Football in Europe is big business with a number of the world’s best teams participating in Italy and Spain.
Some of the game’s most fierce rivalries exist in the continent with Barcelona vs Real Madrid and Inter vs AC Milan to name but a few, with a battle on a season-by-season basis and millions of foreign currency spent to be number one in each respective league.
However regional rivalries exist too, with specific political and identity issues playing a part in the support of a specific team.
The following details the records of success for the biggest cities in Italy and Spain to see which major European city can claim bragging rights over their national rivals.
Number of teams: two – Inter Milan and AC Milan
Domestic – League Titles – 36, Cups – 22, Total – 58
European – Champions League – 10, Other European cups – 10, Total – 20
Combined – 78 trophies
Number of teams: two – Juventus and Torino
Domestic – League Titles – 34, Cups – 17, Total – 51
European – Champions League – 2, Other European Cups – 5, Total – 7
Combined – 58 trophies
Number of teams: two – Lazio and Roma
Domestic – League Titles – 5, Cups – 19, Total – 24
European – Champions League – 0, Other European Cups – 2, Total – 2
Combined – 26 trophies
It is plain to see that footballing hubs Milan and Turin house more successful teams than that of the capital Rome. The rivalries between the sides and cities are intense, and travel insurance is needed should you want to visit the country’s football oriented centres. The dominance of Italian football in recent times by AC and Inter mean that Milan is Italy’s most prestigious football city, with Turin a close second.
Number of teams: two – Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid
Domestic – League Titles – 40, Copa Del Rey – 27, Total – 67
European – Champions League – 9, Other European Cups – 6, Total – 15
Combined – 82 trophies
Number of teams: two – FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol
Domestic – League Titles – 21, Copa Del Rey – 29, Total – 50
European – Champions League – 4, Other European Cups – 4, Total – 8
Combined – 58 trophies
Due to Real Madrid’s superior La Liga and European victories the Spanish capital can boast more trophies than the Catalan city. Atletico add 20 trophies to the sizeable haul, and eclipse Espanyol’s record of four personal competition victories. The results will come as a much needed confidence booster for the Madrid sides, who are currently languishing behind Pep Guardiola’s team, who have won the last three La Liga titles and are the current European champions.
On the European stage Milan have the most trophy victories with 20 to date, with Madrid second with 15. The Spanish capital is the most successful city between the two countries however and inhabitants will be proud in their home being steeped in footballing history.
Gareth McKnight writes for Soccerlens.com.