Since ‘Pitch International’ was totally satisfied with my previous story about Afghanistan football they asked me to produce a feature around Tehran derby.
Asia’s highest profile derby is between two of Tehran’s giants; Perspolis and Esteghlal. According to the World Soccer Magazine, it is the 22nd most important derby in the derby, a fact that fans of the red and blue halves of Iran vehemently dispute!
Fans, players and coaching staff of both sides get very emotional in the days leading up to the big match and by match day they go into a frenzy. There have been several instances of highly charged matches that fans and players get very physical and aggressive on and off the field. The two Tehran giants have following right across Iran. It is common for thousands of fans to travel to Tehran from far distances and spent the night outside the stadium to gain access to the game as soon as the gates open.