Originally posted by Jamesqt
Celtic Rangers my ar**, get a grip Trev, that's just a silly religious rivalary between to average teams in a rubbish league!
How can it be riddiculous if so many millions of people around the world agree with me? Both sides have some respect for each other, the hating each other is purely about football as those millions of people around the world watc ...[text shortened]... to watch, but you have to appreciate the fact that many millions of people disagree with you!
a rivalry isn't all about who has the best players or the better team. it's about history, the fans, the countries media etc.
the atmosphere inside the ground at a liverfool utd match is really no different that if they were playing villa for example, ok a little but not a lot.
regardless of what you think about the scottish league, rangers and celtic and been battling for the league title for the last 100 years or so, the fans HATE each other. ok granted it's got a lot to do about religion but religion is a powerful thing...look at n. ireland for example.
i've never been to a milan derby but i have watched every game between them possible in the last 15 years or so, i'd rather watch a inter/ac game than watch utd and liverpool.
then we come to imo the biggest rivalry in world football, the hate between these two clubs makes celtic/rangers look like old college buddies. the passion around the stadium is like something i've never experienced before, the boca fans are the best in the world imo.
just because it doesn't get the worldwide following doesn't mean it's not a better rivalry. i would put utd/liverpool in the same league as barce/real, both different cities who just happen to be two of the best teams in their league.
btw where do you think the 33 brazilians and the argentines who played in the last 16 of the CL last week started playing? of course they go where the money is but trust me the Brazilian and Argentine leagues are strong.
i'll give you that the PL is the biggest league in the world but only because of asia, south america knows it's $hit about football and la liga in the most popular league there. the english created football, south americans made it better. argue with that.