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The number 19 has a lot of significance with Manchester United and Liverpool fans. United’s 19th title, in 2011, saw them overtake Liverpool and completed the famous perch job on that lot down the road. Prior to Ferguson, Liverpool were the most successful club in England, but now over the three decades since Ferguson’s arrival, [...]

Derby d’Italia: Juventus v Inter Milan

The Derby d’Italia is a a game drenched in history ands the bitter rivalry between two of Serie A’s greatest clubs continues on Friday night. Juventus will be out to end hope that Inter have of challenging for the Scudetto this season. The gap between the sides already stands 11 points, an increase in that [...]

What Now For Arsenal And Spurs After Derby

Arsenal versus Tottenham is one of those few rivalries that rarely disappoint and that was the case at the Emirates on Sunday. This North London derby had everything, goals, a comeback, an imminent boil-over, quality, mistakes and theatre. In the end, nobody will grudge the Gunners their 4–2 win. The game also highlighted that while [...]

Merseyside Derby Shows Evolution Of Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged he was forced to tinker with his side’s tactics this season and admits it has affected their attacking flair. Liverpool won the Merseyside derby on Sunday thanks to a 96th-minute goal by Divock Origi, Klopp’s side is the only team that has been able to keep pace with Pep [...]

Jose Mourinho described Manchester City’s quality as “untouchable” in the build-up to the Sunday’s derby, with his United side nine points behind the defending Premier League champions. City have made a stunning start to the season and are on track to defend their title under Mourinho’s old foe Pep Guardiola despite Chelsea and Liverpool’s similarly [...]

There will be no half measures, no excuses and no blandishment. On Saturday, it is all or nothing for Borussia Dortmund and Peter Bosz. On Saturday, Dortmund host arch rivals Schalke in the Bundesliga. Even in normal times, such a fixture is highly anticipated, highly pressurised. On this occasion, with Dortmund in a downward spiral [...]

Derby della Madonnina Talking Points

The season’s first Derby della Madonnina promises fireworks as the underwhelming Rossoneri take on Inter Milan at the San Siro on Monday morning. Luciano Spaletti has taken Inter under his wing and up the Serie A table with a fantastic start to their campaign. Inter are sitting third and seven points clear of their bitter [...]

The Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain football rivalry is known by two names, Le Classique and the Derby de France. This is not a rivalry born from proximity, as many are. The two teams are located in cities in different regions of France. It is, instead, a social and cultural rivalry, as Olympique Marseille represents [...]

Arsenal v Chelsea Rivalry

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’s 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 [...]

Der Klassiker Ends Scoreless

Bayern Munich took a huge step toward an unprecedented fourth successive Bundesliga title with a hard-fought scoreless draw at closest rival Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. It was the first 0-0 draw in 26 competitive meetings between the rivals. Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal came closest to scoring for either side in the 65th minute when Dortmund [...]