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Udinese don't have many regional rivals, because most of those clubs never played in Serie A. Triestina is one exception and they are regarded as the fiercest rival to Udinese because of the historic rivalry between Friuli and Venezia Giulia. These two teams competed in Serie A together for seven seasons, from 1950/51 to 1958/59.
Apart from that, the matches against Napoli are always tense, as well as the Hellas Verona and Bologna fixtures. Interestingly enough, Udinese are one of a few clubs which don't consider Juventus as fierce rivals. They share a friendly bond with Austria Salzburg, Vicenza, and Arezzo.
Udinese were founded in 1896 as a sports club. It was since 1912, however, that they got a football section. Udinese failed to qualify for the national football competition until 1922. In the inaugural Coppa Italia season they reached the final but they were defeated by Vado in extra-time.
Over the next 30 years, Udinese mostly played in Serie B, but in the 1950s they enjoyed the most successful Serie A stint in their history. In 1954/55 they came very near to winning the Scudetto, but they fell short to Milan. That season is still the most successful league season in the club's history considering they never won the title in Serie A.
Shortly afterwards, Udinese was relegated to Serie B and even Serie C. They failed to return to the top tier until the 1980s. During that decade, the club won European Mitropa Cup and they were fortunate enough to have the Brazilian legend Zico wear their shirt for two seasons. Since 1995/96 campaign, Udinese established themselves as a stable Serie A club which even played in Champions League in the 2005/06 season.