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The 500 miles derby – but still as fierce as ever
[2 Sep 2009 | One Comment | ]

Some great footballing rivalries are caused by proximity, some are caused by politics. Some, in the case of Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic, are even started by religion.
The derby between Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Kyiv, however, is no longer any of these.
Some derbies just exist, survive, on a hatred of another team. It is passed down from generation to generation, father to son. After all, the two sides are not even in the same country.
Spartak, unsurprisingly, call the Russian capital of Moscow their home, whilst Kyiv lie over the border …

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A friendship split
[2 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Hajduk Split- Dinamo Zagreb derby is unique. In a sport where most domestic rivalries originate from years long past, this feud is relatively young. True, games involving the two teams were usually big affairs, as the two largest teams in Croatia the game was often seen as a Championship play-off, but the violence and passion now associated with the derby is still relatively fresh. Indeed, before the 1990’s the game was about as violent as a Christmas edition of Blue Peter. However with the Croatian War of Independence just …

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Castilian Oppression v Catalan Nationalism – “El Gran Classico”
[2 Sep 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Peace and tranquillity are usually traits that can be found in abundance throughout Spain. However, twice a year “El Gran Classico” divides two cities over politics, nationality, class and sporting fanaticism.

Real Madrid: The club of the cigar smoker. Every banker, rich businessman and anyone of financial importance is a member. Some bring cushions to matches to avoid the potential stiffness of placing their backside on a hardback seat. On the outside the club always appears to have a mountain of debt. But don’t let that fool you! Real Madrid has …

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Millwall Fans? Nothing But A Bunch Of Pansies!
[2 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

Almost 3,000 miles away from Britain, a vast city lays engulfed by the snow-capped Alborz Mountains. Home to one of football’s fiercest rivalries, Tehran is widely headlined as a city embroiled in debates over nuclear armament and terrorism. Liberal values are denounced, and alcohol is illegal. The nightclubbing section of the Lonely Planet guidebook reads as just two words; ‘Dream on.’ But beyond all of the diplomatic issues, there is something that matters much, much more to Iranian citizens. Football.
The Persian League is host to eighteen clubs, but sixteen of …

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Fireworks, banners and dancing: The Superclasico!
[1 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Superclasico is known worldwide as one of the most important and fiercest derbies in football. It is the name used to describe the match hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina between rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate. The name comes from the Spanish usage of “clasico” to mean derby with the prefix “super” used to emphasise the dominance of these two teams in Argentine football.
Such is the passion and anticipation surrounding this match that The Observer newspaper put the Superclasico at the top of their “50 sporting things you must do before …

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[7 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

You won’t find attendances of 79,000 at this game. Nor will you find overpaid, over hyped pre-madonnas or day-tripping “fans”. You won’t find a club shop selling replica shirts for £60 and you won’t find an expensive stadium, it’s walls adorned by pictures of multi-millionaire foreign investors. If you approached this game expecting any of these things, you’d have left disgruntled and disappointed. If you, however, attended this game seeking passionate, traditional “English” football, you’d have left feeling satisfied.

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