The football rivalry between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga is relatively new. Although some media folks have dubbed it “Der Klassiker, ” it does not have the long history that defines so many other football rivalries. However, that does not make it any less real or intense. In a way, it’s perhaps even more wrought with emotion than longstanding rivalries because so many of the slights, ill-tempered moments, and bitter memories of defeat are fresh in both player and fan minds.
The football rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is one fueled by both neighborhood and team pride. Known as the North London derby, this competition is one defined by aggressive, passionate play on the pitch and loyal, loud fans in the stands. The two venues where these teams play, Emirates Stadium for Arsenal plays and White Hart Lane for Tottenham Hotspur, are within miles of one another, making this rivalry even more powerful.
The football rivalry between Arsenal and Chelsea is an intercity one, as both clubs are located in London. Chelsea’s home pitch is Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal’sw is Emirates Stadium. This is more of a fan-based rivalry than a team induced one. The competitive nature of the fixtures involving the Gunners and the Blues became more intense in the 1930s even though the teams had been meeting for more than 25 years.
The first league fixture involving the two clubs occurred on 9 November 1907 at Stamford Bridge. The home team, Chelsea, beat Arsenal 2-1. The teams have met a total of 186 times. Since 2000, with the rise of Chelsea in the English Premiere League, the rivalry has taken on more importance.
The football rivalry between Liverpool and Everton is known as the Merseyside derby. Since 1955, the Liverpool/Everton fixtures have been referred to in this manner. The teams, both of which are from Liverpool, have been battling since 13 October 1894. Liverpool’s home pitch is Anfield, while Everton calls Goodison Park its home.
The rivalry between these two teams has traditionally been amiable. So much so that for years the fans of each team mixed together in the stands. There was no need to segregate Liverpool and Everton supporters, which is often done by other teams in order to disarm violent situations before they develop. Although it is still one of the few derbies that does not enforce fan segregation, the battles on the pitch have intensified and the Merseyside derby has, as of late, seen more red cards than any other Premier League rivalry.
The David de Gea transfer saga continues to drag on, and as it has, Manchester United have been linked with a host of goalkeepers this summer to replace him like Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, Jasper Cillesen of Ajax and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
The one name that everyone overlooks is Victor Valdes and former striker Dwight Yorke believes that the former Barcelona goalkeeper is more than capable over taking over from de Gea.
“Victor Valdes probably thinks he would have a good opportunity.
“He’s got a wealth of experience and has won everything in the game. He will probably be a suitable candidate and fill that gap.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website:
“Petr Cech is a player that I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased that he has decided to join us. He has proven over many seasons that he is one of the outstanding keepers in the world and he will add great strength to our squad.”
United made an opening bid of £28.3 million (€40m) for the Spain international last week which was rejected by Madrid. However, after being informed of the offer, Ramos has made it clear to Madrid that he wants them to negotiate with United and reach a suitable agreement for his transfer to Old Trafford.
The news has reportedly stunned Madrid who viewed Ramos’s flirtation with Manchester United as nothing more than a negotiation tactic for a a new contract offer. That the central defender could actually follow through on his threat to leave has but the Spanish giants in a difficult position.
Rumors have persisted that Gerrard’s decision to leave Liverpool was helped and hurried along by Brendan Rodgers but in every interview Gerrard has given since Jan. 7, the Liverpool legend has taken the high road saying:
“It’s time for a new challenge for me … This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make … I will always love Liverpool,” and so on and so forth.
The Sergio Ramos story took another twist on Wednesday as the Real Madrid defender and his agent René Ramos met with Real general director José Ángel Sánchez and told him that he wants to leave the Spanish giants this summer.
It has been reported that Manchester United have lodged an opening bid of £35 million for the center half and that the Real Madrid defender has asked his club to consider it.
The opening bid is understood to be independent of David de Gea’s move in the opposite direction but it is clear United will now use their interest in Ramos to come to an agreement over the sale of their goalkeeper.
After completing his move to Liverpool, we compare Roberto Firmino’s league stats from the 2014/15 Bundesliga season with Raheem Sterling
What do you think of the Firmino signing? Are you excited about Liverpool’s signings so far this summer?