Top Ten Rivalries In Sports


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Yankees v. Red Sox Baseball
This is one rivalry that is bigger then all else!
Hands down the most intense and historic rivalry. These teams have played over 2,000 times. One of the very few where all the players and fans have a legitimate hatred for each other
This rivalry just has such a big cultural impact that it has to take the top spot on the list.
[Newest]Have you seen the two teams play each other it is a live or die game. Yankees rock.

2Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona
Truly, the El Clasico is the biggest event in club team Football, they have always the best players in their team (for ex. At the time Leo Messi is at Barca and C. Ronaldo at Real)


We are talking about a world wide rivalry right here. Yankees vs Red Sox what? Ask a person in Qatar about some Yankees vs Red Sox and let me know if he even knows what you're talking about, and also y'all might be what is Qatar well search it up and you'll see till where soccer has an impact!
El Clasico, The 2 biggest Team in Spain. Also named match of the century in 2008
[Newest]Real Madrid vs Neymar, Barcelona vs Ronaldo

3Michigan v. Ohio State Football
A lot of people may not know this but this rivalry goes far beyond sports. It is a rivalry of States. Ohio and Michigan have actually declared war on eachother. These two have been at it for over 150 years and the college football rivalry is just an extension of this rivalry. So my response to the duke Carolina advocate is simply this, Learn your history these two schools have been at it for almost 100 years and an animosity that stretches beyond that. Their anger towards eachother pushes them to go above and beyond what their record says they can do to achieve great things. A good team doing well is expected but a low ranked team beating a the top team? That is rivalry!
This rivalry in my book is the biggest because both schools are huge and over the years they had some of the best athletes of all time if you think about it this is the biggest games in sports history
Hands down the greatest rivalry in college football and arguably the greatest in all of sports. The only one it contends with is the red sox and yankees rivalry.
[Newest]No offense to what I said down at the very last one

4Liverpool v. Manchester United Soccer
Liverpool vs Manchester United is undoubtedly the greatest football rivalry, if not sports rivalry. The most competitive and intense game. Last season it was Manchester United winning both games 2-1 and Liverpool finished 7th. This season Liverpool beat United 1-0 and 0-3 and United are finishing 7th. Shows the unpredictability.
18 titles without killing anyone, and once we get our 19th in May we can stick your poxy little team back in their box for good


2008--Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd and Man Utd 1-4 liverpool
2009-- liverpool 2-0 man utd
I h8 manutd
[Newest]The biggest sports match & rivalry

5Celtics vs. Lakers Basketball
when they play, it gets tense. go lakers
Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havelick, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin Mchale, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo VS Baylor, Jerry west, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Bryon Scott, Kobe, Derek Fisher, and Pau Gasol. The rivalry is still headed today. 16vs17
Green and Yellow Jerseys. What a good match up

6Auburn v. Alabama Football
Losing the iron bowl is similar to losing a relative. Simply the greatest rivalry in all of sports. The hatred shared between the two schools is unmatched. An Alabama fan poisoned the famous Toomers corner trees in auburn because Alabama lost in 2010. People become unhinged in November in Alabama. An added bonus is the caliber at which the two teams play at. The winner of the iron bowl has played in the last five national championships. I didn't really care that auburn lost the national championship as long as I had my 364 days of bragging rights against Alabama.
I got over the Tide losing the Bowel game to OK in 2014 in about a month but I didn't get over the Tide losing the 2013 Rose bowel till they won the 2014 edition of this storied rivalry. Course the endless reruns of the missed field goal return for a touchdown didn't do much for memory made me sick every time I saw it. Roll Tide!
amazing atmosphere. I am there every year


[Newest]War eagle! Go auburn tigers!

