List of sports rivalries

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A sports rivalry is intense competition between athletic teams or athletes, affecting participants,[1] management,[2] and supporters[3] all to varying degrees.

The intensity of the rivalry can range anywhere from a light hearted banter to serious violence. A rivalry that gets out of control can lead to fighting, hooliganism, rioting and some instances with career-ending and even fatal consequences. In "The football war", along with other factors, it was suggested to have been the tipping point in leading to military conflicts[4].

Owners have been known to encourage rivalries as they tend to improve game attendance and television ratings for rivalry matches.[5] Clubs can reduce fan aggression surrounding rivalry games by acknowledging rather than downplaying the conflict[6] because the rivalry is an integral part of fan identity.[7]

Games between two rivals that are based in areas of close geographical proximity are often known as a local derby, or simply just a derby (UK: /ˈdɑːrbi/ DAR-bee, US: /ˈdɜːrbi/ DUR-bee); a sporting event between two teams from the same town, city or region. The term is usually connected with association football[8] and the media and supporters will often refer to this fixture as Derby Day[9].

Fans separated at an Old firm derby in Glasgow, Scotland.

The term "derby" possibly originated from The Derby, a horse race in England, founded by the 12th Earl of Derby in 1780. The 19th Earl has since claimed the Derby name was originally only given to one other sporting event: Rugby league fixtures between St Helens at one end of the family's Knowsley estate and Wigan at the other[10].

The other theory as to the name's origin involves Shrovetide football, an early, unofficiated version of both association and rugby football. It was first played in the town of Derby prior to Medieval times. From as early as the 12th century it was known to have been played in Ashbourne. It was a chaotic and exuberant affair that involved the whole town, often resulting in fatalities. The goals were at Nuns Mill in the north and the Gallows Balk in the south of the town, and much of the action took place in the River Derwent or the Markeaton Brook. Nominally the players came from All Saints' and St Peter's parishes, but in practice the game was a free-for-all with as many as 1,000 players. A Frenchman who observed a match in 1829 wrote in horror, 'if Englishmen call this play, it would be impossible to say what they call fighting'. Shrovetide football is still an annual event in the town of Ashbourne[11].

Since at least as early as 1840 'derby' has been used as a noun in English to denote any kind of sporting contest[12]. Other names for derbies include Clásicos in certain parts of the world and crosstown rivalries in the United States.

Rivalries do not always stem from the sharing of an area. Hostilities can occur for different reasons, such as in the case of El Clásico with tensions between fans with a background of historically cultural and political differences. Frequent meetings in important games between teams can also lead to unpleasantries.

Contents

International rivalries[edit]

Association football[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Individual[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline(s) Timespan Article Source
United Kingdom Steve Ovett United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Middle-distance running 1978-1986 [13]
Jamaica Usain Bolt United States Tyson Gay Sprinting 2005-2012 [14]
Jamaica Asafa Powell United States Tyson Gay Sprinting 2006- [15]
Cuba Dayron Robles China Liu Xiang Hurdling 2007–2011 [16]
United States Joan Benoit Norway Grete Waitz Marathon [17]
Jamaica Usain Bolt United States Justin Gatlin Sprinting 2012-2017 [18][19]
Jamaica Usain Bolt Jamaica Yohan Blake Sprinting 2012 [20]
Canada Ben Johnson United States Carl Lewis Sprinting 1984–1988 [21]
Jamaica Veronica Campbell-Brown United States Allyson Felix 200 metres & 400 metres 2004– [22]
Italy Ondina Valla Italy Claudia Testoni Sprinting 1932–1940 Testoni–Valla rivalry [23]
Italy Luigi Facelli United Kingdom David Burghley 1927–1933 [24]
Grenada Kirani James United States LaShawn Merritt 2011- [25]
Kenya Paul Tergat Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie 1995-2000 [26]
United Kingdom Daley Thompson West Germany Jürgen Hingsen [27]
Serbia Ivana Španović Russia Darya Klishina 2007– [28]

Team[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline(s) Timespan Article Source
Finland Finland Sweden Sweden Multi-discipline 1925– Finland-Sweden athletics international
Jamaica Jamaica United States United States Sprinting [29][30][31]
Kenya Kenya Ethiopia Ethiopia Long-distance running 1968– [26][32]

