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Most Successful Asian Football Clubs (Part 2)

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club 

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club founded in 1954, is a dominant football club in the Chinese Super League. The club lifted the league title for 7 consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2017 before losing to Shanghai SPIG in 2018. Their stadium name Ground Tianhe Stadium with the capacity of 54,856.

Moreover, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C. is the only Chinese team to lift the AFC Champions League multiple times from 2013 and 2015 and the first Chinese team to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013.

Club honours: 

AFC Champions League – 2 titles in [2013, 2015]

Chinese Super League – 7 titles in [2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017]

China League One – 2 titles in [2007, 2010]

Chinese F.A. Cup – 2 titles in [2012, 2016]

Chinese FA Super Cup – 4 titles in [2012, 2016, 2017, 2018]

Chinese Second Division / Jia-B League – 3 titles in [1956, 1958, 1981]

Al-Hilal

The amazing football club Al-Hilal is a must-mentioned name otherwise it would be too shallow of this list. 

Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia’s Professional League was founded in 1957 and has become the first team to win the League when it was launched in 1976. The team also one of the 4 clubs to have ever played annually in the league since it was founded and won more than 60 trophies, including record 6 Asian Football Confederation titles.

Due to the outstanding performance and intense hunger for trophies, the team was also crowned “Best Asian Club of the 20th Century” by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics [IFFHS] in 2009.

Club honours: 

Professional League –  29 times in [1976, 1978, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2017, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018

King Cup –  15 times in [1961, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2010, 2015, 2017]

AFC Champions League – 6 times in [1991, 2000, 1986, 1987, 2014, 2017]

Seongnam Football Club

Seongnam F.C. is a south Korean football club founded in 1989 and has been played actively in the K League 1, with a gallery series of trophies, including 7 K League titles, 3 F.A. Cups, 3 League Cups, 2 AFC Champions League titles.

Moreover, Seongnam F.C. was placed fifth in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics [IFFHS] Asian Clubs of the 20th century. Their stadium name Ground Tancheon Stadium with capacity of 16,146.

Club honours: 

K League 1 – 7 times in [1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006]

FA Cup – 3 times in [1999, 2011, 2014]

League Cup – 3 times in [1992, 2002, 2004]

Super Cup – 1 time in [2002]

President’s Cup – 1 time in [1999]

AFC Champions League – 2 times in [2010, 2014]

Asian Super Cup – 1time in  [1996]

A3 Champions Cup – 1 time in [2004]

FIFA Club World Cup- 4th place [2010]

Afro-Asian Club Championship – 1 time in [1996]

Most Successful Asian Football Clubs (part 1)

The Asian Football world consists of incredible football teams with amazing records and statistics. In this article, we will introduce some of the most successful Asian football club ever based on their trophies, prestige, and success.
Let’s get started.

Pohang Steelers

Pohang Steelers was founded in 1973, based in Pohang, North Gyeongsang, and currently play in K League 1, South Korea under the management of their former player Kim Gi-Dong. Their stadium name Pohang Steel Yard which can host up to 17,443 people. 

Pohang Steelers is undoubtedly one of the most successful Asian football clubs, winning over 30 trophies since inception, ranging from Korean League 1 Cup, Korean F.A. Cup, and 3  AFC Champions League. 

 Club honours: 

K League 1 – 5 times winning in [1986, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2013]

Korea Football League/National League – 5 titles in [ 1975 Spring, 1981 Fall, 1982, 1986 Fall, 1988 Fall]

FA Cup – 4 times winning in [1996, 2008, 2012, 2013]

League Cup – 2 tiles in [1993, 2009]

AFC Champions League – 3 times winning in [1996/97, 1997/98, 2009]

FIFA Club World Cup Third place in [2009].

Kashima Antlers F.C.

Kashima Antlers was founded in 1947 and is financially supported by the Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal company. Their stadium Name calls Ground Kashima Soccer Stadium with the capacity of 40,728. Kashima Antlers is another successful team in Japan as well as Asia, achieving eight distinctive J.League titles, 6 J.League Cup, 5 Emperor’s Cup, among other major trophies. Moreover, Kashima rarely finishes below top 5 since the League was established and the club has also won more titles than most of its counterparts in the League.

