Three Of The Most Engaging Rivalries In Sport

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Sport is often considered as one of the most entertaining things in life, and much of that is down to the theatre that takes place in front of your eyes. Rivalries have ensured that engagement remains high throughout, but some rivalries are more intense than others. These rivalries see teams increase the intensity for fixtures, and can often be ill-tempered. But, which fixtures are the most engaging in the world of sport?

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

There aren’t many bigger games in England than the North London derby. The fixture is one that fans of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal always look forward to when the fixtures are released at the beginning of the season. The first meeting between the sides came back in 1887, but it didn’t become a major rivalry until 1913 when Arsenal made their new home in North London. The Gunners have enjoyed the lion share of success, as they have won on 77 occasions compared to the 59 wins recorded by Spurs. You can learn more about the intense North London derby at

India vs Pakistan

When it comes to cricketing rivalries, there are none bigger than the one between India and Pakistan. Tensions between the two countries have always been high, which means that there is huge pressure on the players from both teams when they meet. Political differences often take over the build-up for the game, which often means that there is more attention, but when India and Pakistan meet, there is always a global audience.

Tensions were high during a 1999 match between the two as 65,000 stormed the pitch as India were on the brink of defeat in Calcutta. The game was eventually finished in an empty stadium, as Pakistan claimed success. Pakistan enjoys better records in Test and ODI formats, while India have won five more T20 meetings.

Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer

There is an embarrassment of talent in the world of tennis during this modern era, but there is not another rivalry that is as tense as Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer. The two stars will go down as two of the best players to ever play the sport, and when they meet, there is always huge interest. The stars have dominated Grand Slam events, as they have won a combined 39 titles. They have met in a record nine Grand Slam finals throughout their career, as well as ten semi-finals. The most memorable of their meetings came in 2008 as they bet in the Wimbledon final.

The match is still regarded as one of the finest tennis matches ever. Nadal took a 2-0 lead in that final before Federer came storming back to set up a fifth set. There was high drama in the final set, as Nadal finally managed to win his first Wimbledon title. The two met again in another classic at Wimbledon last year, as Federer gained a layer of revenge by beating Nadal 7-6 1-6 6-3 6-4 to reach the final.

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