When two different soccer clubs play out of the same city, there’s a natural rivalry created due to geography. However, these rivalries are often intensified by factors such as culture, politics, religion and even the old class system. When two teams get together in city derbies the games are often tense and dramatic as they play for bragging rights of the local population.
Below we have listed the 10 most-intense city derbies in Europe today. These teams take no prisoners when they square off against each other and the fighting attitude sometimes spills over into the stands and the streets. In general, supporters of rival clubs in the same city don’t get along with each other and this just adds to the fierceness of these derbies.
10. Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
The Madrid Derby features Spanish giants and star-studded Real Madrid against hard-working neighbors Atletico Madrid. While Atletico has been quite competitive over the past few years, Real Madrid is undoubtedly one of the best clubs on the planet and has the domestic and European trophies to prove it. This includes a pair of recent Champions League final wins over Atletico. Winning comes naturally to Real while Atletico has to work their socks off for any glimpse of glory. However, when these two teams get together, hard work sometimes overcomes natural talent. But, let’s face it, Real is associated with everything that’s glamorous about Madrid while Atletico is viewed as a working-person’s club from the south side of the city. Most passionate Atletico fans wouldn’t have it any other way though and are definitely proud of their club’s roots. They wouldn’t argue with adding a few more trophies to their cabinet though.