Australian rules football[edit]

Badminton[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Malaysia Lee Chong Wei China Lin Dan 2004– Lee–Lin rivalry

Bandy[edit]

In Swedish bandy, derby games are often played on Saint Stephen's Day.[33]

Baseball[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

Dominican Professional Baseball League[edit]

Japan[edit]

Nippon Professional Baseball[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Mexican Baseball League[edit]

Mexican Pacific League[edit]

United States[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Minor League Baseball[edit]

Venezuela[edit]

Venezuelan Professional Baseball League[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Australia[edit]

Croatia[edit]

France[edit]

Germany[edit]

Greece[edit]

Israel[edit]

Italy[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

North Macedonia[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Poland[edit]

Russia[edit]

Slovenia[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Spain[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States and Canada[edit]

National Basketball Association[edit]

Individuals[edit]
1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Bill Russell Wilt Chamberlain 19591969 [76]
Larry Bird Magic Johnson 19791991 [76]

Turkey[edit]

Bobsleigh[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Switzerland Switzerland East Germany East Germany 1976—1990 [77]
Canada Kaillie Humphries United States Elana Meyers 2013— [78][79]

Bodybuilding[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Arnold Schwarzenegger Sergio Oliva [80]

Boxing[edit]

Individual[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article(s) Source
United States Sugar Ray Robinson United States Jake LaMotta 1942-1951
United States Muhammad Ali United States Joe Frazier 1971–1975 Fight of the Century
Ali-Frazier II
Thrilla in Manila
[81]
United States Sugar Ray Leonard Panama Roberto Duran 1980–1989 The No Mas Fight [82]
Philippines Manny Pacquiao Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez 2004–2012 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez III
Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez IV
Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera Mexico Érik Morales 2000–2004 Barrera vs. Morales trilogy
Érik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera
Érik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera II
Érik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera III

Team[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Mexico Mexico Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 1930s–2010s Puerto Rican-Mexican boxing rivalry

Chess[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Emanuel Lasker Siegbert Tarrasch 1894-1908 World Chess Championship 1908
Jose Raul Capablanca Alexander Alekhine 1927–c.1938 World Chess Championship 1927
Garry Kasparov Deep Blue 1996-1997 Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov
Bobby Fischer Boris Spassky 1972, 1992 World Chess Championship 1972
Fischer–Spassky (1992 match)
Viswanathan Anand Vladimir Kramnik 1989–present List of chess games between Anand and Kramnik
Vladimir Kramnik Garry Kasparov 1993-2004 List of chess games between Kasparov and Kramnik
Garry Kasparov Anatoly Karpov 1984-c.2000 World Chess Championship 1984
World Chess Championship 1985
World Chess Championship 1986
World Chess Championship 1987
World Chess Championship 1990
[83][84]

College sport[edit]

Cricket[edit]

International[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
India Pakistan 1947–present India–Pakistan cricket rivalry [85][86]
Australia England 1877–present The Ashes [87]
Australia New Zealand 1946–present Chappell–Hadlee Trophy [88]

Domestic[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Royal College, Colombo S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia 1879–present Royal–Thomian [89]
Middlesex Surrey London derby [90]
Lancashire Yorkshire War of the Roses [91]
Warwickshire Worcestershire West Midlands derby [92]
Auckland Canterbury 1873–present
New South Wales Queensland 1892–present
New South Wales Victoria
Karnataka Tamil Nadu 1934–present South Indian Derby [93][94]
Karnataka Mumbai 1942–present [95]
Delhi Mumbai 1956–present [96]
Maharashtra Mumbai Maharashtra Derby [97]
Andhra Hyderabad 1954–present [98]
North Zone West Zone [99]
Chennai Super Kings Royal Challengers Bangalore 2008–present Chennai Super Kings–Royal Challengers Bangalore rivalry
Chennai Super Kings Sunrisers Hyderabad 2013–present Chennai Super Kings–Sunrisers Hyderabad rivalry
Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians 2008–present
Karachi Kings Lahore Qalandars 2016–present [100]

