Question of the Week: Most Spectacular Derby

its_slash

Youth Team
Remember, if you have an idea for a question you would like to see, PM it to me, and each week one question will be selected based on the quality of the question and it's subject. I will not choose the questions on my own, but this is the best way to ensure that we don't keep discussing the same things.

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There weren't any suggestions from forum users in the previous week (and I'm not trying to rush anyone), but there was, however, a very interesting question from Hisashi (Which footballer was the reason you started watching/loving football?) which was more popular than last week's QotW, which, of course, isn't bad in any way. So if you have come up with a question or a topic in your head, it's up to you to decide whether to start your own thread or send it. This weekend, European football offers us some great derbies - both local (Everton v Liverpool, Sevilla v Real Betis, Lokomotiv Moskva v Dinamo Moskva, West Ham v Chelsea, Hellas Verona v Chievo Verona ... ) and rival (Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München, Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur ... ) so the week's question will be derby-oriented.

The Question:

Which is the derby that you enjoy watching the most ? Which one has previously had the most captivating moments and offers the most entertaining football regularly ?

Past Questions:

2011

13/9 - What will football be like in 50 years?
19/9 - What are some rule changes that would improve the game?
3/10 - The European Super-League Discussion
11/10 - How would you spend 50m?
19/10 - Why does ____ underperform?
26/10 - How to stop Barcelona?
13/12 - What players have you come to respect/dislike?
20/12 - Who will win the Euros?

2012

2/1 - Should the Prem introduce a winter break?
9/1 - Who is the most two-footed player?
15/1 - What is the toughest position?
23/1 - Who is Portugal's Revelation Player for 2011?
3/2 - Should the Old Firm compete in the English leagues?
13/2 - Is Guardiola Overrated?
24/2 - Who are the German league's best players?
6/3 - Which players messed up their careers by switching clubs?
13/3 - What is the most shocking transfer of all-time?
16/5 - Your Favorite Player (NOT based on performance)?
10/6 - The 2016 Euro Expansion
12/7 - Best Goal Ever?
3/8 - World Cup vs. Champions League Discussion
13/8 - Yugoslavia
19/8 - Confederations Cup
25/8 - Standarized Pitch Sizes
27/8 - What Transfers Would you Like to See?
3/9 - Most Interesting Team of the New Season
10/9 - Cup-Tied Restrictions
18/9 - The Perfect Footballer
26/9 - Best One-Trick Pony
3/10 - Best Young Goalkeeper
10/10 - Best Goalkeeper Ever
17/10 - A World Without Football
24/10 - Best Utility Player
31/10 - Who will have a Breakout Season?
9/11 - Who will be the Best Players of the Future?
19/11 - Who Carries his Team the Furthest?
27/11 - Who is Exceeding Expectations?
4/12 - Who is Performing Below Expectations?
10/12 - How Young is Too Young?
20/12 - Cristiano Ronaldo - All-Time Great?
30/12 - The Winter Transfer Window

2013

7/1 - Italy's Wonderkids
18/1 - Messi at a Mediocre Club
29/1 - Greatest Transfer Successes/Failures
5/2 - Who are the Eredivisie's Best Players?
3/3 - Best Youth Products XI
8/4 - Homosexuality in Football
18/4 - Sexiest Footballer
26/4 - Expected & Desired Transfers
2/5 - Dawn of the German Era?
8/5 - Fergie's Retirement
19/5 - Seasonal Eurovision
19/8 - League's Best 11 (without Top Teams)
28/8 - Looking Back at the 2012 Draft
14/11 - Transfer Cap
 

its_slash

Youth Team
I, myself, have never been a massive fan of Bulgarian club football, although we have several considerable derbies. Instead, my focus is primarily on English football and I'm always looking forward to my favourites' (Man Utd) derbies, which, unfortunately, haven't been the most vivid displays of performance recently. When I've got time I watch the El Clasico and sometimes the bigger derbies in Italy/Germany (especially when I've bet on one).

Restating my preference for English league and cup football, I'd have to say that United - City has brought me a lot of emotional moments (both good and bad). As far as entertaining, I'd rather point out the games between Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Which are the games that you eagerly wait for ?
 

