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Our favourite rivalries

July 7th, 2017

Written by Katy Winship

To mark the final week of Wimbledon we thought we'd explore famous rivalries. So here's a small selection of some of our favourites:

Ed and David Miliband

Background: Ed and David Miliband both famously stood for Labour leadership in 2010. Originally David was tipped to win but Ed decided to stand. Fascinating and awkward to watch, once Ed won the leadership contest David was so humiliated that he decided to leave politics all together to avoid "constant comparison" with his brother.
Lowest point: The relationship of the brothers has received much speculation with Ed notably not attending David's 50th birthday party in 2015.
Awkward scale: 10/10, ouch!

Kanye West and Taylor Swift

Background : In 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards, just as Taylor was accepting an award for best video Kanye West stormed the stage and stole her mic saying "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!" Since then they've played a sort of insult ping pong.
Lowest point: When former president Obama describes you as "a jackass" you know you've gone wrong.
Awkward scale : 9/10. But we must agree THAT "Single ladies" video was mesmerising.

Liam and Noel Gallagher

Background: Liam and Noel have fallen out more times than we can remember and right now it's currently still off with Liam slagging Noel off for not attending the One Love Manchester concert. The pair obviously have spent a lot of time together touring with Oasis from 1991-2009 and tensions rumbled but evidentially came to a head in 2009 when Noel released a statement saying "it's with great sadness and relief to tell you that I quit".
Lowest point: Too many to mention and all equally childish! Liam calls Noel a "potato", Noel calls Liam a "diva", Liam sues Noel for libel.
Awkward scale: 7/10. C'mon guys, you said it yourselves- "Don't look back in anger", make up already!

Mcdonalds vs Burger King

Background: Like the Gallagher's there is a mere few years between these two chains. Opening in the 1950's these fast food joints offer very similar products. Yet McDonalds always seems to be one step ahead- with restaurants in 120 countries and BK lagging behind with just 100!
Lowest point: In 2016 McDonalds placed a billboard stating they were 5km away, right next to a directions post of where to find the nearest Burger King!
sentence Awkward scale: 2/10. Hey, that's business baby!

Adidas vs. Puma

Background: The back story of these infamous shoe companies is another case of bad blood between siblings. Adolf Dassler (or Adi- get it?) and Rudolf Dassler initially started a business together called Dassler Brothers sports shoe company. The company was a success in the 1930's as their shoes were even worn by gold-medal-winning Olympian Jesse Owens. As the company went from strength to strength their relationship suffered with reports of their wives not getting along and Rudolf's suspicions that Adolf had grassed him up for deserting his post in the war. Eventually the brothers divided the company assets and employees in two. Then in 1948 and Rudolf set up a new firm which he initially called "Ruda" then later changed to "Puma".
Lowest point: The Dassler's feud divided the whole town where the factories were to the extreme length that dating or marrying people from rival companies was forbidden! They never ended their feud- even in death the brothers were buried as far away from each other at opposite ends of the same cemetery!
Awkward scale: 6/10. Not so much awkward as sad- let's hope the Milibands don't go the same way!

Venus and Serena Williams

Background: With just a year between them these close sisters have become the female champions of the tennis world. Between 2000 and 2016 they collectively won 12 Wimbledon singles titles (Venus won 5 and Serena won 7). They have met a total of nine times at the Grand Slam Finals but they have also completed the Career Golden Slam in doubles twice. These pair, like local boys the Brownlees, form a miraculous sisterhood and damn do they have each other's backs!
Lowest point: There are no lows for these two- even in defeat the pair are graceful and respectful to eachother.
Awkward scale: -10/10. These two define friendly rivalry and together have changed the face of the traditionally white-dominated sport of tennis and built empires from their skills. Bravo ladies. Bravo.

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