Cue sports[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline Timespan Source
United States Willie Mosconi United States Rudolph Wanderone Jr. Pool [101][102][103]
Wales Ray Reardon England John Spencer Snooker 1969–1988 [104]
Wales Ray Reardon Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 1972–1986
Canada Cliff Thorburn 1973–1989
England Steve Davis 1979–1989
England Jimmy White 1981–2007
Scotland Stephen Hendry 1987–2009
Scotland Stephen Hendry England Jimmy White 1986–2010
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 1993–2011
Scotland John Higgins 1995–2012
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 1994–
England Mark Selby 2002–
China Ding Junhui 2005–

Curling[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Glenn Howard Kevin Martin [105]
Jennifer Jones Kelly Scott [106]

Cycling[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline Timespan Source
Italy Gino Bartali Italy Fausto Coppi road racing 1940–1956 [107]
France Jacques Anquetil France Raymond Poulidor [108]
Belgium Rik Van Looy Belgium Benoni Beheyt 1963—1966
Belgium Eddy Merckx Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck 1969—1978 [109][110]
Italy Francesco Moser Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck 1974—1984
Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly Belgium Eric Vanderaerden
United States Greg LeMond France Bernard Hinault 1984–1986 [111]
France Laurent Fignon [112]
Scotland Graeme Obree England Chris Boardman track cycling [113]
Italy Francesco Moser Italy Beppe Saronni road racing 1978–1986 [114][115]
United States Lance Armstrong Italy Marco Pantani 2000 [116][117]
Belgium Frank Vandenbroucke Italy Michele Bartoli 1999
Belgium Lotto–Soudal Belgium Deceuninck–Quick-Step [118]
Australia Anna Meares United Kingdom Victoria Pendleton track cycling –2012 [119][120][121]
Spain Alberto Contador Luxembourg Andy Schleck road racing [122][123][124]
Switzerland Fabian Cancellara Belgium Tom Boonen road racing 2006—2016 [125][126]
United Kingdom Chris Hoy France Grégory Baugé track cycling 2009–2012 [127]
United Kingdom Laura Trott United States Sarah Hammer track cycling 2012— [128]
United Kingdom Mark Cavendish Germany Marcel Kittel road racing [129]
United Kingdom Chris Froome Spain Alberto Contador road racing 2013—2017 [130][131]
France Julien Absalon Switzerland Nino Schurter cross-country [132]
Spain Alejandro Valverde Spain Joaquim Rodriguez road racing 2012—2016
Germany Tony Martin Switzerland Fabian Cancellara road racing
Australia Australia United Kingdom Great Britain track cycling [133]
Belgium Wout Van Aert Netherlands Mathieu van der Poel cyclo-cross 2014— [134]
Slovakia Peter Sagan Belgium Greg Van Avermaet road racing 2015— [135]
France Nacer Bouhanni France Arnaud Démare road racing [136]
Slovakia Peter Sagan Poland Michał Kwiatkowski road racing [137]

Darts[edit]

1st party
(Years active)
2nd party
(Years active)
Timespan Source
Scotland Jocky Wilson (1978–1996) England Eric Bristow (1976–2007) 1980–1989 [76]
England John Lowe (1976–2007) England Eric Bristow (1976–2007) 1978–1993
England Phil Taylor (1986-2018) Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (since 1987) 2006– [27][138][139][140]

Diving[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Qiu Bo Tom Daley [141]

Esports[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline Timespan Article Source
Alliance Natus Vincere Dota 2 2013–2016 [142][143]
FaZe Clan OpTic Gaming Call of Duty, Counter-Strike 2013–present [144][145]
Samsung Galaxy SK Telecom T1 League of Legends 2014–2018 [146][147]
SK Gaming Virtus.pro Counter-Strike 2015–2018 [148][149]

Field hockey[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
IndiaIndia Pakistan Pakistan 1947–present India–Pakistan field hockey rivalry [150]

Figure skating[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Source
Russia Maya Usova
Russia Alexander Zhulin
Russia Oksana Grishuk
Russia Evgeny Platov
1992–1994 [151]
United States Nancy Kerrigan United States Tonya Harding ?–1994 [76]
South Korea Yuna Kim Japan Mao Asada 2004–2014 [152]

