Birmingham City

This is the match between the two main Birmingham clubs. Aston villa have won most of these matches, but Birmingham are starting to make a comeback in these derbies. An example would be when Birmingham knocked Villa out of the Carling Cup in the quarter finals. They then went on to win the trophy. Aston villa trophies: First div:7 League cup:5 FA cup:7 European cup:1 Birmingham City trophies: League cup:2 Aston villa's average crowd is more than the capacity of st Andrews, partly because Villa fans ripped up quite a few seats in the cup quarter finals. Most of Aston Villa's trophies were won before WW1. Birmingham won the league cup in the 1960s and recently in 2011, putting them through to the Europa League.

Blackpool vs Preston North End

Blackburn Rovers vs Burnley

Brighton and Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace[24]

Cardiff City vs Swansea City

Derby County vs Nottingham Forest

Everton vs Liverpool

The homes of English teams Everton and Liverpool are so close that the Merseyside Derby is a very local derby. In fact, Liverpool FC was formed when Everton, the original team in the city, moved from Anfield to Goodison Park over a rent dispute. Everton's previous landlord founded Liverpool as his own team to play in the then empty Anfield stadium. The derby is often known as the "friendly" derby, with families in Liverpool often split down the middle;[25] it is one of the few local derbies where fan segregation is not enforced. Liverpool are the more successful of the clubs, winning eighteen league titles and five European Cups and other European trophies, while Everton have won one European trophy and 9 league titles in total.[26] The relationship became somewhat less friendly and more heated after the Heysel tragedy which resulted in the death of 39 Juventus fans during the 1985 European Cup Final: because of this, UEFA enforced a five-year ban on all English clubs from European competition (Liverpool were initially banned for a further three years after other English clubs would be allowed back in, but in the event were only banned for one extra year). The ban on all English clubs caused outrage for many Everton fans as they were denied the chance to compete in the European Cup the following season. Everton had just been voted the European team of the season, and many people believed they would go on to achieve great things including winning the 1986 European Cup. However, the ban on English clubs meant that would not happen. Everton won the League championship again in 1987, but were again denied entry to the European Cup the following season. The team quickly broke up as the best players moved abroad for European football, and the team went into a decline from which it has never really recovered. This fixture has seen more red cards than any other in English history and it is always a cauldron of noise no matter on which side of Stanley Park the derby is taking place.

Ipswich Town vs Norwich City

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Being the two most successful teams in English football history, Liverpool and Manchester United from the north west of England are rivals for trophies. The biannual league matches are considered by some critics to be the biggest games of the season.[27] Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard also believes this to be true.[28]

Manchester City vs Manchester United

Manchester United vs Leeds United

Millwall vs West Ham United

Newcastle United vs Sunderland

Nottingham Forest vs Notts County

Portsmouth vs Southampton

Port Vale vs Stoke City

Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday

Watford vs Luton Town

Wolverhampton vs West Brom


Flora Tallinn vs Levadia Tallinn

The Tallinn derby is a football rivality between two Estonian major clubs FC Flora Tallinn and FC Levadia Tallinn.[29][30]


AS Monaco FC vs OGC Nice

Olympique de Marseille vs Paris Saint-Germain

Olympique de Marseille vs Olympique Lyonnais

Olympique Lyonnais vs Saint-Etienne


Dinamo Tbilisi vs Torpedo Kutaisi

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Bayern Munich vs Nuremberg

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04

Hamburger SV vs Werder Bremen


AEK vs Olympiacos


AEK vs Panathinaikos

Aris vs PAOK

Olympiacos vs PAOK

Olympiacos vs Panathinaikos

This rivalry is between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. Some violent incidents have taken place between the fans, especially before or after the derby in many regions of Athens.[31]


Ferencváros vs Újpest

The rivalry between Ferencváros and Újpest is considered as one of the most tense match among the Derbies of Budapest. Their rivalry dates back to the 1930s when Újpest started winning their first titles.

Ferencváros vs MTK Budapest

This rivalry dates back to the 1900s when both clubs reigned the Hungarian League. The tension between the two clubs is based on racism.