7India vs Pakistan Cricket
India vs Pakistan is definitely the most intense. Cricket can truly be said to be the real religion of India, 1.4 billion crazy followers, Dhoni is a deity. The fact that both countries consider each other enemy and active threats right now makes it even more incredible, almost surreal.
The people of two countries love each other, mind it I said people not governments. But the love in the air dissappears when there is a Pakistan VS India cricket match, Intense, the roads go vacant, nobody is to be seen on the streets except where there is a screen, the parties and sleepovers take place. Both teams are equally good with best players in the world. Millions of fans...
Over a billion people tune into watch the game sometimes houses of players were burnt by crazy fans what else do you need to say more
[Newest]Its not a game, it's a war.

8Packers v. Bears Football
Hands down the best. Games usually come down to the wire and they have played almost 190 times over the course of 90+ years.
The bears suck go packers!
The packers suck the bears
[Newest]Go Bears Packers Suck!

9Duke v. Carolina Basketball
The best rivalry in college athletics without any doubt. The fact that both programs are as good as often as they are (they account for 8 national championships since 1982 not to mention that one or the other has been in the Final Four 20 of the 28 years since 1982 and once both made it! ) is unparalleled in any rivalry in ANY sport. Although the Red Sox-Yankees and Liverpool-ManU rivalries obviously are professional and therefore attract much larger urban and national fanbases in a way that Duke-Carolina cannot, no other rivalry has as sustained a record of success for BOTH teams in their respective leagues for so long, making this the best rivalry possibly of all sports. The fact that these 2 play each other twice in no way diminishes the rivalry aspect, much as many proponents of the Ohio State-Michigan football rivalry like to claim. (No one claims that the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is in any way diminished by the fact that they play multiple games against each other, to prove the point. ) The fact that both program ALSO are at top universities with perfectly clean records adds to the rivalry's pedigree, class, and mutual respect as much as its vitriol. The added element of the public "everyman" versus private "elite" adds a class warfare element that can only be replicated by intra-city rivalries between the Yankees-Mets and White Sox-Cubs or even USC-UCLA or Stanford-Cal, all great rivalries but without the incredible success of Carolina-Duke. The fact that these 2 campuses are only 8 miles apart only adds further fuel to the pot. There is nothing quite like Carolina-Duke in the entire world. The fact that THIS rivalry also includes ALUMNI who were integral parts of each community is something that no professional sports rivalry can ever replicate.
No contest best rivalry in sports. The number of times that these teams have been ranked within the top 3 in the country or 1 and 2 in the nation is unbelievable. They are annually a part of the top ten year in and year out. The same can not be said of Michigan and Ohio State. This explains why Duke and UNC is the best rivalry in sports.
Every time I watch the games I get chills. In 86 meetings Duke has out scored unc by 2 points and unc currently leads the series 43-42. It doesn't get Bette than that

10Colts v. Patriots Football
Its just not the same anymore ever since Peyton left, but the games are still pretty fierce. Just wait until Andrew Luck becomes more experienced, and Colts vs Pats is gunna be the game to look for again.
agreed just because of moss


The Contenders

11Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal
I play tennis and this rivalry is fierce
Class on Grass vs The Spanish Bull


12Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens
This definitely is the most violent rivality up in the North since the Nordiques 'r' gone...


Have you WATCHED one of these games? They're electrifying!
Oldest hockey rivalry is between these two teams


[Newest]They hate each other


13Inter Milan v. AC Milan

14Bruins v. Canadians Hockey
I don't know how you could not have this in the top ten. Two teams that have faced each other almost 900 times including 33 playoff series and 8 game 7 battles. Colts vs. Patriots? You're out of your mind.
ANYONE that know anything about hockey would rank this well above Leafs Canadiens
Biggest, and most brutal rivalry in sports. Any time the two teams meet, its extreme high intensity, and a blood battle. Should be top 3, if not, then first place on this list. Most bostonians would agree this rivalry is much more intense than sox's vs Yankees
[Newest]They hate each other

15Notre Dame v. USC Football
The two greatest teams in college football history. The Irish and Trojans historically have fought for a national championship as the two programs claim 11 National Championships each all though Notre Dame has 11 consensus championships compared to USC's 6. Both schools have 7 Heisman winners and have produced the most NFL players, NFL Hall of Famers and College Football hall of Famers in history. This rivalry is a respectful one but stakes are always high. They fight on the field and in the recruiting war. MICH-OSU may have more hate for each other but and-USC is the rivalry of champions.
Notre Dame-USC is the rivalry of champions *

16Giants v. Dodgers Baseball
This is the best rivalry in all of baseball for sure, and the best of all. While it is terrible, fans of both teams have been beaten and stabbed at games.
Both moved from New York to California in 1957.


