Soweto derby

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Soweto Derby
Rival fans.jpg
An Orlando Pirates fan and a Kaizer Chiefs fan before the Soweto derby.
Other names"El Classico yase Mzansi"
LocaleSoweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
TeamsKaizer Chiefs
Orlando Pirates
First meeting24 January 1970
Next meeting27 July 2019
Statistics
Most player appearancesHappy Jele

The Soweto derby is a soccer rivalry between Premier Soccer League's Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in South Africa and is considered one of the most fiercely contested matches in African football. It was first contested on 24 January 1970.[1] Matches between the two rivals attract a large fanbase.

Based in Soweto, Johannesburg, the rivalry stems from the fact that Kaizer Chiefs was formed by a former Orlando Pirates star Kaizer Motaung. Motaung had left Orlando Pirates to go play professional soccer in the now defunct North American Soccer League for a team called the Atlanta Chiefs. Upon returning home, he found a lot of infighting among the hierarchy at Pirates. He decided to form a Kaizer XI, which initially played friendly matches with various clubs in South Africa and then this entity evolved to the Kaizer Chiefs.


Overall record[edit]

Team League Nedbank Cup Telkom Cup MTN 8 Total
Fixtures 44 16 4 6 70
Kaizer Chiefs 11 9 3 2 25
Orlando Pirates 11 5 1 4 21
Draw 22 2 0 2 24

All-time results[edit]

League[edit]

Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs
Season Division Date Venue Score Attendance Date Venue Score Attendance
1996–97 Premier Soccer League 18 January 1997 FNB Stadium 0 – 1 10 May 1997 Orlando Stadium 1 – 1
1997–98 Premier Soccer League 22 November 1997 FNB Stadium 1 – 1 7 March 1998 Orlando Stadium 1 – 1
1998–99 Premier Soccer League 9 October 1998 FNB Stadium 2 – 2 13 February 1999 Orlando Stadium 1 – 2
1999–2000 Premier Soccer League 13 June 2000 FNB Stadium 2 – 2 20 November 1999 Orlando Stadium 1 – 0
2000–01 Premier Soccer League 9 June 2001 FNB Stadium 1 – 0 29 November 2000 Orlando Stadium 1 – 1
2001–02 Premier Soccer League 15 December 2001 FNB Stadium 0 – 3 4 May 2002 Orlando Stadium 1 – 1
2002–03 Premier Soccer League 14 March 2003 FNB Stadium 2 – 0 7 December 2002 Orlando Stadium 1 – 1
2003–04 Premier Soccer League 13 December 2003 FNB Stadium 1 – 0 1 May 2004 Orlando Stadium 1 – 0
2004–05 Premier Soccer League 29 April 2005 FNB Stadium 1 – 1 29 October 2004 Orlando Stadium 2 – 1
2005–06 Premier Soccer League 28 October 2005 FNB Stadium 2 – 0 9 May 2006 Orlando Stadium 0 – 1
2006–07 Premier Soccer League 9 December 2006 FNB Stadium 1 – 1 80,000 28 April 2007 Orlando Stadium 1 – 1 6,000
2007–08 Premier Soccer League 10 May 2008 FNB Stadium 1 – 0 50,000 24 November 2007 Orlando Stadium 2 – 2 5,000
2008–09 Premier Soccer League 15 November 2008 0 – 2 60,000 2 May 2009 Orlando Stadium 2 – 1 62,000
2009–10 Premier Soccer League 31 October 2009 Loftus Versfeld Stadium 0 – 0 40,000 20 February 2010 Orlando Stadium 0 – 0 14,000
2010–11 Premier Soccer League 26 February 2011 FNB Stadium 1 – 1 92,515 13 November 2010 FNB Stadium 1 – 3 74,875
2011–12 Premier Soccer League 17 September 2011 FNB Stadium 2 – 0 25,000 17 March 2012 FNB Stadium 3 – 2 87,171
2012–13 Premier Soccer League 9 March 2013 FNB Stadium 0 – 0 80,000 8 December 2012 FNB Stadium 0 – 0 84,000
2013–14 Premier Soccer League 26 October 2013 FNB Stadium 1 – 1 80,000 15 March 2014 FNB Stadium 0 – 1 90,000
2014–15 Premier Soccer League 7 March 2015 FNB Stadium 0 – 0 88,000 6 December 2014 FNB Stadium 0 – 2 71,282
2015–16 Premier Soccer League 31 October 2015 FNB Stadium 1 – 3 90,000 30 January 2016 FNB Stadium 1 – 1 60,000
2016–17 Premier Soccer League 4 March 2017 FNB Stadium 1 – 1 55,000 29 October 2016 FNB Stadium 0 – 0 60,000
2017–18 Premier Soccer League 21 October 2017 FNB Stadium 0 – 0 75,000 3 March 2018 FNB Stadium 3 – 1 86,314
2018–19 Premier Soccer League 9 February 2019 FNB Stadium 1 – 1 86,000 27 October 2018 FNB Stadium 2 – 1 82,000

