Rivalries

Reliving The Most Infamous Match Ever, The 2009 Chelsea-Barcelona UCL Semifinal

Next Tuesday, Chelsea and Barcelona will renew one of the greatest footballing rivalries of the 21st century. Beginning in 2000 and ending with that Fernando Torres goal scored almost six years ago, Barca and Chelsea met 12 times in the Champions League, including the 2000 quarterfinals, the 2005 and 2006 Round of 16 and the 2009 and 2012 semifinals.

WATCH THIS: Greatest Games, 2009 UCL Semifinal

Fiorentina Versus Juventus: One Of Serie A’s Best Rivalries

Being hated is part of the Juventus lifestyle. As the most successful team in Italy, there is plenty of fan bases who know nothing but contempt for the Old Lady.

Some of these hatreds are local, such as the rivalry with Torino, while some are based on success, such as the competitiveness with Inter. For Napoli fans, the rivalry is an extension of the north-south divide in the country. Likewise, many fans simply hate Juventus for their … controversial approach to winning at all costs. Some simply hate the fact that they win so much.

Espanyol Snap Barca’s 29-Game Unbeaten Run With Dramatic 88th Minute Winner

The Barcelona Derby doesn’t exactly set pulses racing outside of Catalonia as FC Barcelona’s dominance over RCD Espanyol has been pretty thorough dating back to 1928. In 206 league matches, Barcelona have won 120 and drawn 42, leaving Espanyol with only 44 victories. 

But Wednesday’s Barcelona Derby was played in the Copa del Rey — where the magic happens. The first leg of their quarterfinal matchup at RCDE Stadium saw Barca field a strong starting XI, including Lionel Messi (the all-time leading scorer in the Barcelona Derby with 20 goals), Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique. 

Dani Carvajal Is A Better Goalkeeper Than Simon Mignolet And Twitter Knows It

Dani Carvajal's fantastic reflexes prove he is a better goalkeeper than Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet, and Twitter knows it. He gave proof in the latest edition of El Clásico as he epically saved a header by Barça’s Paulinho. 

The only problem is, Carvajal is not a goalkeeper. So the referee blew the whistle, sentenced a penalty kick and sent Carvajal off via a direct red card.

How To Watch El Clasico Online

Real Madrid and Barcelona play each other in El Clasico on Saturday, December 23rd at 7 AM Eastern time, so we would like to give our condolences to anyone who lives in Washington, Oregon, Nevada or California. Although getting up at four in the morning is not the most desirable time, we can assure you that if you miss it, you'll regret not watching this.

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