Four of the World’s Great Sporting Rivalries

All over the world, there are sports events which must not be missed, from the spectacular intensity of the Ryder Cup to the bruising excitement of the NFL. And one of the reasons why sport is so watchable, and so downright passionate, is the rivalry that exists between certain teams. If you’re a sports fan who loves the thrill of the battle, here are four rivalries that have to be seen to be believed. They may not mean much to someone from the other side of the world, but to the locals they are everything.

El Classico

Real Madrid and Barcelona are by far the most popular soccer clubs in Spain, and the bitter rivalry that exists between them dates back many decades. Between them, these two giants have won more than 150 trophies, but for many supporters it’s the results in El Classico matches that matter most. Current games have an added spice, because the two best players in the world, Argentina’s Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), often play a central role in the action.

Yankees-Red Sox

Great baseball sides come and go, and while some cities can boast World Series wins at one time or another, the biggest rivalry between any two sides is surely that of the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. As well as holding the attention of almost everyone in north-eastern USA, matches between these two generate huge amounts of interest in all four corners of the globe.


Australia-New Zealand Rugby

Rugby Union is a hugely popular sport in some parts of the world, but in New Zealand it has taken on an almost mythical status. This small country has dominated the sport at various times in history, and it continues to set the benchmark for excellence to this day. Matches between the All Blacks and Australia’s Wallabies are passionate, hard-fought encounters, with the New Zealanders running out winners more often than not.

The Auld Firm Derby

With an intensity that can match El Classico in its passion, the rivalry between Glasgow’s largest soccer clubs, Celtic and Rangers, has been in existence for more than 120 years. It’s based on more than simply football, because the clubs have represented two sides of a religious divide, and two halves of an often divided city, for many decades. Rangers have the edge in head to head matches between the clubs, although Celtic are not far behind.

David Showell is a sports fan from the UK. He works for 121carhire.

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