From the publisher:
Rivalry is everywhere in football, from battles on the pitch to boardroom politics, regional and national quarrels and fights for silverware. These conflicts spark countless debates over which are the 'biggest' and 'best' fixtures in the global game, but those involving teams from the same city are especially intense, both on and off the pitch. Divided Cities is a game by game account of the good, bad, indifferent but always eventful experiences of journeying to 11 of the world's most prominent same-city derbies.
Along the way, Kevin Pogorzelski explores some of the most wonderful cities on Earth, delving into the rich histories of clubs and meeting the people who live and breathe the local football culture. Pogorzelski does not try to glorify the violence or animosity between ultra groups but stumbles into some tricky situations. Have you ever thought about embarking on your own football pilgrimage? Then this book is for you.
Kevin Pogorzelski has travelled extensively, experiencing and writing about football around the world, but with a specific focus on the Italian game, after being captivated by the 1990 World Cup. For more than a decade, Kevin has covered matches and penned analysis and opinion articles for the websites Forza Italian Football and Total Italian Football, as well as writing for numerous other outlets.