Rivalries in Football are common. Borussia Dortmund v Schalke, Manchester v Liverpool or the ‘El Classico’ between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are the first that come to mind. It is a special day. The result is unpredictable and the atmosphere goes through the roof. Twice a year, your team has the chance to set a mark against their most hated rival. The chance to get the bragging rights and the chance to correct what went wrong last time out.
There is only one event that can top a ‘normal’ derby. They call it an ‘intercity’ derby. All over the world, only 7 Cities can call this unique constellation their own. Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan and Moscow are hosts to a same-city derby. The rivalry between those clubs go even further than pride and bragging rights. It’s about heritage and who is the best in the city.
This project picks out one derby in particular: Lisbon. The host of the ‘Derby de Lisboa’ between Benfica and Sporting. This derby has history. With more than 300 games played, it is the holy grail of Portuguese Football. One game of football splits Lisbon into two. You are either an Eagle or Lion, support Benfica or Sporting.
Red or Green, you choose.