Greatest Soccer Rivalries

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The fiercest and most exciting rivalries in all of soccer.

The Top Ten

1 Barcelona v. Real Madrid

I'm a real fan and I know every fixture in club football and this is the biggest rivalry. somewhere in betwwen 1960 to 1980 there has been deaths of real madrid and barcelona fans which relate to the el clasico (the name of the rivalry)

If you are alive you should know it is the biggest rivalry in world football, best players on earth, most watched game apart from champions league final and world cup final.

Ok Barcelona vs Real Madrid is probally the most known game around the world
BUT I prefer to watch Brazil vs Argentina Because There Latino Teams

El Classico is one of the best fixture in the world... it starts from the history when Catalonia was captured by Spain... From back then this fixture would also be said as the Catalonia vs Spain... Having Best players of the world also sounds competitive...

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2 Manchester United v. Liverpool

Man Utd
League Titles = 17
FA Cups = 11
Champions League = 3
TOTAL = 31

Liverpool
League Titles = 18
FA Cups = 7
Champions League = 5
TOTAL = 30 - plmilligan1968

Really? When was the last time they truly competed against each other? Celtic v rangers has it beat as a rivalry on every level, Boca v River craps all over it, christ Arsenal Man U is bigger now (or at least it was when arsenal won things a few years ago)

I think you'll find that's EIGHTEEN league titles for United, soon to be nineteen too ;) - ninapalmer

The biggest and most watched game in football,with Real@Barca coming close second.you might ask why!? well simple those two have the biggest, most passionate and die-hard fan base in the world than any other teams,that follow their team for who they are,and that carries more weight than stealing the spotlight by bringing in the best players.

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3 Celtic v. Rangers

I am a Celtic fan and I live in Scotland. It's the most intense derby in the world!. Even when I was playing for Texas rush the whole team knew about the derby and what it stood for

Rangers vs Celtic from Scotland, the first ones known as protestants and Celtic fans as catholics makes this match unique not just in Glasgow but the whole world

Some 184 arrests at a reserve game. Gotta be the biggest rivalry ever

Best rivlry

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4 AC Milan v. Inter Milan

Not finding it the same due to serie decline but still the grand derby of Milan.

Italians are very sensitive when it comes to their soccer, ac and inter have always had bad politics. Italian soccer is the best though, gli azzurri! Viva italia! One of the greatest foot-balling nations in the world!

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5 Liverpool v. Everton

It's byfar the biggest rivalry why isn't it higher - Joeyp

6 Fenerbahce v. Galatasaray

Any other rivalry has reason about why it is rivalry. For instance religion, politics or class difference. This is not about that, because as the day you were born you start to hate Fenerbahce to death. Its coming from your DNAs.

Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray, two football teams with great tradition and with great fans makes this match one of the best

By far the best rivalry/derby in the world of football. The games of May 12th, 2012 and March 8th, 2015 are examples of exciting games.

most intense fans in the world end of story

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7 United States v. Mexico

Its more than just football for these two. They absolutely hate each other and there has to be like 5 fights that break out in the stands during a game. And how bout the urine bags and batteries they throw to the americans at the azteca. I've seen bloody americans come out of the azteca that's why there's rarely a usa shirt seen in the stands.

Is this really a rivalry? Its only known in the US and probably Mexico, I would put Brazil - Argentina

They have been rivals ever since America decided to mess with Mexico YEARS ago...

USA is better then Mexico

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8 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

Why 8 in my opinion this should be second I men have you seen this rivalry!

Arsenal is better than Tottenham Hotspur predict 1 - 1 this Saturday!

This match is one of the most hotly contested games in the world. I have no idea why it's not higher. Frankly, only Fenerbahce-Galatasaray, AC-Inter, and River-Boca can top this rivalry

Only Barca-MAdrid, United-Liverpool and AC-Inter can top this.

9 Boca Juniors v. River Plate

i think this rivalrie should be first.

This is the biggest rivalry in football history. Period.

The best rivalry in the world.

A lot lot lot more intense than the Clásico of Spain, these teams genuinely despise each other

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10 Manchester United v. Manchester City

This is a good rivalry

I think that Man U is better but Man City is really good to. This rivalrie is so big to me that one time Wayne Ronney scored in the last few minutes then when the game was over some guy got arrested for throwing a coin and hitting Chris Smalling in the eye and making him bleed for celebrating Man U's win!

