South America’s Three Biggest Derbies – Featuring Boca Juniors, Gremio and Penarol

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Journalists in South America have been voting on what they believe to be the biggest and best derbies in the region.

South America is no stranger to football-based rivalries – there are a lot of city rivalries to choose from.

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Journalists in the area have been trying to quantify which is best, voting on which derbies are the the most impassioned and important.

Here’s the results:

3) Gremio vs Internacional (Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Gremio and Internacional are the two biggest teams from Porto Alegre – a city in the deep south of Brazil. Gremio used to be considered the upper class team – banning black players in its team until the late fifties – while working class Internacional accepted their first black player as early as the twenties.

2) Nacional vs Penarol (Montevideo, Uruguay)

The two biggest and best supported sides in Uruguay, the Montevideo giants are jointly responsible for winning 90 of the 108 Uruguayan Primera Division titles. Penarol hold the slight advantage in terms of success – with 47 titles to Nacional’s 43 and five Copa Libertadores wins compared to Nacional’s three.

1) Boca Juniors vs River Plate (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

There are no surprises for guessing the winner of the vote. The Boca Juniors vs River Plate SuperClasico is arguably the most fiercely contested game in world football. We will see yet another edition of the battle when the two go head-to-head in the semi-final of the Copa Sudamericana next week.


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