What’s the greatest sporting rivalry of all time?

After the sensational Federer-Nadal showdown last weekend we’ve spent all week in the Today chewing over what have been the greatest sporting rivalries in history. Coe-Ovett, Borg-McEnroe, Ali-Frazier, Larry Bird-Magic Johnson, Senna-Prost? What do you reckon?

16 Responses to “What’s the greatest sporting rivalry of all time?”

  1. 1 Brett
    July 11, 2008 at 13:57

    Yankees – Red Sox?

    Oh, between players. No clue there lol.

  2. 2 steve
    July 11, 2008 at 14:04

    Michigan vs. Ohio State

  3. 3 steve b - uk
    July 11, 2008 at 14:24


  4. 4 Abhinav
    July 11, 2008 at 14:30

    Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

  5. 5 Angela in Washington D.C.
    July 11, 2008 at 14:35

    Definitely, Michigan vs. Ohio but also Georgia vs. Florida

  6. July 11, 2008 at 16:41

    Cameroon Vs Nigeria’s rivalry at the African Nations Cup always comes as a classic.

  7. 7 Asad Babyl
    July 11, 2008 at 16:55

    US vs. USSR in hockey during the Cold War

  8. 8 imran ahmed
    July 11, 2008 at 17:20

    nothing can beat Pakistan India rivalry. It has existed eversince the partition in 1947.

  9. 9 Susan USA
    July 11, 2008 at 18:54

    Michigan vs Ohio State

  10. 10 Tom
    July 12, 2008 at 01:55

    Table tennis smash out between my brother and I, of course.

  11. 11 Mark
    July 12, 2008 at 09:23

    I was tempted to say the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers (every bit as intesnse as the Yankees and Red Sox) but I must concede that it was El Salvador and Costa Rica I think in 1969 over a soccer match which resulted in an actual war. How can anyone top that, an actual war fought over a soccer match?

  12. 12 Emile Barre
    July 12, 2008 at 12:13

    Mankind’s game with itself? Federer v Nadal for the next 10 years? The list could be endless and ultimately pointless.

  13. 13 bjay
    July 13, 2008 at 21:14

    What’s the greatest sporting rivalry of all time?

    US vs. USSR in CHESS GAMES !

    bjay connotation with accent.

  14. 14 Max
    October 20, 2008 at 09:11

    Roger Federer v Nadal (Tennis)

  15. 15 Hds
    June 8, 2009 at 08:44

    hheeheheh the greatest is The India Pakistan Criket Rivalry…
    called as The Battle on the Pitch

  16. 16 nathan
    July 10, 2009 at 16:32

    Celtic vs Rangers. Football(soccer) is the greatest and most popular sport in the world, and this is the greatest rivarly in football. logic.

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