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Derby Day and Rivalry Rampage in England, Germany, Spain and Italy

Published: 18 Nov 2016

United v Arsenal, Dortmund v Bayern, Atletico v Real and AC v Inter - all in one weekend!

Divisive, fierce, passionate, intense – all these words are often associated with football’s biggest rivalries, but what makes these rivalries and derbies stand out?

From goals galore to last-minute drama, sendings off to crowd trouble, Sports Gazette looks at some of the most memorable clashes.

Manchester United v Arsenal (Saturday 19th November, 12:30)

Biggest Man Utd win: 8-2, Old Trafford, 28/08/2011, Premier League
Biggest Arsenal win: 4-0, Highbury Park, 05/11/2001, Football League Cup
Average league goals per game (Premier League): 2.44
Average number of cards in the last 10 matches: 5.5

Biggest clash: Keown v Van Nistelrooy, 2003
This was the confrontation at the centre of a critical match for both teams. With Patrick Vieira being sent off for a foul on Ruud van Nistelrooy, Martin Keown went on to concede a penalty. Van Nistelrooy had his chance to keep United in the title race and blew it. Minutes later, the referee blew the full-time whistle and the Arsenal players hounded van Nistelrooy. By the end of the day, both teams had been warned and seven players received fines.

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich (Saturday 19th November, 17:30)

Biggest BVB win: 4-0, Stadion Rote Erde, 03/06/1967, Bundesliga
Biggest FCB win: 11-1, Stadion an der Grünwalder Straβe, 27/11/1971, Bundesliga
Average league goals per game (Bundesliga): 2.77
Average number of cards in the last 10 matches: 3.5

Biggest clash: Kung-fu Kahn, 1999
Oliver Kahn was at the heart of the controversy as Bayern came from two goals down in one of the most memorable clashes in Bundesliga history. The FCB captain was well and truly fired up by the intense rivalry, becoming involved in both some unsavoury and heroic moments. From trying to bite Heiko Herrlich and attempting to take out Stéphane Chapuisat with a kung-fu kick to saving Lars Ricken’s late penalty to salvage a point, Kahn acted like a man possessed. Throw into the mix a couple of red cards for Stefan Reuter and Samuel Kuffour and this was a classic derby.

Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid (Saturday 19th November, 19:45)

Biggest Atlético win: 5-0, Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid, 23/11/1947, La Liga
Biggest Real win: 5-0, Santiago Bernabéu, 30/10/1983, La Liga
Average league goals per game (La Liga): 3.1
Average number of cards in the last 10 matches: 7.4

Biggest clash: 'No way, Jose!', 2013
The 2012-2013 Copa Del Rey final, during Jose Mourinho’s last, and unsuccessful, season at Madrid, was a dramatic, bad-tempered and fractious affair. 14 players picked up bookings while Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gabi were sent off as Atlético came from behind to win 2-1 in extra time. Ironic chants of “Mourinho stay” from Atlético fans rang out around the stadium as they beat their city rivals for the first time in 26 games, and in their own stadium too. Coupled with fans rioting, setting fire to opposition scarves, throwing objects and allegedly making fascist salutes, the match resonated far beyond the 120 minutes.

AC Milan v Internazionale (Sunday 20th November, 19:45)

Biggest AC Milan win: 5-0, San Siro, 06/02/1910, Prima Categoria
Biggest Inter win: 6-0, San Siro, 11/05/2001, Serie A
Average league goals per game (Serie A): 3.12
Average number of cards in the last 10 matches: 6.0

Biggest clash: Fireworks for Dida, 2005
In 2005, the teams met for the Derby della Madonnina in the Champions League quarter-finals. This derby was not originially known for violence but that all changed on this day. In the 70th minute, referee Markus Merk disallowed a goal by Inter’s Esteban Cambiasso. Fans behind the goal took a disliking and started to throw bottles and flares on the pitch, one of them hitting AC keeper Dida. After a 10-minute break for the firemen to control the flares, play continued for one minute until Merk called the game off.

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