All across the world, there are certain football matches that stand out from the rest and always leave memories in the hearts of the fans supporting them.
From the left hand side of the Atlantic, the Super Clasico between Boca Juniors and River Plate is one of the most anticipated matches in South America. That game has brought the best out of legends like Martin Palermo, Ariel Ortega, Juan Riquelme and Pablo Aimar, among others.
Just up north, the Old Firm derby between Glasgow Rangers and Celtics turns footballers into William Wallace-like figures, because the tackles that fly in on the pitch can be likened to the sword fights of the Renaissance period. With Rangers languishing in the third tier of Scottish Football, it will take a while before they lock horns with the eternal rivals, Celtic.
England has its own fair share of derbies that are special in their own ways. If you’re in Merseyside, you’ll have to get ready to watch two great sides in the forms of Liverpool and Everton battle hard for bragging rights.
One of the most anticipated derbies in English football is the Manchester Derby, where both sides lock horns with the Premier League title being the ultimate prize. Football neutrals like us can acknowledge the fact that a bad result for Manchester City in Old Trafford in April would signal the end of their title hunt for this season at least.
On Sunday, all eyes will be firmly fixed on the North London Derby—a clash that showcases two of London’s finest strutting their stuff in the world stage with the prize being a place in Europe next season.
Arsenal has become accustomed to life in Europe, as the team’s loyal stalwart, Arsene Wenger, has impressively guided them to the competition consistently season after season. Tottenham on the other hand, had a taste of Champions League football a few seasons back and were only denied a place in the competition this season after Chelsea miraculously won the trophy, despite ending the league campaign in sixth place.
In Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, Tottenham has managed to hire and fire a host of managers, but one thing stands out—they have never finished above Le Professor in the Premier League, which signals another St. Totteringham’s day celebration from the Red half of North London.
On Sunday, Arsenal will visit White Hart Lane bearing in mind that they are four points behind Andre Villas-Boas’ side. A game that was touted as a must-win encounter for the Gunners has become a must-not-lose clash, because a defeat to Tottenham will dent the Gunner’s chances of qualification, and as everyone knows, we are running out of games.
There are a thousand and one reasons to look forward to this weekend’s North London Derby. Here are my top five.