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The Greatest Grudge Match: Manchester United Vs. Liverpool

Do you know any great rivalries as big as the one between Liverpool and Manchester United? This feud is more than just a soccer match, it’s more than just a sport, it’s WAR! The players and fans take each game very personal and it’s probably the closest event to a real war in the world of sports. Last Sunday, Manchester United defeated Liverpool 2-1 and the game was nothing short of the anticipated grudge match. This may leave you asking the question… why do they hate each other so much?

A Hundred Hostilities

Liverpool and Manchester are both situated in the North West of England and the bitterness between the two cities originated more than a hundred years ago when the cities were competing for jobs, money and growth. The two cities used to work harmoniously together as goods were shipped into the Liverpool’s port and sent to Manchester for industry production. However, in 1887, Manchester built their own canal to the sea and this sank Liverpool’s economy. Thus began the bitter relationship between Liverpool and Manchester and continues strongly today in their soccer matches.

War to the Wire

These two great soccer teams from England meet twice every year in the Premier League, the most popular soccer league in the world. They are both considered to be two of the most powerful teams in England with similar results and success.

Ever since 1885, the teams have played head-to-head 179 times with Manchester United slightly out-winning Liverpool by only 9 matches. Competing for all the different types of championships in Europe, such as the FA Cup and the Champions League Cup, Liverpool has just one more title than Manchester, 58-57 cups.

Controlling the Chaos

The rivalry is as strong as ever, but the good news it that it is under control. Even though there is a lot of hate between the players and the fans, the violence and problems are decreasing due to the participation of police and media to control the two sides from getting too close two each other. As the fans fight less and less in the streets, maybe one day they’ll be able to enjoy the game and laugh about their silly grudges.

Do you know any two teams that have a big rivalry? Make sure to tell us all about it in the comments!

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    Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
    of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
    reply 2 days
    How the game works: you roast the favorite american football player of the person above you  EXAMPLE: Mathew Stafford LIONS QB USER BELOW: hes the worst qb in nfl did you know that? Ok first person to reply roasts my player:  Favorite NFL Player: Antonio Brown #84 Pittsburgh Steelers
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    Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
    as long as they r happy i think it is fine :)
    reply 6 days
    A recent comment on a video gave me this idea , of writing about this whole scenario  the comment was something like this Messi + Ronaldo = Zlatan It was something that made me happy , cuz i'm a Zlatan fan myself , but keeping that aside I'll be honest in stating the reasons due to which Zlatan is considered better among fans  1st - Tired of Messi vs Ronaldo ; For those of you tired of the endless Messi vs Ronaldo debate Zlatan is the middle way , when Zlatan was asked for a word to describe Messi and Ronaldo  he said for Messi - Fantastic , for Ronaldo - Good ( he'd definitely prefer messi since he was in barca , so definitely against Real Madrid , but i'll skip that ) , but when asked about one word for Zlatan - "WOW!" that was his answer 2nd - If you believe in extraordinary and Jaw-dropping stuff; If we talk about Messi and Ronaldo we'll think constant goal scorers and team players and who deliver something great evry time the team needs it , but Zlatan he may also score regularly not as frequent as Messi or Ronaldo , but every time he scores it's another jaw dropping goal , whether that 32 yard bicycle kick vs England or extraordinary volleys Zlatan is Zlatan 3rd Zlatan does things nobody does; You won't see Ronaldo having fun with reporters or Messi bad mouthing his manager even when he is wrong , Zlatan doesn't cares,  like who can forget the epic reply to Arsene Wenger on asking Zlatan to play a trial game , -" ZLATAN doesn't do Auditions" If some of you guys don't agree with me no problem , everybody has their own opinion , and if you don't agree with me cuz you don't know about any of those Zlatan goals or interviews , then you should definitely search the internet for - Extraordinary Zlatan  ZLATAN may had not won the -ballon d'or , but has won large no of trophies and league titles  search for zlatan ibrahimovic - titles and trophies for that
    reply 10 days
    Well for me, I think totally! Inside that is. When a guy says girls can't play sports I think THEY can't be cheerleaders. But if a guy says girls CAN play sports, yep, they could be cheerleaders
    reply 13 days