While the United States prepares for the Super Bowl, Italian soccer will also get ready for one of the most intense intense weekends of the year with the so-called “Italy’s derby” between Juventus and Inter. However, unlike the Super Bowl, which is mainly characterized by a strong media component, the Italian clash is instead a unique representation of rivalry that goes beyond the simple cheering for a sports team.
As a matter of fact, the hate between Bianconeri and Nerazzurri has gone on for ages. The denomination of Italy’s derby was given by Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Gianni Brera during the 60s with the purpose of recognizing the country’s most domestically successful teams. Up until Juventus’ relegation to Serie B in 2006, the term also referred to the clash between the only two teams who had always played in Serie A.
It perhaps reached its lowest point with the Calciopoli scandal of eight years ago when the misery of the Old Lady represented a turnaround point for Massimo Moratti‘s team, which had faced 17 long years without winning a Scudetto. For this reason, the rivalry incredibly surpassed all limits not only between the fans, but also between the actual executives of both clubs.
This year, as Inter’s decadence has kept the team away from competing against Juventus for important objectives on the pitch, it has been the job of the presidents to maintain the conflicts, especially with the unsuccessful negotiations of last week regarding the trade between Mirko Vucinic and Fredy Guarin.
For the actual game, both sides will come from very different situations. While Antonio Conte‘s squad is unquestionably dominating the league, Walter Mazzarri‘s players will still be looking for their first win of 2014 with what could be a very surprising turn of events at the Juventus Stadium — just like the one last season with Andrea Stramaccioni.