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The best and weirdest named football clubs in the world (Part 2)

Ethiopian Coffee S.C.
Established in 1983 with initial name as ‘Yebuna Gebeya Sport Club’, Ethiopian Coffee S.C. had its present name due to the National Coffee Trading Corporation who bought it in 2008 from the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). Remarkably, its crest has a coffee pot!

Accra Hearts of Oak S.C.
Established in 1911, Hearts of Oak won the CAF Champions League in 2000, but were rejected the opportunity to appear in the Club World Cup after the 2001 edition was halted. Stephen Appiah, once of Parma and Juventus, started his career there.

RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V.
Statutes in the German Football Association (DFB) impact Red Bull to unable to use its own name when founded the club in 2009.

The soft drink purveyor instead named it as ‘RasenBallsport’, which literally means ‘Lawn Ball Sports’ but seems like ‘Red Bull’ to make fans to remember where the money’s coming from.

Solid S.C.
Other teams in the Sri Lanka Premier League such as the Renown and Super Sun, Upcountry Lions, but Solid Sporting Club get the approval for hosting matches at the ‘Prison Ground’ and became national champions in 2014-15 season.

Kerala Blasters F.C.
The club is a part of the very amusing Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters has a nice name and have been coached by former England goalkeeper David James… twice!
Former stars include Graham Stack, Wes Brown, and Dimitar Berbatov.

Urawa Red Diamonds
This club’s name was inspired by the three red diamonds of the Mistubishi logo.

Invincible Eleven
Liberian football star and president George Weah played for the Union of Invincible Eleven & Majestic Sports Association during 1986 and 1987 season. 

Kaizer Chiefs F.C.
Notable former stars include Siphiwe Tshabalala, Jairzinho, and Lucas Radebe who go on to shine playing for Leeds United, ultimately inspiring that club to take the name ‘Kaiser Chiefs’. Not sure if they should be thankful for that.

Ranking the best and weirdest named football clubs in the world (Part 1)

Football is filled with boring team names including ‘United’, ‘Rovers’ and ‘City’. Still, look at the right places, and you’ll find some really, really good or awkward names.

The rapid increase of fantasy in football has changed what we consider of as a good football team name. ‘Inter Ya Gran’ is now officially the most famous football club name in the world, and similar unique names aren’t much far behind.

But while anyone can make up a silly name, not everyone gets the opportunity to give a silly name for a football club playing in its own country’s premier division.

In this post, there is a list of the most brilliant football club names on earth. Not all of them are major football forces in the world of football, but every single one competes in its country’s highest league.

You might know a few of them while be surprised by many others. Still, you’re sure to become an enthusiast of at least one of the top five.

Millonarios F.C of Bogotá, Colombia

Initially name was the ‘Municipal Sports Club’, the ‘Millionaires’ then got their nickname — and eventually their official name — after signing expensive Argentine players in the late 1930s.

LA Galaxy of Los Angeles, USA

Football stars like David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Zlatan Ibrahimović have invested in the Galaxy to make it into a global brand. Which is appropriate, since the name ‘Galaxy’ was selected to present all the ‘stars’ of Hollywood.

Kick4Life F.C of Maseru, Lesotho

Established by two brothers from Southampton, Kick4Life is not only a football a club but also a registered charity. The club’s approach is buio on the belief that football clubs do not have to be operated for private profit, and that we can more effectively use the enormous amount of money and influence of the football industry for social development purposes by becoming a part of it..

The New Saints F.C. of Wales; Oswestry, England

Between 1997 and 2006, The New Saints F.C. were called with the name of ‘Total Network Solutions’. 

HOW DO FOOTBALL CLUBS MAKE MONEY ? (Part 2)

Merchandise

Football Clubs generate huge money from selling kits and other club merchandise to its fans around the world. It is not hard to find shops that sell Jerseys shirts or flags around stadiums, or even club owned stores that sell hundreds of items of club Merchandise.