Club honours: 

AFC Champions League – 1 title in [2018]

Japan Soccer League Division 2 – 2 times winning in [1984, 1986]

J.League –8 times winning in [1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016]

J.League Cup – 6 times winning in [1997, 2000, 2002, 2011, 2012, 2015]

Japanese Super Cup – 6 times winning in [1997, 1998, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2017]

Shakaijin Cup – 1 title in [1973]

Emperor’s Cup – 5 times winning in [1997, 2000, 2007, 2010, 2016]

A3 Champions Cup – 1 title [2003]

Suruga Bank Championship – 2 times winning in [2012, 2013]

Clubs playing in Leagues Defy Geographical or Political Sense

Football is the world’s game and like the world doesn’t have straightforward rules, there are countless awkward soccer clubs around the world competing in leagues that geographically or politically don’t make much sense. Here are they:

UD Las Palmas, Spanish Segunda División

The club Las Palmas competed in LaLiga, Spain’s top division, although the club is nowhere near continental Spain. Las Palmas is located in the Canary Islands off the western coast of Morocco where an autonomous community of Spain lives. It takes about three hours from Madrid to Las Palmas by flight. 

IFK Mariehamm, Finnish Veikkausliga

Finland is not really famous for its football, so it’s quite understandable that one of its best teams in recent seasons is only accessible by plane or boat. Mariehamm is the capital of the Åland, a string of islands in the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia under Finnish sovereignty with over 80 percent of population speak Finnish. IFK Mariehamm achievements are impressive with the Veikkausliga champion title in 2016 and the Finnish Cup in 2015. 

AS Monaco, French Ligue 1

AS Monaco is one of the most successful clubs in French soccer history which has won the Ligue 1 – the champions title of France – eight times, despite the fact that, Monaco is not a city of France. Monaco is a sovereign city-state in southern France, with the total area is less than a square mile. 

FC Vaduz, Swiss Challenge League

FC Vaduz competed in the top league in Switzerland before being relegated in 2017. The awkward thing is that FC Vaduz is not in Switzerland but in Liechtenstein – a tiny country located between Switzerland and Austria, does not have its own professional league. It is also the only member of UEFA without its own league although the clubs in Liechtenstein do have their own domestic cup, which gives the winner entry into the Europa League. 

Vaduz has won that domestic cup 15 of the last 16 seasons and currently in the Swiss Challenge League, Switzerland’s second tier.

Top greatest football clubs (part 2)

AC Milan

A.C. Milan is a professional football club founded in 1899, in Milan, Italy with 7 times winning the European Cup, 18 times winning the Serie A title, 5 times winning the Italian Cup and F3 times winning the Intercontinental cup. The club created its real dominance in the late 1980s with some legendary stars like Gianni Rivera and Sandro Mazzola, who helped the whole team beating their rivalries.

Red and black are chosen color of the club to represent the players’ fiery ardor (red) and the opponents’ fear to challenge the team (black).

AC Milan is one of the wealthiest teams in Italian and in the world of football with the stadium of 80,018 seat in San Siro. They are also the most supported Italian team in Europe with over 18.4 million fans worldwide.

FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona, Barca, is a Spanish professional football club founded in 1899 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. FC Barcelona is a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism with the motto of “More than a club”. Barca is the fourth-most valuable sports team and the second-richest football club in the world in terms of revenue with talents like Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Neymar and Xavier Fernandez.

Barcelona earned 20 European and World titles in International club football, ranked first in the International Federation of Football History and Statistics Club World Ranking 5 times. Barca is the most delightful team to watch in the past decade, the first European club in history to achieve the continental treble twice, won the Spanish Cup 30 times and the FIFA Club World Cup 3 times.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid, founded on 6th March 1902, is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid with the nickname “the king of the clubs”. During the 1950s, the team’s talents including Ferenc Puskas, Raymond Kopa, Alfredo Di Stefano and Jose Santamaria corporated well with each other helping the team to win five consecutive European Cups and reach the final seven times. Nowadays, players of Real Madrid such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema made their names shine by winning wide range of different titles in European and worldwide competitions, including 26 trophies, 13 European Cup/ UEFA Champions League titles and 4 UEFA Super Cups. 

