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Top 3 football rivalries in Germany

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German football is home to several historic rivalries between its greatest clubs.

Football is a sport that brings people together, but it can also create intense rivalries between teams and their fans. In Germany, there are several football rivalries that have been going on for decades and continue to be fiercely contested.

Here are the top three football rivalries in Germany.

3- Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin (Berlin Derby)

The Berlin Derby between Hertha Berlin and Union Berlin is one of the most intense rivalries in German football. The two clubs are located in the German capital and have a history of competing against each other in the lower leagues.

However, it was not until Union’s promotion to the Bundesliga in 2019 that the rivalry truly took off. Matches between the two clubs are played in a charged atmosphere, with both sets of fans passionate about their respective teams.

2- Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Dortmund (Ruhr Derby)

The Revierderby between Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund is one of the fiercest rivalries in German football. The two clubs are located just 20 miles apart in the Ruhr region and have a long history of competing against each other.

The rivalry dates back to the 1920s and has only intensified over the years. Both clubs have passionate fan bases, and matches between them are often played in a hostile atmosphere.

1- Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund (Der Klassiker)

The rivalry between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund is one of the biggest and most intense in German football. Both clubs have a long history of success and are among the most popular teams in the country.

The rivalry intensified in the 2010s when Dortmund won two consecutive league titles and reached the Champions League final in 2013, only to be beaten by Bayern. Since then, the two teams have been battling for supremacy in the Bundesliga, with Dortmund trying to dethrone Bayern’s dominance.