Most Intense Rivalries in International Football

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 6, 2012

The matches are fewer and farther between, but in international football, the rivalries can be just as intense as in the club game.

In some cases, in fact, international rivalries can be a bit more heated. With politics, culture and pure, simple hatred all factoring in, international rivalries are sometimes not for the faint-hearted.

In this clip, B/R world football lead writers Michael Cummings and Will Tidey discuss some of the international game’s most intense rivalries. Both Mike and Will should know: Their home countries are both represented.

With the World Cup approaching in less than two years, Brazil will play host to 31 other national teams in the sport’s most prestigious tournament. One of those teams figures to be Argentina, Brazil’s neighbor and perhaps fiercest rival.

Imagine it now: Neymar vs. Messi for regional, continental and international bragging rights. It could happen, and if it does, it will be a must-watch.

Elsewhere in the New World, the United States and Mexico maintain their own fierce rivalry based on more than just soccer. And in Europe, the Germans represent one half of two major rivalries.

Watch the clip to find out which ones, and be sure to add your thoughts to the comments below.


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