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A burning hatred October 13, 2011

This weekend sees Lazio take on Roma and Liverpool host Manchester United (as discussed in and ). Here, we look at some of the most hate-filled rivalries in world football. Bulgaria’s Eternal Derby (CSKA Sofia vs Levski Sofia) AssociatedLevski fans clash with riot police during the 2005 Super Cup clash with CSKA With its roots in the 1940s, many see Bulgaria’s Eternal Derby as the biggest rivalry in the Balkan region: CSKA, founded as the Communist army team and associated with the rich, against Levski, seen as the team of the people. On the field, the fiercest battle came in the 1985 Bulgarian Cup final, which saw two red cards, numerous fights and the referee struck twice by goalkeeper…