List of sports rivalries

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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 even 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 Indo–Pakistani 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, the match between the rivalries are officially regarded as important games and the winner gets an unusual prize (i.e. grill, trophy, high-definition television, etc.)

Famous sports rivalries[edit]

American football[edit]

National Football League[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Source
Jerry Rice Deion Sanders 1989–1996 [1]
Tom Brady Peyton Manning 2000–Present

College football[edit]

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

Association football (soccer)[edit]

Australian rules football[edit]

Athletics[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Steve Ovett Sebastian Coe [2]
Usain Bolt Tyson Gay [3]
Asafa Powell Tyson Gay [4][5]
Dayron Robles Liu Xiang [6]
Jamaica United States [7][8][9]
Joan Benoit Grete Waitz [10]
Usain Bolt Yohan Blake [11]
Veronica Campbell-Brown Allyson Felix 2004 — [12]
Ondina Valla Claudia Testoni 1932–1940 Testoni–Valla rivalry [13]
Luigi Facelli David Burghley 1927–1933 [14]

Badminton[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Giants vs. Dodgers Red Sox vs. Yankees

Basketball[edit]

National Basketball Association[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Larry Bird Magic Johnson 19791991 [15]

Bodybuilding[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Arnold Schwarzenegger Sergio Oliva [16]

Boxing[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Muhammad Ali Joe Frazier 1971–1975 Fight of the Century
Ali-Frazier II
Thrilla in Manila
[17]
Sugar Ray Leonard Roberto Duran 1980–1989 The No Mas Fight [18]
Mexico Puerto Rico 1930's-2010's

Canadian football[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Toronto Argonauts 1873–present [19][20]
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saskatchewan Roughriders 1936–present Banjo Bowl [21]

College athletics[edit]

Cricket[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
USA Canada 1844–present
Australia England 1877–present The Ashes [22]
India Pakistan 1947–present India versus Pakistan cricket rivalry [23][24]
India England 1932–present N/A [25]
Australia South Africa 1902–present N/A [26]
Australia India 1947–present Border–Gavaskar Trophy [27][28][29]
Australia New Zealand 1946–present Chappell–Hadlee Trophy [30]
Royal Challengers Bangalore Chennai Super Kings 2008–present Kaveri Derby [31]
Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings 2008–present Chennai
Royal College, Colombo S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia 1879–present Royal–Thomian [32]

Curling[edit]

Team rivalries[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Glenn Howard Kevin Martin [33]
Jennifer Jones Kelly Scott [34]

Cue sports[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline timespan Source
Willie Mosconi Rudolph Wanderone, Jr. Pool [35][36][37]

Cycling[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline timespan Source
Gino Bartali Fausto Coppi road racing 1940–1956 [38]
Jacques Anquetil Raymond Poulidor road racing [39]
Greg LeMond Laurent Fignon road racing [40]
Graeme Obree Chris Boardman track cycling [41]
Francesco Moser Beppe Saronni road racing 1978–1986 [42][43]
Lance Armstrong Marco Pantani road racing 2000 [44][45]
Anna Meares Victoria Pendleton track cycling —2012 [46][47][48]
Alberto Contador Andy Schleck road racing [49][50][51]

Darts[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Source
Jocky Wilson Eric Bristow 1980–1989 [15]

Diving[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Qiu Bo Tom Daley [52]

Field hockey[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
India Pakistan 1947 – present India–Pakistan field hockey rivalry [53]

Figure skating[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Source
Maya Usova and Alexander Zhulin Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov 1992–1994 [54]
Nancy Kerrigan Tonya Harding  ?–1994 [15]
Kim Yu-Na Mao Asada 2004–present [55]
Chazz Michael Michaels Jimmy MacElroy 2000–2007 [56]

Golf[edit]

1st party 2nd party 3rd party timespan Article Source
United States Europe –date Ryder Cup [57]
Arnold Palmer Jack Nicklaus 1958–1980 [57]
Ben Hogan Sam Snead 1938– [57]
Tiger Woods Phil Mickelson –date [57][58][59]
Walter Hagen Bobby Jones 1914–1930 [57]
Jack Nicklaus Tom Watson 1977–1982 [57]
Mickey Wright Kathy Whitworth 1958–1973 [57]
Ben Hogan Byron Nelson [60]
Greg Norman Tim Finchem [60]
Oklahoma State Cowboys Houston Cougars [60]
J.H. Taylor Harry Vardon James Braid Great Triumvirate [60]
Glenna Collett Vare Joyce Wethered [61]
Walter Hagen Gene Sarazen [61]
Greg Norman Nick Faldo [61]
Lee Trevino Jack Nicklaus [61]
Pádraig Harrington Sergio García [62]
Annika Sörenstam Karrie Webb [62]
Paul Runyan Sam Snead [62]
Seve Ballesteros Paul Azinger [62]
Willie Park, Sr. Old Tom Morris [63]
Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi [63]
Tom Watson Gary McCord [64]
Tom Kite Ben Crenshaw [64]
Seve Ballesteros Deane Beman [64]
Louise Suggs Babe Zaharias 1948–1954 [64]
Jack Nicklaus Tom Weiskopf [65]
Johnny Miller Nick Faldo [65]
Rory Sabbatini Ben Crane [65]
Colin Montgomerie Sandy Lyle [65]