Juventus football club’s ambition to dominate Europe

The Juventus football club has gone through a very successful transfer with the signatures of Cristiano Ronaldo, Emre Can, Joao Cancelo and the return of Leonardo Bonucci from AC Milan. So this season Juve will still be the ultimate power in Serie A 2018/19, which is a certainty.

This season, the fact that Juve continues to make Italy kneel is a prospect that does not make too many people doubt. With a force superior to the rest, and the stability of the club management system, the Juventus football club will go beyond just the Serie A championship.

The Juventus leadership, particularly President Andrea Agnelli, aims to give Juve the championship in all the competitions they attend, Serie A, Coppa Italia and especially the UEFA Champions League, which is grounded and they can do it. Juve is brave in setting goals, because they have recruited an official contract with Cristiano Ronaldo that has changed the face of not only themselves but also Serie A.

The appearance of Ronaldo not only raised the brand value of Juventus to an extremely high level, but also directly affirmed his ambition to dominate and rise to the level of “Super Club”.

Not many people, even the Juve leadership itself, can imagine that after 5 years Ronaldo will come to Juve, but everything came true when CR7 arrived at Juve, with all the fame and thirst. The desire and reputation of a superstar can bring Juve back to the top of Europe.

Ronaldo is the perfect type of player to work hard and train. CR7 may not have been born as a genius like Messi, but tens of thousands of hours in the gym, persistent training on the training ground and scientific nutrition system have turned Ronaldo into the perfect model with a good performance in general, not just football.

The Juventus football club this season lost Gonzalo Higuain this summer with the exchange of Leonardo Bonucci with AC Milan. But that will be unharmed when Ronaldo is here, ensuring Juve success on all fronts, from commercial to grass, just like he did with Real Madrid over the years.

Top greatest football clubs (part 1)

The king sport is more and more attractive everyday with countless interesting match’s which have the clubs to thanks for well nurturing and training their players throughout the year. Among numerous clubs in the football world, there are top 5 soccer clubs that have consistency and the overall greatness of their players. In this article, let talk about them.

Manchester United

The Red Devils founded in 1878 in England is also the greatest English football club winning the European Cup/ UEFA Champions League 3 times and finished runners-up twice. MU team grew to become a dominant and popular club in the 1950s under the management of Matt Busby, and some world talent included George Best, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Charlton and super star David Beckham.
The opponents of Manchester United are countless such as Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Leeds United. Of which, Arsenal is known as one of the finest Premier League match-ups. Both clubs earned 33 titles, 20 to Manchester United and 13 to Arsenal. Manchester United is a global brand and one of the most supported football clubs in the world. It is also the highest-earning football club and world’s most valuable club in 2016 and 2017.

FC Bayern Munich
The German club based in Munich, Bavaria, founded in 1900 with 11 players, led by Franz John. The European giants won the Bundesliga title 28 times, the German Cup 18 times and the European Cup 5 times. The greatest success period of FC Bayern is in the middle of the 1970s under the management of Franz Beckenbauer. The club attracts 390,000 members from more than 4000 officially registered fan clubs over the world. Among its superb players, some of the greatest include Franck Ribery, Phillips Lahm, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben. Its chief European rivals are Manchester United, A.C. Milan and Real Madrid.

Ajax – Chelsea: The true value of Tammy Abraham

The third match of Group H Champions League at 11:55 on October 23, Chelsea will march to Amsterdam ArenA to face Ajax host. This is an opportunity for Tammy Abraham’s talent to assert value in the Blues shirt.

