Manchester derby reflects passion of city rivals

Proximity and similar ambitions make for the most fervent rivalries. As such, north London enemies Arsenal and Tottenham, who are based just four miles (6.4 kilometres) apart and vye for Champions League football every season, are typical.

updated: December 07, 2012 11:32 IST
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Paris: Manchester United meet Manchester City at the Ethihad Stadium on Sunday for the first time since the Sky Blues dethroned their neighbours to win the English Premier League title and their first top-flight crown in 44 years.

The rivalry between the two clubs in northwest England dates back to 1881 and has developed into one of the most bitter in world football.

But the root of the enmity and jealousy -- whether United's string of domestic and European success, City's deep-pocketed financial backers or claims about which supporters are the "true fans" of the city -- has parallels around the world.

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