Transfers

Selling players to other clubs is another profitable source of income for football clubs. Small clubs those are good at nurturing a pool of amazing young talents can make massive profits by selling them off to bigger clubs with skyrocketed prices. Some football clubs even include sell-on clauses which allow them as parent clubs to create an avenue to earn money when the player is sold again to other clubs.

Prize Money

Clubs take part in different competitions at the start of a football season, in England’s top flight league, clubs compete in the domestic Premier League, then the F.A Cup and many other domestic cup competition. As long as they get into the Top 4 of the previous season, they will qualify for another competition — The Union of European Football Associations Champions League. If they finish two spots behind the top 4 which means top 6, they will qualify for the Europa League. Each competition comes with a prize which is huge amount of money. The higher the club finishes on the League table, the bigger their prize money. The more competitions they win, the more money they get.

Why do clubs need to win tournaments?

By winning tournaments, clubs not only satisfy their fans which help them sell more merchandise but also it brings in money. However, it is nothing especially significant. Part of the prize money from winning tournaments might come in the form of television rights while the other part includes matchday revenue and profit. But from a commercial point of view, it is vital to win tournaments as that will attract the attention and interest from the public and lure some new sponsors who will pump in huge cash into the football club.

HOW DO FOOTBALL CLUBS MAKE MONEY ? (Part 1)

Many fans of football still wonder how clubs afford to pay their players and staffs those huge amounts of money that we read on the news. This article will give you the answers on how clubs support themselves financially.

Broadcasting Rights

Domestic and Foreign Broadcasting stations compete to buy for rights to broadcast live matches to millions of football lovers who are looking forward to watch. For instance, in the United Kingdom, Sky Sports and BT Sports have rights to broadcast the Premier League, by paying 5 Billion Pounds for 4 years (2015–2019) .This money will be divided among clubs, equally which is roughly 81 million pounds per club. Remember that’s only deals from the U.K.

Outside of england, 20 Broadcasters have rights to broadcast the Premier league in China, and there are over 100 worldwide broadcasters who hold rights to cover the P.L who must pay huge cash to cover these matches. Now you do the Maths.

Match Day Revenue

When a football team play at their home stadium, they sell tickets to fan that enter the stadium on match day. The capacity of a football clubs stadium and the ticket price determines the revenue which is varied from one to another. In the premier league each team play 19 times on home stadium. Now you understand why clubs build bigger stadiums or expand their capacity.

Manchester United’s home soil — Old Trafford is the biggest stadium in the league, with a capacity of 74,994 sitting. Arsenal Football club sell the most expensive ticket which is 95.5 $ per ticket.

Sponsorship

Brands paid huge amount of money for clubs to promote them. For example Chevrolet paid Manchester United roughly 50 million pounds annually to advertise their logo and name on the United Jersey, Adidas paid 75 million pounds per year to advertise the kits. And that’s just two sponsors among many others that a club can have globally.

Best South American Football Clubs (Part 2)

6. Penarol

Penarol is a Uruguay Football Club and has always been a dominant force in Uruguayan football, having 50 league titles and 5 Copa Libertadores. Despite their great history, Penarol is yet to achieve a title at the continent level since 1987 (finished as runner-up after Santos in 2011) so they are in a not so great place at the moment.

The most famous player of Penarol is talent Ghiggia who scored the winning goal to defeat Brazil in the 1950 World Cup.

5. Colo-Colo

Colo-Colo is FC from Chile which is one of the best clubs of the nation with thirty-two league titles, 11 cups, and one Libertadores triumph. All of which are testaments to Colo-Colo’s illustrious history. The club has famous for cultivating a lot of local stars for the national side which featured Chile’s style of fast and attacking football.

4. Olimpia

Olimpia is FC from Paraguay with a glorious past, winning 43 league titles and three Libertadores. In 1979, the club achieved its zenith of success when it won the quadruple of League title, Libertadores, Copa Interamerica and Intercontinental Cup.

It’s most famous players is Roque Santa Cruz, the current captain of the national team and highest scoring percentage for Paraguayan team.

3. Atletico Nacional

Atletico Nacional is FC  from Colombia. A recent development in their performances has led to win seven league titles in the last decade and transformed the club into one of the major powers of Latin football.

