Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Marseille vs Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus vs Inter Milan, Boca Juniors vs River Plate and other ‘Clasico’ clashes from around world


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As we build up to biggest match in world football at the Bernabeu, we take a look at similar rivalries around the globe

REAL MADRID and Barcelona face off in what is generally considered the biggest match in world football.

The two La Liga sides go head-to-head at the Bernabeu in El Clasico and it also Cristiano Ronaldo against Lionel Messi.

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Real Madrid and Barcelona prepare to play out biggest contest in club football

Yet, most of the major divisions in world football have one glamour encounter.

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Football fans around the globe make plans to watch La Liga’s big two face off.

But will you be watching there?

Marseille vs Paris Saint Germain — Le Classique


PSG's Brazilian Oliveira Rai (L) tangles with OM's midfielder, Eric Roy, in a D1 match pitting Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint Germain 17 May. ELECTRONIC IMAGE.


Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille do battle during biggest match in France

Ligue 1’s biggest rivalry transcends football and pits the wealthy Parisians against the working class society of Marseilles.

It is so fierce that away fans are banned from travelling.

PSG and Marseille are the only French clubs to win European trophies.

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund, Germany — Der Klassiker

GERMANY - APRIL 19: 1. BUNDESLIGA 96/97 DORTMUND - BAYERN MUENCHEN 1:1; Heiko HERRLICH/DORTMUND, Lothar MATTHAEUS/BAYERN (Photo by Ruediger Fessel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Height of Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund rivalry was during late-1990s

Bundesliga’s big two met recently — with the Black and Yellows netting a 1-0 victory.

The duo are Germany’s two most successful clubs and played out the 2013 Champions League final — with Bayern completing an historic Treble.

But 17 years earlier, Dortmund won that very trophy in Munich.

Ajax vs Feyenoord, Holland — De Klassieker

Ajax Amsterdam's supporters burn flares and wave hands during a training session of the team in the Amsterdam Arena, on January 24, 2015. Ajax Amsterdam will face Feyenoord Rotterdam in a Dutch on January 25. AFP PHOTO/ ANP / OLAF KRAAK **netherlands out - belgium out** (Photo credit should read OLAF KRAAK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ajax fans watching their team TRAIN before a huge encounter with Feyenoord

PSV Eindhoven are now the Eredivisie’s top dogs — but this is still the biggest game.

It’s a clash of cultures which pits the artists of Amsterdam against the labourers of Rotterdam.

Ajax’s famous style is a source of frustration for Feyenoord, as their city was heavily bombed during the Second World War — and they are very proud of their work ethic.

The Rotterdam side are bidding for their first title since 1999 and are currently just three points clear of their rivals at the top of the table in a fascinating race.

Benfica vs Porto, Portugal — O Classico

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 20: FC Porto's player Domingo Paciencia (L) duels with Benfica's defender Helder Cristovao during their Portuguese supercup match in Paris 20 June. Domingos Paciencia scored for his team at the 50th minute giving the victory to FC Porto after two drawn matches in Lisbon (1-1) and Porto (0-0). AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Between them, Porto and Benfica have 62 league titles and four European Cups

By far the Primeira Liga’s biggest team with a total of 62 titles between them.

The rivalry is not just constrained to the football field.

Lisbon and Porto also share a very different culture and political history.

Benfica have won the last three championships and currently sit three points clear of Porto with five matches remaining.

Juventus vs Inter Milan, Italy — Il Derby d’Italia

Players of Internazionale of Milan argue with referee Piero Ceccarini during the Juventus vs Inter First Division soccer match in Turin's Delle Alpi stadium, Sunday April 26, 1998. Juventus won 1-0. (AP Photo/Claudio Miano)

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Inter Milan players confront referee after highly-controversial penalty

Two famous clashes include the a 1961 clash which was awarded to Inter after a pitch invasion — only for the Italian FA to renege and award a replay.

In protest, the Nerazzurri fielded their youth team and lost 9-1.

And in 1998, the ‘title decider’ saw a stonewall Inter penalty turned down, only for Juventus to earn one seconds later — the decisions were even debated in parliament.

Boca Juniors vs River Plate — Superclasico

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Players of Boca Juniors and River Plate (white with red strip) fight 10 June, 2004, during a football match for the Libertadores Cup semifinal at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Boca Juniors and River Plate players involved in on-pitch battle in 2010

Bueno Aires is the setting for the most fiercely contested match in club football.

The working class Boca Juniors and affluent River Plate fans despite one another.

A downpour in 2010 caused the first suspension in the contest’s 97-year history — with the final 41 minutes played four days later.

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