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Football Rivalries

Season 1 2010

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  • 2010-06-01T04:00:00Z
  • 50 mins
  • 1 hour, 40 mins (2 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, Special Interest
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In the world of football there are matches that capture the imagination of fans around the globe, games that are steeped in history and passion, clashes that stir the emotions of everyone who’s ever watched the beautiful came. ‘Greatest Football Rivalries’ takes a unique insight into the world’s most famous and explosive football rivalries. It will trace the history of these legendary derbies between some of football’s greatest teams, exploring what lies at the heart of the rivalry both on the pitch and away from it. Every show will feature a selection of the greatest moments from these matches from the archives. There will also be interviews with some of the legendary coaches and players who have been involved in these titanic matches, helping to explain why they are held in such high esteem by players and supporters alike. Finally, each programme will follow the teams and fans on the day of the big match, capturing the intensity and passion of the game on the pitch and in the stands. Greatest Football Rivalries’ will stir the emotions of football fans of all ages and all clubs across the globe unlike any other series that has gone before it!

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8 episodes

1x01 Ajax v Feyenoord, Flamengo v Fluminese

  • Series Premiere

    2010-06-01T04:00:00Z — 50 mins

Dutch football hosts one of Europes biggest rivalries. The artists of Ajax versus the workers of Rotterdam compete for honours in these intense clashes. We undercover the history and tradition of this rivalry known to the locals as Der Klassieker. The Flamengo-Fluminense rivalry is the biggest in Brazilian club football. Both teams play at the iconic MaracanaA stadium and like many rivalries are split by class. Flamengo known as the team of the people, whereas Fluminense is the team for the middle and upper classes. This programme discovers why the rich and poor divide brings more to this encounter than the carnival atmosphere!

The two most decorated teams in English Football - Manchester United - meet in the biggest fixture of the season. The Red Rivalry dates back over a hundred years ago making it one of the oldest in the world. In Portugal the eternal struggle to be the top team in Lisbon rages on. Benfica and Sporting CP show why they each have the history, pride and passion to be the number one.

For over a century Glasgow has been divided by religion and football. Celtic and Rangers meet in the fiercely contested Old Firm battle between Catholic and Protestant. The Czech football season revolves around derby day. Another city divided in two as Prague plays host as old foes Slavia and Sparta battle it out both on and off the pitch for the citys bragging rights.

Buenos Aires is the battleground where two of the most successful clubs in the history of South American football go head to head in a match so big they call it the Superclasico. When the two most renowned teams in Austrian football play each other in Vienna, more than a waltz ensues.

Welcome to Hell, also known as Istanbul, where the two giants of Turkish football collide in one of footballs most ferocious rivalries. In the industrial heartland of Germany, the fanatical fans of both Borussia Dortmund and Schalke serve to make this one of Europes most enduring showdowns.

Barcelona v Real Madrid. El Clasico. More than a football match, this is a clash of ideals, politics, and above all, of passion. Possibly the most famous rivalry in world football. The derby of the eternal enemies is a Greek classic, played out in Athens between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal is a football rivalry steeped in tradition and history. The fans live side by side and that makes this North London derby one of the fiercest in English football. Croatia is home to one the most hostile rivalries in world football. Dynamo Zagreb vs Hadjuk Split goes back a long way and this program highlights the relations pre and post break up of Yugoslavia.

This program explores Italys most bitter rivalries. We start with the clash of the red and blues at the San Siro. No other city has two such successful teams and the Milan derby is arguably the most beautiful in the world. Then to Rome. The eternal city. Home to Lazio and Roma, two giants of the Italian game who meet in possibly the most passionate derby in world football often with dramatic consequences.

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