Ferencváros vs Honvéd

The rivalry between Budapest Honvéd FC and Ferencvárosi TC dates back to the 1950s when Honvéd won five Hungarian League titles with playes like Ferenc Puskás and József Bozsik. The rival revived in the 1980s when Honvéd ruled again the Hungarian championsships with players like Lajos Détári.


Bohemians vs Shamrock Rovers

Following the demise of Drumcondra in the 1960s, Bohemian Football Club adopted professionalism. Since then, a rivalry has developed between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers.[32]

While there have been many examples over the years of the notability of the fixture and the rivalry to the supporters of each club, one of the more recent incidents of note is the signing of Tony Grant and James Keddy by Bohs from Rovers, which led to a pig's head being thrown onto the pitch during their first game versus their old club, a gesture aimed at Grant in particular.[33] Matches involving both teams have occasionally been accompanied by instances of hooliganism. Recent incidents have included the vandalism of the monument commemorating the former home of Shamrock Rovers, Glenmalure Park,[34] and two instances of crowd trouble at Dalymount Park in 2000[35] and Richmond Park in 2003,[36] with the latter resulting in the eviction of Rovers from the Inchicore venue.[37]

Attendance at the fixture has generally followed the same sliding trend as the rest of the League's fixtures over the last forty years,[38] though attendances have risen since Rovers' move to Tallaght.[39][40]

Derry City vs Finn Harps

Drogheda United vs Dundalk

The Louth Derby is reguarded as one of the biggets fixtures in the league for these two clubs from County Louth in the north-east of the Ireland. The tie has become much more intense since Dundalks promotion to the Premier Division in 2008.

Galway United vs Sligo Rovers

The Connacht derby was traditionally a First Division derby but in recent years the success of both clubs means it is now a regular Premier Division encounter. Both teams regularly beat each other, resulting in an almost exact record for both, however in recent seasons Sligo have come out on top most times. The derby is possibly one of the friendliest in the world, with both clubs maintaining good relations with each other and violence at matches non-existent.


Genoa vs Sampdoria

Internazionale vs Juventus

The Derby d'Italia is a football fixture in Italian football between Internazionale and Juventus. It is unique in Italian football because, until the 2006–07 season, the derby was the only match which had always been played in Serie A. In the 2006–07 Serie A season, for the first time, this derby was not played as Juventus had been relegated to Serie B due to the Calciopoli scandal. The Derby d'Italia (Italian for "Derby of Italy") was coined back in 1967 by the Italian sports journalist Gianni Brera as the bi-annual football fixture in Italian football between Inter and Juventus.[41]

Once Juventus returned to Serie A, the fixture resumed and the first one held was a fiercely contested draw (the first draw in the fixture since 2001).[42] The two teams also have the highest goals total in Serie A history.

Internazionale vs Milan

Derby della Madonnina, or the Milan Derby as it is sometimes known, is a football match between the Italian clubs A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano (Inter).[43] It is usually a semiannual fixture in the Italian football league Serie A; however, the derby has also taken place in the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League. It is called "Derby della Madonnina" in honour of one of the main sights of the city of Milan, the statue of the virgin Mary on the top of the Duomo, which is usually called "Madonnina".[44]

The most infamous of the derby matches between Milan and Inter was the second leg of the Champions' League quarterfinal on 12 April 2005. The game was abandoned after Milan goal keeper Dida was hit by a flare.[45]

Juventus vs Torino

Roma vs Lazio

Napoli vs Roma

Napoli vs Palermo

Palermo vs Catania

ChievoVerona vs HellasVerona

Napoli vs Avellino; Avellino vs Salernitana; Napoli vs Salernitana

Bari vs Lecce

Fiorentina vs Bologna

Fiorentina vs Empoli

Atalanta vs Brescia

Livorno vs Pisa

Palermo vs Cagliari

Piacenza vs Cremonese

Parma vs Reggiana

Bologna vs Modena

Taranto vs Crotone

Messina vs Reggina


Floriana vs Sliema Wanderers

Floriana and Sliema Wanderers are the two most successful football teams on the Maltese Islands. Floriana have won 25 Maltese Football League championships and Sliema have won 26. Their rivalry stems from a game in 1910, the first in the then newly-formed League. The match was abandoned after a disputed goal and replayed several weeks later; Floriana won the replay and went on to win the League. The rivalry is known as the Old Firm after the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers in Scotland. It was particularly intense between 1920 and 1940 because the clubs frequently confronted each other in decisive matches.[46]


