THE BEST DERBIES OF EUROPE

Spread across various top international competitions, you will find a total of 38 top matches in Europe. These are both local and national football derbies or rivalries between various top clubs. On this page, we will highlight 38 top matches that our European continent has to offer.

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND – BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH (BORUSSEN DERBY)

Borussia Dortmund Gladbach

Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach both originate from the densely populated Ruhr area and that is also what caused the rivalry. By German standards, there is only a small distance of 100 kilometres between the two stadiums of the clubs. Borussia Mönchengladbach always participates at the top and is a threat to Borussia Dortmund in the battle for European football.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND – SCHALKE 04 (REVIER DERBY)

Borussia Dortmund Schalke

The Revier Derby, also known as Kohlen-Pott Derby is the most important game of the year for Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. In the 30’s and 40’s Schalke 04 was the most successful German team, winning 6 out of 7 championships in this time. At that time, Dortmund played on a lower level. This lead to jealousy of the fans of Die Borussen and that’s how the rivalry developed.

BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH – BAYER LEVERKUSEN (RHEINLAND DERBY)

Gladbach Bayer Leverkusen

When Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen play against each other, one talks about the Rhineland Derby. Leverkusen is located on the other side of the Rhine, nearby Cologne. Although this derby is slightly less heated, the level of the game itself is often very high. This is because Bayer Leverkusen competes in European football a lot.

BAYERN MÜNCHEN – VFB STUTTGART (SÜDDERBY)

Bayern Munchen Stuttgart

The match between Bayern Munich and VFB Stuttgart is also a derby because of the geographical location of both cities in southern Germany. There are “only” 222 kilometres between Stuttgart and Munich.

BAYERN MÜNCHEN – SCHALKE 04 (TOP MATCH)

Bayern Munchen Schalke

There is no real rivalry between Bayern Munich and Schalke 04. Yet throughout history they have often played against each other and both clubs often competed against each other for trophies. That is why honour is at stake during this match.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND – BAYERN MÜNCHEN (DER KLASSIKER)

Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munchen

Since the inaugural season of the Bundesliga in 1963, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are the two most successful teams in German football. Combined they have won a total of 37 championships in the Bundesliga.

LIVERPOOL – MANCHESTER UNITED (NORTH WEST DERBY)

Liverpool Manchester United

The match between Liverpool and Manchester United, the North West Derby, is known as the biggest match in England. Players, fans and the media believe this game to be even more important than the city derbies against Everton and Manchester City.

ARSENAL – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (NORTH LONDON DERBY)

Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur

The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is the football battle of London. The stadiums of both clubs, the Emirates Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, are located in North London. Every game is a fight to call yourself the boss of north London.

ARSENAL – CHELSEA (TOP MATCH)

Arsenal Chelsea

Arsenal and Chelsea both have a bigger rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur, but since both clubs are from London, there is some rivalry there. In addition, they are both teams from the proverbial “top 6”, which is complemented by the clubs from Manchester and Liverpool.

CHELSEA – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (TOP MATCH)

Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur

The rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur developed due to the FA Cup final of 1967. This final is also known as the Cockney Cup Final because Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-1 with goals by former Chelsea players. Matches between these two clubs attract a lot of visitors.

MANCHESTER CITY – MANCHESTER UNITED (MANCHESTER DERBY)

In recent years, the rivalry between Manchester City and Manchester United, the Manchester Derby, has increased enormously. City used to be the little brother of United, nowadays the teams are well matched. Every year it is exciting to see who gets to call themselves the best club from Manchester.

LIVERPOOL – EVERTON (MERYSIDE DERBY)

Liverpool Everton

The Meryside derby is the match between Everton and Liverpool and it’s the longest existing derby in English football and is also known as the “friendly derby”. Since the implementation of the Premier League the rivalry has increased enormously and more red cards are given out than in any other match.

CRYSTAL PALACE – BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (M23 DERBY)

Crystal Palace Brighton

M23 derby, the name of the match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion is derived from the motorway between south London and Sussex. The rivalry between the teams already started in the 40s and was played in the Premier League for the first time last season.

SOUTHAMPTON – BOURNEMOUTH (NEW FOREST DERBY)

Southampton Bournemouth

Since 2016 the game between Southampton and Bournemouth is called the New Forest Derby, making it the youngest derby in English football. The name is derived from the national part that is located between the two clubs: The New Forest.

