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List Rules Teams only, Nationally/Internationally relevance, Intensity, Competitive (not one sided), Longevity

The greatest rivalries in sports have pitted some of the best teams in baseball, basketball, football, and college against each other in a quest for eternal glory and bragging rights. The best sports rivalries span decades and even centuries as teams continuously meet in search of another check in the win column. Some of these match-ups pit the best sports franchises of all time against each other, while others are simply long fought feuds between cross-town competitors.

This list of the best rivalries in sports if restricted to teams only, and while there have been some great individual rivalries such as Ali vs. Frazier, Bird vs. Magic, etc, that is the topic of a separate greatest individual rivalries list. These are the eternal rivalries that make strangers hate each other based on an accent (Yankees/Red Sox), a home kit (Barcelona/Real Madrid), or a diploma (USC/UCLA). When it comes to these epic sports rivalries, you better pick a side because there's no neutral zone.

What are the best rivalries in sports? What are the top college rivalries? What teams are part of the top sports rivalries? These are some of the most anticipated sporting events of the year for die hard fans and casual viewers alike. If you know of a sports rivalry that's not yet on the list of the top rivalries in sports, make sure to add it so the people on each side of the contest can vote on whether they have as much ire for each other as the other teams on this list of the greatest rivalries in sports.

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MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox

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College Football: Ohio State v... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Ohio State vs. Michigan

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NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers

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College Basketball: North Caro... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Basketball: North Carolina vs. Duke

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Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Mad... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

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College Football: Auburn vs. A... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama

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NFL: Packers vs. Bears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Packers vs. Bears

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College Football: Army vs. Nav... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Army vs. Navy

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MLB: Giants vs. Dodgers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Giants vs. Dodgers

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Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchest... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchester United

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NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins

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NHL: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings

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NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys

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College Football: Texas vs. Ok... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Texas vs. Oklahoma

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NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs

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College Football: USC vs. Notr... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: USC vs. Notre Dame

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College Football: USC vs. UCLA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: USC vs. UCLA

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NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
madamsundin added NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens

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Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil

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MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
bojanthebest added MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals

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NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys

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NFL: Vikings Vs. Packers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Vikings Vs. Packers

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NFL: Giants Vs. Eagles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Giants Vs. Eagles

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Soccer: Manchester United Vs. ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
michalkaly added Soccer: Manchester United Vs. Manchester City

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NHL: Flyers Vs. Penguins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NHL: Flyers Vs. Penguins

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Soccer: Celtic Vs. Rangers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added Soccer: Celtic Vs. Rangers

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NBA: Pistons Vs Bulls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
AlexanderRay added NBA: Pistons Vs Bulls

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Cricket: India vs. Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Cricket: India vs. Pakistan

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College Basketball Kentucky Vs... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JoshMers added College Basketball Kentucky Vs Louisville

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NHL: Rangers Vs. Islanders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NHL: Rangers Vs. Islanders

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NFL: Broncos vs. Raiders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Broncos vs. Raiders

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MLB: Cubs Vs White Sox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
AlexanderRay added MLB: Cubs Vs White Sox

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Nadal Vs Federer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Nadal Vs Federer

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NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JakeRumschik added NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles

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NHL: Red Wings Vs Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
AlexanderRay added NHL: Red Wings Vs Avalanche

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NFL: Browns Vs. Steelers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JimJenkins added NFL: Browns Vs. Steelers

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NFL: Jets Vs. Patriots is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Jets Vs. Patriots

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NHL: Rangers Vs. Flyers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NHL: Rangers Vs. Flyers

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Joe Schollmeier added Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird

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Soccer Boca Juniors Vs River P... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Srbin added Soccer Boca Juniors Vs River Plate

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MLB: Mets vs. Yankees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
muzziac added MLB: Mets vs. Yankees

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Football: England V Germany is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MatthewGill added Football: England V Germany

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Celtics Vs Knicks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
liplip added Celtics Vs Knicks

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Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
RobLein added Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier

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Nfl: Patriots Vs. Giants is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
DiBoss added Nfl: Patriots Vs. Giants

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Olympics : USA V Russia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Olympics : USA V Russia

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Magic Johnson Vs Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Joe Schollmeier added Magic Johnson Vs Larry Bird

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NFL: Cowboys Vs. Steelers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Cowboys Vs. Steelers

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MLB: Yankees Vs. Dodgers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Yankees Vs. Dodgers

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Brady Vs Manning is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JoshBerman added Brady Vs Manning