It’s derby delight on beIN this April


Watch El Clasico, the Old Firm Derby, Der Klassiker and MORE on beIN SPORTS

Big derbies define football folklore with spine tingling atmospheres, the world's best players and fans who absolutely despise each other. 

We're usually counting down the months for the next big clash to roll around but this April, the stars have aligned to bring you eight of the world's biggest derbies and they're LIVE on beIN SPORTS.

Here's what you have to look forward to.

El Clasico (Real Madrid v Barcelona)

Monday 24 April 3.45am beIN 2

BBC v MSN; Madrid v Barcelona; Spain v Catalonia - the rivalries within the rivalry are worthy of top billing on their own. It’s the domestic fixture everyone has one eye on at the start of the season, and rightfully so.

Their rivalry transcends the battle for supremacy in Spanish football, Madrid and Barcelona are the most politically, socially and culturally divisive cities in Span. 

Historically, Real Madrid was held up as the symbol of Spanish nationalism, unlike FC Barcelona, which has become synonymous with the state of Catalonia.

On the pitch, there's been very little separating these two with Madrid boasting 93 wins to Barcelona’s 90 in all competitions.

Derby della Capitale (Roma v Lazio)

Sunday 30 April 11pm (channel TBC)

Arguably the most violent derby in football, the Rome derby reached fever pitch in 1979, when Lazio fan Vincenzo Paparelli was struck and killed by a flare at the Stadio Olimpico in 1979.

The rivalry was born in the 1920's when Lazio refused to join a merger of Rome's top clubs (now AS Roma).

Der Klassiker x 2 (Bayern v Dortmund ) 

Sunday 9 April beIN 3 2.15am

Thursday 27 April 3.55am beIN 1

These German giants have monopolised the Bundesliga, boasting 17 league titles in the last 23 seasons between them.

Bayern may have already wrapped up the league this season, but Der Klassiker is like a cup final in itself, with both sets of fans desperate to walk away with bragging rights.

If one Klassiker wasn't enough, we'll be showing TWO this April - in the DFB Pokal semi final on 9 April and in the Bundesliga on 27 April.

Madrid Derby (Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid)

Sunday 9 April beIN 2 12.10am

Both sides may hail from Madrid, but that's where the similarities end. 

Real Madrid has earned a ‘pijo’ (posh) reputation for spending astronomical figures on the next 'galactico,' while Atletico Madrid prides itself on unearthing and grooming young talent.

Their divisive ideologies and swashbuckling styles of play makes this derby one not to miss.

Milan derby (AC Milan v Inter Milan)

Saturday 15 April beIN 1 8:30pm

A derby which sells itself, AC Milan and Inter Milan were two of the biggest clubs in Europe in the 1990s.

Since then both clubs have fallen on hard times, but the animosity between these two clubs (and their fanatical followers) has never dwindled.

Both sets of fans call the San Siro stadium home, which adds more spice to this already combustible derby.

Old Firm derby (Celtic v Rangers)

Saturday 29 April 9pm beIN 3​

A rivalry spanning 128 years, the Old Firm derby is arguably the most historic and spite-filled grudge match of them all, dividing fans on religious, social, cultural and football grounds.

Take a look at some of these Old Firm derby moments, which have underpinned the intense rivalry between these Glasgow giants. 

Catalan Derby (Espanyol v Barcelona)

Espanyol v Barcelona – Sunday 30 April time TBC beIN 2

You would be forgiven for thinking there's only one club in Barcelona, with FC Barcelona hogging up the spotlight, much to the ire of Espanyol fans.

Espanyol was founded exclusively by Spanish football fans, who disapproved of Blaugrana's 'team of foreigners.'

Cascadia derby (Vancouver v Seattle)

Saturday 15 April beIN 1 12:05pm

Unlike most derbies, the Cascadia derby actually involves three teams, with Vancouver Whiecaps, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers vying for the Cascadia Cup for the best side in Pacific North West.

It's a derby made by the fans, for the fans. In 2004, the clubs' supporter groups commissioned a trophy to be made for the club which finishes the season with the best record against its Pacific North West rivals.

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Watch El Clasico, the Old Firm Derby, Der Klassiker and MORE on beIN SPORTS