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The greatest international football rivalry in the world, Brazil vs Argentina is a battle between two of the strongest countries in international football.
Ever since these two countries first met in 1914, Brazil lead Argentina in the competition 37-34, and the two countries have also had 23 draws between each other.
These two countries quarrel over who was the best footballer of all time (Pele or Maradona), and each match between these two titans has humongous implications on the line.
These countries also met in several World Cups in 1978, 1982 and 1990. In 1978, "The Battle Of Rosario," Brazil and Argentina had a scoreless draw but in the final match of the second group stage, in which Brazil beat Poland 3-1, forcing Argentina to beat Peru by at least four goals to advance onto the final.
Argentina subsequently beat Peru 6-0, and advanced to the final, where they defeated the Netherlands, and won their first World Cup. There are claims that Peru allowed Argentina to beat them the way they did, but no proof of this claim has been proven.
In 1982, Argentina and Brazil again met in the 1982 World Cup, where Brazil dominated Argentina 3-1, and were able to advance out of the Group of Death into the next round.
And in 1990, Claudio Caniggia scored the match's only goal off a pass by Maradona, which gave Argentina a 1-0 victory over their arch rival.
After the match, Brazilian player Branco accusing the Argentina training staff of giving him a bottle of water laced with tranquillizers while they were tending to an injured player, which the Argentine Football Federation claims never happened.
These clubs have also met in the Copa América several times, with Argentina leading the all time series in that tournament 3-2. With its great history of international football and the long existing rivalry between each other, this is the best international football rivalry in the world.