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A sports rivalry is intense competition between athletic teams or athletes. This pressure of competition is felt by players, coaches, and management, but is perhaps felt strongest by the fans. The intensity of the rivalry varies from a friendly competition on one end to serious violence on the other that, in one case (the Football War), was suggested to have led to military conflict. Team owners typically encourage rivalries as they tend to improve game attendance and television ratings for rivalry matches, but a rivalry that gets out of control can lead to fighting, hooliganism, rioting and some, with career ending or worse, fatal consequences. Often the topic of sports rivalries is as heated and controversial as politics and religion.

Rivalries stem from various sources. Simple geographic proximity as well as frequent meetings in important games can lead to rivalries. Social and political tensions can also be played out by proxy in a sports rivalry, as when the IndoPakistani political conflict spills over to an India–Pakistan cricket match, or when Glasgow's sectarian differences are expressed in the CelticRangers derby (known as the Old Firm derby). Rivalries of the friendlier sort are common between college athletic programs in the United States and often involve pranks that rival student bodies play on each other, such as stealing the other school's mascot or painting school colors somewhere on the opposing school's campus.

In some leagues, rivalries are officially regarded as important games and the winner gets an unusual prize (i.e. grill, trophy, high-definition television, etc.)

Contents

Famous sports rivalries

American football

National Football League

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Jerry RiceDeion Sanders1989–1996[1]

College football

Lafayette won the 142nd edition of "The Rivalry" against Lehigh, but lost the most recent contests in 2009 and 2010.

Association football

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Lionel MessiCristiano Ronaldo[2]
Don RevieBrian Clough[3]

Australian rules football

Athletics

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Steve OvettSebastian Coe[4]
Usain BoltTyson Gay[5]
Asafa PowellTyson Gay[6][7]
Dayron RoblesLiu Xiang[8]
JamaicaUnited States[9][10][11]
Joan BenoitGrete Waitz[12]
Usain BoltYohan Blake[13]
Veronica Campbell-BrownAllyson Felix[14]
Ondina VallaClaudia Testoni1932–1940Testoni–Valla rivalry[15]
Luigi FacelliDavid Burghley1927–1933[16]

Baseball

Major League Baseball

Basketball

National Basketball Association

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Larry BirdMagic Johnson[3]

Bodybuilding

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Arnold SchwarzeneggerSergio Oliva[17]

Boxing

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Muhammad AliJoe Frazier1971–1975Fight of the Century
Ali-Frazier II
Thrilla in Manila
[18]
Sugar Ray LeonardRoberto Duran1980–1989The No Mas Fight[19]

Canadian football

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Hamilton Tiger-CatsToronto Argonauts1873–present[20][21]
Winnipeg Blue BombersSaskatchewan Roughriders1936–presentBanjo Bowl[22]

College athletics

Cricket

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AustraliaEngland1877–presentThe Ashes[23]
AustraliaSouth Africa1902–presentN/A[24]
IndiaPakistan1947–presentIndia versus Pakistan cricket rivalry[25][26]
EnglandIndia1932–presentN/A[27]
Royal College, ColomboS. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia1879–presentRoyal–Thomian[28]

Curling

Team rivalries

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Glenn HowardKevin Martin[29]
Jennifer JonesKelly Scott[30]

Cue sports

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Willie MosconiRudolph Wanderone, Jr.Pool[31][32][33]

Cycling

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Gino BartaliFausto Coppiroad racing1940–1956[34]
Jacques AnquetilRaymond Poulidorroad racing[35]
Graeme ObreeChris Boardmantrack cycling[36]
Francesco MoserBeppe Saronniroad racing1978–1986[37][38]
Anna MearesVictoria Pendletontrack cycling—2012[39][40][41]
Alberto ContadorAndy Schleckroad racing[42][43][44]

Darts

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Jocky WilsonEric Bristow1980–1989[3]

Diving

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Qiu BoTom Daley[45]

Field hockey

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IndiaPakistan1947 – presentIndia–Pakistan field hockey rivalry[46]

Figure skating

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Maya Usova and Alexander ZhulinOksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov1992–1994[47]
Nancy KerriganTonya Harding ?–1994[3]
Kim Yu-NaMao Asada2004–present[48]