The club is renowned as the home of the legendary goalkeeper Rene Higuita, well-known for his sweeping style and dribbling despite of being a goalkeeper.

2. Independiente

Independiente is FC from Argentina and is one of the most historic clubs of Argentina with 16 Primera titles and 9 National Cups, 7 Copa Libertadores, three Copa Interamericana, two Supercopa Sudamericana, two Intercontinental Cup, and one Recopa Sudamericana.

Its silverware contributed to its reputation as the most important club in Argentina. But in recent years, it has decreased its relegation but has again bounced back under the participation of Hugo Moyano. 

Best South American Football Clubs (Part 1)

For the average viewers, it’s the competition that attracts them and not the quality of football played. South America is the place nurture some of the most competitive footballer. It might be nowhere compare to the power and prestige of European football clubs but it surely is the home of talent and has been a constant source of nurturing talent for the elite clubs of the world. In this list, you will find the Best South American Football Clubs.

10. Santos

Santos from Brazil is one of the most successful with rich culture clubs of Brazil, winning the domestic titles 8 times, Copa Libertadores three times and Copa do Brasil once with the ability to produced some of the greatest football players in the world like Pele, Robinho, and Neymar. Although Neymar has moved to Barcelona, there are still countless young talent to create the best teams in Brazil.

9. Corinthians

Corinthians from Brazil is both one of the best and the biggest club in Brazil, having the silverware with seven Brasileirao titles, Libertadores title, and the FIFA World Club Cup thanks to many famous players including Tevez, Ronaldo, Mascherano, and Socrates.

8. River Plate

River Plate from Argentina is the most successful club in Latin America in terms of titles won, with 36 league titles and 4 Libertadores although they have not achieved any major success in the last decade, making them a fallen giant who has nurtured many good players to Europe clubs like Ortega, Saviola, di Stefano, Crespo, etc. Among those, di Stefano began his career here before make a major move to become a household name worldwide.

7. Boca Juniors

Boca Juniors from Argentina is the long time rival of River although Boca Juniors’ impressive title might lesser in comparison to Rivers with 33 league titles. However, they have shone with four Libertadores to achieve the title of the best South American club of the 21st century by The International Federation of Football History and Statistics. Through time, there are many players of the club become stars include Burdisso, Tevez, Palacio and Maradona.

The Best Football Clubs in Europe

The most successful football clubs in Europe based on the number of trophies won is a Scottish club! On this post we list the best football clubs in Europe based on European wide challenges, the UEFA Champions League and the Europa Champions League, with a much higher weighting on the Champions League.

Manchester United

Man U is by far the most successful club in the Premier League winning 3 titles out of 28 appearances, in 1968, 1999, 2008 and have been runner up twice. But they only won the Europa League once.

Juventus
The Italian club have got 2 Champions League titles, in 1985 and 1996, was runners up 7 times and 3 Europa League winning titles. Man U may have one more champion titles than Juventus but being a runner up an impressive 7 times speaks for the level of this club.

Inter Milan
This Italian club won 3 Champions League titles in 1964, 1965, 2010 and was runner up twice out of a total 20 appearances. Moreover, they won 3 Europa League titles.

Ajax
The Dutch club have got 4 Champions League Titles in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995, was runners up twice and competed 35 times. They have also won the Europa League once.

Barcelona
These Spanish giants have competed for the Champions League 29 times – with 5 winning titles in 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015 and was runner up 3 times.

Liverpool
This English club have achieved far more success that Man U in Europe, especially having a massive 2019. They may have only made the Champions League 25 times with 6 wins in – 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019, were runners up 3 times and have got 5 Europa League titles. It’s obvious tht they success rate is pretty good

Bayern Munich
The German club got 5 time winning titles in 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013 and was 5 times runner up out of 35 appearances. Bayern are too good for the Europa League although have won it once. Liverpool may have one more titles than Barcelona but with this success and Bayern have qualified 35 times leading to 5 times, v’s Liverpool’s 25 appearances and was 3 times runners up.

