ID : N-585 Date : 2017/11/04 - 22:36
(Persia Digest) – The UK website realsports101.com has reviewed the top derbies in the world and named the “Tehran Derby” as the fifth most important one in the world. according to the report, the first four include El Clacio Spain (Real Madrid - Barcelona), Old Firm Glasgow Scotland (Glasgow Rangers-Celtic), Superclasico Buenos Aires Argentina (Boca Juniors - River Plate), and the Intercontinental Derby Istanbul Turkey (Galatasaray - Fenerbahce).
The author writes about the sensitive games played between Persepolis and Esteghlal teams: “The little-known Tehran Derby was proclaimed 'the most important derby in Asia' by World Soccer magazine in 2008. Played between two of the biggest clubs in the Iranian capital, Esteghlal Tehran and Persepolis Tehran, football fans from around the city flock to these fixtures in their thousands, clambering over walls and hanging from advertising hoardings just to catch a glimpse of the game.
By footballing standards, the Tehran Derby is a relatively recent phenomenon, emerging in the 1960s at a time when football was burgeoning in Iran. Back at its inception, the Tehran Derby was a one-sided affair: Persepolis fans vastly outnumbering Esteghlal's supporters. Now though, according to the IFF, today Esteghlal has more supporters across the country and globe than their cross-city rivals.
Much like the Intercontinental Derby, the Tehran Derby has accrued an augmented meaning as Iranian fans developed a collective identity: By the 1970s, Persepolis supporters self-defined as working class, while Esteghlal was gradually viewed as a club intertwined with the establishment with many supporters from the upper-classes of Iranian society. And, as always, differences always give rise to enhanced rivalries.”
Persia Digest reports that Persepolis and Esteghlal are the most popular football teams in Iran and have so far met in 85 matches. Of these, Esteghlal has won 25 games and Persepolis 21. The remaining 39 were a tie. Their last game took place on 26 October at Iran’s Premier League, Persepolis 1- Esteghlal 0.