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[[caption-width-right:350:Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago resolve the UsefulNotes/ColdWar [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen like gentlemen.]] Well, almost.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Rocky [[caption-width-right:350:[[Film/RockyIV Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago Drago]] resolve the UsefulNotes/ColdWar [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen like gentlemen.]] Well, almost.]]


* IronMan's first encounter with DirtyCommunist villain the Titanium Man was in the context of a televised battle on neutral territory agreed upon by the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

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* IronMan's ComicBook/IronMan's first encounter with DirtyCommunist villain the Titanium Man was in the context of a televised battle on neutral territory agreed upon by the U.S. and the Soviet Union.


* Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky in Iceland for the world TabletopGames/{{chess}} championship in 1972. Pity Bobby was insane and Spassky was not a serious Communist Party member. (Unlike Anatoly Karpov, who took over after Bobby went into hiding.)

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* Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky in Iceland for the world TabletopGames/{{chess}} TabletopGame/{{chess}} championship in 1972. Pity Bobby was insane and Spassky was not a serious Communist Party member. (Unlike Anatoly Karpov, who took over after Bobby went into hiding.)


** Actually, in 1969 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_War the start of a real WAR]] occured during riots following heated game of soccer.
* The buildup and aftermath of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nika_riots Nika riots]] of Constantinople make this OlderThanPrint, though in this particular case it was more akin to a showdown of political parties.

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** Actually, in 1969 [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_War the start of a real WAR]] occured occurred during riots following a heated game of soccer.
** Though not quite at the level of the above, the [[UsefulNotes/ScottishPremierLeague Old Firm]] rivalry between UsefulNotes/{{Glasgow}}'s two biggest clubs, Celtic and Rangers, sadly operates much this way with respect to [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Northern Ireland]], seeing that the two parties are, respectively, traditionally supported by Catholics and Protestants. In fact, Old Firm matchdays are nearly as volatile in Northern Ireland as in Glasgow itself, with arrests spiking several-fold during those days.
* The buildup and aftermath of the [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nika_riots Nika riots]] of Constantinople make this OlderThanPrint, though in this particular case it was more akin to a showdown of political parties.



* The so-called "Miracle on Ice", both in RealLife and the movie they made about it.
** Less known but no less awesome is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summit_Series Summit Series]] between Canada and the Soviet Union, an invitational tournament consisting of eight exhibition games. Canadian Paul Henderson [[DownToTheLastPlay scored the winning goal of the last game (until then, the tournament had been a tie) with under a minute left to play.]]

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* The so-called "Miracle on Ice", both in RealLife and [[Film/{{Miracle}} the movie movie]] they made about it.
** Less known but no less awesome is the [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summit_Series Summit Series]] between Canada and the Soviet Union, an invitational tournament consisting of eight exhibition games. Canadian Paul Henderson [[DownToTheLastPlay scored the winning goal of the last game (until then, the tournament had been a tie) with under a minute left to play.]]



* The infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_in_the_Water_match "Blood in the Water"]] polo match between Hungary and the USSR. Right on the heels of a Soviet invasion to put down a rebellion, the game degenerated into one of the most violent and emotional sporting events of the time.

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* The infamous [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_in_the_Water_match "Blood in the Water"]] polo match between Hungary and the USSR.USSR in [[UsefulNotes/WaterPolo water polo]]. Right on the heels of a Soviet invasion to put down a rebellion, the game degenerated into one of the most violent and emotional sporting events of the time.



* Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spasky in Iceland in 1972. Pity Bobby was insane and Spasky was not a serious communist party member. (Unlike Karpov who took over after Bobby went into hiding.)

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* Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spasky Spassky in Iceland for the world TabletopGames/{{chess}} championship in 1972. Pity Bobby was insane and Spasky Spassky was not a serious communist party Communist Party member. (Unlike Karpov Anatoly Karpov, who took over after Bobby went into hiding.)



* The British media treats all competitions between England and either Germany or Argentina as this. They still won't let Germany forget that they beat them in the World Cup final in 1966. For the most part, Germans and Argentinians just tend to ignore it.

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* The British media treats all competitions between England and either Germany or Argentina as this. They still won't let Germany forget that they beat them in the World Cup final in 1966. For the most part, Germans and Argentinians Argentines just tend to ignore it.


* [[Manga/Naruto]]: A number of Shinobi Villages intentionally and explicitly set up their Chunin Exams as a “war in miniature” between those on good enough terms to participate. The point is essentially to advertise their new crop of young Shinobi, and by extension the rest of their village, to potential clients for their mercenary industry.