Cup results[edit]

Season Competition Round Date Stadium Home team Result Away team Attendance Notes
1970–71 Life Challenge Cup Final ? FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates 2 – 2 (aet) Kaizer Chiefs Kaizer Chiefs won 2 – 1 after replay
Final replay ? FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 2 – 1 Orlando Pirates
1971–72 MTN 8 Final ? FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates 2 – 1 (aet) Kaizer Chiefs
1974–75 Life Challenge Cup Final ? FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates 3 – 2 Kaizer Chiefs
Life Challenge Cup Final 1st leg ? FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 4 – 1 Orlando Pirates Kaizer Chiefs won 6 – 2 on aggregate
Final 2 ng leg ? FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates 1 – 2 Kaizer Chiefs
1975–76 Benson & Hedges Cup Final ? FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 1 – 0 Orlando Pirates
1976–77 Benson & Hedges Cup Final ? FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 1 – 0 Orlando Pirates
1980–81 Nedbank Cup Final ? FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates 1 – 1 (aet) Kaizer Chiefs Kaizer Chiefs won 3 – 1 on aggregate
Final replay ? FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 3 – 1 Orlando Pirates
1983–84 Nedbank Cup Final ? FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 1 – 0 Orlando Pirates
1987–88 Bob Save Super Bowl Final ? FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates 1 – 0 Kaizer Chiefs
1996 Bob Save Super Bowl Semi-final ? ? Orlando Pirates 4 – 1 Kaizer Chiefs
1997–98 Bob Save Super Bowl 2nd round 27 March 1998 ? Kaizer Chiefs 0 – 1 Orlando Pirates
1998–99 Bob Save Super Bowl Semi-final 1st leg 31 October 1998 ? Kaizer Chiefs 3 – 1 Orlando Pirates Kaizer Chiefs won 3 – 2 on aggregate
Semi-final 2nd leg 14 November 1998 ? Orlando Pirates 1 – 0 Kaizer Chiefs
2001–02 MTN 8 Semi-final 25 August 2001 FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 1 – 0 Orlando Pirates
2005–06 ABSA Cup Final 19 May 2006 FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs * 0 – 0 (5 – 3 pens) Orlando Pirates
2009–10 Telkom Knockout Semi-final 5 April 2010 FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates * 0 – 0 (0 – 3 pens) Kaizer Chiefs
2010–11 MTN 8 Semi-final 1st leg 11 September 2010 FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates 1 – 1 Kaizer Chiefs 75,000 Orlando Pirates won 2 – 1 on aggregate
Semi-final 2nd leg 26 September 2010 FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 0 – 1 Orlando Pirates 69,760
Telkom Knockout Final 4 December 2010 FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates * 0 – 3 Kaizer Chiefs 90,000
2012-12 MTN 8 Final 10 September 2011 FNB Stadium Orlando Pirates * 1 – 0 (aet) Kaizer Chiefs 84,000
2012–13 MTN 8 Semi-final 1st leg 24 August 2013 FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 0 – 1 Orlando Pirates 83,000 Orlando Pirates won 2 – 1 on aggregate
Semi-final 2nd leg 24 September 2013 Orlando Stadium Orlando Pirates 1 – 1 Kaizer Chiefs 40,000
2014–15 MTN 8 Final 20 September 2014 Moses Mabhida Stadium Orlando Pirates * 0 – 1 Kaizer Chiefs 50,000
2015–16 Telkom Knockout Semi-final 7 November 2015 FNB Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 0 – 0 Orlando Pirates Kaizer Chiefs won 6 – 5 on penalties
2017–18 Telkom Knockout Semi-final 24 November 2018 Moses Mabhida Stadium Kaizer Chiefs 1 – 2 Orlando Pirates

* Played as neutral game with one side designated as the 'home team'.

Club's honours[edit]

Competition Kaizer Chiefs Orlando Pirates
League Premier Soccer League (1996–present) 4 4
National Soccer League (1985–1995) 3 1
National Premier Soccer League (1971–1984) 5 4
Total League 12 9
Cup Nedbank Cup 13 8
Telkom Knockout 13 1
MTN 8 15 9
Total Cup 41 18
International CAF Champions League 1
African Cup Winners' Cup 1
CAF Super Cup 1
Total International 1 2
Total Competition Wins 54 28

Head-to-head ranking in Premier Soccer League(1996/97 – present)[edit]

P. 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
1st 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2nd 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
3rd 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
4th 4 4 4
5th 5 5 5 5 5
6th 6 6
7th 7
8th 8
9th 9 9
10th
11th 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Africa's derby goes global". FIFA. Retrieved 17 September 2011.