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gopherguy13 wrote:

gopheritall wrote:

gopherguy13 wrote:

Laxref wrote:

Okay, Alexi Lalas said this is the greatest rivalry in the world tonight, is this remotely true?

Obviously he’s speaking from an American point of view, pandering to an American audience, so it’s up for debate. I think Argentina and Brazil would probably be number 1 in my book, but USA and Mexico is up there, in my opinion. The games are seemingly always intense.

Really? Surprising that anything related to soccer and the USA would near, “the greatest.” I will watch the World Cup and have tried to follow outside of that and just lose interest. I don’t discount anyone’s passion but just assumed that there were more countries where it was the #1 sport.

Of course, if I lived in Mexico and the %#@$ing USA beat us I would lose my mind. Go USA!

See, the thing about it is that the big European nations don’t seem to play a lot. Most of the time, all the big ones like Italy, Germany, France, England, Spain, etc. are all in their own groups for World Cup Qualifying or Euro Qualifying. They all beat up on the minnows of UEFA, and then win their groups to get to the World Cup/Euro.

I mean, there are some big rivalries in Europe, but they just don’t play as often as USA and Mexico do. We always play Mexico in WC Qualifying.

For example, Italy and France is regarded as a pretty big European rivalry, and they’ve only played 38 times in their history. Compared to the 66 times that USA and Mexico have played.

Yeah – when nearly half of the World Cup slots go to European teams this happens. That said they also do play each other a lot in the Euros and they have decades of history beyond of WC qualifiers. Heck….England and Ireland almost can’t play each other anymore for security reasons