After an explosive tournament season with 26 goals in Aston Villa’s shirt in the Premier League arena on loan, striker Tammy Abraham was called by new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard amid the lack of London team. staffing for FIFA transfer orders. Although only 22 years old, the old way of playing of the English player is like the legendary DiDier Drogba, partly making the Blues fans confident with a bright future.

Tammy Abraham made a big contribution with eight goals to help Chelsea win fourth place in the Premier League rankings after nine rounds. The black player with an ideal height of 1.91 m is leading the list of top scorers in the Premier League, having the same number of goals with veteran striker Sergio Aguero of Man City. With this superior level and style, it was recently announced that Chelsea had decided to tie Abraham with a new contract for a period of 2024 and a salary of £ 110,000/week, double the current number of strikers. This is enjoying.

Lampard’s usual 4-2-3-1 formation, when leading Chelsea, gave Abraham plenty of room to operate. He was entrusted with the role of making a wall and scoring goals, becoming an important pillar of the Chelsea attack. Besides his teammates, Abraham was good at aerial combat and very clever in running, finishing. Therefore, Chelsea’s upcoming trip to the Netherlands will not be without Abraham in the starting diagram.

In the Chelsea table, Ajax are leading with 2 victories. Amsterdam ArenA home team is in stable form in the domestic and international arenas. The power of Ajax is shaped by solidarity and understanding among young talents. That seems to be the identity of the Dutch representative in recent seasons and it is no coincidence that they reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Therefore, Chelsea will not easily have a point against the defending Dutch champions.

If the Blues win they will equalize the score with Ajax, and for the host, getting 3 points in the third round will help Ajax almost firmly grasp the ticket to the next round. This is the moment for English striker Abraham to confirm the true value and build solid trust with the fans as well as the Chelsea coaching staff.

Nicknames of today’s most famous football clubs

The club’s unique nickname can be derived from many reasons. Today, we will explore and discover the nicknames of these clubs

For football fans, the nickname of the football clubs will always receive warm attention. They always have sensitive information about the colors or traditions of each team. The unique nickname they have can come for many reasons. Today, we will discover the nicknames of these clubs!

Some of the most famous clubs in the world today are Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona…

Most of the football club’s nicknames are due to the home fans or factors related to the team history or can also be named by the rival. Let’s find out this interesting through nicknames of the most famous clubs in the world today:

Arsenal (Gunner)

The reason for this nickname is because the club was founded in 1886 by the employees at Arsenal Royal. And this cannon has also been shown on the Arsenal logo.

Manchester City (The Read Devils)

This is the name that is reminiscent of Sir Matt Busby – the former MU coach heard when a neighboring club played rugby, Salford. Because he wanted to stimulate the morale of the players, he used this nickname for the club.

Liverpool (Reds)

In 1982, the Liverpool team shirt color is not red but only white and blue, similar to the Everton club. However, in 1964, the legendary Liverpool coach – Bill Shankly decided to change the color of the shirt for the team when it was great to bring the team from the bast up. That’s why The Reds is the nickname Liverpool uses as it is now.

Chelsea –The Blues

In the 50s of the last century, the club is still known as the Pensioner (referring to retired people) due to the influence of the extremely famous hospital The Chelsea Pensinoers.

But in 1952, coach Ted Drake, who became the coach of the club, officially removed the name and replaced it with the Blues, which is also the traditional shirt of the team.

Juventus – Old Lady (Vecchia Signora)

This nickname appeared in 1897 because of its origins when they became one of the oldest Italian clubs. The reason for calling her, not because of Juventus in the Latin word only means female

Besides, the team is also known as The Humpback (Gobbi), Zebre (zebra) …

Bayern Munich – Hollywood Stars (FC Hollywood)

Owning them this nickname because in the 1990s, they had many player faces appearing in the newspapers because there were always conflicts within the team. They also have shocking statements for the fans.

Top 10 largest football clubs, the most popular in the world

Which team do you think of when you mention the club with the most fans in the world? Is that your favorite team?

Here are the top 10 biggest clubs in the world, and the number of fans.

1. Manchester United

Manchester United is the largest and most successful club in England. This is also the team with the most fans in the world. According to estimates, there are 750 million fans favorite.