Gymnastics[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Source
United States China [66]
Japan China –present [67]

Horse racing[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Source
Seabiscuit War Admiral 1938 [68]
Affirmed Alydar 1978 [69]
Sunday Silence Easy Goer 1989 [70]

Ice hockey[edit]

National Hockey League[edit]

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia flyers

Kontinental Hockey League[edit]

European leagues[edit]

English Premier Ice Hockey League[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Slough Jets Bracknell Bees [71]

International[edit]

International[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Canada Russia 1954, but especially after 1972, to present Soviet Union national ice hockey team [72]
Canada men USA men 1920 to present Canada–United States sports rivalries [73]
Canada women USA women 1990 to present Canada–United States sports rivalries [74]
Finland Sweden 1932 to present [75][76]
Czech Republic Russia 1954, but especially after 1968, to present [77]

Lacrosse[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Cornell Princeton 1922–present Cornell–Princeton lacrosse rivalry [78]
Johns Hopkins Loyola (MD) 1939–present Johns Hopkins–Loyola rivalry [79][80][81]
Johns Hopkins Maryland 1895–present Johns Hopkins–Maryland rivalry [82]

Rugby league[edit]

National Rugby League[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Brisbane Broncos North Queensland Cowboys 1995 to present [83]
Brisbane Broncos Gold Coast Titans 2007 to present South East Queensland derby [84]
Canberra Raiders Wests Tigers 1989 to present [85]
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Parramatta Eels 1970s to present [86]
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Wests Tigers 1970s to present [87]
Melbourne Storm St George Illawarra Dragons 1998 to present [88]
Melbourne Storm Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 1998 to present Manly–Melbourne NRL rivalry [89]
Melbourne Storm New Zealand Warriors 1998 to present [90]
Newcastle Knights Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 1988 to present [91]
South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney City Roosters 1908 to present [92]

State of Origin[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Queensland Maroons New South Wales Blues First Rivalry Era 1908 to 1979, Modern Rivalry Era 1980 to present [93]

International Rugby League[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Australian Kangaroos New Zealand Kiwis 1908 to present [94]
Australian Kangaroos England Lions 1908 to present [95]
New Zealand Kiwis England Lions 1895 to present [96]

Rugby union[edit]

European rugby[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Italy Aironi Italy Benetton Treviso 2010–2012 [97]
Ireland Leinster Ireland Munster 1875–present [98]
France Racing Métro France Stade Français 1892–present [99]
Wales Neath RFC Wales Swansea RFC 1874–present [100]

International Rugby Union[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
 New Zealand All Blacks  South Africa Springboks 1921 to present History of rugby union matches between New Zealand and South Africa [101]
 New Zealand All Blacks  Australia Wallabies 1903 to present History of rugby union matches between Australia and New Zealand
Bledisloe Cup
[101]
 New Zealand All Blacks  Wales 1905 to present History of rugby union matches between New Zealand and Wales [102]
 Wales  England 1881 to present History of rugby union matches between England and Wales [101]

Martial arts[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Kim Jae-Bum Ole Bischof 2008– Judo [10]
Anton Geesink Akio Kaminaga 1964 Judo [10]

Motorsport[edit]

Manufacturers, cars, teams[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline timespan Article Source
Bugatti Bentley Sports car racing [103]
Mercedes-Benz Auto Union Grand Prix 1934–1939 Silver Arrows [104]
Ferrari Alfa Romeo Formula One [105]
Jaguar Cars Mercedes-Benz Sports car racing 1955 See also: 1955 Le Mans disaster [106]
Ford Ferrari Sports car racing 1962–1967 [107]
Shelby Cobra Ferrari 250 GTO Sports car racing 1963–1965 [103]
Ford Mustang Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Series [108]
Petty Enterprises Wood Brothers Racing Sprint Cup Series [109]
Nissan Skyline GT-R Mazda R100 and RX-3 Touring car racing 1969–1973 [110]
McLaren Ferrari Formula One [103][111][112]
Bigfoot Grave Digger monster truck [113]
Chip Ganassi Racing Penske Racing CART
IndyCar Series
Sprint Cup Series
[114]
Hendrick Motorsports Penske Racing Sprint Cup Series 1989— [115]
Holden Commodore Ford Falcon Australian Touring Car Championship
V8 Supercars
[116]
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth BMW M3 Touring car racing 1987–1992 [103]
Spirit of America Formula Shell LSRV ThrustSSC Land speed record 1996−1997 [117]
Audi Peugeot Sports car racing 2007–2011 [118]