Golf

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United StatesEurope–dateRyder Cup[49]
Arnold PalmerJack Nicklaus1958–1980[49]
Ben HoganSam Snead1938–[49]
Tiger WoodsPhil Mickelson–date[49][50][51]
Walter HagenBobby Jones1914–1930[49]
Jack NicklausTom Watson1977–1982[49]
Mickey WrightKathy Whitworth1958–1973[49]
Ben HoganByron Nelson[52]
Greg NormanTim Finchem[52]
Oklahoma State CowboysHouston Cougars[52]
J.H. TaylorHarry VardonJames BraidGreat Triumvirate[52]
Glenna Collett VareJoyce Wethered[53]
Walter HagenGene Sarazen[53]
Greg NormanNick Faldo[53]
Lee TrevinoJack Nicklaus[53]
Pádraig HarringtonSergio García[54]
Annika SörenstamKarrie Webb[54]
Paul RunyanSam Snead[54]
Seve BallesterosPaul Azinger[54]
Willie Park, Sr.Old Tom Morris[55]
Ben Hogan and Byron NelsonHarvie Ward and Ken Venturi[55]
Tom WatsonGary McCord[56]
Tom KiteBen Crenshaw[56]
Seve BallesterosDeane Beman[56]
Louise SuggsBabe Zaharias1948–1954[56]
Jack NicklausTom Weiskopf[57]
Johnny MillerNick Faldo[57]
Rory SabbatiniBen Crane[57]
Colin MontgomerieSandy Lyle[57]

Gymnastics

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United StatesChina[58]
JapanChina–present[59]

Horse racing

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SeabiscuitWar Admiral1938[60]
AffirmedAlydar1978[61]
Sunday SilenceEasy Goer1989[62]

Ice hockey

National Hockey League

Kontinental Hockey League

European leagues

English Premier Ice Hockey League

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Slough JetsBracknell Bees[63]

International

International

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CanadaRussia1954, but especially after 1972, to presentSoviet Union national ice hockey team[64]
CanadaUSA1920 to presentCanada–United States sports rivalries[65]
FinlandSweden1932 to present[66][67]
Czech RepublicRussia1954, but especially after 1968, to present[68]

Lacrosse

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Johns HopkinsMaryland1895–presentJohns Hopkins – Maryland rivalry[69]

Rugby league

National Rugby League

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Brisbane BroncosNorth Queensland Cowboys1995 to present[70]
Brisbane BroncosGold Coast Titans2007 to presentSouth East Queensland derby[71]
Canberra RaidersWests Tigers1989 to present[72]
Canterbury Bankstown BulldogsParramatta Eels1970s to present[73]
Manly-Warringah Sea EaglesWests Tigers1970s to present[74]
Melbourne StormSt George Illawarra Dragons1998 to present[75]
Melbourne StormManly-Warringah Sea Eagles1998 to present[76]
Melbourne StormNew Zealand Warriors1998 to present[77]
Newcastle KnightsManly-Warringah Sea Eagles1988 to present[78]
South Sydney RabbitohsSydney City Roosters1908 to present[79]

State of origin

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New South Wales BluesQueensland MaroonsFirst Rivalry Era 1908 to 1979, Modern Rivalry Era 1980 to present[80]

International Rugby League

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Australian KangaroosNew Zealand Kiwis1908 to present[81]
Australian KangaroosEngland Lions1908 to present[82]
New Zealand KiwisEngland Lions1895 to present[83]

Rugby union

European rugby

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Italy AironiItaly Benetton Treviso2010 to present[84]
Ireland LeinsterIreland Munster1875 to present[85]
France Racing MétroFrance Stade Français1892 to present[86]

International Rugby Union

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New Zealand New Zealand All BlacksSouth Africa South Africa Springboks1921 to presentHistory of rugby union matches between New Zealand and South Africa[87]
New Zealand New Zealand All BlacksAustralia Australian national rugby union team1999 to presentHistory of rugby union matches between Australia and New Zealand[87]

Martial arts

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Kim Jae-BumOle Bischof2008–Judo[12]
Anton GeesinkAkio Kaminaga1964Judo[12]

Motorsport

Manufacturers, cars, teams

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BugattiBentleySports car racing[88]
Mercedes-BenzAuto UnionGrand Prix1934–1939Silver Arrows[89]
FerrariAlfa RomeoFormula One[90]
Jaguar CarsMercedes-BenzSports car racing1955See also: 1955 Le Mans disaster[91]
FordFerrariSports car racing1962–1967[92]
Shelby CobraFerrari 250 GTOSports car racing1963–1965[88]
Ford MustangChevrolet CamaroTrans-Am Series[93]
Petty EnterprisesWood Brothers RacingSprint Cup Series[94]
Nissan Skyline GT-RMazda R100 and RX-3Touring car racing1969–1973[95]
McLarenFerrariFormula One[88][96][97]
Holden CommodoreFord FalconAustralian Touring Car Championship
V8 Supercars
[98]
Ford Sierra RS CosworthBMW M3Touring car racing1987–1992[88]
AudiPeugeotSports car racing2007–2011[99]