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* [[Manga/Naruto]]: {{Manga/Naruto}}: A number of Shinobi Villages intentionally and explicitly set up their Chunin Exams as a “war in miniature” between those on good enough terms to participate. The point is essentially to advertise their new crop of young Shinobi, and by extension the rest of their village, to potential clients for their mercenary industry.

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* [[Manga/Naruto]]: A number of Shinobi Villages intentionally and explicitly set up their Chunin Exams as a “war in miniature” between those on good enough terms to participate. The point is essentially to advertise their new crop of young Shinobi, and by extension the rest of their village, to potential clients for their mercenary industry.

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* Parodied in ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' with over-the-top [[EagleLand Eaglelander]] Ricky Bobby vs. queer (in every sense of the word) Frenchman Jean Girard. [[note]]The movie was released at a time when a higher than usual number of Americans held a rather poor view toward the French[[/note]]


* Fighters from the Japanese military were the primary villains in ''Film/IpMan'', and Twister, the villain of '' Ip Man 2'' was essentially a British version of the above mentioned [[Film/RockyIV Ivan Drago]].

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* Fighters from the Japanese military were the primary villains in ''Film/IpMan'', and Twister, the villain of '' Ip Man 2'' Film/IpMan2'' was essentially a British version of the above mentioned [[Film/RockyIV Ivan Drago]].


* The UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. Turned UpToEleven in 1936 by Nazi Germany, but the overtones of [[MisplacedNationalism national dick-measuring]] never really went away afterwards.

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* The UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. Turned UpToEleven in 1936 by Nazi Germany, but the overtones of [[MisplacedNationalism [[UsefulNotes/MisplacedNationalism national dick-measuring]] never really went away afterwards.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: The Horatii (Rome) vs. the Curatii (Alba Longa). Since this particular bit of history was written down by a Roman (Livius), you can guess who wins.


->'''Walter Decoursy:''' It really doesn't matter who comes out on top.'''
->'''Alexander Molokov:''' Who gets the chop.'''

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->'''Walter Decoursy:''' It really doesn't matter who comes out on top.'''
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->'''Alexander Molokov:''' Who gets the chop.'''

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->'''Walter Decoursy:''' It really doesn't matter who comes out on top.'''
->'''Alexander Molokov:''' Who gets the chop.'''
->'''Both:''' No one's way of life is threatened by a flop... But we're gonna smash their bastard!


* A short story by BernardWerber takes this trope and combines it with BloodSport. In the future, ''all'' international situations are resolved by televised soccer matches where anything goes (up to and including killing players), turning the stadium into a multi-biome obstacle course, allowing the use of jetpacks, radar and mixed-gender teams... The only rule remaining is that you can't touch the ball with your hands. The name of the story? BreadAndCircuses.

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* A short story by BernardWerber Creator/BernardWerber takes this trope and combines it with BloodSport. In the future, ''all'' international situations are resolved by televised soccer matches where anything goes (up to and including killing players), turning the stadium into a multi-biome obstacle course, allowing the use of jetpacks, radar and mixed-gender teams... The only rule remaining is that you can't touch the ball with your hands. The name of the story? BreadAndCircuses.


* TheMightyDucks II has the Ducks becoming an international hockey team and playing every other nation, climaxing with Iceland. It's an egregious example of the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil when this is the plot of the sequel, and the original movie had an OpposingSportsTeam made of perfectly ordinary boys.

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* TheMightyDucks II ''Film/TheMightyDucks II'' has the Ducks becoming an international hockey team and playing every other nation, climaxing with Iceland. It's an egregious example of the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil when this is the plot of the sequel, and the original movie had an OpposingSportsTeam made of perfectly ordinary boys.


* The second ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novel, ''Better Than Life'' has this as part of the backstory for the [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke GELFs]]. When humanity becomes too good at their favourite pastime (War), scientists shift their focus onto sport (Described as the new war), firstly through chemical enhancements, then through genetically engineering purpose-built athletes for different sports. Of course, [[ObviousRulePatch limits are put in place]] after the Scottish football team fields a goalie in the WorldCup who was nothing more than a massive oblong of flesh that is [[SarcasmMode coincidentally]] the same dimensions as the goal.

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* The second ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novel, ''Better Than Life'' has this as part of the backstory for the [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke GELFs]]. When humanity becomes too good at their favourite pastime (War), scientists shift their focus onto sport (Described as the new war), firstly through chemical enhancements, then through genetically engineering purpose-built athletes for different sports. Of course, [[ObviousRulePatch limits are put in place]] after the Scottish football team fields a goalie in the WorldCup UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup who was nothing more than a massive oblong of flesh that is [[SarcasmMode coincidentally]] the same dimensions as the goal.

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