Forget Arsenal v Tottenham, look to the continent for some tasty derbies
We know most eyes will be heading towards the Emirates on Sunday afternoon for Arsenal and Tottenham’s latest battle in the north London derby, but there’s a host of other huge clashes across the continent for the hipster in you to enjoy.
Fancy a bit of atmosphere along the French coast? Or what about the derby Germany says is the biggest of the lot? Oh and there’s the smaller matter of a game between two sides from the Italian capital…
We take a little look at four big rivalries taking place this Sunday…
Feyenoord v Ajax – Sunday 1.30pm
Ok this isn’t a derby, but it’s as big as it gets in the Netherlands and is basically Rotterdam versus Amsterdam.
Tame by some standards – on the pitch at least – with three red cards in the last eight years, this fixture is one where the fans really find their voice.
Take a look at this video from a Cup game in October to see just what it means.
Oh yeah, ahead of this weekend’s game the two teams are first and second in the Eredivisie. No pressure.
Marseille v Nice – Sunday 4pm
There’s much more to life along the south of France than cocktails and a good tan.
Marseille claimed a double success over Nice last season, avenging a home and away reversal from the previous campaign.
L’OM have spent all season thus far below their rivals, but a win would take them level. So that’s a pretty good incentive.
Have a gander at the video below, and before you say ‘why isn’t it full?’ just listen to the atmosphere.
To those who go, this game means more than most.
Dortmund v Schalke – Sunday 2.30pm
The revierderby, or Ruhr derby. Known as the derby to end all derbies in Germany, an atmosphere here is rarely matched anywhere in football.
Heroes and villains are made in this fixture, just ask former Schalke stopper Franz Rost, or new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who quickly thrust himself into Dortmund folklore in his first Ruhr derby in 2008.
The clip below has you covered on an incredible rivalry. And keep an eye out for Jens Lehmann too…
Lazio v Roma – Sunday 2pm
Over a six-game spell between 2011 and 2013, arguably the planet’s most intense derby rivalry witnessed nine red cards.
Things have calmed down since, well, a bit. There were no reds handed out last season, just 16 yellows…
Roma – unbeaten in four derby della capitales – are in a four-way tussle for the Serie A leadership this term, while Lazio are under some pressure having lost their last two games, so both sides have every reason to go for it this time around.
The below video captures the incredible passion at one of the most hotly-contested derbies you could ever witness.
So there you have it, there are super Sundays and then there a super duper derby Sundays.
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