Football, the gorgeous game is undeniably the most viewed sport in the world, and is very popular among all generations of people. One of the best reasons for its massive popularity is the interesting stories of the best football rivalries between different clubs and states that come with this game.
Largest Club Rivalries in Football
Commonly called’El Clasico’ competition, Real Madrid and Barcelona have battled against each other for about 270 times, with Real Madrid winning approximately 37% wins in compare to Barcelona’s 41%, and about 22 percent of those games finishing in a draw. This rivalry started from the 1902 when they met each other for the first time.
The football grounds have been dominated by this famed rivalry since 1894. These rival clubs have played each for over 190 occasions, with Manchester United winning 40 percent and Liverpool wining 33 percent of the games. About 27% of the games have ended in draw.
The majority of the Arsenal fans dislike Chelsea, and the competition between these clubs is already a hundred years old. Since 1907 they have been competing with each other. They’ve played nearly 200 games with each other, with Arsenal winning 38 percent and Chelsea winning 32% of the matches. Around 30 percent of the games have ended in draw.
These two 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% of the games. About 30 percent of the matches have ended in a draw.
Largest Country Rivalries in Soccer
Argentina Vs Brazil
The rivalry between these neighboring states is popularly 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 been played against each other. Both the countries have won equal number of times, and about 25% of the games 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 approximately 140 times. Portugal has won about 17% of the matches, while Spain won around 50% of the games. About 34% of the games 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% of the games and USA has won 52 percent of the matches. Mexico debuted in the worldwide arena in 1923, while the USA played its first international game in 1885.
Germany Vs England
The two countries met with each other in the football ground from the year 1899. Until now, they’ve played against each other over 30 occasions, with both countries winning equal number of times, and 17 percent of the matches 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 countries have played other for more than 800 times. Japan has won 18% of the matches, while South Korea has won roughly 52% of the games. About 30% of the games have ended in a draw. First international match of Japan was in the year 1936, whereas South Korea played its first international game in the year 1948.