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Teams across Europe who have both met numerous times in a season

| 22.04.2015

When Atletico Madrid and fierce rivals Real meet in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, they will be breaking and setting a record.

Staggeringly, both outfits will have met eight times this term, when the final leg has been played out.

With that in mind, Coral take a look at five more fixtures which have boasted multiple meetings; which of these below ring a bell?

Celtic v Rangers
In the 2010/11 season, these two sides set a record for the amount of meetings between both, with Scottish fans treated to the Old Firm derby no less than seven times!

Bragging rights that year on head-to-heads went to Celtic, who recorded three wins to Rangers’ two, with two draws in between.

Although Celtic edged the league meetings and beat Rangers over two legs in the Scottish FA Cup, Rangers were victorious in the Scottish League Cup final, eventually triumphing 2-1 after extra time at Hampden Park, as can be seen below!

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund
A power struggle at the top of Bundesliga between these two teams brought with it five meetings in the 2012/13 season, as Bayern got revenge on Jurgen Klopp’s side for the season before, and wrestled back the DFB Kopal.

Both Bundesliga matches finished in 1-1 draws, though Munich weren’t content just beating them in a domestic cup final. On Europe’s biggest club stage, they defeated Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley in the Champions League final, and earlier in the season started with a Super Cup victory.

Bayern are 13/8 favourites with Coral to win the Champions League again this season, with Dortmund already eliminated by Juventus in the last 16.

Real Madrid v Barcelona
Two seasons running between 2011 and 2013, these two La Liga giants met on 12 occasions, equating to six per season.

Guess what?

You still couldn’t split them. Both teams won four times across all competitions, with a league win apiece in 2011/12 while Real took the bragging rights a season later, recording four points. In the first campaign however, Los Blancos claimed the league, while Barca took it 12 months later.

Chelsea v Liverpool
Between 2004 and 2008, in the space of four campaigns, the two sides met five times consistently, including twice in the Champions League each season.

Everyone remembers the mind games between Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez; though, in the 2004/05 season it was the latter who defeated the ‘Special One’ on the biggest stage, thanks to a controversial Luis Garcia goal in the quarter-final of the Champions League, with the Reds going on to win the competition.

This was the first time the Reds beat the Blues in that season, having lost twice in the Premier League, and the League Cup final.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.