Golf[edit]

1st party 2nd party 3rd party Timespan Article Source
 United States  Europe Ryder Cup [153]
United States Arnold Palmer United States Jack Nicklaus 1958–1980 [153]
United States Ben Hogan United States Sam Snead 1938– [153]
United States Tiger Woods United States Phil Mickelson [153][154][155]
United States Walter Hagen United States Bobby Jones 1914–1930 [153]
United States Jack Nicklaus United States Tom Watson 1977–1982 [153]
United States Mickey Wright United States Kathy Whitworth 1958–1973 [153]
United States Ben Hogan United States Byron Nelson [156]
Australia Greg Norman United States Tim Finchem [156]
Oklahoma State Cowboys Houston Cougars [156]
England J.H. Taylor Jersey Harry Vardon Scotland James Braid Great Triumvirate [156]
United States Glenna Collett Vare England Joyce Wethered [157]
United States Walter Hagen United States Gene Sarazen [157]
Australia Greg Norman England Nick Faldo [157]
United States Lee Trevino United States Jack Nicklaus [157]
Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Spain Sergio García [158]
Sweden Annika Sörenstam Australia Karrie Webb [158]
United States Paul Runyan United States Sam Snead [158]
Spain Seve Ballesteros United States Paul Azinger [158]
Scotland Willie Park Sr. Scotland Tom Morris [159]
United States Ben Hogan
United States Byron Nelson
United States Harvie Ward
United States Ken Venturi
[159]
United States Tom Watson United States Gary McCord [160]
United States Tom Kite United States Ben Crenshaw [160]
Spain Seve Ballesteros United States Deane Beman [160]
United States Louise Suggs United States Babe Zaharias 1948–1954 [160]
United States Jack Nicklaus United States Tom Weiskopf [161]
United States Johnny Miller England Nick Faldo [161]
South Africa Rory Sabbatini United States Ben Crane [161]
Scotland Colin Montgomerie Scotland Sandy Lyle [161]

Gridiron football[edit]

American football[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Individual[edit]
1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Jerry Rice Deion Sanders 1989–1996 [162]
Tom Brady Peyton Manning 2000–2016 Brady–Manning rivalry
Lafayette won the 142nd edition of "The Rivalry" against Lehigh

College football[edit]

Mexico[edit]

ONEFA/CONADEIP (National College Association of American Football/National College Sports Commission of Private Institutions)[163]

United States[edit]

Canadian football[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Toronto Argonauts 1873–present Harold Ballard Trophy [166][167]
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saskatchewan Roughriders 1936–present Banjo Bowl [168]
Edmonton Eskimos Calgary Stampeders 1949–present Battle of Alberta [169]

Gymnastics[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Source
United States United States China People's Republic of China [170]
Japan Japan China People's Republic of China —present [171]
Russia Russia Romania Romania —present

Handball[edit]

Austria Austria[edit]

Belarus Belarus[edit]

Belgium Belgium[edit]

Croatia Croatia[edit]

Denmark Denmark[edit]

France France[edit]

Germany Germany[edit]

Israel Israel[edit]

Hungary Hungary[edit]

North Macedonia North Macedonia[edit]

Poland Poland[edit]

Portugal Portugal[edit]

Romania Romania[edit]

Russia Russia[edit]

Serbia Serbia[edit]

Slovenia Slovenia[edit]

Spain Spain[edit]

Ukraine Ukraine[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Source
Seabiscuit War Admiral 1938 [188]
Affirmed Alydar 1978–1979 [189]
Sunday Silence Easy Goer 1989 [190]
Hurricane Fly Jezki 2014 [191]

Ice hockey[edit]

Multinational[edit]

Belarus Finland Kazakhstan Latvia Russia Slovakia Kontinental Hockey League[edit]

North America[edit]

United States Canada National Hockey League[edit]

United States Canada ECHL[edit]

Junior[edit]

Canada United States Canadian Hockey League[edit]

College[edit]

Europe[edit]

Czech Republic Czech Republic[edit]

