We are going to discuss top football rivalries in football history among different nations and the stories behind them.
Let’s begin !!!!
TOP FOOTBALL RIVALRIES IN FOOTBALL HISTORY
1. Chile vs. Peru
The football rivalry between Peru and Chile termed as, Clásico del Pacífico, in Spanish, it means “a direct reference to the Pacific Ocean, which borders both countries’ coastlines.” Chile dominated over Peru most of the times when both teams met on the playing field. Chile won 45 matches, Peru won 21 games whereas 14 matches were drawn.
2. China vs. South Korea
Every time both the teams met on the football ground, always a one-sided match. South Korea winning streak was over in 2010 when China beat South Korea after 28 losing 28 consecutive games.
3. Slovakia vs. Czech Republic
After 1993 split both teams play against each other to some extent of rivalry.
4. Portugal vs. Spain
One of the oldest rivalries, With a background of Spanish–Portuguese War (1776–77), both the neighbors played against each other with full force.
Both teams played 35 matches against each other in the battlefield of football. Spain managed to beat Portugal 16 times & Portugal became victorious for only six (6)times, whereas 13 draws.
5. Honduras vs. El Salvador
In 1969 both the neighbors went to war with thousands of killings and displacement. Both the teams over some conflicts almost went to war over a football match, but El Salvador won that match.
6. France vs. Italy
Being the two great European footballing nations, have an exciting rivalry. Both played 38 number of games till to date. Italy managed 18 wins over France while France defeated Italy only ten (10) times, whereas, ten (10) matches were drawn. The most significant victory of Italy over France is 7–0 in a friendly game in 1925.
An epic clash of 2006 world cup final is unforgettable not only for both the nations but also for the whole universe of football fans due to the Zidane’s headbutt on Marco Materazzi.
7. Sweden vs. Denmark
Sweden was regarded as a winner after Christian Poulsen hit Markus Rosenberg in the stomach.
Danish spectator also came in the ground and tried to punch the referee after that decision.
8. Iran vs. Saudi Arabia
Due to conflict on Shia & Sunni issue, tension exists among both the nations in and out of the playing ground. In close contesting matches, Iran managed to win 6 Games out of 14, Saudi Arabia won 5, whereas three games were drawn.
9. Albania vs. Serbia
This rivalry came into existence just four years before when the match abandoned after on and off the ground incidents between Albania & Serbia.
10. Japan vs. South Korea
Being Asian sporting nations, both played 78 games. South Korea won 41 matches, Japan won 14 games, whereas, 23 games were decided as a tie.
The match between the two countries termed as nikkansen or haniljeon in their respective languages.
11. Netherland vs. Belgium
The Belgium-Holland football rivalry is because of the Benelux region that both nations sit upon.
Total 127 Matches were played among both the teams, Netherland won 56 matches, Belgium won 41, whereas, 30 games were drawn.
12. Uruguay vs. Brazil
More than 67 years of rivalry among the nations, the “Phantom 50” is still not forgotten , the most destructive loss of Brazil against Uruguay in 1950 World cup match on there own soil. Out of 76 matches Brazil managed to win 38 matches, in 21 matches Uruguay defeated Brazil, whereas, 17 matches were drawn.
13. Scotland vs. England
Due to past conflict among nations on borders, this match couldn’t be regarded as simple one.
14. Germany vs Italy
Both teams are most successful teams in the world of football. The World cup semi-final 1970 among both teams regarded as “Game of the Century” & 2006 Semi-final as one of the great game of the modern era.
15. Mexico vs. USA
Mexico dominated over USA for 80 years and never lost a single game at home. In 2004, Mexico defeated USA with 4-0 and chanted Osama Bin Laden on their win with a pretext that the USA player allegedly urinated on the pitch during practice session, who actually urinated place near the bushes.
16. Algeria vs. Egypt
Algeria & Egypt dislike each other as both were separated by Libya. In 1989 match took place under the security of 15000 policemen, even then ends up with criminal proceedings. In 2009 Algeria visited Egypt but unfortunately ended up with injuries of three players.
17. England vs. Argentina
England vs. Argentina matches is among the most watched events. Both the teams had played 14 games. England defeated Argentina 6 times, Argentina won 3, whereas five (5) matches were drawn.
18. Netherland vs. Germany
The participation of Netherlands in World War II against Nazi Germany is the reason of there rivalry.
Rivalry among both the nations can be judged by this comment made by Will Van Hanegem during 1974 Fifa Football World Cup.
“I didn’t give a damn about a score. 1-0 was enough, as long as we could humiliate them. I do not like them. It’s because of World War 2.”
Germany defeated Netherland 15 times, Netherland won 10 matches whereas 15 matches were drawn.
19. Croatia vs. Serbia
Until 1991, Croatia and Serbia were part of Yugoslavia and, due to border disputes, there was unrest among these two countries. 1999 match between Croatia vs. Serbia took place but end up 0-0 draw. Protests, riots & power outage also witnessed during this match.
20. Germany vs. England
Germany & England played 32 football international matches so far. Germany won 15 matches, England defeated Germany 13 times whereas 4 matches were drawn.
21. Brazil vs. Argentina
Brazil & Argentina played 108 games. Brazil won 44 matches, Argentina defeated Brazil 39 times whereas 25 games were drawn.
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