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The Biggest Football Team in the World (part 1)

This question of who is the biggest football team in the World has been asked many times, caused arguments from family tables to radio shows. However, no one has been able to provide an acceptable answer analysing the clubs popularity, wealth, and power. In this article, we will provide a number of factors and sources ranging from social following to revenue numbers and the clubs’ financial value to help you with your own assessment.

Inter Milan

Facebook followers 12 million
Instagram followers 2.6 million
Twitter followers 1.6 million
Worldwide fans: 55 million fans
Revenue: £229 million
Club value: £458 million

Inter Milan were founded in 1908 and shared their the San Siro home ground with AC Milan. ’). The Italian giant with the nickname I Nerazzurri (The Black and Blues) have been suffered a number of poor seasons, leading to a global decline in number of fan reach. Still, they are trying to turn in form and nurture a number of key players performing well. Hopefully, things may soon be turning around for the club.

AS Roma

Facebook followers 9 million
Instagram followers 2.3 million
Twitter followers 1.7 million
Worldwide fans: 22 million
Revenue: £190 million
Club value: £467 million

AS Roma were founded in the summer of 1927, after Roman FC, SS Alba-Audace and Fortitudo-Pro Roma SGS were merged into one.

The Italian giants with nickname I Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds) finished at second place in 2016/17 season and 3rd place in the 2017/18 season. They are a European giant with 12 domestic honours and one of 4 Italian clubs that are recognised as truly global clubs. Francesco Totti is the clubs most famous player and his loyalty to the club has been contributed greatly in achieving a worldwide fan base of 22 million people for Roma.

Tottenham Hotspur

Facebook followers 10 million
Instagram followers 3.8 million
Twitter followers 3.2 million
Worldwide fans: 35 million
Revenue: £310 million
Club value: £948 million

Tottenham Hotspur was founded in 1882 by a group of schoolboys then got the nickname Spurs. Although, they have been falling behind their bitter North London rivals, Spurs commercial team have fantastically set a global strategy with a lucrative sponsorship deal with the NFL, and their new stadium at White Hart Lane. All they need to do now is to turn the financial success into on field success to ignite global fan growth.

Oldest Football Clubs in the World (part 3)

4. Castlemaine Football Club

The Castlemaine Football Club was the second oldest football club in Australia which was formed in Castlemaine on June 15, 1859 just a few months after the Melbourne Football Club. The club was known with nickname Magpies and the team’s first official game was organised on June 22 on the Cricket Ground Barkers Creek – a week after it formed due to a delay in the arrival of the ball from Melbourne.
Proof of Castlemaine’s founding date was only discovered in 2007. The club joined the Bendigo Football League in 1925 and since then remains a part of that league.

3. Melbourne Football Club

The Melbourne Football Club is the oldest Australian football club and is one of the founding members of the Australian Football League. The origin of the team dates back to May 17, 1858 in Melbourne when members of the Victoria cricket team formed a loosely organized football team. The club is known with nickname Demons, Dees and celebrated its 160th birthday in 2018.
The following year, “The Rules of the Melbourne Football Club” was drafted which formed the basis of Australian football rules. The football club released a list of “150 Heroes” on its 150th birthday in 2008 and introduced special birthday logo on the official jerseys.

2. Cambridge University Association Football Club

According to Cambridge University, the Cambridge University Association Football Club is the oldest club; however, the club’s founding date is disputed and believed to either be in 1856 or 1857 in Cambridge, England with the nickname Blues.
According to certain sources, the club may date back further than 1856 as there were games played between football clubs from different colleges and universities at Cambridge in the 1840s. The Cambridge University Association Football Club received a special award from the National Football Museum in 2016 as the oldest football club in the world. Today, the club is member of BUCS Midlands Division 2A

  1. Sheffield Football Club

Sheffield Football Club is the oldest football club in the world officially recognized by FIFA and The Football Association of England (FA) dating back October 24, 1857 in Sheffield, England with the nickname The Club. Today, the club is playing under Northern Premier League – Division One South.

Oldest Football Clubs in the World (part 2)

7. Ballarat Football Club

The Ballarat Football Club is another Australia’s earliest football teams with a history dating back to May 20, 1860 in Ballarat. Ballarat was once believed to be the third oldest non-universtiy football club in Australia with the nickname “The Swans”. Over the 60s and 70s, Ballarat engaged in social competition, then moved toward formal competition around 1874.

In 1886, Ballarat Football Club along with the Ballarat Imperial club and Ballarat South joined the Victorian Football Association and was one of the founding members of the Ballarat Football League in 1893.

6. Geelong Football Club

The Geelong Football Club was founded on July 18, 1859 in Geelong, Australia during a meeting held in the Victoria Hotel. The club is well-known with the nickname “Cats” and is the second oldest club in the Australian Football League and the fourth oldest Australian club in general. The club played its first match in 1860 and continued to compete in senior football competition over the following decade.

Tom Wills is one of the founding members of Australian rules football and played exclusively for Geelong from 1865 until his retirement in 1874. Geelong is one of the eight founding clubs of the Victorian Football League, which would later change the name to the Australian Football League.

5. Melbourne University Football Club

It has been argued whether the Melbourne University Football Club is the second or third oldest football club in Australia as there are no exact formation. Due to the most trusted source, the club’s first recorded match took place in June 1859 in Melbourne, Australia, around the same time as the Castlmaine Football Club’s first game. The club is known with various nicknames Students, Blacks, Blues, MUGARS.

The Melbourne university’s club competed in the Victorian Football Association from 1885 – 1888. In 1907, the eight founding clubs of the Victorian Football League voted to include Melbourne University as the league’s ninth team and currently, the club is member of Victorian Amateur Football Association Section A.

Oldest Football Clubs in the World (part 1)

Many football clubs dated back to the late 1850s and 1860s claim that their team is the oldest; however, there are no actual proofs of that claims. Furthermore, another adding factor to the difficulty of determining the origins of football clubs is that many early rugby clubs also call their teams football clubs. However, this list consists of the clubs that are believed to be the oldest which were established at the same time and are still playing today.

9. Hallam Football Club

Hallam Football Club claims that it is the second oldest football club in the world, after the Sheffield Football Club, but many evidence showed that the club was actually established on April 20, 1860 in Sheffield, England with the nickname as the  Countrymen.

Hallam has always played on the grounds of Sandygate Road, which is the oldest football ground according to Guinness World Records. In 1867, Hallam team won the world’s first football tournament – the Youdan Cup. The cup is still with Hallam Club today after a period of time being lost and bought back from a Scottish antique dealer in 1997.

8. Cray Wanderers Football Club

It is widely believed that the origins of the Cray Wanderers Football Club dates back to between 1858 to 1860 when the construction of London, Chatham and Dover Railway line began. The workers building the railway are actually the very first players of the club. They played with a ball during their breaks and eventually formed a club in the St Mary Cray village, Bromley, England with the well-known nickname – The Wands. In the late 1800s, Cray Wanderers Football Club performed really well among various other amateur football clubs and entered its first Football Association Amateur Cup competition in 1893 – 94. The club was one of the founding members of the Kent League in 1894 – 1895 and members of the Isthmian League South Division today.

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