Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsWelcome to week three, as we consider great football clubs, nations, rivalries, and matches, and what a great week it is. Consider some of these great football rivalries-- Barcelona versus Real Madrid, Liverpool versus Manchester United, Celtic versus Rangers, Fenerbahce verses Galatasaray, Juventus verses Inter Milan, and many, many more. It would be impossible to mention them all. But what makes a great classic football rivalry? Is at a local derby? Is it a history of tension between nations? Or is it something else? And what makes a great football club? Ajax Amsterdam of Holland have regularly produced more youth players who have played in the top five European football leagues than any other club. Does that make them a great football club?

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsReal Madrid, as you know, is one of the if not the most financially wealthy football club in the world. Does that make Real Madrid a great football club? Is it its wealth? Is it its history and tradition? How would you compare Real Madrid verses Ajax Amsterdam in terms of being a great football club?

Skip to 1 minute and 54 secondsBut there have also been many important football matches for many different reasons, and we will hear in week three about certain football matches that certainly changed some people's lives, if not the world.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 secondsIf we're talking about football matches that changed the world, then clearly football is more than just a game.

Skip to 2 minutes and 27 secondsBy the end of week three, we will be halfway through Football-- More Than Just a Game, and I ask you to look back as we're about to begin to week three at the information we've covered-- the historical background, the global spectacle, what makes a great football club, nation rivalry-- and I ask you to think about the past, the present, the great, as you begin to formulate your own opinions on why football is more than a game.


What are the great football clubs of the world and why?

Have any football matches changed the world? What makes a great football rivalry a classic football rivalry?

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Football: More than a Game

The University of Edinburgh