Ajax vs Feyenoord

A rivalry in the Netherlands is that between AFC Ajax and Feyenoord, known as De Klassieker (The Classic). Both clubs have won the Dutch national championship numerous times and, along with PSV, have dominated the Dutch league since the beginning of professional football in Holland in the 1950s. Ajax has been the more successful of the two, and is renowned for its technical style of play, while Feyenoord has the blue collar appeal closely associated with Rotterdam as a port city.[47]

On occasions the rivalry has turned violent. In 1997, fans of the two teams clashed in a field, known as the Battle of Beverwijk. One fan was killed and many were injured. More recently, in 2004 during a pitch invasion Jorge Acuna was put into hospital after being attacked by a fan.[48]

Northern Ireland

Glentoran vs Linfield

This derby revolves around the rivalry between Belfast's 'Big Two' Glentoran and Linfield, the two most successful clubs in the history of Northern Irish football. Although both clubs are traditionally associated with the Unionist/Loyalist tendency of Northern Irish politics (and thus also have separate rivalries with the traditionally Nationalist/Republican Cliftonville) a fierce rivalry has built up between the two clubs due to their dominance of local football.

The clubs traditionally face each other on Boxing Day.[49][50] Games between the two sides have frequently been marred by outbreaks of hooliganism.[51][52] and even the appearance of animals at the 1985 Irish Cup final.[53] The 2008 Boxing Day game was marred by some particularly violent scenes, with the game temporarily halted due to missiles being thrown onto the pitch.[54] The incident led to the Irish Football Association suspending the traditional holiday fixture for two years in an attempt to control the violent rivalry.[55] The ban was lifted on appeal in March 2009, although the clubs face a potential fine of £40,000 if there is more crowd trouble.[56]

The dominance of the two clubs is demonstrated by the frequency with which they have faced each other in domestic cup finals. As of 2010 the teams have contested the final of the Irish Cup 14 times, the Irish League Cup eight times and the County Antrim Shield 17 times, while they have also faced each other in the finals of the defunct Gold Cup (12 times) and Irish League Floodlit Cup (once).


Benfica vs Porto

Benfica vs Sporting

Porto vs Sporting


Dinamo Bucharest vs Steaua Bucharest

Russia (former USSR)

Dynamo Kiev vs Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow cs CSKA Moscow

Spartak's arch rival is CSKA Moscow; although this is a relatively recent rivalry having only emerged in the last twenty years. Seven of ten matches with the largest audience in Russian Premier League (including top three) were Spartak-CSKA derbies.[57]

Spartak Moscow vs Dynamo Moscow

This rivalry is an oldest Moscow derby.

Spartak Moscow vs Zenit Saint Petersburg

It's a rivalry of two largest cities of Russia.

Zenit Saint Petersburg vs Dynamo Moscow

It's a rivalry of two largest cities of Russia.

Rubin Kazan vs KS Samara

Neighbouring large cities of Kazan and Samara have historical rivalry of their football teams: Rubin and Krylia Sovetov. It is often called Volga derby.

Rubin Kazan vs KAMAZ Nab. Chelny

Tatarstan derby.

Volga Nizhny Novgorod vs FC Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod derby

Rostov vs SKA

Rostov-on-Don derby.

Kuban Krasnoder vs FC Krasnodar

Krasnodar derby was a first non-Moscow derby in Russian Premier-league.


Celtic vs Rangers

The Old Firm derby is between Scottish Premier League teams Celtic and Rangers . Both clubs play in Glasgow, Scotland and the match is one of the oldest derbies in the world, dating back to 1888, the year of Celtic's creation.[58] The Old Firm derby is also one of the most contested matches in the world, with over 380 games having been played. The matches are played at either Ibrox Stadium with 51,000 fans or Celtic Park in front of 60,000. In some cases, the match is played at Hampden Park, if the tie happens to be a Scottish Cup or Scottish League Cup final or semi-final. Combined, the teams have won a total of 94 and a half league titles, with Rangers currently (as of 15 May 2011) ahead with 53 and a half [59] to Celtic's 42.