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Well Man Utd has rooney and rvp Man City has Arguro and Sliva so, yea, Man United Might, who am I kidding Man Utd Will lose

The Contenders

11 Bayern Munich v. Borussia Dortmund

This is the biggest rivalry in the world, this should not be in number 16.

Seriously number 16? This is a HUGE rivalry one reason is because of the starting goalie for Bayern Munchin.

12 Germany v. Poland

All throughout the history, the two countries have fought against each other in battles like Grunwald and so on. The rivalry also exists in football - a match like this is watched by the most viewers and is certainly most exciting!

Not even close. The Polish have challenged way too few times the spheres Germany competes for in international football. In puncto rivalries for Germany its gotta be: Holland, England, Italy (though the English one is more a perception of the Brits).

did anyone see the germany poland group stage game in the 2006 world cup?

13 Newcastle United vs Sunderland

Most passionate game of football on the world

Newcastle can beat these if we are on bottom form Sunderland are crap

14 Germany vs. Holland

Birthed in blood and hate from WWII, this rivalry is now genetic, it's part of the national DNA of these two countries. Thankfully, as time, and those who lived the WWII occupation have passed, the hatred that fueled this rivalry has diminished into a more respectable, but no less potent antipathy, fueled by National honor and pride. This is one hornets nest that should not be touched, even with a feather. Just... Don't even look at it... You've been warned.

I love watching these fierce competetors play they hate each other and it is fun to watch

One of the fiercest international rivalry that has a rich history on the World biggest stage and lots of drama and hate (especially from the earlier Dutch sides, that nurtured a real hate for Germany due to the WWII occupation). WC Final '74, EC Semi-Final '88 in Hamburg (Butt-wiping with Thons Shirt), WC QFs '90 (Rijkaard spitting in Voellers Hair twice). Great Teams? Check! Great Players? Check! Great Stakes? Check? Great Rivalry!

15 Real Madrid v. Atletico Madrid

A social class rivalry at its best. Two CL finals, Two semi finals and a QF. The greatest city derby despite being one sided. Truth said, any team that shared the city with Real Madrid would be dwarfed by their history.

Should be higher.it was not as big before but from few years Atletico is really playing well.Two CL finals make it great rivalry

16 Chelsea v. Arsenal

Who the best? Chelsea of course!

17 Real Madrid v Barcelona

Both teams are not just good but the BEST. Its hard to decide between the two teams because both teams have international players that makes these two teams special.

18 Australia v. New Zealand

Other people will never understand

19 Red Star Belgrade v. Partisan Belgrade

this should be higher... redstar is a holder of the 1991 champions league and partizan were runners up, in the 1990's no body go beatzvezda and that era brought people to watch the games with partizan and the only reason why no one caresbout this rivalry is because nato bombed serbia and now people look at us like terrorist

One of the best derbies in football - UrkeDorcol

This is at least Top 3, amazing rivalry, and crazy fans

My grandpa from Yugoslavia telled me about all the legends that came from Partisan and Crvena Zvezda

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20 Ajax v. Feyenoord

In therms of hooligan fights, number 1, supporters always trow bombs, stones and stuff, it's the battle between the 2 biggest cities in the netherlands, and almost everyone in rotterdam hates amsterdam.. and so on, should be rated higher

No awaysupporters are allowed. I think that says enough..

21 Napoli V. Juventus
22 England v Scotland
23 Roma v. lazio

ALthough they are not the best teams, this is a great and intense rivalry.

Hatred knows no bounds. The Hellenes of Lazio against the roman club of Mussolini. A real clash of culture but enhanced due to ac, inter and juve success

24 Benfica v. Sporting

The best derbygame in Portugal. It's the game with more history and tradition, and every time this game happens the police forces have a lot of work to hold both supporters

Biggest match in Portugal between the two most historicall teams, both from the capital.

Kiddo a Benfica-Sporting it's a derby game, from the same city. Porto is different because it's from another city.
Besides that the first derby was in 1907, and since then there was 300 games. The first Benfica-Porco was in 1912, and since then there was 235 games.
Benfica v. Sporting it's the traditional game in Portugal, the poors against the rich, the working class against the rich class, it's a game that moves a lot more emotions than a Benfica-Porto... ok? Did you understand or do I have to say it in portuguese?

