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Top 3 rivalries in British football

David Awere
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Rival teams meet at least twice every season. And every time they do, it becomes a thunderous occasion, with the passion being felt from both sides.

Players try to get under each other's skin. Managers play mind games with each other. And usually, the team that can keep its cool in pressure moments and let its quality shine through, ends up winning the game.

On that note, here's a look at the top 3 most intense rivalries in British football:

3. Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League

First on our list is the North London Derby, which is one of the most ferocious rivalries in English football. In the early 1900s Arsenal were known as 'Woolwich Arsenal' and played their football in South London. In 1913, they went to Highbury, which was four miles away from White Hart Lane, and moving into Tottenham's territory sparked a few problems.

The rivalry quietened down during World War 2, but after the war ended, the battle for North London was back. With hatred for each other being very high, very few players moved between the clubs. The most notorious player to do this was Sol Campbell, the captain of Tottenham, who ran his contract down so that he could move to Arsenal in 2001.

Campbell would go on to be pivotal in Arsenal's 'Invincibles' side of 2004. But he would also become the enemy for Tottenham fans.

Arsenal have always been the dominant side in the North London Derby, and their fans used to celebrate St Totteringham's Day for every time they would finish above Tottenham. You should expect a very good game when these two teams meet again.

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