Finland Finland[edit]

France France[edit]

Germany Germany[edit]

Norway Norway[edit]

Poland Poland[edit]

Romania Romania[edit]

Slovakia Slovakia[edit]

Sweden Sweden[edit]

Switzerland Switzerland[edit]

United Kingdom United Kingdom[edit]

International[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article(s) Source
 Canada  Russia
 Soviet Union
1954, but especially after 1972, to present Summit Series
2008 IIHF World Championship Final
[246]
 Canada men  USA men 1920–present Canada–United States rivalry [247]
 Canada women  USA women 1990–present Canada–United States women's rivalry [248]
 Canada U20  USA U20 1973–present Canada–United States junior rivalry [249]
 Czech Republic
 Czechoslovakia
 Russia
 Soviet Union
1954, but especially after 1968, to present 1998 Winter Olympics gold medal game
2010 IIHF World Championship Final
[250]
 Czech Republic  Slovakia 1994–present Czech Republic–Slovakia rivalry
 Finland  Sweden 1932–present [251][252]

Individual[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article(s) Source
Canada Sidney Crosby Russia Alexander Ovechkin 2005–present Capitals–Penguins rivalry [253][254]

Lacrosse[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Cornell Princeton 1922–present Cornell–Princeton lacrosse rivalry [255]
Johns Hopkins Loyola (MD) 1939–present Johns Hopkins–Loyola lacrosse rivalry [256][257][258]
Johns Hopkins Maryland 1895–present Johns Hopkins–Maryland lacrosse rivalry [259]

Luge[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Austria Markus Prock Germany Georg Hackl [260]
Germany Tatjana Hüfner Germany Natalie Geisenberger [261]

Martial arts[edit]

Judo[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
South Korea Kim Jae-Bum Germany Ole Bischof 2008– [17]
Netherlands Anton Geesink Japan Akio Kaminaga 1964 [17]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Russia Fedor Emelianenko Brazil Rodrigo Minotauro [262]
United States Matt Hughes United States B.J. Penn [262]
United States Chuck Liddell United States Tito Ortiz Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz [262]
United States Chuck Liddell United States Randy Couture Randy Couture vs. Chuck Liddell [262]
United States Tito Ortiz United States Ken Shamrock [262]
Cuba Jose Landi
Brazil Wanderlei Silva
Brazil Maurício Shogun
Brazil Anderson Silva
(Chute Boxe)
Brazil Rodrigo Minotauro
Brazil Murilo Bustamante
Brazil Vitor Belfort
Brazil Rogério Minotouro
(Top Team)
[262]
United States Quinton Jackson Brazil Wanderlei Silva Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson [262]
United States Brock Lesnar United States Frank Mir [263]
United States Dominick Cruz United States Urijah Faber [263]
United States Ronda Rousey United States Miesha Tate [263]
United States Chael Sonnen Brazil Anderson Silva [263]
United States Michael Chandler United States Eddie Alvarez [263]
United States Frankie Edgar United States Gray Maynard [263]
United States Gilbert Melendez United States Josh Thomson [263]
United States Tim Sylvia Belarus Andrei Arlovski [263]
United States Cain Velasquez Brazil Junior dos Santos [263]
United States Matt Serra Canada Georges St-Pierre [263]
Republic of Ireland Conor McGregor United States Nate Diaz [264]

Sumo[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Japan Takanohana Kōji United StatesJapan Akebono Tarō [265]

Motorsport[edit]

