The world’s fiercest rivalries. The craziest supporters. The most enthralling atmospheres. Yes that’s right – Derby Days are back, and now available to book for the 2022/23 season. Whether it be clásico’s in South America, long-running battles in Britain, or crunch ties in Italy – there is plenty to choose from with Homefans.
And in order to wet your appetite, here’s five of the best European rivalries, that we can’t wait to witness, once again:
Derby della Madonnina
Named after the iconic cathedral in Milan city centre, where fans of Internazionale and AC Milan have swarmed to celebrate Scudetto success over the years. The Milan derby stretches back to 1909, and has only gotten stronger over the years. The only derby in Europe between two sides that have both won the European Cup, and after many years of mediocre performances, the Milan giants are back at the top of the table, fighting for silverware.
The San Siro pair pushed each other right to the wire last season, in the Seria A title race, and next season is guaranteed to be just as competitive. Take in one of the final battles at the iconic stadium, before it bows out in 2023, by clicking here.
A battle between continents. European Galatasaray, against old foes Fenerbahçe – based on the Asian side of the River Bosphorus. The mythical city of Istanbul is amazing for many reasons, but when these sides clash, it heats up even more. Both teams lay claim o some of the most hostile fans on the planet, and an intense rivalry has formed due to their domination of the Turkish game.
This season, Fenerbahçe took home the bragging rights on both occasions, so you can be sure that Gala will be out for revenge. It’s is a battle of religion, politics, and geographical identity, and is one that every football enthusiast must witness first hand.
Prague is one of Europe’s premier city-break destinations. With delicious cuisine, cheap beer and spectacular sights, ‘the Golden city’ has it all. And no European capital is complete, without a footballing rivalry to match. Sparta and Slavia Prague are the Czech Republic’s two most successful clubs, with 12 and 7 league titles respectively, and the ultras of each time are always guaranteed to create a rapturous reception for their neighbours, on derby day. The sides linger in second and third spot this season, so both will be itching to get their hands on silverware, next time around. Find out more, here
The Eternal Derby
Football fans throughout Serbia will point to the capital when it comes to which team they support. Red Star and Partizan Belgrade aren’t just the biggest teams in the Serbian SuperLiga, but prior to the breakup of Yugosavia in 1992, were the biggest sides in the Yugoslav First League as well. It’s only a 12 minute walk between the two stadiums – Red Star’s ‘Marakana’ and the Partisan stadium.
Both fanbases are traditionally from this local Autokomanda neighbourhood, so there is no real political edge to the game. But on derby day, the city grinds to a halt as the fans generate an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the world.
El Derbi Madrileño
Real Madrid snatched back La Liga crown in some style this season, from their neighbours at the Wanda Metropolitano. A comprehensive win for Los Blancos, they also have the chance to add a 14th Champions League title to their trophy room. But while Madridistas may come from all walks of life, lured in by an impressive trophy haul, Atleti have traditionally had a smaller following, of working-class, local fans. And it’s these supporters who turn their stadium in to a caldron on match-day, kicking every ball from the stands and deafening their visitors. Two huge clubs with opposing backgrounds, derby day in Madrid is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Learn more at this link.
Spaces for all of these amazing fixtures, plus many more, are now available to pre-book for the 2022/23 season. Whilst dates and venues are yet to be confirmed, those in search of the ultimate footballing experience can beat the crowds and plan ahead here. Link up with our network of local hosts around the world, who can show you the authentic matchday experience that only life-long fans can.