The 5 Most Intense Derbies in Europe This Season
The aim of every team in a soccer match is to win. However, some wins are more important than others. Nothing compares with the excitement that football fans derive from watching their teams exert dominance over their rival clubs in a local derby.
Counting back from over a century ago, the sport has witnessed a lot of intense rivalries develop between various clubs. When two rival clubs from the same city face each other in a football game, this is called a derby match.
A derby match is not an ordinary match. It is a special type of match that is not just about claiming three points, but also about fame, prestige, ego, and supremacy.
It is a match that decides which club would rule the city until the next meeting. This is why it is highly prioritized.
We have seen several fierce derby matches in the past. Typical examples include the likes of the Old Firm derby, the Eternal Derby, The Intercontinental Derby (Turkish: Kıtalararası Derbi) and the Derby of eternal rivals in Greece.
These games have proved to be all out war affairs between the teams concerned, with the victors claiming the bragging rights.
This season has also featured a lot of intense derby matches. The English Premier League, the La Liga, Seria A, Bundesliga and the Ligue 1 have all entertained us with interesting clashes this season.
So, we take a look at the five most-intense derbies so far in the campaign:
#5 Tottenham vs Arsenal (North London derby) - 10/02/2018
Rivalry is a prominent phenomenon in football and it occurs across several cities in Europe. It is true that wherever there are two or more successful clubs, rivalry is inevitable. That is exactly what has been the case in the Northern region of London for a very long time.
Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur are the two most successful clubs in north London. Their bid to dominate each other and control the city has created a hot battle between them. This is why any match between these two sides is always fierce and very competitive.
They met on two different occasions this season. However, their most intense clash came up on the 10th of February 2018. After enjoying a 2-0 victory in the first leg of their Premier League games this term, Arsene Wenger's men traveled to the Wembley stadium for the return fixture.
As usual, the match proved to be an intense contest between the two sides. Their fans were also involved, with a lot of banners flying all over the stadium. It was hard-fought and no team was able to see the back of the net in the first half.
However, Harry Kane broke the deadlock and put The Spurs ahead with a fantastic header in the 49th minute. Davies was afforded space to the left of the area to send in a brilliant cross, and Kane rose higher than everyone to power a nice header into the bottom-left corner.
Even though the Gunners pushed for an equalizer late in the second half, they were not able to break the stubborn defence of their rival club. Therefore, the match ended 1-0, with the home side claiming the prestige.