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Everybody’s Talking About//Sports Rivalries

Horserace

Twice a year in Siena, Italy, neighbors go horse-to-horse in a bareback riding competition called Palio di Siena.

Soccer // Manchester United v. Liverpool

The rivalry between the two soccer clubs, both from England, is one of the fiercest in the sport. Both claim to be the best, but if wins against each other count, Liverpool has it.

College Football// Minnesota v. Wisconsin
The annual game pitting the neighboring states against each other holds the record for the oldest rivalry in college football, dating back to 1890. At stake: Paul Bunyan’s Axe.

Cricket // India v. Pakistan
The mother of all cricket rivalries isn’t England versus Australia—it’s India versus Pakistan. Play was even halted for nearly 18 years due to intense political strife between the countries.

Baseball // Japan v. South Korea
A tense history coupled with the top teams in baseball is a breeding ground for great competition and play. Case in point: Japan’s win this year over Korea in the World Baseball Classic.

Horse Racing // Palio di Siena, Italy
Talk about hometown pride—at the neighborhood level. Twice a year in Siena, Italy, neighbors go horse-to-horse in a bareback riding competition called Palio di Siena. At stake: The Palio, a painted banner—and pride.

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