Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

In Pictures: Football's greatest rivalries

Derby Della Madonnina: AC Milan v Inter Milan
AC Milan was founded in 1899 by English immigrants but when some members disagreed that only British players could be a member of the side they founded a new club with the obvious name, Internazionale. Inter have ever since been considered a club for the bourgeoisie middle-class (hence the nickname 'bauscia' which means 'nouveau riche') while AC had more working class members (nicknamed 'casciavit' meaning screwdrivers). The Milanese clubs have fought neck and neck for supremacy in Italian football ever since and the rivalry is as heated today as it was over 100 years ago.
O Derby: Palmeira v Corinthians
When the Italian clubs Torino and Pro Vercelli visited Brazil in 1914, a group of Italians who lived in Sao Paulo decided to found an Italian club to practice sports. This club was named Palestra Italia. These Italians used to be members of Corinthians but from that moment they became the "betrayers". Palestra (Palmeiras) and Corinthians divided the fans and the honours in Sao Paulo and that's how the match became "The Derby".
De Klassieker: Ajax v Feyenoord
In the Netherlands the greatest rivalry exists between Ajax and Feyenoord. Since their founding the pair have grown into two of the most successful clubs in Dutch history but their roots could not be more different. Ajax hail from the cultural and liberal socialist capital Amsterdam and are famed for their championing of the beautiful game. In contrast Feyenoord are based in Rotterdam, a rugged industrial city synonymous with the birthplace of Pum Fortuyn's anti-immigration party. The contrasting backgrounds have fuelled violent scenes between supporters of the two teams.

This weekend will see not one, but two local derbies in the Premier League. Aston Villa host Birmingham and Newcastle play Sunderland this Sunday.

The two fixtures are some of the most anticipated of the season, particularly among supporters of the clubs involved.

In anticipation of the games, we take a look at some of the most keenly contested domestic fixtures with our run-down of the greatest rivalries in world football.

>> Click on the image to launch our guide.

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