Drivers[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline timespan Article Source
Malcolm Campbell Henry Segrave Land speed record 1926−1930 [119][120]
John Cobb George Eyston Land speed record 1937−1939 [121][122]
Tazio Nuvolari Achille Varzi Grand Prix [123]
Keke Rosberg Gilles Villeneuve Formula One [124]
Juan Manuel Fangio Stirling Moss Formula One 1954–1957 [125]
Piero Taruffi Felice Bonetto Formula One
Grand Prix
Sports car racing
−1953 [126]
Jo Siffert Pedro Rodriguez Formula One
Sports car racing
1970–1971 [127]
Niki Lauda James Hunt Formula One 1976–1977 [128]
Alan Jones Carlos Reutemann Formula One 1981 [129]
Didier Pironi Gilles Villeneuve Formula One 1982 [130]
Nigel Mansell Nelson Piquet Formula One 1986–1987 [15]
Alain Prost Ayrton Senna Formula One 1988–1991, 1993 [131][132]
Damon Hill Michael Schumacher Formula One 1994–1996 [103]
Rod Millen Nobuhiro Tajima Hillclimbing 1990s—2000s, 2013 [133][134]
Art Arfons Craig Breedlove Land speed record 1964–1966 [135][136][dead link][137]
Giacomo Agostini Mike Hailwood Grand Prix motorcycling 1965–1967 [138]
Barry Sheene Kenny Roberts Grand Prix motorcycling [139]
Wayne Rainey Kevin Schwantz Grand Prix motorcycling −1993 [140]
Valentino Rossi Max Biaggi Grand Prix motorcycling [141]
Valentino Rossi Sete Gibernau Grand Prix motorcycling [142]
Richard Petty David Pearson Winston Cup [143][144]
Richard Petty Bobby Allison Winston Cup [145]
Richard Petty Cale Yarborough Winston Cup 1979 Daytona 500 [1]
Cale Yarborough Bobby and Donnie Allison Winston Cup [146]
Darrell Waltrip Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison Winston Cup [147]
Jeff Gordon Dale Earnhardt Winston Cup 1994–2001 [148]
Dale Earnhardt Geoff Bodine Winston Cup [149]
Bobby Allison Junior Johnson Winston Cup [150]
Jimmy Spencer Kurt Busch Winston Cup [150]
Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Sprint Cup Series [151]
Carl Edwards Brad Keselowski Sprint Cup Series [152]
Kurt Busch Jimmie Johnson Sprint Cup Series [153]
A. J. Foyt Mario Andretti American Championship Car Racing [154]
Don Prudhomme Tom McEwen NHRA funny car drag racing [155]
Carl Fogarty Scott Russell Superbike World Championship 1993–1997 [156]
Gary Bettenhausen Larry Dickson USAC Sprint Car Series
USAC Championship Car Series
[157]
Ayrton Senna Terry Fullerton Karting World Championship 1978–1980 [158][159][160]

Netball[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Australian Netball Diamonds New Zealand Silver Ferns 1963–, especially 1996–present [161]

Tennis[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Roger Federer Rafael Nadal 2004– Federer–Nadal rivalry [162][163][164][165][166]
Andre Agassi Pete Sampras 1989–2002 Agassi–Sampras rivalry [167]
Björn Borg John McEnroe 1978–1981 Borg–McEnroe rivalry [168]
Ivan Lendl John McEnroe 1980–1992 Lendl–McEnroe rivalry [169]
Jimmy Connors Ivan Lendl 1979–1992 Connors–Lendl rivalry [170]
Jimmy Connors John McEnroe 1977–1991 Connors–McEnroe rivalry [171]
Steffi Graf Monica Seles 1989–1999 Graf–Seles rivalry [172]
Chris Evert Martina Navratilova 1975–1988 Evert–Navratilova rivalry [173][174]
Margaret Court Billie Jean King 1962–1973 [175]
Steffi Graf Martina Navratilova 1985–1994 Graf–Navratilova rivalry [176]
Chris Evert Hana Mandlikova 1980–1989 Evert–Mandlikova rivalry [177]
Chris Evert Evonne Goolagong Cawley 1972–1983 [178]
Serena Williams Venus Williams 1998– Williams sisters rivalry [179]
Kim Clijsters Justin Henin 1998–2010 Clijsters–Henin rivalry [180]
Steffi Graf Gabriela Sabatini 1985–95 Graf–Sabatini rivalry [181]
Martina Hingis Venus Williams 1997–2006 Hingis–V. Williams rivalry [182]
Lindsay Davenport Venus Williams 1997–2005 [183]
Steffi Graf Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1988–1996 [184]
Novak Djokovic Andy Murray 2006– Djokovic–Murray rivalry [185]
Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal 2006– Djokovic–Nadal rivalry [186]
Rod Laver Ken Rosewall 1968–1976 [187]
Andy Murray Rafael Nadal 2007– Murray–Nadal rivalry [188]
Novak Djokovic Roger Federer 2006– Djokovic–Federer rivalry [189]
Roger Federer Andy Murray 2005– Federer–Murray rivalry [190]

