Every major footballing country in the world has some great local rivalries. Some of those rivalries run deeper than others. Italy is home to some of the fiercest football clubs in the world. In this article, let us have a look at some of the biggest rivalries in Italian football.
Here are the top 10 biggest rivalries in Italian football.
2. Inter vs Juventus
The Derby d’Italia is the name given to the match between Internazionale and Juventus. The derby d’Italia, as the fixture was dubbed in 1967 by the famous Italian sports journalist Gianni Brera is one of the most intense matches in world football. With a fierce rivalry that is so deeply rooted in each club’s history.
The rivalry between these clubs started 1961. in In April of 1961 second placed Inter travelled to Turin to take on first placed Juventus, and like the situation this season Inter were only four points behind the league leaders. Confidence was high for the Nerazzurri after winning the Milan leg of the fixture earlier in the season, and the team were hopeful to repeat the result and close the gap on first place.
Unfortunately, more fans than the stadium could hold turned up to see the game resulting in around 5000 spilling out from the stands to watch from the sidelines and even from the Inter bench. Despite the extreme overcrowding the game started as planned, but after just 30 minutes of play the referee called for the match to be abandoned when Juventus fans stormed the pitch.
According to the rules at that time Inter were rightly awarded a 2-0 win, just as Juventus had been in similar circumstances a few seasons previously, but Juventus took offence to this decision and appealed to the Italian football governing body, the FIGC.
On the last day of the season, the court ruled that Inter’s win wouldn’t stand and the game would have to be replayed,much to the fury of Inter president Angelo Moratti and club supporters. Moratti accused the Italian football association of favouritism due to the Agnelli family’s influence, as Umberto Agnelli(president of Juventus FC )was FIGC head at that time.In the eyes of Inter, the players and the fans this ruling virtually handed Juve the Scudetto.
Inter president Angelo Moratti and legendary coach Helenio Herrera decided the Nerazzurri would play the match, but to show it for the farce that it was they fielded the youth team in protest. The outcome was a 9-1 destruction of Inter by Juve and a rivalry that continues today was born. Juventus striker Omar Sívori scored six goals in the match and went on to win the Ballon d’Or that year.
The rivalry was refueled during the Calciopoli scandal in 2006,when Juventus were stripped of their league title in 2006 and it was given to Inter.
Overall the clubs have met in 231 official matches ,of which Juventus have won 108 and Inter have won 72 matches. It takes the second place in ”biggest rivalries in Italian football”.
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1. Lazio vs Roma
The Derby della Capitale is considered to be the fiercest intra-city derby in the country ahead of the other major local derbies.
Roma was founded in 1927 as a result of a merger between three teams: Roman, Alba-Audace and Fortitudo, initiated by Italo Foschi. It was the intention of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini to create a unified Roman club to challenge the dominance of Northern clubs.Due to the influence of Fascist general, Giorgio Vaccaro, Lazio were the only major team from Rome to resist the merger, thus a kind of rivalry emerged from the very early years of the coexistence in the same city.
In a nutshell the Lazio fans are considered by their Roma counterparts as being outsiders i.e. not from the city of Rome. Lazio fans retort by informing the Roma tifosi that they were here first. The year 1900 to be precise. Twenty seven years before Roma became a club.
The first ever Derby della Capitale was played on 8 December 1929, and ended 1–0 for Roma with a goal by Rodolfo Volk.Lazio won their derby match 2-1 on 23 October 1932.
On 29 November 1953 was the date of the first derby in the Stadio Olimpico, and finished with a 1–1 draw with goals by Carlo Galli (Roma) and Paquale Vivolo (Lazio).
The clubs have met 184 times with Roma winning 72 of those compared to Lazio’s 53.