ARSENAL – MANCHESTER UNITED (TOP MATCH)

Arsenal Manchester United

The match between Arsenal and Manchester United was played for the first time in 1894. However, the rivalry between both teams did not arise until 1990, when a fight resulted in point deductions for both teams. Since this meeting, many games have been played between the two teams, with the two longest-serving Premier League managers ever, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arséne Wenger at the helm.

MANCHESTER UNITED – CHELSEA (TOP MATCH)

Manchester United Chelsea

Because Manchester United and Chelsea have been competing for years for the top spots, the rivalry has developed between the top clubs. The interests are often great during this game. Former Manchester United coach and also former Chelsea coach José Mourinho increased the rivalry between the two clubs during his time there.

LIVERPOOL – CHELSEA (TOP MATCH)

Liverpool Chelsea

The encounters between Liverpool and Chelsea are very charged and attractive every year. The competition is watched by a large audience and the interest of the competition is often large. This explains the rivalry between Liverpool and Chelsea.

AS MONACO – OGC NICE (DERBY DE LA CÔTE D’AZUR)

AS Monaco Nice

The match between AS Monaco and OGC Nice bears the name of this derby because these are the two largest clubs on the Côte d’Azur. There is a lot of rivalry between the clubs; both geographically and competitively. The increasing power of AS Monaco has only strengthened the rivalry.

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN – OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE (LE CLASSIQUE)

The match between AS Monaco and OGC Nice bears the name of this derby because these are the two largest clubs on the Côte d’Azur. There is a lot of rivalry between the clubs; both geographically and competitively. The increasing power of AS Monaco has only strengthened the rivalry.

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN – OLYMPIQUE LYON (MINI CLASICO)

PSG

Due to the geographical distance between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyon, this match is not seen as a derby. The clubs are often daring to each other, as a result of which rivalry has increased in recent years. They owe the name “Mini Classico” to this rivalry.

AC MILAN – INTERNAZIONALE (DERBY DELLA MADONNINA)

Derby della Madonnina, the match between AC Milan and Inter Milan, has traditionally been the match between the workers (AC Milan) and the wealthy braggers (Inter Milan). Nowadays this is no longer the case, but the rivalry is still huge. The teams share the largest stadium in Italy, known as San Siro or Stadio Guiseppe Meazza. Every year it is a fight for the title of the best of Milan.

AS ROMA – LAZIO ROMA (DERBY DELLA CAPITALE)

Lazio AS Roma

The city derby between AS Roma and Lazio Roma is seen as one of the largest and most fought for derbies in Europe. The rivalry arose in 1927 because Lazio Roma resisted the merged AS Roma. Since then it has been a competition with a lot of spectacle and also in the 21st century thez are controversial competitions with a lot of passion, but also hatred.

JUVENTUS – TORINO (DERBY DELLA MOLE)

Juventus Torino

The game between Juventus and Torino is called the Derby della Mole, after the Mole Antonelliana monument in Turin. The derby is the oldest meeting between two clubs from the same city. Torino was founded at the beginning of the 20th century by a group of people within Juventus. Since then there has been a lot of rivalry between the teams.

INTERNAZIONALE – JUVENTUS (DERBY D’ITALIA)

Internazionale

The match between Inter Milan and Juventus represents the regional rivalry because both clubs come from a capital in “in the heart of Italian football”. In 2006, Inter Milan was awarded the national title at the expense of Juventus. Juventus was denied the national title because of a match-fixing scandal. This match is filled with intensity because of the 2006 national title.

NAPOLI – AS ROMA (DERBY DEL SOLE)

Napoli

Northern Italy is considered the heart of Italian football. The match between Napoli and AS Roma is called the Derby del Sole and is considered the match between the two most successful clubs outside the heart of Italian football. Napoli is from the south and Roma is from central Italy.

JUVENTUS – AC MILAN (TOP MATCH)

AC Milan

Juventus and AC Milan, the two most famous Italian football clubs with the highest stock market value and the most supporters. Just like the Derby d’Italia, this match reflects the rivalry between Turin and Milan. Also on a sporting level the teams between Juventus and AC Milan are matched. In short, enough reasons for the enormous rivalry between the teams.

