10 of the maddest derby moments EVER: Souey's flag, Jens' late show and furious Fergie
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.
Off! Off! Off! Off! Off! Off… 1990
The first, and best, of several tear-ups in our rundown was so tasty that it trumps another on-field brawl between Nacional and Penarol a decade later that resulted in nine players spending a month in jail. This Montevideo melee was far more straightforward, with little interference from fans, stewards and coaching staff.
Like every good scrap, it had a bald bloke with a beard at its centre, clobbering anyone who came within striking distance. He was one of 20 (!) players who were sent off, causing the match to be abandoned. Obviously.
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 forgot 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.
It all kicks off in Mexico, 1983
While the Uruguayans enjoy some good old fisticuffs, a kick is the Mexican’s preferred choice of attack – judging by this kung-fu fest between Club America and Chivas Guadalajara in 1983 anyway, now known as La Bronca del ’83 (The Riot of ’83).
With Chivas leading, an already-violent play-off semi-final turned ugly in the second half, with what seemed like most of the stadium joining in. It’s not big, it’s not clever, but it’s certainly worth a watch.