Top Ten Rivalries In Sports


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1Yankees v. Red Sox Baseball

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 is one rivalry that is bigger then all else!

The most intense rivalry the world. The 2003 and 2004 ALCS just defines it. the curse of the bambino. The Red Sox trading the best player in baseball history to the Yankees that would put a curse on the for 86 years. The intense brawls in the 1970s, then more brawls in the early 2000s in an overall peaceful sport. An 80 year old pitching coach being thrown down by a pitcher. in 2003 the walk off homerun in Game 7, Bottom of the 11th that would send the Yankees to the world series. Then the next year in 2004, after the Yankees took a 3-0 series lead, the Red Sox won 4 strait to go to the world series and reverse the curse. Games with some of the best, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguesz, David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez. There is no question that this is the best rivalry in all of sports. Case closed.

I agree without a doubt! Cubs and Cardinals are right behind them in major league baseball

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2Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona

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

One of the biggest rivalries probably the biggest. The both are football super powers. They dominate they pitch and they are the best teams in Spain. They both have top class players like Messi Neymar squarez dani Alves and people like that for real they have Ronaldo bale and benzema. Even FIFA approve this. I was playing career mode as Barcelona and I was trying to sign Ronaldo he said he won't come because the rivalry is to big and the fans would not accept him

Too bad soccer is the most boring sport of all time

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3Michigan v. Ohio State Football

As someone who was born and grew up in Ohio, this rivalry shuts down businesses when these two giants play each other in football. Always the last game of the year against each other, often times to determine who will be the Big Ten champion. Each state has a heated passion of hate for one another, and I simply cannot say Michigan out loud without my blood pressure raising.

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

More players have played in this rivalry than any other professional rivalry you could think of.

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4India 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

Biggest rivals in the world

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5Celtics vs. Lakers Basketball

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

when they play, it gets tense. go lakers

When they play, it gets tense. Go Celtics!

Green and Yellow Jerseys. What a good match up

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6Duke 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 ...more

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

One duke fan was in a basketball pool and it unc won the championship he would win $14000 but he likes duke so much he hopes unc loses

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7Auburn 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.

Simply the best rivalry in all of college football. Since these two teams absolutely despise each other and are usually competing for a national title, this rivalry has passed historic rivalries such as Texas/Oklahoma, USC/Notre Dame, BYU/Utah, and even Michigan/Ohio State as the best rivalry in the sport.

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!

Best rivalry ever, but have to be there to witness

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8Liverpool 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

The biggest sports match & rivalry

Manchester United!

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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.

Don't care if Rodgers is #1. Don't care on how many Super Bowls. Don't care on how many championships. Don't care about Vince Lombardi. Don't care about Bart Starr. Bears rule forever, no matter how they suck.

The Chicago Bears. A team built on toughness and centered in the great city of Chicago. One of the most respected teams in the sport, no matter what their record might be.
The Green Bay Packers. A team built on cheese in a small town that could easily be fit into the stadium.

I'll let you choose which one you like better.

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10Bruins 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

I'm so pissed off by people who rate the Leafs rivalry with the Canadiens above the Bruins. The Bruins-Canadiens rivalry deserves to be in the top three.

Definitely the biggest rivalry in hockey. LETS GO CAPS!

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The Contenders

11Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal

I play tennis and this rivalry is fierce

Two of the best athletes ever in the world's hardest sport. It may not have the hate of other rivalries but the competition is intense.

This by far is the biggest sport rivalry two amazing plus talented players playing their best fierce game

12Peyton 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!

I think the best football rivalry ever

Broncos-Pats rivalry is nothing without these two people. I don't watch the games just to see Edelman and Sanders recieving yards, I watch to see these two legends play!

13Colts 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.

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14Notre Dame v. USC Football

It' is only number 15 because people don't respect long distance rivals like instate rivals. This is shameful because of who we are talking about. It's and vs USC. One of these teams gathered millions to watch, but the rivalry was something everyone needed to see. A general fan of college football would rate this in the top two rivalries.

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.

This is easily the best rivalry in all of the football universe.

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15Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

This definitely is the most violent rivality up in the North since the Nordiques 'r' gone... - ninjacobra

People voting this are mistaken Bruins vs Canadiens is the biggest rivalry in Hockey

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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.

10 times better than all of the rivalries on this list

The best baseball rivalry... period. Yankees and Red Sox more popular bit until recently was always dominated by the Yanks. Giants and Dodgers truly dislikeeach other and its more balanced

Both moved from New York to California in 1957. - FasterThanSonic

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17Rangers vs Islanders Hockey

Two teams from New York that each have huge fan bases and is always a close game? This is one of the top NHL rivalries by far.

I'm from New York and I can safely say this is the only true local rivalry (Go Isles)

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18Seahawks vs. 49ers

So many penalties against each team in every game they play

They run the nfl right now and probably will for another 5 years. Every game is a physical, intense game

19Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce

This is a very intense rivalry and they both are great at kicking the ball really hard. Galsjbsjvruu is extremely good at megging the Fejdyhsjcsh players. This is cool. Go ghaubeihs.

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20Cracovia vs Wisla Krakow
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