In the December 2014 issue of FourFourTwo, we reveal the 10 greatest derbies in the world... and the best of the rest. But what about the finest moments from them? Well, here they are...
1) Souey plants his colours in the ground, 1996
It’s hard to believe that the most talked-about moment in Istanbul derby history features a mustachioed Scotsman with a dodgy ticker. Graeme Souness became an instant hero on one side of the Bosphorus and persona non grata on t’other when he celebrated Galatasaray’s win at the home of Fenerbahce by planting his club’s flag in the centre circle at the end of the 1996 Turkish Cup Final.
The incident earned the brass-balled boss the nickname ‘Ulibatli Souness’ after comparisons with national hero Ulibati Hasan, who was killed as he planted the Ottoman flag during the Siege of Constantinople in 1453. So loved is Souey by Galatasaray fans, in fact, that they re-enacted the incident this year in his honour (see main image). Nice.
2) “That’s for leaving us, you swine”, 2002
Coins, cigarette lighters and even whisky bottles are one thing (well, some things). The head of a pig is quite another. But it wasn’t just any old hog that Luis Figo had the head of thrown at him as he took a corner at the Nou Camp, but that of a cochinillo, a suckling pig – and a real Spanish delicacy by all accounts. Those Barcelona fans must have really hated the Portuguese winger to toss away such a treat – and with good reason they’d tell you, after he joined their bitter rivals Real Madrid despite claiming that he’d sign a new contract with Barça. Normally a reserved people, the Catalans let Figo have it at the first opportunity, causing the Clasico to be halted for 13 minutes. “It was a significant game for me, as it made me much more mature,” Figo later told FourFourTwo. “But of course I was a bit worried than I could be harmed.” No wonder.
3) Ronaldinho makes a mug of Dunga, 1999
The game that brought Ronaldinho to Brazil’s attention. And down in the country’s cowboy country, Rio Grande do Sul, they don’t come much bigger that the State Championship final. Only somebody forget to tell Gremio’s toothy teenager as he proceeded to turn in a match-winning display, embarrassing Internacional veteran and former Brazil captain Dunga with the type of trickery for which he would soon become famous. And to a fella nearly twice his age, too – it was almost cruel. Dunga got his revenge, though, leaving Ronaldinho out of his Brazil World Cup squad 11 years later.