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The Biggest Football Derbies in the United Kingdom

Derby days! The expectation, nerves, surprises, and passion. There are few things that mean more to fans than football rivalry. Derby day is the first fixture a fan will pencil into the calendar in the months building up to the matches. The main aim is to win against your closest rivals. We take a look at the biggest football derbies below.

North London Derby

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The rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is the biggest in North London and among the most anticipated in the English Premier League. It began bubbling in the early 1900s after Arsenal moved to Highbury. Only four miles separate Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The derby is exciting with goals galore and the ‘King of North London’ tag at stake during every game.

Merseyside Derby

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The Merseyside derby pitting Liverpool FC against Everton is the longest-running derby in the UK. It has been played annually since the 1962-63 season. Less than a mile apart, Stanley Park sits between Anfield and Goodison Park.

Everton has been trying to get out of Liverpool’s shadow, making it a tense derby every time the two sides clash. Initially, the rivalry was known as the ‘friendly derby.’ For instance, fans from both teams sat together in the 1984 League Cup Final chanting ‘Merseyside’ unanimously.

The derby has witnessed twenty-one red cards to players since the inception of the EPL.

Manchester Derby

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If you happen to be in Manchester on derby day, you will see a city painted in red and sky-blue. The city comes to a standstill as Manchester City or Manchester United descend on either Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford, respectively.

Balotelli’s ‘Why Always Me?’ shirt during Manchester City’s 6-1 win against Manchester United in October 2011 and Wayne Rooney’s breath-taking bicycle kick eight months earlier are some of the derby’s most incredible moments. With both teams playing topflight EPL and European football, the rivalry will become even more intense!

Old Firm Derby

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Based in Glasgow, both Rangers and Celtic are four miles apart. They are the leading and most successful Scottish football clubs. Each team seeks the throne of Scotland’s best football team.

The Ibrox Stadium and Celtic Park rivalry began with a friendly tone in the 20th century before embroiling into hatred and competition. Rival fans fought on the stands and the pitch during the famous Scottish Cup Final in 1980. The Scottish FA banned alcohol consumption at all Old Firm Derby matches!

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The Largest Football Club Grounds in the UK

As fans start returning to full capacity stadiums following the Coronavirus restrictions, here is a look at some of the largest football club grounds in the UK.

Wembley would take the top spot, except it is not owned by a particular club. With a capacity of over 90, 000, the National Stadium is the UK’s largest stadium. It hosts The Three Lions’ home matches and the semis and finals of the FA Cup.

Old Trafford

Manchester United’s home ground is the largest club stadium in the UK. Popularly known as the ‘Theatre of Dreams,’ the ground has seen some exhilarating football action since it was built in 1910. It has hosted large football events like the 1966 World Cup, 2012 Olympic football, and 1996 Euros.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The Spurs have recently climbed on this list after the completion of their 62,850 stadia in 2019. A London derby against Chelsea in December 2019 saw the stadium get a record attendance of 61, 104. The new stadium replaced their former White Hart Lane ground.

Emirates Stadium

Another ground in London, Arsenal’s Emirates stadium, has a capacity of over 60,704, and it is one of the most electric grounds on match days. The club moved into the stadium in July 2006, vacating their former Highbury ground. A match against Manchester United in November 2007 saw the club get its record with 60, 161 fans attending.

London Stadium

West Ham’s London stadium has a sitting capacity of 60,000. It opened in May 2012, having been built to host the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The hammers leased the ground as their venue for home matches, but it still hosts other events like the IAAF Diamond League and various rugby events.

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Female Clubs

The Best Ranked Female Clubs Across Europe

Interest in women’s football is growing, and we love to see it! As more and more investment and fan attention go towards women’s football, we look at some of the best female clubs across Europe.

1. Barcelona Femení

Barcelona’s female team is a dominant force not just in Spain but across the continent. The team is the current holder of the Women’s Champions League. They are defending champions of the Spanish women’s league.

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The team was founded in 1988 as Spain’s first division women’s league. During that time, they have won the top division a record six times.

2. Olympique Lyonnais

Part of the Lyon family since 2004, this is the most successful team in women’s football. They lead the Champions’ League charts with seven wins. They have dominated the French league with 14 consecutive wins in their 17 years of existence.

3. VFL Wolfsburg

This is the most dominant team in the women’s Bundesliga. They have won the title six times since the club was founded in 2003. Currently, they are the defending champions with a winning streak running for four seasons. They also have two Champions’ League wins (2013 and 2014) and appeared in the finals a record of five times.

4. Bayern Munich

The German side has not had as great fortunes as its men’s counterpart, but it is still a force in the country and in Europe. Going into October 2021, they occupy the top position in the Frauen-Bundesliga.

Three league wins in the bag and a 2016 Champions’ League semi-final appearance is the team’s major achievements.

5. Chelsea FC Women

Chelsea’s recent surge in form happens to be for both men’s and women’s teams. While the men are the current champions of Europe, the ladies fell short of glory as they lost the final to Barcelona. They also have three FA women’s Super League (FA WSL) wins to their name.

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The UK’s Biggest Football Clubs by Number of Fans

This is often a back-and-forth discussion, depending on what parameters you use. Every fan wants a metric that favours their team. In this article, we look at clubs’ greatness purely in terms of fan numbers and online activity.

Manchester United

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With around 74 million likes on their Facebook page alone, Manchester United prove that they still have a great reputation. This is despite going almost seven years without a league win as of 2021. The re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has boosted the club’s popularity in a big way.

Chelsea

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Chelsea has had a good record in recent years. They have one of the best squads in the league and are champions of Europe. This good vein has seen the team win loads of new fans both inside and outside the UK. The team has around 50 million followers on Facebook.

Manchester City

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This is another team that has grown immensely over the last decade. Manchester City emerged from the shadows to dominate UK football and have always been title contenders in the last five years. They are the league’s defending champions, and, for their efforts, they have earned themselves over 41 million Facebook followers.

Arsenal

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Despite a heavy fall from grace, Arsenal is still able to attract over 38 Facebook followers. The team has been on a downward spiral for some years now. Mikel Arteta’s seemingly has the ability to return the team to its rightful position, but opinions are still divided.

With a fairly youthful squad in the 2021/22 season, there are glimpses of potential. But will they be able to hold this team together long enough to get back into elite positions? We wait.