The Uruguayan Cla­sico be­tween the Mon­te­v­ideo neigh­bours is the world’s old­est derby out­side the UK

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With five Lib­er­ta­dores Cup tri­umphs, Pe­narol can rightly claim to be South Amer­ica’s third-most suc­cess­ful club side of all time, be­hind Boca Ju­niors and In­de­pen­di­ente. And no mat­ter how hard fans of Na­cional might try to put their case, the Tri­col­ores’ three con­ti­nen­tal tro­phies pale in com­par­i­son.

How­ever, when it comes to which team dom­i­nates do­mes­ti­cally, the ar­gu­ments are never end­ing...

Founded in 1891, the Cen­tral Uruguay Rail­way Cricket Club were based in the cap­i­tal’s Pe­narol district and would take the area’s name when the foot­ball sec­tion split in 1913. Na­cional, mean­while, were formed in 1899 fol­low­ing a merger be­tween Uruguay Ath­letic Club and Mon­te­v­ideo FC.

To date, Na­cional have been cham­pi­ons 46 times, while Pe­narol boast 49 ti­tles. But as any Na­cional sup­porter will point out, five of their ri­vals’ na­tional crowns were won by CURCC – who con­tin­ued as an am­a­teur side un­til 1915 and even played against Pe­narol in 1914.

And it’s not just on the pitch where the one-up­man­ship is all con­sum­ing.

In 2011, Pe­narol fol­low­ers un­veiled what was recog­nised as the big­gest flag ever seen in a foot­ball sta­dium. Not to be out­done, Na­cional en­tered the Guin­ness

World Records two years later when they un­furled a flag which mea­sured 600 me­tres by 50 me­tres.

Need­less to say, fur­ther dis­putes are set to break out all over Mon­te­v­ideo and be­yond on Oc­to­ber 14 when 2018 Aper­tura win­ners Na­cional face 2017 de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Pe­narol as this sea­son’s Clausura draws to a close.

Suc­cess...Pe­narol cel­e­brate draw­ing 1-1 with Na­cional to win the Cham­pi­onship play-off Fi­nal in 2010

Record...Na­cional fans and their flag

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