Longest Lasting Soccer Rivalries

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Football, the beautiful game is without a doubt the most seen sport in the world, and is quite popular among all generations of people. Among the best reasons for its massive popularity is the interesting stories of the best football rivalries between various clubs and countries that come with this game.

Biggest Club Rivalries in Football

Real Madrid Vs FC Barcelona

Real Madrid FC was established in 1902, while FC Barcelona was founded in 1899. Commonly called’El Clasico’ rivalry, Real Madrid and Barcelona have battled against with each other for approximately 270 times, with Real Madrid winning approximately 37% wins in compare to Barcelona’s 41 percent, and about 22% of those games finishing in a draw. This rivalry started in the 1902 when they met each other for the first time.

Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC

The football grounds are dominated by this famous rivalry since 1894. These rival clubs have played with each for over 190 times, with Manchester United winning 40 percent and Liverpool wining 33% of the games. About 27 percent of the games have ended in draw. Manchester was founded in the year 1878, and Liverpool was established in the year 1892.

The majority of the Arsenal fans dislike Chelsea, and the rivalry between these clubs is already a hundred years old. Since 1907 they have been competing with one another. They have played almost 200 games with one another, with Arsenal winning 38 percent and Chelsea winning 32 percent of the games. Around 30% of the games have ended in draw. Arsenal was established in 1886, and Chelsea was found in the year 1905.

River Plate Vs Boca Juniors

Both of these football rivals have played 210 games with one another, and the ferocious rivalry started since 1913, with River Plate winning around 33%, and Boca Juniors winning 37 percent of the matches. About 30% of the matches have ended in a draw.

Biggest Country Rivalries in Football

The competition between these neighboring countries is commonly known as the’Battle of the South Americans’. The first match between these two took place in the year 1914, and over 100 matches have already been played against each other. Both the countries have won equal number of times, and about 25% of the matches have ended in a draw. In 1901, Argentina played its first international match, while Brazil played its first in 1914.

Portugal Vs Spain

Since 1921, Portugal and Spain have played against each other for around 140 times. Portugal has won about 17% of the matches, while Spain won approximately 50% of the matches. About 34% of the matches have ended in a draw. Portugal played its first international match in the year 1921, whereas the first international match of Spain was in the year 1920.

Mexico Vs USA

Mexico and USA have been playing each other since 1934. In about 70 matches, Mexico has won 21 percent of the games and USA has won 52 percent of the games. Mexico debuted in the international arena in 1923, while the USA played its first international game in 1885.

Germany Vs England

Both nations met with each other in the football ground from the year 1899. Until now, they have played against each other over 30 times, with both nations winning equal number of times, and 17 percent of the games have ended in a draw. Germany played its first international match in 1908, while England played its first in the year 1870.

Japan Vs South Korea

Since 1954 these Asian nations have played against other for more than 800 times. Japan has won 18 percent of the games, while South Korea has won about 52% of the games. About 30 percent of the matches have ended in a draw. First global match of Japan was in the year 1936, whereas South Korea played its first international game in the year 1948.

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