Rangers are considered a Protestant club with Unionist and loyalist supporters, while Celtic are considered a Catholic club with Republican and Nationalist supporters. It has long had connections with the conflict in Northern Ireland, with thousands of fans from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland making the trip to Scotland for these matches.[60] There is even violence in Northern Ireland following Old Firm games.[61] In 1980, around 9,000 fans fought an on-pitch battle in the aftermath of Celtic's 1–0 victory in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden. This remains the worst invasion onto a football pitch ever reported. The Old Firm rivalry fuels many assaults and many deaths on Old Firm Derby days; an activist group that monitors sectarian activity in Glasgow has reported that on Old Firm weekends, admissions to hospital emergency rooms increase ninefold over normal levels, and journalist Franklin Foer noted that in the period from 1996 to 2003, eight deaths in Glasgow were directly linked to Old Firm matches, and hundreds and thousands of assaults.[62]

The highest aggregate score in the three major domestic competitions between the Old Firm clubs is eight goals, and this has happened on eight separate occasions: 4–4 twice (Scottish Cup on 16/2/1956, Premier League on 22/3/1986); Celtic 5 Rangers 3 twice (Scottish Cup on 6/2/1892 and League on 22/9/1894); Celtic 6 Rangers 2 three times (League on 14/12/1895, 10/9/1938, and 27/8/2000); Celtic 7 Rangers 1 once (League Cup Final on 19/10/1957). The latter result is the biggest margin of victory for either side in any official Old Firm match.

The record attendance for the Old Firm derby is 132,870 for the 1969 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, won 4–0 by Celtic.

Hibernian Vs Heart of Midlothian


Crvena Zvezda vs Partizan

The eternal derby (Večiti derbi) also known as Belgrade's derby it replaced the pre-World War II rivalry between BSK and SK Jugoslavija.[63] FK Partizan was founded in 1945 as the football section of the central club of the Yugoslav Army.[64] Red Star was founded in 1945 as well but with close ties to the Ministry of Interior at its beginning. These two clubs were dominant in the post-1945 Yugoslav First League with Red Star winning 19 and Partizan 11 Yugoslav Championships. The matches of these two against Hajduk Split and Dinamo Zagreb, the third and fourth respectively in number of titles, was similar in intensity mostly because of the Serbo-Croat rivalry, and the four clubs were known as Velika četvorka (the big 4). After the break-up of SFR Yugoslavia in 1992 the rivalry between Partizan and Red Star continued, having until 2010 only once the national championship not been won by some of the two, with Partizan winning further 11 and Red Star 6 national championships. The rivalry between the two clubs is known to be fierce and violent.[65]

Red Star fans are named Delije (Heroes) and FK Partizan fans are named Grobari (Undertakers or Gravediggers). Because of violent actions between hooligans, many people have been hurt in fights. There are several cases of off-stadium deaths in clashes between supporters of these teams, as well as one case of an on-stadium killing, when in 1999 a Grobari member, using a hand-held rocket-launcher, killed a supporter of Red Star by sending a missile from the south stand to the north one, where Delije are traditionally stationed.[66]


Slovan Bratislava vs Spartak Trnava


NK Maribor vs Olimpija Ljubljana


Athletic vs Real Sociedad

Atlético de Madrid vs Real Madrid

Barcelona vs Espanyol

Espanyol (or blanc-i-blaus), being one of the Spanish clubs granted royal patronage, was founded exclusively by Spanish football fans, unlike the multinational nature of FC Barcelona's original board. Its historical ground was in the well-off district of Sarrià.

Traditionally, especially during the Franco regime, Espanyol was seen by the majority of Barcelona's citizens as a club which cultivated a kind of compliance to the central authority, in stark contrast to Barça's revolutionary spirit.[67] Over the last years the derby is less political as Espanyol translated its official name and anthem from Spanish to Catalan.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona

The rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain is generally considered to be one of the biggest in football. From the start the clubs were seen as representatives of two rival regions in Spain, Catalonia and Castile respectively, as well as the cities of Madrid and Barcelona.[68]

In the 1950s, the rivalry was intensified further when the clubs disputed the signing of Alfredo Di Stéfano, who finally played for Real Madrid and was key in the subsequent success achieved by the club. The last meeting was in August 2011, with Barcelona winning 3-2.[69]

