The Argentinean Super Clasico between Boca Juniors and River Plate is taking place this weekend, but is it the biggest rivalry in club football?
Peter Coates – @golazoargentino
For every club’s supporters, their own derby is the most important in the world and so it should be, for even in a season when there is no silverware to be won, a Clasico can produce unparalleled highs.
The Super Clasico between Boca Juniors and River Plate can certainly lay claim to be the greatest of them all given the two club’s almost unrivaled success and the fact that any meeting between the two sides, whether it be a friendly or a cup final, sees Argentina grind to a halt.
However, supporters in Avellaneda and La Plata would scoff at Argentine football’s tourist attraction being considered more important than their own. Certainly in the football crazed city of Rosario there is nothing bigger than a clash between Newell’s Old Boys and Rosario Central. Ranking the world’s derbies is an impossible task but there is nothing that could surpass the passion of the Clasico Rosarino.
David Kraakman – @UruguayanHeroes
Although both teams have been missing in the top of the Premier League for a couple of years now, Manchester United – Liverpool remains the biggest fixture in English football. The two clubs are up there with Barcelona and Real Madrid when it comes history and tradition and could fill up any stadium, on any continent when they are in town. When both sides meet, whether they are 15th and 14th or 1st and 2nd, the whole footballing world comes to a standstill.
Paco Polit – @pacopolitENG
Although we have some nice, tense club rivalries in Spain (Sevilla v Real Betis or Celta v Deportivo come to mind in a higher extent than a Real Madrid v Atlético, for example), they are arguably diminished by how just effing mean Roma and Lazio fans can be to each other. Other examples of amazing atmospheres can be experienced in the ‘Derby dell Madonnina’ (AC Milan v Inter) or the ruthless competitiveness shown in the ‘Super Clásico’ itself: any football fan should take the chance of watching a Boca v River live.
Vieri Capretta – @VieriCapretta
River Plate versus Boca Juniors, AC Milan versus Inter, Arsenal versus Tottenham, Inter versus Juventus, Manchester United versus Liverpool, just to mention the top rivalries in world football. For me, though, looking at recent years especially, it has to be Barcelona-Real Madrid. It puts the two best sides of the past decade against each other, and carries with it a big political message too, as well as having become extremely bitter even off the pitch, with constant verbal fights.