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Top 3 Football Rivalries in Spain

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Spain hosts some of the most iconic football rivalries in the world football.

Football in Spain is known for its passion, skill, and intense rivalries. From the fierce rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid to the local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, Spanish football is never short of drama. Here are the top three football rivalries in Spain that have stood the test of time.

3- The Seville Derby – Sevilla vs Real Betis

The Seville Derby is a local rivalry between Sevilla and Real Betis, two clubs from the city of Seville in Andalusia. The derby is also known as El Gran Derbi and has a long history that dates back to the early 20th century. The matches between these two teams are always intense and passionate, and the fans of both clubs are known for their vocal support.

2- The Basque Derby – Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad

The Basque Derby is a rivalry between two teams from the Basque Country, Athletic Bilbao, and Real Sociedad. The rivalry between these two teams goes beyond football and reflects the cultural and political differences between the Basque people. The Basque Derby is one of the most passionate and intense derbies in Spanish football, and the matches between these two teams are always highly anticipated.

1- El Clásico – Barcelona vs Real Madrid

El Clásico is the biggest football rivalry not only in Spain but in the world. Barcelona and Real Madrid have been fierce rivals since the 1920s and have faced each other more than 240 times. The rivalry between the two teams is not just about football but also reflects the political, cultural, and social differences between the regions of Catalonia and Madrid.