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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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683 468
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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692 462
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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563 411
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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645 414
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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407 409
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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401 414
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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376 333
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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310 362
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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310 303
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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266 312
NHL: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings

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244 289
NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs

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250 276
NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins

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243 333
NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys

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227 314
College Football: Texas vs. Ok... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Texas vs. Oklahoma

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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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NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
madamsundin added NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens

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224 148
Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil

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College Football: USC vs. UCLA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: USC vs. UCLA

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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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159 217
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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184 277
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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140 205
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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191 177
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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155 201
Soccer: Celtic Vs. Rangers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added Soccer: Celtic Vs. Rangers

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150 173
NBA: Pistons Vs Bulls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
AlexanderRay added NBA: Pistons Vs Bulls

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114 183
NHL: Flyers Vs. Penguins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NHL: Flyers Vs. Penguins

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103 174
NHL: Rangers Vs. Islanders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NHL: Rangers Vs. Islanders

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116 146
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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Cricket: India vs. Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Cricket: India vs. Pakistan

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121 248
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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113 157
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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59 16
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Joe Schollmeier added Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird

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115 190
NFL: Browns Vs. Steelers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JimJenkins added NFL: Browns Vs. Steelers

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117 166
Soccer Boca Juniors Vs River P... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Srbin added Soccer Boca Juniors Vs River Plate

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NFL: Jets Vs. Patriots is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Jets Vs. Patriots

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63 84
Football: England V Germany is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MatthewGill added Football: England V Germany

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82 146
Celtics Vs Knicks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
liplip added Celtics Vs Knicks

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71 150
NHL: Rangers Vs. Flyers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NHL: Rangers Vs. Flyers

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80 164
NHL: Red Wings Vs Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
AlexanderRay added NHL: Red Wings Vs Avalanche

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46 35
Nadal Vs Federer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
ColinBoddy added Nadal Vs Federer

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MLB: Mets vs. Yankees is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
muzziac added MLB: Mets vs. Yankees

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38 13
Magic Johnson Vs Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Joe Schollmeier added Magic Johnson Vs Larry Bird

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Brady Vs Manning is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JoshBerman added Brady Vs Manning

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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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NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JakeRumschik added NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles

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32 19
Olympics : USA V Russia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Olympics : USA V Russia

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27 20
Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
RobLein added Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier

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29 34
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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28 34
NFL: Cowboys Vs. Steelers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Cowboys Vs. Steelers