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A look at countries in conflict

Updated: January 22, 2010, 12:16 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens

In many countries, it's said that soccer transcends sports, bleeding into the fabric of everyday life. Conversely, soccer often is deployed as the battleground for arguments of another order. As a result, surprisingly few of the sport's fiercest international rivalries started over soccer itself.

The key ingredients for a good soccer grudge match are war, a former colonization or occupation or, for want of the aforementioned, a string of acrimonious games. What follows is a list of ...

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