Drivers

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Tazio NuvolariAchille VarziGrand Prix[100]
Juan Manuel FangioStirling MossFormula One1954–1957[101]
Piero TaruffiFelice BonettoFormula One
Grand Prix
Sports car racing
−1953[102]
Jo SiffertPedro RodriguezFormula One
Sports car racing
1970–1971[103]
Niki LaudaJames HuntFormula One1976–1977[104]
Keke RosbergGilles VilleneuveFormula One[105]
Didier PironiGilles VilleneuveFormula One1982[106]
Alain ProstAyrton SennaFormula One1988–1991, 1993[107][108]
Nigel MansellNelson PiquetFormula One1986–1987[3]
Damon HillMichael SchumacherFormula One1994–1996[88]
Rod MillenNobuhiro TajimaHillclimbing[109]
Art ArfonsCraig BreedloveLand speed record1964–1966[110][111][dead link]
Giacomo AgostiniMike HailwoodGrand Prix motorcycling1965–1967[112]
Barry SheeneKenny RobertsGrand Prix motorcycling[113]
Wayne RaineyKevin SchwantzGrand Prix motorcycling−1993[114]
Valentino RossiMax BiaggiGrand Prix motorcycling[115]
Valentino RossiSete GibernauGrand Prix motorcycling[116]
Richard PettyDavid PearsonWinston Cup[117][118]
Richard PettyBobby AllisonWinston Cup[119]
Richard PettyCale YarboroughWinston Cup[1]
Cale YarboroughBobby and Donnie AllisonWinston Cup[120]
Darrell WaltripCale Yarborough and Bobby AllisonWinston Cup[121]
Jeff GordonDale EarnhardtWinston Cup1994–2001[122]
Dale EarnhardtGeoff BodineWinston Cup[123]
Bobby AllisonJunior JohnsonWinston Cup[124]
Jimmy SpencerKurt BuschWinston Cup[124]
Jeff GordonJimmie JohnsonSprint Cup Series[125]
Carl EdwardsBrad KeselowskiSprint Cup Series[126]
Kurt BuschJimmie JohnsonSprint Cup Series[127]
A. J. FoytMario AndrettiAmerican Championship Car Racing[128]
Don PrudhommeTom McEwenNHRA funny car drag racing[129]
Carl FogartyScott RussellSuperbike World Championship1993–1997[130]
Gary BettenhausenLarry DicksonUSAC Sprint Car Series
USAC Championship Car Series
[131]
Ayrton SennaTerry FullertonKarting World Championship1978–1980[132][133][134]

Netball

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Australian Netball DiamondsNew Zealand Silver Ferns1963–, especially 1996–present[135]

Tennis

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Roger FedererRafael Nadal2004–Federer–Nadal rivalry[136][137][138][139][140]
Andre AgassiPete Sampras1989–2002Sampras-Agassi rivalry[141]
Björn BorgJohn McEnroe1978–1981Borg-McEnroe rivalry[142]
Steffi GrafMonica Seles1989–1999Graf-Seles rivalry[143]
Chris EvertMartina Navratilova1975–1988Evert-Navratilova rivalry[144][145]
Lleyton HewittRoger Federer1999–[146]
Novak DjokovicRafael Nadal2006–Djokovic–Nadal rivalry[147]
Rod LaverKen Rosewall1968–1976[148]
David NalbandianRoger Federer2002–[147]
Patrick RafterAndre Agassi1993–2001[147]
Fabrice SantoroMarat Safin1999–2005[147]
Steffi GrafMartina Navratilova1985–1994Graf-Navratilova rivalry[149]

Sailing

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AlinghiBMW Oracle Racing−20102010 America's Cup[150]
Ben AinslieJonas Høgh-Christensen−2012[151][152]

Surfing

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Kelly SlaterAndy Irons2002–2010[153]
Tom CurrenMark Occhilupo[153]

Swimming

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Eleanor SimmondsVictoria Arlen2012–present[154][155]
Michael PhelpsRyan Lochte2004–2012[156]
Alexander PopovGary Hall Jr.1996[12]
Kosuke KitajimaBrendan Hansen2001–[157]
Leisel JonesRebecca Soni2008[12]
Shirley BabashoffEast German swimming team1976[12]

See also

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