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

KAIZER CHIEFS X ORLANDO PIRATES: THE WAR IN JOHANNESBURG

Footballing rivalries in Africa mostly stem from the northern side of the region. Middle Eastern nations like Egypt and Algeria take up most of the limelight when it comes to that topic, and to be fair to them, the flair and ferocity they bring out is fully deserving of it. However, down in the south, one match brings together the same level of animosity. Hailing … Continue reading KAIZER CHIEFS X ORLANDO PIRATES: THE WAR IN JOHANNESBURG

LOS ANGELES FC X LOS ANGELES GALAXY: MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S FRESHEST LOCAL DERBY

If anyone doubted that Zlatan Ibrahimović would make his mark in Major League Soccer, it took him just 19 minutes to prove them wrong. Having come off the bench in the 71st minute with his new side LA Galaxy 3-1 down against Los Angeles FC, his mere presence opened up space for his new team mate Chris Pontius to pull one back. Then the Swede … Continue reading LOS ANGELES FC X LOS ANGELES GALAXY: MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S FRESHEST LOCAL DERBY

NEW YORK CITY FC X NEW YORK RED BULLS: THE HUDSON RIVER DERBY

The Red Bulls were founded in 1994 as one of Major League Soccer’s original 10 teams. They were called the New York/New Jersey MetroStars up until 2006, before the team was rebranded after Austrian energy drink company Red Bull GmbH bought the club. During the inaugural 1996 MLS season, the MetroStars featured two US National team legends in Tony Meola and Tab Ramos, Venezuelan striker … Continue reading NEW YORK CITY FC X NEW YORK RED BULLS: THE HUDSON RIVER DERBY

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