2. Real Madrid

The Spanish team ranks second on the list, and ahead of rivals Barcelona, ​​which has about 350 million fans worldwide. The club is valued at nearly £ 3 billion and a turnover of £ 589 million annually.

3. FC Barcelona

Worth nearly 3 billion pounds and annual sales of 566 million pounds, FC Barcelona ranked 3rd in the list. With 450 million fans worldwide, this team has an impressively global reach.

4. Chelsea FC

Chelsea reached the top 4 on the list. The club has 145 million fans worldwide. Worth more than 1.5 billion pounds and sales of 347 million pounds annually.

5. Arsenal

Arsenal, one of the biggest English football clubs and the most successful club in London. Arsenal currently has 125 million fans in the world. The team is valued at more than £ 1.5 billion with a turnover of £ 426 million.

6. Liverpool

Liverpool, the Mershireide Red Devil is in 6th position. With more than 100 million fans worldwide and a club value of about 1,167 billion pounds, Liverpool is the second most successful club of English football.

7. FC Bayern Munich

This is the largest and most successful team in Germany. With 45 million NHM worldwide, the club has the 4th highest revenue, 514 million pounds.

8. Juventus

In a new study, Juventus is currently the most popular club in Italy. With a value of just over 1 billion pounds and a total of fans in the world of 27 million, Juventus is in 8th place.

9. AC Milan

The Italian giant has seven European Cup trophies, having dominated Italy in the 1990s. Financial problems, accusations of match-fixing and poor domestic performances, have led to a decline. shot of AC Milan. The club has 95 million fans worldwide, valued at £ 646 million and revenues of £ 186 million.

10. PSG

PSG (Paris Saint Germain) is the only French club to make the list, but this is not surprising. The club has 35 million fans worldwide, valued at £ 990 million and a turnover of £ 425 million annually.

Above is a list of the top 10 most popular big clubs based on statistics. Of course, each of us has a certain appreciation and wants the club we admire to make this list.

Top 5 most played players in Real Madrid club history

With just being in the starting line-up of Real Madrid in the match against Valencia, midfielder captain Sergio Ramos has just played the 606th match in the Spanish shirt for Spain.

1. Raul Gonzalez

The player, nicknamed Lord of the Rings, has the most games for Real Madrid with a total of 741 matches, including 550 in La Liga and 132 in the European Cup. After 16 years playing for Real, Raul broke up at the end of the 2009/2010 season and moved to Germany’s Schalke 04 club then ended his career playing in the colors of the New York Cosmos Club in the US Professional League.

2. Iker Casillas

The legendary goalkeeper of Real Madrid and Spain has the second most number of matches in Real history with 725 matches in 16 years playing for Real from 1999 to 2015. Casillas has had 510 games in La Liga and 152 matches in the European Cup alongside other tournaments. At this time, goalkeeper Casillas is still the person who plays the most matches in the European Cup for Real Madrid. Casillas is still playing top football in Portugal’s FC Porto shirt.

3. Manuel Sanchís

In 19 Sep 1998, Manuel Sanchis of Real Madrid was in action during a match against Barcelona in Madrid, Spain. The game ended in a draw 2-2. Currently the person with the most years of Real Madird with 18 years from 1983 to 2001. Manuel Sanchís ranked 3rd in the list with 710 matches for Real.

4. Santillana

Santillana was the top goalscorer of the Spanish Royal team in the 70s and 80s of the last century. He had a total of 645 matches for Real Madrid in 17 years wearing a white vulture from 1971 to 1988.

5. Sergio Ramos

As the captain of the current Real Madrid and also the only player in the Top 10 names to play the most matches for Real, he is still wearing a White Vulture. Ramos has a total of 606 matches for Real including 419 in La Liga, 84 in the King’s Cup and 87 in the European Cup and 22 matches outside the framework of the 3 tournaments. Ramos, a mature player from Sevilla, has moved to Real Madrid since the 2005 season and has quickly established himself in the Spanish royal team ever since.

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