The Avellaneda derby
(clásico de Avellaneda
) is the second most important rivalry in Argentine football
. It is contested between Club Atlético Independiente
and Racing Club
, the 3rd and 4th most successful teams in terms of the total number of league championships won. It is the second most important local derby
, behind to the Superclásico
contested between Boca Juniors and River Plate, who are in the city of Buenos Aires
; and it's a major football rivalry
. Both teams are very popular in Argentina, and are two of the "five big teams of Argentinian football".
The two stadiums are only a few hundred metres apart, Independiente play at the Estadio Libertadores de América commonly known as "Doble Visera" and Racing Club play at the Estadio Juan Domingo Perón commonly known as "El Cilindro".
The first encounter between the two took place in 1907 with Independiente winning. The first top flight game between the two took place on December 12, 1915, Independiente won 2-1, but the result was overturned and Racing were awarded the victory. The 2 points from that game were enough for Racing to go on to win the 1915 championship. The 26 November 1961 saw the most violent game between the two clubs, the referee was forced to suspend the game for 6 minutes due to fighting amongst the players. The referee eventually sent off 4 players from each team. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.