Crosstown Beef: The 10 Best Intra-City Rivalries in European Soccer

3. Partizan Belgrade v. Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)

NICKNAME: The Eternal Derby
HISTORICAL RECORD: 169 matches: Partizan - 49W, Red Star - 73W, 47 draws
COMPLEX SAYS: Both clubs formed in 1945, with Partizan considered the team of the army and Red Star linked to the Ministry of Interior. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia, violence has been a consistent theme, as Partizan fans (Grobari, meaning "Gravediggers") clash with their Red Star counterparts (Delije, which is more complicated to explain). The most notorious incident occurred in 1999, when a 17-year-old Red Star fan was killed by a flare fired from the Grobari area of the stand. Probably best to stay indoors.
MEMORABLE MATCH: November 4, 1951, Red Star 2-0 Partizan. Although the derby intensified with Yugoslavian tension in the ’90s, this title-deciding tilt may have the rivalry's biggest match.
NEXT MATCH: April 23, 2011

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