Football, the beautiful game is without a doubt the most seen sport in the world, and is very popular among all generations of people. Among the best reasons for its massive popularity is the intriguing stories of the best football rivalries between various clubs and states 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’ competition, Real Madrid and Barcelona have fought 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 matches finishing in a draw. This rivalry started from the 1902 when they met each other for the first time.
The football grounds are dominated by this famous rivalry since 1894. These rival clubs have played each for over 190 times, with Manchester United winning 40 percent and Liverpool wining 33 percent of the games. About 27% of the games have ended in draw. Manchester was founded in the year 1878, and Liverpool was established in the year 1892.
Arsenal Vs Chelsea
The majority of the Arsenal fans dislike Chelsea, and the competition between these clubs is already a hundred years old. Since 1907 they’ve been competing with one another. They have played nearly 200 games with each other, with Arsenal winning 38% and Chelsea winning 32% of the games. Around 30% of the games have ended in draw.
River Plate Vs Boca Juniors
Both of these football rivals have played 210 matches with one another, and the ferocious rivalry started since 1913, with River Plate winning around 33%, and Boca Juniors winning 37 percent of the games. About 30% of the games have ended in a draw.
Largest Country Rivalries in Football
The rivalry between these neighboring states is commonly known as the’Battle of the South Americans’. The first game between these two took place in the year 1914, and more than 100 matches have already been played against each other. Both the countries have won equal number of times, and about 25 percent 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 percent of the games, while Spain won around 50% of the matches. About 34 percent of the games have ended in a draw. Portugal played its first international game in the year 1921, whereas the first international game of Spain was in the year 1920.
Mexico Vs USA
Mexico and USA have been playing against each other since 1934. In about 70 matches, Mexico has won 21 percent of the matches and USA has won 52 percent of the games. Mexico debuted in the international arena in 1923, while the USA played its first international match in 1885.
Germany Vs England
The two countries met with each other in the football ground in the year 1899. Until now, they have played against each other more than 30 occasions, with both nations winning equal number of times, and 17 percent of the games have ended in a draw. Germany played its first international game 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 percent of the games. About 30% of the matches have ended in a draw. First international match of Japan was in the year 1936, whereas South Korea played its first international match in the year 1948.