Betis vs Sevilla


AIK vs Djurgården


Basel vs Zürich

In May 2009 twelve people were arrested after a match involving Zürich and Basel in Zürich. This led to calls for football matches to be played at lunchtime and alcohol to be banned in the stadium.[70]


Adanaspor vs Adana Demirspor

Adanaspor vs Mersin İdman Yurdu

Adana Demirspor vs Mersin İdman Yurdu

Mersin İdman Yurdu vs Tarsus İdman Yurdu

Elazığspor vs Diyarbakırspor

Elazığspor vs Malatyaspor

Altay vs Bucaspor

Altay vs Göztepe

Altay vs Karşıyaka

Bucaspor vs Göztepe

Bucaspor vs Karşıyaka

Göztepe vs Karşıyaka

Ankaragücü vs Gençlerbirliği

Kayserispor vs Sivasspor

Çaykur Rizespor vs Trabzonspor

Giresunspor vs Orduspor

Beşiktaş vs Bursaspor

Beşiktaş vs Galatasaray

Beşiktaş vs Fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe vs Galatasaray

Kocaelispor vs Sakaryaspor


Dynamo Kyiv vs Shakhtar Donetsk


Cardiff City vs Swansea City

North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)

Costa Rica

Alajuelense vs Saprissa

Herediano vs Saprissa

Alajuelense vs Herediano


Comunicaciones vs Municipal


Marathon vs Motagua

Marathon vs Olimpia

Motagua vs Olimpia


América vs Cruz Azul

América vs Guadalajara

The El Súper Clásico is a long-standing rivalry between the teams of two cities in Mexico: Chivas of Guadalajara and América of Mexico City.[71] Chivas is known for a long-standing tradition of fielding only Mexican-born players, contrasting with América, which typically hires famous foreigners. América is owned by Televisa, the main communications company in Mexico, and thus has a large fan base across the country. Guadalajara also has a large supporter base nationwide (and is owned by Jorge Vergara, through his company Omnilife).[72]

This match is sometimes seen as the match of the 'capitalinos', the inhabitants of Mexico City, versus the 'provincianos', the people from the rest of the country.[73] Both teams have been very successful, with Guadalajara having won 11 championships, and America 10.

América vs Pumas

Monterrey vs Tigres

Guadalajara vs Atlas

United States and Canada

Chivas USA vs Los Angeles Galaxy

D.C. United vs New York Red Bulls

Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas

Los Angeles Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes

Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders FC

El Salvador

C.D. Águila vs Alianza F.C.

C.D. Águila vs C.D. Fas

C.D. Fas vs C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo

South America (CONMEBOL)


Boca Juniors vs River Plate

These two teams from Buenos Aires, Argentina are the protagonists of what is known as the Superclásico (Superderby Spanish, clásico – meaning classic– is the word used instead of derby in Argentina). Boca Juniors is traditionally regarded as the club of Argentina's working class, in contrast with the supposedly more upper-class support base of cross-town Atlético River Plate.[74] The rivalry between Boca Juniors and River Plate is intense, and the team's fans usually take to distributing posters to tease the other after a defeat between them or even a loss in any major competition, or to show off after winning the local league or an international championship.

In 2004, British newspaper The Observer made a list of 50 sporting things you must do before you die, with Watch Boca Juniors Play River Plate in Buenos Aires at the top of the list.[75] Due to their huge fan bases (Boca has 40% of the Argentine population and River 33% (contrary to the popular claim that Boca is club of the half plus one (la mitad más uno)),[76] and remarkable success, the enmity encompasses a major part of the country's populace. Known worldwide for the passion of the fans, the stands of both teams are loaded with passionate songs (often based on popular Argentine rock band tunes) against their rivals, fireworks, flags and rolls of paper. Matches sometimes end in riots between the hardest supporters of both sides or against the police. Tourists from around the globe come to Argentina to watch the match, sometimes with travel packages that include a ticket to the Superclásico[77]

Independiente vs Racing

The Avellaneda derby is the second most important rivalry in Argentine football.In argentina they call it "El clasico"/"the classic", which is inferior to the "súper clásico". The two teams are located in the city of Avellaneda, in the south of the Greater Buenos Aires, but both teams have got fans in all the country. Independiente is the third most popular team in Argentina and Racing the fourth,[78][79][80] and are respectively the 3rd and 5th successful teams in terms of the total number of league championships won.[81]

