Every major footballing country in the world has a great local rivalry and some of those rivalries run deeper than others.Italy is home to some of the fiercest football rivalries in world football.And today let us have a look at some of the biggest rivalries in Italian football.
Here are the top 10 biggest rivalries in Italian football.
10.Hellas Verona vs Chievo
The Derby della Scala between Chievo and Hellas Verona is one of the Serie A’s youngest rivalries.It wasn’t until 2001 that the first top-flight derby between them took place.
In the 2001–02 season, both Hellas and Chievo were playing in Serie A. The first ever derby of Verona in Serie A took place on 18 November 2001, while both teams were ranked among the top four. The match was won by Hellas, 3–2. Chievo got revenge in the return match in spring 2002, winning 2–1.
Hellas Verona and Chievo are now looking for Serie A stability and the teams are closely matched.So far the clubs have met 16 times with both teams registering 6 wins.
9.Juventus vs Napoli
Juventus and Napoli are two of the biggest clubs in Italian football and the meeting betwwen them is one of Italian football’s classic rivalries. On the field, it has pitted some of Serie A’s finest players against each other; the goal-scoring genius of Juve’s Roberto Bettega and Napoli’s José Altafini and also the flair of Michel Platini and Diego Maradona.Both teams have storied histories and both have laid claim to glorious eras, albeit Juve’s being far greater in frequency.
The Northern/Southern divide in Italy has always been existent. Some Northern Italians overlook the South, wishing to undo the Risorgimento in 1861. To differentiate between the North and the South think of this: Industry vs. Underdevelopment.
There is nothing that sums up the differences and problems better than Maradona’s quote before the World Cup semi-final in 1990.
I don’t like the fact that now everybody is asking Neapolitans to be Italian and to support their national team. Naples has always been marginalised by the rest of Italy. It is a city that suffers the most unfair racism.
Much of the enmity between the clubs is rooted in social and sporting history, and in truth runs deeper one way than the other. The South of Italy was very poor. Turin, an industrial hub and the seat of Italy’s royal family, stood in sharp contrast to Naples, a sprawling and chaotic city at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.
Each time Juventus and Napoli meet, these regional identities are accentuated, laying bare profound divisions. And this deep-rooted territorial rivalry is often manifested,making it one of the biggest rivalries in Italian football.