Biggest Rivalries In Italian Football – Top 10

6. Juventus vs Torino

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The Derby Della Mole is the local derby, played out between Turin’s most prominent football clubs Juventus and Torino. It is named after the Mole Antonelliana, a major landmark in the city and the architectural symbol of the Piedmontese capital.

A lot of unfortunate incidents have taken place between these two clubs. In 1967 after a derby which Torino won 4–0, incensed Juventus fans vandalized the grave of former Torino player Gigi Meroni.

Prior to a derby match during the 2007–08 season, riots took place and chaos broke out as police tried to control the hooligans involved. There were 40 arrests made and 2 injured policemen. Rubbish bins were set on fire and many cars and shops were vandalized as a result. It is definitely, one of the biggest rivalries in Italian football.

5. Palermo vs Catania

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The derby between Calcio Catania and U.S. Città di Palermo is called ”The Derby di Sicilia”. One of the Italian football derbies known for fierce hatred, the action between Sicilian sides Palermo and Catania is always on a knife-edge. This is a clash that spans every inch of the island and is known for poor fan behaviour, making it one of the most dangerous derbies in the world.

On the streets of Palermo, the Sicilian capital, you can often find a slogan spray-painted on the walls, it reads “Forza Etna”. Forza meaning “go” and Etna being the Volcano which leers ominously over the city of Catania, their most hated of rivals. It’s a visceral message from the Palermo ultra’s urging the island’s famous volcano to erupt once more and engulf Calcio Catania. Such is the hatred between the clubs.

4. Roma vs Napoli

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The Derby del Sole or The Derby of the Sun, played between S.S.C. Napoli and A.S. Roma is among the biggest rivalries in Italian football. The two clubs are considered the most followed and successful outside of Northern Italy; Roma being from Central Italy and Napoli from Southern Italy.

The south of Italy has always had a strained relationship with the rest of the country. The south are angered by what they see as this aristocratic arrogance from those who look down upon them. It is not surprising therefore that this should carry itself on to the football field when teams from each side of the divide meet.

Geography also plays a part in the derby as the clubs are relatively close in proximity with Rome lying just over 100 miles north of Naples in Central Italy.

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