You have got to be kidding me! 13th?!?! This is easily better than the Yankees-Redsox rivalry.

17Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady
Adding this for all the people that accidently voted Colts-Pats. Colts-Pats is NOT the rivalry. Its all about Peyton vs Tom!

18Seahawks vs. 49ers
They run the nfl right now and probably will for another 5 years. Every game is a physical, intense game
So many penalties against each team in every game they play

19Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadians

20Rangers V Celtic (Old firm)
Fiercest and greatest rivalry ever

21Germany vs Netherlands Football
I don't think any of the upper 10 belong there because the worst rivalries are the Eastern-European soccer rivalries which cost hundreds of casualties yearly (! ) For a sport!
This is revenge on a war by the Netherlands

22Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson
Greatest duel of all time. The 80's had both.

23Rangers vs. Flyers Hockey

24Cubs v. Cardinals Baseball

25Steelers vs Ravens
Should be number 1. Everybody in America knows this rivalry regardless if they watch football or not. Way too low on the list!
What, how the hell is this not even close to top ten?
Should be top 10 at least! Some of the ones above it I haven't heard of! Only can't be #1 because ravens have only been around for 17 yrs.

26Ayrton Senna vs Alain Prost, Formula 1

27Blackhawks vs. Red Wings Hockey
Blackhawks are Chicago's NHL team
Red Wings are detroit's NHL team
NHL is ice hockey not American football.
Who ever said that the red wings and Blackhawks are football teams is a moron.
Go Hawks! My Favorite!


28Brazil v. Argentina
Oh no! Its Brazil vs France. Look at the times both have denied each other to be in the the top 4!

29Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo
This is a big rivalry were you can't tell the difference sometimes were lionel Messi has won 4 ballon de ore and cristano Ronaldo 3 this is a hard competition were I think Messi is the superior one
These two hate each other


Come on... Who plays football whithout knowing these two firecest rivals.. Messi always beats him up in every game but.. Dude it is the best rivalry along with Barcelona Vs Real Madrid!

30Fernando Alonso vs Lewis Hamilton

31Kentucky v. Louisville College

32Broncos vs. Chargers Football

33Bayern München vs Borussia Dortmund
The giants in Germany1

34White Sox v. Cubs Baseball
Chicago is a city split in two. The North Side and the South. At EVERY game between these two you can expect an intense atmosphere between not only the teams but especially the fans. It gets crazy!

35Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

36England vs. Australia Cricket
Dating back to 1882, this is the grand-daddy of all international sporting rivalries.
They have their own rivalry. Check out the Ashes dude. All for the the little Trophy full of Ashes.
Woah, the ashes! This must be higher!


37Springboks vs All Blacks
The greatest rugby union rivalry in the history of the sport! Spanning competition of a century, these two teams have settled as the number 1 and number 2 sides of all time, constantly replacing one another in the rankings and always keeping true to the spirit of rugby.
I am an all out All Blacks fan. Every time they play the Springboks though, I know it is going to be a match to remember.

38AC Milan vs. Juventus
The greatest soccer (football) teams in Italy, Americans wouldn't know, I am an American and I know all they care About is baseball and football me and few others know about soccer.


39Yankees v. Mets

40Geelong vs Hawthorn AFL
To any Geelong supporters who may read this- I'm a loyal Hawker, and you can say that hawthorn supporters take losses badly, but when we beat you 2013? All my Geelong supporter 'friends' were hiding under rocks. Make of that what you will

41Penguins vs Flyers Hockey
This one needs to be higher.
Flyers suck! Go Pens!
Go pens I loathe the flyers.

