What is South America's top derby?
South Americans are fiercely passionate about football. And while international football unites compatriots, the club scene divides them. So, on a weekend when some of the most intense rivalries resume across the continent, FIFA.com is asking: what is the biggest derby in South America?
The nickname says it all, and when El Superclásico unfolds in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, it transfixes a nation. Not that Boca Juniors-River Plate, Colo-Colo-Universidad de Chile, America de Cali-Atletico Nacional, Cerro Porteno-Olimpia, Alianza Lima-Universitario de Deportes, Nacional-Penarol, and Caracas-Deportivo Tachira are the only huge derbies within these five countries.
Indeed, Independiente-Racing in Avellaneda, Estudiantes-Gimnasia in La Plata and Newell's Old Boys-Rosario Central in Rosario are illustrious confrontations, as is Millonarios-Santa Fe in Bogota. Brazil, too, is the home to some immense clássicos, among them Atletico-Cruzeiro in Minas Gerais, Gremio-Internacional in Porto Alegre, Flamengo-Vasco in Rio de Janeiro and Corinthians-Palmeiras in Sao Paulo.
Bolivia and Ecuador also provide engrossing showdowns, in the form of Bolivar-The Strongest in La Paz and Barcelona-Emelec in Guayaquil. These are, of course, just a few of the plethora of colossal derbies across South America - it's over to you to debate which is the biggest.
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