Some Italian regional derbies are even more fiery than the most renown city clashes. That is the case of Bari-Foggia, aka the Derby d’Apulia, where rivalry between the fan bases from the two biggest cities in the Southern Region of Apulia is so harsh, that it once prompted the referee to order teams not to switch sides at half time – to prevent supporters from both clubs from throwing objects at their rival goalies.
If you take a look at the ranking, you’ll notice how this could be the most balanced Serie B edition ever. It’s difficult even for a statistics nerd like me to recall when was the last time that Serie B started in this way: 22 teams within 9 points. Simply astounding.
The 5th round of Serie B offered a sneak preview of the teams that are seriously thinking about the great jump to the Serie A, despite the results rebalanced the distances between them.
North Korea has recently been a synonym for trouble, given the international situation. However, there is a town in the very heart of Italy that may not fully agree with this definition.