"The two most historical teams"?

My god, how can someone by so close minded, not so say stupid

Fc Porto is the biggest rival of Benfica. Benfica has better internal results but FC Porto is better in European results.

Sporting is the 3rd team in Portugal. 18 champion tittles against 27 of FC Porto.

25 Brazil vs Argentina

You must be kidding me this is not the top 1. Brazil is the soccer country, we breathe soccer, we hate Argentina as much as we love Brazil. This rank makes no sense.

No. 26? IMPOSSIBLE.How can the biggest South American giant's rivalry can be in such a low rank.

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26 Rangers v Celtic

Would be 1 in hatred, but rangers relegated.

27 Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund

Big Bundesliga Rivalry,why not higher?

28 Benfica v. Porto
29 Olympiakos v. Panathinaikos

Eternal enemies, mother of all battles, the name tells the deal

This have to be first! Is the best of all matches with 174 dead people of both sides. Beat that mofos, this is Greek football. Green power! Good gauros is dead gauros!

30 Netherlands v Belgium
31 Chivas v. America

This is a big rivalry but it is poor vs rich. Chivas are rich too but their owner is to cheap and doesn't want to buy good players. They just keep Mexican players to sell them and make money. AmErIcA is the best team in Mexico.

The two most popular and hated teams in Mexico although Chivas is slightly more popular in Mexico and the U.S.A. Both have 11 championships and it isn't uncommon to see a fight on the field and the fans.

Come on I pay tons if money to go to Mexico just to see that game and I don't regret watching get go Amèrica

Best rivalry in history

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32 Corinthians v. Palmeiras
33 Spain v Portugal
34 Manchester United v. Arsenal

This is the stupidest site ever. It had real and barca at second! What the hell? Also, it has Man you and man city at 21. Then, these smart Alec's decided to put Real Madrid and athletico at 40 something. If anything, this huge rivalry should be in the top tens. At least it's a bigger derby day than Ajax and feyenoord. Manchester and arsenal are 2 teams where you can't like both... you have to choose one. It brings out the bad blood and is an exciting day for everybody.

35 Persib Bandung v. Persija Jakarta

Both supporter of Persib Bandung (Bobotoh Persib) and Persija Jakarta (Jakmania) are always get involved in a fight. It is the fiercest football derby in Indonesia

The jak anjing

36 Croatia v Turkey
37 Club Brugge & Anderlecht Club Brugge & Anderlecht Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging, also referred to as just Club Brugge, is a football club based in Bruges in Belgium.
38 Brazil v. France
39 Argentina v Chile
40 Croatia v Serbia
41 Brazil v Germany
42 Wales v England
43 Serbia v Albania
44 South Korea v. Japan

When arguably the best two national teams in Asia go head-to-head, the game becomes as intense as any local club derby in Europe or South America in terms of the quality of the game and hatred between these two nations. Given their historical animosity, this is a rivalry that must be mentioned as one of the fiercest.

Although Japan together Korea host the 2002 World Cup, Japan is not cheating. While Korea seems to pay a referee in a game against Italy. - naufal15JC

Nope South korea is better. Korea won Japan by 2-0 in London Olympics.

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45 England v. Argentina
46 Lokomotiv Plovdiv v. Botev Plovdiv

Everyone from Bulgaria knows what I am talking about..

47 East Bengal V. Mohun Bagan

Out more than 300 matches played till date, East Bengal is leading the race whereas Mohun Bagan is far ahead of their arch rivals in numbers of trophies. The East Bengal is once a part of Mohun Bagan before one of Mohunbagan official decided to form his own club. It is a fierce battle and the rivaly can be compared to Celtic and Rangers derby because both of them are of similar type.

This One Definitely.

Why the hell is it not higher...The fierce Kolkata Derby which attracts 100k fans at any match at condition...two communities of Bengali people based on the partition...the Bangals and the Ghotis absolutely hate each other...intense hooliganism...fire flares, fights and the specific tastes of fish just adds to the flavour of the rivalry...pride of Indian football!

48 Millwall v. West Ham

Easily the most heated rivalry

49 India v Pakistan
50 Steaua Bucuresti v Dinamo Bucuresti
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