FourFourTwo's 50 Biggest Derbies in the World
Football is a competitive game. We measure our progress against others, in leagues and cups, and the general idea is to win. But some wins are better than others.
There’s no feeling quite like a victory in a derby match against your nearest and most-hated opponents. Sometimes it can help to win a league or cup, on other occasions it might seal your promotion or their relegation, but there’s no such thing as a meaningless derby.
These are the games that decide who laughs last and loudest in the office, classroom, shop-floor and forum. These are the games you love to win and hate to lose. They can make or break your season – longer, if you’re in different divisions.
A quick note on inclusion rules. We've stuck to club teams, deciding to deal with international rivalries in a separate feature. We haven’t chosen any team twice: no matter how many foes you despise (or how widely hated you are), you’re only allowed one mortal enemy. The vast majority of these derby rivals are geographically close – the same city or the one just up the road – but there are some exceptions (you can probably name one or two immediately). Oh, and for each fixture we've listed the teams in alphabetical order: no, we don't think they're a bigger team than you.
The list will be revealed over the course of the week, with plenty of other features to keep you going – including dozens of new uploads from our much-loved More Than A Game features, in which we get onto the terrace and under the skin of a crunch fixture. All that and more will be revealed as we go along so feel free to have your say on #FFTderbies via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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- The biggest international derbies
- Deadliest derby-day hitmen
- Maddest derby moments
- Britain's bonkers derbies
- Less Than a Game: you hate them, they don't care
- ...plus more to come
More Than A Game
- Blackburn Rovers vs Burnley
- Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
- Chester City vs Wrexham
- Ajax vs Feyenoord
- Liverpool vs Manchester United
- Cardiff City vs Swansea City
- Olympiakos vs Panathinaikos
- Fiorentina vs Juventus
- Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke
- Albania vs Serbia
- Velez vs Zrinjski