The 10 Most Intense Feuds in Football

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2013

The 10 Most Intense Feuds in Football

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    There is nothing that fans of world football love more than a juicy, hate-filled feud. 

    A feud in the beautiful game can come between two players, ownership and management, ownership and fans, or even figureheads of the sport and the passionate fans of the game. 

    While it is a given that controversial figures like Luis Suarez, Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho will make the list, who else joins them on the list of best feuds in world football? 

    Continue reading to see who is involved in the 10 best feuds in world football. 

Luis Suarez vs. Everyone

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    Ever since he burst on to the world football radar in 2009 with Ajax, Luis Suarez has always found himself involved in a feud of some sorts. 

    Suarez has been involved with the likes of Patrice Evra, Branislav Ivanovic, Ottman Bakaal and the entire nation of Ghana. 

    The Liverpool forward had a racism incident with Evra, bit both Ivanovic and Bakaal and delibrately handled a goal off the line at the 2010 World Cup against Ghana in a quarterfinal match, in which his country, Uruguay, ended up winning on penalties.

    By committing those offenses over the last few seasons, Suarez has gained the title of Public Enemy No. 1 in world football. 

Leyton Orient vs. West Ham United

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    Everyone who watched the 2012 London Olympics were left in awe of how magnificent Olympic Stadium looked on the inside and outside. 

    The three clubs who originally wanted to claim the stadium as their new home after the Olympics were over were Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Leyton Orient. 

    Tottenham admitted defeat in the race to earn the rights to the stadium a long time ago, but Leyton Orient have not given up hope, despite the stadium being awarded to West Ham. 

    Just as recently as a month ago, Leyton Orient were still fighting the decision to award the Hammers the stadium beginning with the start of the 2016 season. 

    While it is certain that Leyton Orient will fight the decision once more, the home of the 2012 Summer Olympics will be the home of West Ham United sooner than we know it. 

Summer vs. Winter

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    It seems like every day now we see a new story involving the status of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

    Depending on who you ask, the biggest sporting spectacular in the world should either be held during its traditional summer period or in the winter of 2022 to prevent any medical risks. 

    Right now, the popular opinion is to shift the European schedule around to accommodate a winter World Cup, but there are some obvious doubts that can take place. 

    One thing is for sure is that we have not heard the last in this ongoing debate of when the oil-rich nation should host the 2022 World Cup, or if they should even host the tournament at all. 

Newcastle Hiearchy vs. Sanity

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    If you ever want a lesson in how not to run a football club, watch the way Newcaslte United handle their business. 

    The hierarchy on Tyneside lacks a large amount of common sense and usually never acts in the interest of their own supporters. 

    It all starts at the top with owner Mike Ashley, with one of many delusional actions being the changing of the name of the storied St. James' Park to Sports Direct Arena after the name of his company.  

    That stunt lasted for just a year as tradition overruled lunacy and sponsorship in Newcastle for once. 

    However, the incompetence in management did not end there as Ashley brought in former manager Joe Kinnear to become the club's technical director this summer. 

    With a club that needed plenty of help after their struggles during the 2012-13 season, Kinnear made just one move to improve his club. 

    Because of the current managerial attitudes in place on Tyneside, it would be no surprise if the Magpies paid for their front office buffoonery with relegation back to the Championship this season. 

    Even if the second relegation in six years occurs, expect the same type of idiocy to march around the board room on Tyneside. 

Jose Mourinho vs. Andre Villas-Boas

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    Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas used to be the best of friends when Mourinho was climbing the ladder of managerial success in the late 2000s with Chelsea and Inter Milan. 

    However, their bond of friendship was broken back in 2009 when AVB decided to go off to pursue his own path to managerial success instead of staying on as a scout on Mourinho's staff. 

    Both managers have achieved plenty in their times in charge of many European powerhouses, and in the process, their love for each other has clearly dwindled.

    Before the clash between Mourinho's Chelsea and Villas-Boas' Tottenham in late September, the two managers of Portuguese descent made their feud with each other quite public. 