MaestroZidane

YELLOW CARD: Untrustworthy
More injuries for Barca are better for me...

and I'm going to be bias here, but it would have to be El Clasico, even if we struggle against them because we have no consistency, I still enjoy it.
 

its_slash

Youth Team
MaestroZidane;3583541 said:
More injuries for Barca are better for me...

and I'm going to be bias here, but it would have to be El Clasico, even if we struggle against them because we have no consistency, I still enjoy it.

I tried to make up something relatable to any of the week's news and that was the first thing on my mind. The opposite would've been offensive.

EDIT: I could have referred to the World Cup play-offs, but no . . . :nape:
 

Bobby

The Legend
Atmosphere aside, I find a lot of derbies boring, especially today when a lot of teams are more concerned with not losing than with winning.

The Tyne-Wear derby is usually pretty good though, despite how awful both teams are recently. It's not a "true derby" given that they aren't even in the same state, let alone city, but Portland-Seattle is pretty good, easily the best in the US.
 

chygry

Starting XI
I mostly like watching those derbies where i'm a neutral. El Clasico is probably my favourite and i always try to watch those. And i've always found Arsenal - Spurs encounters really entertaining. Bayern - Dortmund matches can be fun too, especially in the last couple of years.

Oh and i should probably mention Manutd - City as well, which is usually really nerve wracking for me, so i don't particularly enjoy watching those games. There have been some memorable ones in recent years, though.
 

Sepak

Cocaine
Staff member
Moderator
Definitely River-Boca, I can't think of any other Derby with so much background and entertainment.
 

Chacarita Juniors

The artist formerly known as ronnifan9
River-Boca, Boca-River.

The folklore and ambiance lived in this derby is unlike any other. The deafening chants going back and forth between the two 'barras' is truly riveting stuff.

River Plate vs. Boca Juniors without a single doubt...the absolutely most spectacular derby.
 

Sir Didier Drogba

Head Official
ronnifan9;3583812 said:
River-Boca, Boca-River.

The folklore and ambiance lived in this derby is unlike any other. The deafening chants going back and forth between the two 'barras' is truly riveting stuff.

River Plate vs. Boca Juniors without a single doubt.
Have you been? Only time I was in Argentina was during 2010 world cup so domestic league was suspended and I couldnt go :(

I did go to a derby game in Chile (Colo Colo vs Universidad) and the atmosphere was awesome.
 

Chacarita Juniors

The artist formerly known as ronnifan9
Sir Didier Drogba;3583815 said:
Have you been? Only time I was in Argentina was during 2010 world cup so domestic league was suspended and I couldnt go :(

I did go to a derby game in Chile (Colo Colo vs Universidad) and the atmosphere was awesome.
I wish. :(

It's the one derby match I hope to experience some day...
 

Sir Didier Drogba

Head Official
Derby matches I have seen live:

Chelsea vs Tottenham
Chelsea vs Fulham
AC Milan vs Inter
Rangers vs Celtic
Hibernian vs Hearts
Colo Colo vs Universidad
Vancouver vs Seattle (not exactly derby but Cascadia)
Some random-ass Gambian game between clubs I dont remember the names of
 

yoyo913

Team Captain
Did I get this from SG?

Check out the home and away point differences.

 

Sevillista

Starting XI
The Sevilla - Betis derbi isn't the prettiest, but it's one of the most passionate and most comical in the world. Here's the good bad and ugly from the past decade, in no order:
1) A player red carded for kicking another player in the nuts
2) A game suspended because a coach was knocked unconscious by a water bottle from the stands
3) One team president placed a statue of himself in the executive seating so the opposing president would have to sit next to it all game
4) One team lodged a complaint about the away team's jerseys, colors that had been worn in derbies for decades, and forced a delay to the game while the other team fetched their alternates from their stadium.
5) Both teams have made 3-goal comebacks
6) Both teams have dropped their differences and shown overwhelming support for each other after the deaths of two young players.

I've been to one derby in enemy territory; I'm going to a home derby before I die.
 


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