Manufacturers, cars, teams[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline Timespan Article Source
Bugatti Bentley Sports car racing [266]
Mercedes-Benz Auto Union Grand Prix 1934–1939 Silver Arrows [267]
Ferrari Alfa Romeo Formula One [268]
Jaguar Cars Mercedes-Benz Sports car racing 1955, 19881991 See also: 1955 Le Mans disaster [269][270][271]
Ford Ferrari Sports car racing 1962–1967 [272]
Shelby Cobra Ferrari 250 GTO Sports car racing 1963–1965 [266]
Ford Mustang Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Series [273]
Petty Enterprises Wood Brothers Racing NASCAR Cup Series [274]
Nissan Skyline GT-R Mazda R100 and RX-3 Touring car racing 1969–1973 [275]
Bob Sharp Racing Brock Racing Enterprise SCCA National Championship Runoffs –1971 [276]
McLaren Ferrari Formula One 1966 – present [266][277][278]
Bigfoot Grave Digger monster truck [279]
Chip Ganassi Racing Penske Racing CART
IndyCar Series
NASCAR Cup Series
[280]
Ford Galaxie and Ford Falcon Mini British Touring Car Championship 1960s [281]
Team Losi Team Associated Radio controlled car racing 1988— [282]
Hendrick Motorsports Penske Racing NASCAR Cup Series 1989— [283]
Holden Ford Australia Australian Touring Car Championship
Supercars Championship
[284]
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth BMW M3 Touring car racing 1987–1992 [266]
Spirit of America Formula Shell LSRV ThrustSSC Land speed record 1996−1997 [285]
Audi Peugeot Sports car racing 2007–2011 [286]

Drivers and riders[edit]

1st party 2nd party Discipline Timespan Article Source
United Kingdom Malcolm Campbell United Kingdom Henry Segrave Land speed record 1926–1930 [287][288]
United Kingdom John Cobb United Kingdom George Eyston Land speed record 1937–1939 [289][290]
Italy Tazio Nuvolari Italy Achille Varzi Grand Prix [291]
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio United Kingdom Stirling Moss Formula One 1954–1957 [292]
Italy Piero Taruffi Italy Felice Bonetto Formula One
Grand Prix
Sports car racing
–1953 [293]
United Kingdom Tommy Sopwith United Kingdom Jack Sears British Saloon Car Championship 1958 [281]
United States Art Arfons United States Craig Breedlove Land speed record 1964–1966 [294][295][296]
United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Bill Ivy Grand Prix motorcycling 1968 [297]
Italy Giacomo Agostini United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Grand Prix motorcycling 1965–1967 [298]
Switzerland Jo Siffert Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Formula One
Sports car racing
1970–1971 [299]
Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom James Hunt Formula One 1976–1977 Hunt–Lauda rivalry [300]
Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Terry Fullerton Karting World Championship 1978–1980 [301][302][303]
United Kingdom Barry Sheene United States Kenny Roberts Grand Prix motorcycling 1978–1982 [304]
Australia Alan Jones Argentina Carlos Reutemann Formula One 1981 [305]
France Didier Pironi Canada Gilles Villeneuve Formula One 1982 [306]
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Brazil Nelson Piquet Formula One 1986–1987 [76]
United States Wayne Rainey United States Kevin Schwantz Grand Prix motorcycling 1986–1993 [307]
France Alain Prost Brazil Ayrton Senna Formula One 1988–1991, 1993 Prost–Senna rivalry [308][309]
New Zealand Rod Millen Japan Nobuhiro Tajima Hillclimbing 1990s–2000 [310][311]
United Kingdom Carl Fogarty United States Scott Russell Superbike World Championship 1992–1994 [312]
United Kingdom Damon Hill Germany Michael Schumacher Formula One 1994–1996 [266]
Italy Loris Capirossi Japan Tetsuya Harada Grand Prix motorcycling 1998 [297]
United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie United Kingdom Steve Hislop British Superbike Championship 1998 [297]
United Kingdom Neil Hodgson New Zealand Aaron Slight Superbike World Championship 1998 [297]
Finland Mika Häkkinen Germany Michael Schumacher Formula One 1998–2001 [313]
United Kingdom Matt Neal United Kingdom Jason Plato British Touring Car Championship [314]
France Sébastien Loeb Finland Marcus Grönholm World Rally Championship 1999—2007 [315]
United Kingdom Chris Walker United Kingdom Neil Hodgson British Superbike Championship 2000 [297]
Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Max Biaggi Grand Prix motorcycling 2000–2006 [316]
United States Ben Spies Australia Mat Mladin AMA Superbike Championship 2000–2008 [297]
United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon IndyCar 2007, 2009–2013 [317]
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Spain Fernando Alonso Formula One 2007 [318]
Germany Sebastian Vettel Spain Fernando Alonso Formula One 2010–2013 [319]
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Nico Rosberg Formula One 2013—2016 Hamilton–Rosberg rivalry [320]
Italy Valentino Rossi Spain Sete Gibernau Grand Prix motorcycling [321]
Spain Marc Márquez Italy Valentino Rossi Grand Prix motorcycling 2014—
United States Richard Petty United States David Pearson Winston Cup 1960—1980 [322][323]
United States Richard Petty United States Bobby Allison Winston Cup 1970's [324]
United States Richard Petty United States Cale Yarborough Winston Cup Late 1970s 1979 Daytona 500 [162]
United States Cale Yarborough United States Bobby Allison
United States Donnie Allison
Winston Cup 1979 Daytona 500 [325]
United States Darrell Waltrip United States Cale Yarborough
United States Bobby Allison
Winston Cup Early 1980s [326]
United States Jeff Gordon United States Dale Earnhardt Winston Cup 1994—2001 [327]
United States Dale Earnhardt United States Geoff Bodine Winston Cup 1980's [328]
United States Bobby Allison United States Junior Johnson Winston Cup Late 1960s [329]
United States Jimmy Spencer United States Kurt Busch Winston Cup 2002—2003 [329]
United States Jeff Gordon United States Jimmie Johnson Sprint Cup Series 2002—2015 [330]
United States Carl Edwards United States Brad Keselowski Sprint Cup Series 2009—2010 [331]
United States Kurt Busch United States Jimmie Johnson Sprint Cup Series 2004 [332]
United States A. J. Foyt United States Mario Andretti American Championship Car Racing [333]
United States Don Prudhomme United States Tom McEwen NHRA funny car drag racing [334]
United States Gary Bettenhausen United States Larry Dickson USAC Sprint Car Series
USAC Championship Car Series
[335]