JUVENTUS – NAPOLI (TOP MATCH)

Juventus

The rivalry between Juventus and Napoli stems from the championships of Juventus with Michel Platini in 1986 and Napoli with Diego Maradona the following year. In 2016, Higuaín transferred from Napolí to Juventus. As a result, Napolí fans burned Higuaín shirts and the fans of both clubs were not allowed to travel to each other’s city.

JUVENTUS – AS ROMA (TOP SPIEL)

Juventus AS Roma

The rivalry between Juventus and Napoli stems from the championships of Juventus with Michel Platini in 1986 and Napoli with Diego Maradona the following year. In 2016, Higuaín transferred from Napolí to Juventus. As a result, Napolí fans burned Higuaín shirts and the fans of both clubs were not allowed to travel to each other’s city.

BENFICA – FC PORTO (O CLÁSSICO)

Benfica

The O Clássico derby between Benfica and FC Porto is one with rivalry in many areas. Both teams, along with Sporting CP, are among the big three in Portugal and together have the most European success. It is a competition between the clubs from the two largest cities in Portugal with the most successes, the highest market value and the most influence concerning football teams.

SPORTING CP – FC PORTO (TOP MATCH)

FC Porto

In the first final of the Portuguese Cup, Sporting CP and FC Porto played against each other. Both teams have also met continuously since 1934 in the cup tournament. In addition, both team, together with Benfica, compete annually for the national championship. The match between Sporting CP and FC Porto is also indicative of the national championship. The match between Sporting CP and FC Porto is also indicative of the rivalry between the north and south of Portugal.

BENFICA – SPORTING CP (DERBY DE LISBOA)

Benfica and Sporting CP compete in the Derby de Lisboa several times a year. It is the competition that gets the most attention in Portugal and its considered the most important match. At the beginning of the 19th century the rivalry already existed because no less than eight football players switched from Benfica to Sporting. There is still a lot at stake in this competition today.

CELTIC – RANGERS (OLD FIRM)

Old Firm

Old Firm, or Celtic against the Rangers, is the most important game in Scotland. There is no other competition in Scotland that is attended by so many supporters and where the interests are so great. The two clubs, both from Glasgow, are by far the most successful clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League. The rivalry between both teams and their supporters is enormous.

REAL MADRID – FC BARCELONA (EL CLÁSICO)

Every football fan agrees that the match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is one of the worlds most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, football match. El Clásico is one of the most watched sporting events in the world and the two clubs that are fighting it out on the pitch have the most fans in the world. It is the match of Madrid against Barcelona, of the most successful European team against the famous tiki-taka football and of the Spanish government against Catalonia. The match is known for its intensity, quality, goals and emotion. It is a pleasure for every football fan to watch this match.

REAL MADRID – ATHLETIC BILBAO (EL VIEJO CLÁSICO)

Real Madrid

El Viejo Clásico is the match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao and until 2011 was the most played match in Spanish football. The two clubs, along with FC Barcelona, are the only ones to play at the highest Spanish football level every season.

FC BARCELONA – ESPANYOL (DERBI BARCELONÍ)

FC Barcelona

Derbi Barceloní is the match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol and is called that because both clubs come from Barcelona. It is the most played local derby and also the Spanish derby that is the most out of balance. FC Barcelona wins most of the matches against Espanyol and the that make the match very important for fans of Espanyol.

REAL MADRID – ATLÉTICO MADRID (MADRID DERBY)

Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid is the largest football match in Madrid. Real Madrid is usually the favourite in this top match, but in recent years Atlético Madrid has been making it difficult for Los Blancos. After El Clásico, the Madrid derby is the most watched Spanish match with the most attention.

SEVILLA FC – REAL BETIS (SEVILLA DERBY)

Sevilla

The match between Sevilla FC and Real Betis is called the Sevilla derby because both clubs come from Sevilla. Sevilla FC is seen as the international club and Real Betis more as the club of the locals. Because of this, there is a lot of rivalry when the clubs face each other.

VALENCIA CF – LEVANTE DU (VALENCIA DERBY)

Valencia

Valencia CF and Levante UD are the two largest clubs in Valencia, hence the name of the match: Valencia derby. Since 1937, Levante UD has not managed to win against Valencia CF. Yet they are often matches with a lot of spectacle and the rivalry between the players is great.

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