Sailing[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Alinghi BMW Oracle Racing −2010 2010 America's Cup [191]
Ben Ainslie Jonas Høgh-Christensen −2012 [192][193]

Surfing[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan article Source
Kelly Slater Andy Irons 2002–2010 [194]
Tom Curren Mark Occhilupo [194]

Swimming[edit]

1st party 2nd party timespan Article Source
Eleanor Simmonds Victoria Arlen 2012–present [195][196]
Michael Phelps Ryan Lochte 2004–2012 [197]
Alexander Popov Gary Hall Jr. 1996 [10]
Kosuke Kitajima Brendan Hansen 2001– [198]
Leisel Jones Rebecca Soni 2008 [10]
Shirley Babashoff East German swimming team 1976 [10]
Michael Phelps & Ryan Lochte Tyler Clary 2008–present [199]

See also[edit]

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  138. ^ He won what many historians consider to be the greatest Isle of Man race of all time, the 1967 Senior TT. That event pitted him against archrival Giacomo Agostini. "Ago," on the MV Agusta, faced off against "Mike the Bike," on the blazingly fast but ill-handling four-cylinder Honda."Mike Hailwood". Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  139. ^ A great rivalry existed at the height of Sheene's career between him and American racing legend Kenny Roberts. A big show was sometimes made of the pair's battles, which was depicting as a bitter fight between two racers who almost hated one another."Barry Sheene". Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  140. ^ Rainey's intense rivalry with fellow American and 1993 world champ Kevin Schwantz was the stuff of legends. Their careers progressed together as did their mutual hatred of each other and whether it was in American national races, the Transatlantic Trophy in England or the GPs, they only cared about beating each other, even if that meant coming last and second last.Stuart Barker (18 May 2009). "I Love The 90s". Visor Down. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  141. ^ The comparisons are inevitable. Both are Italian; both are multitime world champions fighting for the MotoGP title, as well as the favor of the mercurial and powerful Italian press. Their every move is studied, forcing both to seek refuge in foreign countries."Forever In The Shadow". Sports Rider Magazine. February 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  142. ^ Reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi says he is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with former foe Sete Gibernau in the 2009 MotoGP world championship."Valentino Rossi looking forward to new Sete Gibernau battle". Motorcycle News. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
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  144. ^ "Surpassing these and others is a rivalry forged not so much out of jealousy or bitterness, as much as it was two giants immersed in a supreme struggle for supremacy, because winning is the name of the game. To this observer, the greatest NASCAR rivalry of all time was the ongoing tussle between the man they called “The King,” and the ever sly “Silver Fox.""They Call Him "The King," Part III- The Greatest Rivalry". 27 December 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  145. ^ "The feud reached a boiling point during the final three laps of a 1972 race at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway. Petty was leading on Lap 367 when Allison drove low to make a pass. Petty cut him off, using another car to block."David Newton (29 August 2008). "Top rivalries marked by crashing cars, flying fists and swinging helmets". ESPN. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  146. ^ "This rivalry was defined by the last lap of the 1979 Daytona 500. Cale Yarborough was fighting Donnie Allison for the lead when, as Yarborough recalls, he was shoved into the infield grass. He somehow steered his car back onto the track and slammed into the side of Allison's car, spinning both out."David Newton (29 August 2008). "Top rivalries marked by crashing cars, flying fists and swinging helmets". ESPN. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  147. ^ "The hatred Allison and Yarborough shared for Waltrip was no secret in the garage. "We had been friends, and I had helped him early in his career," Allison said. "In fact, I had built cars for him before he got into the Winston Cup stuff. But he didn't want to be friends. It just kept us from cooperating on any kind of an effort that would have been good for both of us.""David Newton (29 August 2008). "Top rivalries marked by crashing cars, flying fists and swinging helmets". ESPN. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
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  156. ^ That tussle of 1994 between Russell and Fogarty was the making of the sport as a spectacle that could attract millions. The Brit vs Yank, hard-knock lad vs spoilt brat head-to-head the media constructed around the 1994 season guaranteed an unprecedented level of exposure for Superbikes.Kevin Sampson (26 May 2001). "Ordinary hero". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
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