42Raiders vs. Steelers
Some of the best games in football history, and some hotly contested ones.Raider nation
From Mel Blount pile-driving Cliff Branch headfirst into the dirt to George Atkinson popping Lynn Swann's skull open, these teams REALLY didn't like each other.

43Australia v New Zealand Rugby
New Zealand just goes on there and beets Australia and Australia has only ever beaten New Zealand once or twice. I'm an all blacks fan

44Bulls v. Lakers Basketball

45Steelers vs Cowboys Football

46River Plate v. Boca Juniors
Should be top 10, but some american (United States) made this list...
NCAA Basketball rivalry top 2? Are you kidding me?


47US Olympics v. Russia Olympics

48Club America vs. Chivas de Guadalajara FMF
Dates back to 1943. Fans from each team are one of the most loyal you'll see for any team. They love their team and hate the other team with a passion. Each match up causes several riots in Mexico and in Hispanic communities in the US.

49Army V Navy
That isn't a sport


50Oklahoma vs Texas Football
This is at 47? Idiots

51Brumbies vs Waratahs
Always a buzz when they play... brumbies team originally made of rejects who wernt good enough to play for the waratahs, brumbies win nearly every time

52Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce

53Indiana v. Purdue Basketball

54Canada vs Russia Hockey

55Canadiens vs Nordiques
There has been blood, some bad calls and, mostly, great series. It's the most intense rivalry of alls!

56Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier
Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!

57Slovakia vs Czech Republic Ice Hockey

58Flames vs Oilers Hockey
The Battle of Alberta Canada!
My vote moved this up from 81 to 59!

59Rangers vs Islanders Hockey

60Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians IPL Cricket
Yeah, it's just overrated


61Boca Juniors v River Plate

62Minnesota vs Wisconsin Football
The most underrated sports rivalry ever!.

63Portsmouth vs. Southampton

64Bengals v. Steelers Football

65Ateneo v. La Salle Basketball

66Toyota v. Crispa Basketball

67Spurs vs Mavs

68Stanford vs Cal

69Georgia vs. Florida Football

70Benfica vs Porto Football

71Perspolis vs. Esteghlal

72Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlain

73Coe vs Ovett Athletics
How is this not on the list? Greatest athletics rivalry ever. Also, its not another soccer rivalry thank goodness.

74Angels vs Dodgers Baseball

75Kimi Raikkonen vs Fernando Alonso
2014 is coming... Watch this space.

76Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers
No competition, Seattle almost always!

77Björn Borg vs John McEnroe

78James Hunt vs Niki Lauda
1976 World Championship of F1 Drivers

79Bulls vs Pistons 1996

80BYU vs Utah Football

81Persib Bandung vs Persija Jakarta

82Imran Khan vs Nawaz Sharif
The most entertaining and fierce political rivalries ever

83Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates
Sport brought South Africa together but when the Soweto derby is on it splits it back in half.

84Rabbitohs vs Roosters

85Cardinals vs Cubs Baseball

86Celtics vs 76ers Basketball

87Maple Leafs vs Senators Hockey

88Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders Soccer

89Dodgers vs Diamondbacks Baseball

90Michael Phelps v. Ryan Lochte

91USC vs UCLA Football
This is a great matchup.

92Capitals vs Penguins
Who cares if the Pens always wins, but its Crosby vs Ovechkin

93Kobe Bryant vs LeBron James

94Blackhawks vs. Blues, Hockey
Go Hawks! My favorite!


95New South Wales vs Queensland Rugby League

96Phil Taylor vs Raymond Van Barneveld

97Canterbury vs Wellington Rugby

98Kansas State vs Kansas

99Broncos vs. Chiefs Football
You can't be a fan of both. They can't handle each other.

100LA Clippers vs LA Lakers

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