ESTEGHLAL X PERSEPOLIS – THE IRANIAN CAULDRON OF EMOTIONS

Rivalries are the lifeblood of football. Whether it be social class issues, religious disputes or battles for the power of the city, these matches define the game. Studies on football fans have shifted focus away from ‘exceptional fans’ to the study of ‘every day fans’ and their experiences. The traditional view of rivalries was how the exceptional, hooligan-like fans would go toe-to-toe and fight for … Continue reading ESTEGHLAL X PERSEPOLIS – THE IRANIAN CAULDRON OF EMOTIONS

TENERIFE X LAS PALMAS: THE BATTLE FROM THE CANARY ISLANDS

Spain is home to many passionate and intense footballing rivalries, reaching various parts of the country. Emotions run high in the Basque Country whenever Athletic Club and Real Sociedad meet. Battles between Sevilla and Real Betis create unforgettable atmospheres. In the capital, a victory for Atlético Madrid over Real Madrid can be of the highest importance for both bragging rights and title races. But one of … Continue reading TENERIFE X LAS PALMAS: THE BATTLE FROM THE CANARY ISLANDS

UNIVERSITARIO X ALIANZA LIMA: THE UNDYING ANIMOSITY OF PERU’S FIERCEST FOOTBALL RIVALRY

When our minds are drawn to South American football rivalries, the high-profile clashes come to mind. Boca Juniors against River Plate, Corinthians squaring off against Palmeiras and Racing Club playing Independiente, to name a few. Often going under the radar is one of South America’s most passionate rivalries – one dating back to 1928 – and the clash between Peru’s two heavyweights, Alianza Lima and … Continue reading UNIVERSITARIO X ALIANZA LIMA: THE UNDYING ANIMOSITY OF PERU’S FIERCEST FOOTBALL RIVALRY

GREMIO X INTERNACIONAL: THE DIVIDING OF PORTO ALEGRE

In the southern reaches of Brazil lays Porto Alegre in the state of Rio Grande De Sol, the derby match of two of Brazil’s biggest teams has captured everything that is special about football in Brazil. Football derbies around the world are games that all fans look out for when the early season fixtures are released (especially for the locals). Every league around the world … Continue reading GREMIO X INTERNACIONAL: THE DIVIDING OF PORTO ALEGRE