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.
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.
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.
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!
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!