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
So many classic moments. Can't wait for the sox to take the AL East this year!
[Newest]They have hatred throughout the people

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)


El Clasico, The 2 biggest Team in Spain. Also named match of the century in 2008
El clasico is the clash of two different philosophies, two different religions, and in a way, two different countries. Their rivalry was set by the Spanish civil war and ever since, Barcelona has vying for independence on the football field. Political ties add that backdrop to the rivalry that no other rivalry has. The fans will always hate each other, going to extreme lengths to express that hate. It is not Real Madrid vs Fc Barcelona, it is Spain vs Catalonia, the spaniards vs the cules, Spanish language vs Catalan Language, it is most definitely the biggest rivalry in world sport.

3Celtics 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

4Michigan 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!
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.
Ok, I'm a huge OSU fan, and other people may not realize but this is by far the biggest rivalry in college football. Maybe not the biggest sports rivalry flat out, but it definitely belongs in the top three...

[Newest]Best rivalry in sports, hands down

5Liverpool 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.
2008--Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd and Man Utd 1-4 liverpool
2009-- liverpool 2-0 man utd
I h8 manutd
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


[Newest]The biggest sports match & rivalry

6Auburn v. Alabama Football
amazing atmosphere. I am there every year


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]Cricket is said to have been a boring sport, until these two came along.

8Duke 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

9Packers 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

10Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal
I play tennis and this rivalry is fierce

The Contenders

11Toronto 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


12Giants 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.
You have got to be kidding me! 13th?!?! This is easily better than the Yankees-Redsox rivalry.
By far the greatist rivalry in sports..

13Bruins 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.
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
ANYONE that know anything about hockey would rank this well above Leafs Canadiens

14Colts 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


15Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadians

16Notre 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 *

17Seahawks 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

18Peyton 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!

19Inter Milan v. AC Milan

20Rangers vs. Flyers Hockey

21Blackhawks 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.
The blackhawks and redwings are good football teams

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

23Brazil v. Argentina
Oh no! Its Brazil vs France. Look at the times both have denied each other to be in the the top 4!

24Cubs v. Cardinals Baseball

25Ayrton Senna vs Alain Prost, Formula 1

26Fernando Alonso vs Lewis Hamilton

27Broncos vs. Chargers Football

28Kentucky v. Louisville College

29Falcons vs. Saints

30Steelers 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!
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.

31White 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!

32England vs. Australia Cricket
Dating back to 1882, this is the grand-daddy of all international sporting rivalries.
Rivalry at the core

33Springboks 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.

34Yankees v. Mets

35Eagles vs. Cowboys

36Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

37Geelong 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

38Germany 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

39Raiders 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.

40Bulls v. Lakers Basketball

41Steelers vs Cowboys Football

42Penguins vs Flyers Hockey
This one needs to be higher.
Flyers suck! Go Pens!
Go pens I loathe the flyers.

43Cowboys vs. Redskins

44US Olympics v. Russia Olympics

45Club 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.

46Army V Navy

47Oklahoma vs Texas Football
This is at 47? Idiots

48Australia 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

49Brumbies 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

50River 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?


51Indiana v. Purdue Basketball

52Canada vs Russia Hockey

53Canadiens vs Nordiques
There has been blood, some bad calls and, mostly, great series. It's the most intense rivalry of alls!

54Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier
Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!

55Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians IPL Cricket

56Bengals v. Steelers Football

57Ateneo v. La Salle Basketball

58Toyota v. Crispa Basketball

59Spurs vs Mavs

60Stanford vs Cal

61Georgia vs. Florida Football

62Benfica vs Porto Football

63Perspolis vs. Esteghlal

64Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo
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!
These two hate each other


They sould be top five


65Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlain

66Coe vs Ovett Athletics
How is this not on the list? Greatest athletics rivalry ever. Also, its not another soccer rivalry thank goodness.

67Angels vs Dodgers Baseball

68Kimi Raikkonen vs Fernando Alonso
2014 is coming... Watch this space.

69Bayern München vs Borussia Dortmund
The giants in Germany1

70Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers
No competition, Seattle almost always!

71Björn Borg vs John McEnroe

72James Hunt vs Niki Lauda
1976 World Championship of F1 Drivers

73Bulls vs Pistons 1996

74BYU vs Utah Football

75Persib Bandung vs Persija Jakarta

76Imran Khan vs Nawaz Sharif
The most entertaining and fierce political rivalries ever

77Slovakia vs Czech Republic Ice Hockey

78Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates

79Rabbitohs vs Roosters

80Flames vs Oilers Hockey
The Battle of Alberta Canada!

81Cardinals vs Cubs Baseball

82Celtics vs 76ers Basketball

83Maple Leafs vs Senators Hockey

84Rangers vs Islanders Hockey

85Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders Soccer

86AC 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.


87Dodgers vs Diamondbacks Baseball

88Michael Phelps v. Ryan Lochte

89USC vs UCLA Football
This is a great matchup.

90Capitals vs Penguins
Who cares if the Pens always wins, but its Crosby vs Ovechkin

91Kobe Bryant vs LeBron James

92Blackhawks vs. Blues, Hockey

93New South Wales vs Queensland Rugby League

94Phil Taylor vs Raymond Van Barneveld

95Canterbury vs Wellington Rugby

96Rangers V Celtic (Old firm)
Fiercest and greatest rivalry ever

97Boca Juniors v River Plate

98Kansas State vs Kansas

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

100Chicago Cubs VS Chicago White Sox

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