Best International Soccer Rivalries

This is about matches most exciting between international teams (countries) or also known as rival nations in soccer.
The Top Ten
1 Argentina - Brazil

Argentina and Brazil are the biggest national rivalry because there so much passion for the sport. In both countries many people associate with a club team. So when the whole country plays it creates a sense of unity. Watching both these teams compete is the best thing. Somos Rivales No Enemigos.

These two teams are the powerhouse of world football. both nations are so much passionate about the game that if they meet up in the world cup, then it will be a classic classsic encounter. it will be a dream match which no one will bear to loose.

In both countries are experiencing a passion for football as anywhere else

2 Mexico - USA

Its more than just football. These two countries hate each other for many reasons and football is the best way to compete against each other. A win for either counrty is more than just 3 points and the fans know it. It's a ridiculous atmosphere, there has to be at least 3 fights that break out in the stands during a game.

It is about the haves and the have nots (Mexico. USA has an economy that equales europes. USA has twice per capita than Mexico, USA took Texas and area stretching all the way to the west coast. The USA has the top sports in the hockey, baseball, hoops and football. Mexico refuses to bow to them in soccer. The yanks are bigger stronger and faster but the Axtecs play a smart, passing "beauiful game" and they usually win.

This rivalry passes well beyond soccer so I would put this up to number one laugh out loud...

3 France - Italy
4 England - Germany

Mostly a perception of the English. How much of a rivalry can it be if only one team always wins? Germanys despise lies with the Netherlands and Italy. Spain is too fresh, all the other possible candidates (Austria, Poland etc. ) don't punch in the same weight class.

Two very good teams. Mostly Germany!

Great fantastic competition between these two rivals game FIFA

5 Portugal - Spain
6 Netherlands - Germany

Spitting, punching, arse wiping - and that's just on the field! This rivalry has had it all - brilliant sides, plenty of spite, big matches, controversy and of course an upset in a World Cup final. Should be higher in my opinion.

The Germans are very nice people. But if they play soccer, I just can't stand them. That's why I will always support the Netherlands when they play against those awful Germans.

I love when these teams play each other because it is a fierce match and is always a close game and I love seeing the hatred. I am from the Netherlands so I personally love this matchup

7 England - Scotland

We both just don't like each over and that's why it's the biggest rivalry in the world. We hate everything about them. They hate everything about us. No matter what we will never like each over.

Scotland are no competition for us in anything. No one even hates the Scottish in England, they're just minor to us.

It's not a rivalry if one team always wins.

8 Greece - Turkey

This rivalry became interesting when both Greece and Turkey had success on international level. Greece won Euro 2004 and Turkey reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008.

Turkey has the upper hand in the head to head fixture as Greece only managed to beat Turkey one time in 9 games.

9 Japan - Korea
10 Denmark - Sweden

It's the battle of Scandinavia. The "beer-loving" Sanish men (Sometimes too "beer-loving") against their big bad brother across the sea. The Euro qualifier in 2007 were stopped in the end after a drunk (Obviously) Danish man ran onto the pitch and punshed the referee. The standings were 3-3 but it were later changed to 0-3 (Swedish victory). As a Swede, I think the Danish people are a bit jealous since Zlatan Ibrahimovic is from Malmö, located 30 km from Copenhagen. Bad luck Denmark...

The Contenders
11 Croatia - Serbia
12 El Salvador - Honduras

Culturally Honduras and El Salvador are the most similar compared to the rest of Central America and a fight almost always breaks out either on or off the field.

Known as the Clasico centroamericano and it is one of the best atmospheres in world football.

Both of them bring passion to the game and have a lot of tradition

13 Hungary - Romania

This rivalry is since Transsylvania became part of Romania, after the Treaty of Trianon. Romanians hate Hungarians, and Hungarians hate Romanians. That's all.

14 Spain - Brazil
15 Algeria - Egypt

Egypt and Algeria actually have competition... you never know who's gna win!
Not voting for Egypt-Algeria is voting for Hosni Mubarak. --Hassan Amin, from the U.S.A.

Egypt is number 1

16 Indonesia - Malaysia

Both players are very fierce on the field and both supporters are very fanatic and sometimes teased each other and fight. So far my country Indonesia wins most matches.

Biggest and the baddest

More than a Game

17 Peru - Chile

War of the Pacific

They are the worst rivalries like they hate each other so much

18 Germany - Argentina

Germany and Argentina will Fighting Soccer!

19 Belgium - Netherlands

I'm a really big fan of Belgium a really big one. My favorite player in Belgium is Eden Hazard.

Netherlands win by far

20 Australia - New Zealand
21 Ireland - Northern Ireland

Most sports they unite but in soccer they are the biggest enemies

22 Cameroon - Ivory Coast
23 Austria - Germany
24 Iraq - Iran
25 China - India
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