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World's most intense football derbies

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Modified 20 Mar 2019, 14:54 IST

Derby. The word itself instills a feeling of passion, anxiety, love and sometimes, fear. A derby is much more than 3 points. It’s about prestige. It’s about bragging rights. When it’s a derby, it’s not just about 90 minutes, it’s a lifetime. It’s not passion, it’s emotion. It’s no longer a game, it’s life. Here we take a look at some of the most intense derbies in the game of football.

Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray

Though matches between the two Istanbul outfits have been a usual affair since 1909, it was on 23rd September 1934 that things intensified. After lots of crunching tackles and foul-mouthed tirades, the referee abandoned the game midway and that was the end of ‘friendly’ encounters between the two sides. Now hooliganism ranging from tearing seats to stabbing the opposition fans is commonplace in the K?talar Aras? Derbi. And Graeme Souness on the night of a Cup final in 1996 took the biggest Turkish rivalry to a whole new level when he planted his team’s flag in the centre of the pitch. At the home of Fener, the ?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium. Another major factor leading to the eternal dispute is geographical division. Things don’t get any better when the city is separated by a mass of water, with Fenerbahce being from the Asian side of Istanbul and Galatasaray being from the European half. The hatred for each other is so fanatical that even the players get into the act and on some occasions, the bout is no less than a dog-fight.

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