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

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