Mountaineering and rock climbing[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Catherine Destivelle Lynn Hill 1985—1990 [336]

Netball[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Australian Netball Diamonds New Zealand Silver Ferns 1963–, especially 1996–present [337]

Rugby league[edit]

Australia[edit]

National Rugby League[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Brisbane Broncos North Queensland Cowboys 1995 to present Queensland derby [338]
Brisbane Broncos Gold Coast Titans 2007 to present South East Queensland derby [339]
Canberra Raiders Wests Tigers 1989 to present [340]
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Parramatta Eels 1970s to present [341]
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Wests Tigers 1970s to present [342]
Melbourne Storm St George Illawarra Dragons 1999 to present [343]
Melbourne Storm Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 2007 to present Manly–Melbourne NRL rivalry [344]
Melbourne Storm Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 2016 to present [345]
Melbourne Storm Brisbane Broncos 2003 to present [346]
Newcastle Knights Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 1988 to present [347]
South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney Roosters 1908 to present Ron Coote Cup [348]

State of Origin[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Queensland Maroons New South Wales Blues First Rivalry Era 1908 to 1979, Modern Rivalry Era 1980 to present [349]

United Kingdom[edit]

International Rugby League[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Australian Kangaroos New Zealand national rugby league team 1908 to present Australia vs New Zealand in rugby league [350]
Australian Kangaroos Great Britain Lions 1908 to present [351]
New Zealand national rugby league team Great Britain Lions 1895 to present [352]

Individual[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Paul Gallen Nate Myles [353]
Tohu Harris Sonny Bill Williams [353]
Sam Burgess James Graham [353]

Rugby union[edit]

Club Rugby Union[edit]

Argentina[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Derby name Source
CASI SIC 1935–present El clasico de San Isidro

Costa Rica[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Derby name Source
Stag San José Universitarios Rugby Club 1980s–present Superclasico
Universitarios Rugby Club Liceo CR Waikalas 2000s–present Student Derby

France[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Derby name Source
Racing 92 Stade Français 1892–present Paris derby [354]
Stade Français Stade Toulousain 1903–present French Derby or Le derby des Stades [355]
Bayonne Biarritz Basque derby [356]
Brive Clermont Massif Central derby [357]
Perpignan Béziers Derby du Languedoc-Roussillon [358]

