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]I remember this year when the Yankees and Red Sox were playing, there were 19 innings.


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]I would never miss this match ever and go real madrid

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]Which of these Top 10 rivalries goes back over 120 years? Rest my case.

4Celtics 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

5India 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]India vs Pak in any tournament! And what about ashes? I don't even see it in top 10

6Liverpool 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

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.
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]The Iron Bowl, It determines which SEC team advances on to the Playoffs.


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
[Newest]No bigger fans, and people stake it personal when one wins

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
[Newest]Go packers Bears suck

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
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

The Contenders

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


12Colts 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


13Toronto 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


14Notre 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 *

15Seahawks 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

16Peyton 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!

17Giants 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.

18Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce

19Cracovia vs Wisla Krakow

20Rangers vs Islanders Hockey

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