5 Most Intense Rivalries in International Football

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5 Most Intense Rivalries in International Football
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The most famous rivalries in world football are undoubtedly between club teams. Closer distances, more regular clashes and a more direct competition ensure that the likes of Inter and Milan or Boca Juniors and River Plate create fireworks every time they play. 

But certain international fixtures raise an eyebrow every time they are announced. The likes of England and Argentina or Denmark and Sweden can create an atmosphere and tension equal to almost any two sides playing domestically. 

With the World Cup draw imminent, the prospect of rivals being set against each other in Brazil suddenly becomes possible. The following five are examples of some of the bitterest, most historic and keenly fought matches in international football. 

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