    AVB claimed that the duo were "not friends" while Mourinho said that his former protege was "acting like a kid."

    Regardless of which club you support, you have to agree that this managerial spat is a bit childish on both ends. 

Ryan Shawcross vs. Aaron Ramsey

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    Currently, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is one of the best players in the world based on form. 

    Three years ago, Ramsey's career was almost cut short by Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, who on February 27, 2010 went in for a tackle that left the Gunners midfielder with a broken tibia and fibula.

    Luckily for Ramsey and the fans of the North London club, he was able to fully recover from his horrific injuries. 

    To begin the season, Ramsey has scored eight goals in all competitions for Arsene Wenger's club, and if he continues his play at such a high form, he will surely be in the Player of the Year discussions. 

    As for Shawcross, the English defender is still manning the back four for Stoke City, and he has not shaken off the reputation for being a dirty player and probably never will. 

Roman Abramovich vs. Chelsea Managers Past and Present

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    The job of a football manager has never been one with tons of job security, but the life expectancy of a manager at Chelsea is less than the average one of a man in charge anywhere else. 

    Current Chelsea owner and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has made a name for himself when it comes to hiring and firing managers. 

    Since he took over the club in 2003, Abramovich has employed nine different managers including Jose Mourinho (twice), Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto di Matteo and Guus Hiddink. 

    The longest tenure of a manager during the Abramovich era came during the first Mourinho regime, when the Portuguese manager was in charge from June 2004 to September 2007. 

    Of the nine managers that have been in charge at Stamford Bridge during the Russian's tumultuous reign, four of them were sacked while the season was still in progress.

    The other five were let go once the EPL season ended in their respective calendar years. 

Carlos Vela vs. Mexican National Team

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    Carlos Vela is one of the brightest talents in the new generation of Mexican footballing superstars, but we have only been able to see what he can do at the club level because of the disagreements he has had with the Mexican national team. 

    The drama began between the former Arsenal and current Real Sociedad midfielder and the Mexican federation back in 2010 when he was handed a six-month ban for some post-match partying after a match with Colombia.

    Since then, the relationship between the two parties has become one of the non-existent type. 

    In his most recent run-in with the Mexican federation, Vela agreed to play for El Tri once again under the direction of new manager Victor Vucetich. 

    However, that commitment got derailed just last week when Vela declined his call-up to the squad for two crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica.

    While Mexican fans would love to see Vela back in the El Tri kit, it would take nothing short of a miracle at this point for the 24-year-old to represent his country again. 

Gus Johnson vs. Most of America

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    Every single footballing nation on the planet has a signature voice to call massive domestic and international matches. 

    The United States is still in search of finding that voice, and the latest candidate for the job became the most polarizing figure in American soccer over the last 12 months. 

    Once broadcaster FOX won the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, they took a bold step and named Gus Johnson, a spectacular collegiate athletics announcer, as their main play-by-play man. 

    FOX, who owns the American rights to the UEFA Champions League, decided to hand Johnson some major assignments to get his feet wet last season, which was a decision that was criticized by the masses in America. 

    From his mispronunciation of names to his lack of knowledge of the sport, Johnson left American fans pining for the British voices of Martin Tyler and Ian Darke. 

    Luckily for the American viewing public, Johnson has not shown up on a Champions League broadcast yet this season. 

Neymar vs. Gareth Bale

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    Since comparing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has gotten old by now, why not compare their two sidekicks? 

    Neymar and Gareth Bale are currently the nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Spanish Footballing Drama as both players came to Spain during the summer to help support a certain superstar on their respective teams. 

    While this feud has not fired on all cylinders yet due to Bale's recent injury problems, it will surely be ignited when the two players meet in the first El Clasico match of the season on October 27. 

    Both players have massive expectations on their shoulders, and whether they like it or not, they will always be connected to one another just like Ronaldo and Messi have been. 

    Whether this feud fizzles out into nothing or becomes one of the best individual rivalries in world football is still to be seen, but it is definitely worth watching in the future as Ronaldo and Messi begin to age gracefully. 


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