====Gimnasia vs Estudiantes


This city is divided by this match. This teams are very popular on La plata, Gimnasia lost A Serie in 2011


Blooming vs Oriente Petrolero

Bolívar vs The Strongest


Atlético Mineiro vs Cruzeiro

Coritiba vs Atlético Paranaense

Corinthians vs Palmeiras

The rivalry between the supporters of these two Brazilian clubs can turn violent, with the Paulista Derby having the largest number of deaths in the Brazilian soccer history.[82] Corinthians and Palmeiras have decided state championships (Campeonato Paulista), along with regional (Torneio Rio-São Paulo), national (Campeonato Brasileiro) and continental competition (Libertadores Cup of America).

Corinthians vs São Paulo

Flamengo vs Fluminense

Flamengo vs Vasco da Gama

Gremio vs Internacional

Palmeiras vs São Paulo


Colo-Colo vs Universidad de Chile

Universidad Católica vs Universidad de Chile


Atlético Nacional vs Independiente Medellín

Millonarios vs Santa Fé


Barcelona vs Emelec

Clásico del Astillero is the most important and historically football rivalry in Ecuador. It was not until 22 August 1943 that the two sides faced each other for the first time, in a Guayaquil League match. Sporting their distinctive yellow jerseys, Los Canarios defeated El Eléctrico 4-3, with Pedro Villalta scoring a late winner for Barcelona. It was a match that would forever be remembered as The Derby of the Posts, due to the number of times that the Emelec forwards struck the woodwork. In 1948, the local derby received a name of its own in a preview in the newspaper El Universo, becoming known forever more as El Clásico del Astillero (The Shipyard Derby). In 1990 proved to be a very special year in the history of El Clásico del Astillero, with the two sides facing off in a Copa Libertadores quarter-final second leg on 29 August. Barcelona advanced to the semis after a 1-0 win. This derby is also called "El partido inmortal del fútbol Ecuatoriano" (English: The immortal Ecuadorian football game).

SD Aucas vs LDU Quito


Olimpia vs. Cerro Porteño


Alianza Lima vs Universitario

The Super Clasico (Super Classic) or the Classic of the Classics of Peruvian Football (El Clásico de los Clásicos del Futbol Peruano) is the name given to Peru's biggest football local derby between Alianza Lima and Universitario de Deportes. The rivalry between these two clubs started in their first game on September 23, 1928 when the two first faced off in a violent game. Both clubs come from the capital city, Lima, and between them have 49 national cups, being Universitario the most successful of all time of all time with 25 cups, followed by Alianza with 22. They both hold the biggest fan base in the country, mostly referred to "Las dos mitades del Pais" (The two halfs of the country) due to the fact that when they play the whole country stops and watch the game. Alianza and Universitario about 75-80% of the fan base in Peru. The match is characterized by huge crowds, intense play and sometimes huge fight between their respectives barras bravas, La Trinchera Norte for Universitario and Comando Svr for Alianza.


Nacional vs Peñarol

A football rivalry existing since the late 19th century, the Uruguayan Clásico is the confrontation between the two greatest teams of Montevideo, Nacional and Peñarol.[83] Both teams have played a large part in developing South American football and are respected in the Americas and worldwide despite their recent lack of international success. Together they sum up 8 Copa Libertadores and 6 Intercontinental Cups.

The 0–0 draw of 14 April 1990, had after a protracted fight, 22 red cards, 11 for each side (Nacional-9 field players and 2 bench players). The match ended at 85 minutes because of the rule that each team needs a minimum of 7 players.[83] The 1–1 match of 26 November 2000 ended in another confrontation including punching and kicking after which 9 players had to spend a month in jail along with one of the coaches. Two editions of the match were played abroad, one in La Plata (Argentina) in 1960, the other in La Coruña (Spain) in 2005.

As of 14 October 2010 (2010 -10-14), these teams faced each other 502 times, resulting in 180 victories for Peñarol and 162 for Nacional.[83]

Oceania (OFC)

New Zealand


Brazil and Argentina

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