Ireland[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Leinster Munster 1875–present History of rugby union matches between Leinster and Munster [359]
University College Dublin Dublin University 1919–present The Colours Match [360]

Italy[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Derby name Source
Benetton Zebre 2012–present Italian derby [361]

Spain[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Derby name Source
VRAC Rugby El Salvador 1988–present Derbi vallisoletano

New Zealand[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Derby name Source
Blues Crusaders 1996–present
Blues Chiefs 1996–present Battle of the Bombays
Blues Hurricanes 1996–present
Crusaders Highlanders 1996–present Southern Derby
Auckland Canterbury
Auckland North Harbour Battle of the Bridge
Auckland Counties Manukau Battle of the Bombays Part two
Auckland Waikato Battle of the Bombays
Canterbury Tasman Crusaders Derby
Canterbury Otago
Otago Southland Southern Derby

Poland[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

International Rugby Union[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
 New Zealand All Blacks  South Africa Springboks 1921 to present History of rugby union matches between New Zealand and South Africa [362]
 New Zealand All Blacks  Australia Wallabies 1903 to present History of rugby union matches between Australia and New Zealand
Bledisloe Cup
[362]
 New Zealand All Blacks  Wales 1905 to present History of rugby union matches between New Zealand and Wales [363]
 England  Wales 1881 to present History of rugby union matches between England and Wales [362]

Sailing[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Alinghi BMW Oracle Racing −2010 2010 America's Cup [364]
Ben Ainslie Jonas Høgh-Christensen −2012 [365][366]

Short track speed skating[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
South Korea South Korea China China [367]

Skiing[edit]

Alpine skiing[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Austria Austria Switzerland Switzerland [368]
United States Lindsey Vonn Germany Maria Höfl-Riesch –2014 [369][370]
Switzerland Maria Walliser Switzerland Michaela Figini [371]
Luxembourg Marc Girardelli Switzerland Pirmin Zurbriggen [372]
Croatia Janica Kostelić Sweden Anja Pärson 2001–2006 [373][374]
United States Ted Ligety Austria Marcel Hirscher [375]
Germany Katja Seizinger United States Picabo Street 1992–1998 [376]
Austria Renate Götschl Austria Michaela Dorfmeister [377]
Austria Marcel Hirscher Norway Henrik Kristoffersen [378]
Norway Aksel Lund Svindal Norway Kjetil Jansrud 2015–2019 [379][380]
United States Mikaela Shiffrin Slovakia Petra Vlhová 2017– [381][382]

Biathlon[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Norway Emil Hegle Svendsen France Martin Fourcade [383]
Norway Ole Einar Bjørndalen France Raphaël Poirée [383]
France Martin Fourcade Norway Johannes Thingnes Bø 2017—present [384]

Cross-country skiing[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Norway Norway Sweden Sweden [385]
Norway Marit Bjørgen Poland Justyna Kowalczyk [386]

Ski jumping[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
Poland Adam Małysz Finland Janne Ahonen 2002-2008 [387]
Poland Adam Małysz Germany Martin Schmitt 2001-2011 [387]

Speedway[edit]

Poland[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Surfing[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
United States Kelly Slater United States Andy Irons 2002–2010 [393]
United States Tom Curren Australia Mark Occhilupo [393]

Swimming[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source
United Kingdom Eleanor Simmonds United States Victoria Arlen 2012–present [394][395]
United States Michael Phelps United States Ryan Lochte 2004–2016 [396]
Russia Alexander Popov United States Gary Hall Jr. 1996 [17]
Japan Kosuke Kitajima United States Brendan Hansen 2001– [397]
Australia Leisel Jones United States Rebecca Soni 2008 [17]
United States Shirley Babashoff East Germany East German swimming team 1976 [17]
United States Michael Phelps
United States Ryan Lochte
United States Tyler Clary 2008–present [398]
United States Michael Phelps Serbia Milorad Čavić 2008–2012 [399][400][401]
South Africa Cameron van der Burgh United Kingdom Adam Peaty 2014– [402]
United States Michael Phelps South Africa Chad le Clos 2012, 2014– [403]

Tennis[edit]

1st party 2nd party Timespan Article Source