There’s nothing quite like a classic football rivalry.
Currently in Europe, we are blessed with several huge fixtures we can look forward to every season that see some of the world’s biggest and best sides square off against each other.
From El Clasico to the Old Firm, the standard of football in each of Europe’s top five leagues has been growing so much over the past 20 years that fans watching these blockbuster bouts are almost always treated to an incredible game of football.
There’s no doubt we, as fans, are spoilt for choice, with at least one big game being on television every weekend.
And as the quality of football on show continues to improve with exciting new players flocking to Europe in hopes of competing in the world’s best club competition, the Champions League, we are constantly seeing new rivalries and fixtures emerging that put the best teams in the world against each other.
For that reason, here at GIVEMESPORT, we’ve decided to put together a list of the 14 biggest fixtures in European football right now.
And you might want to put these games into your calendar as there are some absolute crackers on the list below.
The 14 biggest fixtures in European football right now
14. Arsenal vs Chelsea
It’s always a big occasion when two of London’s most successful clubs come together.
While they aren’t the biggest rivals, they are two teams with a lot of quality, and with Mikel Arteta’s side in fine form coming into the back end of the season, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top when the Gunners travel to Stamford Bridge this April.
13. Lazio vs Roma
The Derby Della Capitale has always been one of the biggest games on the Serie A fixture list, but with Maurizio Sarri and Jose Mourinho taking charge of Lazio and Roma, it has become one of the most exciting games on the footballing calendar.
12. Chelsea vs Tottenham
While this isn’t always considered the biggest rivalry in London, there’s always been a bit of needle between the two clubs.
And with both growing to be two of the Premier League’s top teams over the past few years, this fixture always delivers controversy.
11. Inter Milan vs Juventus
The Derby d’Italia is widely considered Italy’s answer to El Clasico and pairs two of Serie A’s most successful sides against each other, making it one of the biggest games of the Italian league season.
10. Chelsea vs Manchester City
Last year’s Champions League final could be repeated this year if Chelsea and Man City both advance to the semi-finals of the competition.
And while it’s always eventful when these two Premier League giants meet each other, there’s also a lot to learn, with tactical geniuses Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel going toe-to-toe to try and outthink each other during the match.
9. Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid have dominated this derby over the years, but as Atleti have grown in recent times to become a powerhouse of European football under the guidance of Diego Simeone, the rivalry has intensified, making this one of the most anticipated games in La Liga.
8. Inter Milan vs AC Milan
Both Milan clubs are perhaps now closer in quality than they ever have been and that means that the Derby Della Madonnina has pretty much everything; history, passion, some excellent players and a ferocious rivalry that dates back to 1908
7. Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund
Der Klassiker isn’t quite what it used to be, but the fixture never ceases to amaze us with Dortmund continually trying to battle back against Bayern and find a way to outdo their biggest adversaries.
Meanwhile, Die Roten have seen some of their hardest fought wins come against Dortmund and for that reason, the fixture is a must watch to see which of Germany’s biggest sides come out on top.
6. Liverpool vs Chelsea
This rivalry emerged in the naughties, with Liverpool and Chelsea both trying to upset Arsenal and Man Utd’s longstanding reigns at the top of the Premier League.
But now, as both Chelsea and Liverpool have emerged as two of the league’s best sides, it is always an exciting occasion watching the talent that both teams possess go head to head.
5. Arsenal vs Tottenham
The north London derby is undoubtedly one of the biggest clashes in world football, the fallout from which regularly provides us with much controversy and talking points.
And if you wanted to see two sides that really do hate each other go head to head, then do not miss this match.
4. Celtic vs Rangers
Under the guidance of Steven Gerrard, Rangers have grown back to their strengths of old and while Celtic are historically the dominant team of the two, the difference in quality between the two sides has drastically reduced recently meaning that this fixture has never been better.
Put that alongside the atmosphere and passion of the crowd at the Old Firm and this game without a doubt one of the biggest fixtures on the football calendar right now.
3. Manchester United vs Liverpool
This is perhaps the Premier League’s biggest rivalry and it almost never disappoints.
Even though Manchester United have gone off the boil in recent seasons, the edge around this derby always makes it one of the biggest games of the season.
2. Barcelona vs Real Madrid
While El Clasico will never quite be the same without Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lining up against each other, you can never write off the brilliance of this fixture, especially now as both sides are growing back into the two superpowers of European football that they once were.
1. Manchester City vs Liverpool
This is the game that could decide this season’s Premier League and perhaps even the Champions League too if both teams advance to the final.
While each fanbase has come to dislike each other of late, for the neutral fan, these are both possibly the two most exciting teams to watch in Europe at the moment and are the two teams to beat.
You do not want to miss out when they come together later this April at the Etihad Stadium in a winner takes all bout, with Jurgen Klopp in the hunt to swoop the league title away from Guardiola and Manchester City.