World Soccer’s 50 Greatest Derbies

By: Daryl | July 17th, 2008

The July issue of the ever-informative World Soccer magazine has a great front page feature: The 50 Greatest Derbies in World Football. Unfortunately, the full article is unavailable online so you’ll have to get yourself to a shop and dip your hand in your pocket to read it.

But below is the final order WS decided on, 1-50. The final order is always up for argument, and I’m sure there are plenty of derbies left out. Most interesting is that a good chunk of the 50 aren’t “local” derbies. Real Madrid vs Barcelona is number one for example, and though the Manchester derby and the Merseyside derby are both absent, Man Utd vs Liverpool is in at number 28. Also not present, northeast England’s Tyne-Wear Derby.

Read on for the full list, and click on the links to read more about each derby:

1. El Clasico – Real Madrid vs Barcelona (Spain)
2. Superclasico – Boca Juniors vs River Plate (Argentina)
3. The Old Firm Derby – Celtic vs Rangers (Scotland)
4. Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce (Turkey)
5. Ajax vs Feyenoord (Netherlands)
6. Lazio vs Roma (Italy)
7. The Revierderby – Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
8. Al Ahly vs Zamalek (Egypt)
9. Betis vs Sevilla (Spain)
10. Partizan Belgrade vs Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
11. Marseille vs Paris St. Germain (France)
12. Juventus vs Fiorentina (Italy)
13. Flamengo vs Vasco da Gama (Brazil)
14. Olympiacos vs Panathanaikos (Greece)
15. Milan vs Internazionale (Italy)
16. Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad (Spain)
17. Benfica vs Porto (Portugal)
18. Coirinthians vs Sao Paulo (Brazil)
19. Racing Club vs Independiente (Argentina)
20. America vs Guadalajara (Mexico)
21. Nacional vs Penarol (Uruguay)
22. Pirouzi vs Esteghlal (Iran)
23. Spartak Moscow vs CSKA Moscow (Russia)
24. Steaua Bucharest vs Dinamo Bucharest (Romania)
25. Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates (South Africa)
26. Slave Prague vs Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)
27. Corinthians vs Santos (Brazil)
28. Liverpool vs Manchester United (England)
29. Rosario Central vs Newell’s Old Boys (Argentina)
30. Cerro Porteno vs Olimpia (Paraguay)
31. Ferencvaros vs Ujpest (Hungary)
32. AIK Stockholm vs Djurgardens (Sweden)
33. CSKA Sofia vs Levski Sofia (Bulgaria)
34. Genoa vs Sampdoria (Italy)
35. America vs Deportivo Cali (Colombia)
36. Raja Casablanca vs Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)
37. Basle vs Zurich (Switzerland)
38. Rapid Wien vs Austria Wien (Austria)
39. Barcelona vs Emelec (Ecuador)
40. Hajduk Split vs Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
41. Beitar Jersulam vs Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)
42. Arsenal vs Tottenham (England)
43. Alianza Lima vs Universitario (Peru)
44. FC Copenhagen vs Brondby (Denmark)
45. Anderlecht vs Club Brugge (Belgium)
46. Asec Abidjan vs Africa Sports (Cote d’Ivoire)
47. Sarajevo vs Zeljeznicar (Bosnia)
48. Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal (India)
49. Tenerife vs Las Palmas (Spain)
50. Gremio vs Internacional (Brazil)

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  • mengo

    bad bad bad
    Flamengo x Fluminense
    Santos x Botafogo (in the 60's)
    are two of the biggest derbis ever in Brazil and in the world...

  • Ahly VS Zamalek is the best derby in all world cuz ahly in it ...
    the best team in all world

  • Ahmed Ezzat

    Ahly(International) And Zamalek The Best Derbies In Africa , Tomorrow Matchs Between Ahly And Zamalek In Champions League Africa , I advise everyone to watch And Good luck My Favorite team Ahly Egypt

  • Kurtis

    Where is Everton / Liverpool? America / Guadalajara should be ranked higher.

  • Milan and Inter are not 15!!!!!!!!!

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