Europe’s Most Popular Football Clubs on Social Media (Part 2)

Paris Saint-Germain

Total: 69.9 million fan

Instagram: 23.9 million fan

Facebook: 37 million fan

Twitter: 7.2 million (French), 1 million (Arabic), 326,800 (English), 230,000 (Spanish), 179,400 (Portuguese), 43,000 (Indonesian), 8931 (Japanese)

No other club in the Top 10 has so little English-speaking Twitter followers, but the French World Cup champion is not only the most favourite in their own country, but also attracted numerous followers in the Arabic-speaking world. On Instagram, Paris Saint-Germain even gets into the Top 5.

FC Liverpool

Total: 67.6 million fan

Instagram: 19.3 million fan

Facebook: 34 million fan

Twitter: 12.4 million (English), 861,900 (Arabic), 660,000 (Thai), 177,700 (Indonesian), 128,400 (USA), 109,000 (Portuguese)

Thanks to coach Jürgen Klopp, FC Liverpool not only makes a return to glory old days, the current Champions League winner is also catching up with other famous clubs in the social media: 16 million new social followers increased in the last twelve months only. FC Arsenal has been undertaken by Liverpool. No other English clubs has more Arabic-language followers on Twitter than Liverpool. One reason for that is thanks to Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian attacking talent.

FC Arsenal

Total: 67.5 million fan

Instagram: 15.5 million fan

Facebook: 37 million fan

Twitter: 14.9 million (English), 66,000 (Spanish)

The big defeat in the top 10 is FC Arsenal as the “Gunners” missed being qualified for the Champions League for the second time in a row. Even in the social media, they are not too much succeed with a slight increase of “only” 4.2 million followers in the last year which is not sufficient to remain their position among the top clubs. Two years ago Arsenal was still in the top 5, now the Londoners are struggling to secure a place in top 10.

Manchester City

Total: 59 million fan

Instagram: 14.8 million fan

Facebook: 37 million fan

Twitter: 7.2 million (English), 22,300 (USA)

Almost 10 million new followers have subscribed to Manchester City social channels within the last twelve months. Especially on Facebook, the English champion is now quite competitive among the top clubs. On Twitter, the limitation to English-speaking accounts is obvious.

Europe’s Most Popular Football Clubs on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (Part 2)

Manchester United

Total: 126.6 million fan

Instagram: 31.1 million fan

Facebook: 73 million fan

Twitter: 20.1 million (English), 751,800 (Indonesian), 672,800 (Spanish), 694,300 (Arabic), 217,100 (Malaysian), 70,800 (Japanese)

Although Manchester United have been passing the glory days under coach legend Sir Alex Ferguson for years, the Red Devils still is the most popular club in the English Premier League in terms of the social media attractiveness. Despite the fact that Man United will only play in the Europa League this season, there are more than 750,000 new Indonesian Twitter fans are a record for a western football club. 

FC Chelsea

Total: 79.7 million fan

Instagram: 18.3 million fan

Facebook: 48 million fan

Twitter: 13.3 million (English), 71,500 (USA)

Chelsea has to  improve a lot in terms of managing social channels, especially when it comes to Instagram, where the “Blues” only come in 6th. The lack of accounts in foreign languages is noticeable on Twitter although in the end Chelsea still come in fourth place in the ranking with a big competitor approaches from right behind with big steps.

Juventus Turin

Total: 79.5 million fan

Instagram: 30.9 million fan

Facebook: 39 million fan

Twitter: 7.2 million (Italian), 1.6 million (English), 418,000 (Spanish), 245,500 (Indonesian), 161,000 (Arabic)

Juventus Turin is a big winner in the social media thanks to the football star: Cristiano Ronaldo. Juventus has been improved a lot its rank in the social media since the Portuguese player plays for them in 2018. On Instagram alone, the number of followers has risen by over 16 million in comparison to the same period last year!

FC Bayern Munich

Total: 73.9 million fan

Instagram: 18 million fan

Facebook: 49 million fan

Twitter: 4.7 million (German), 1.1 million (English), 559,000 (Spanish), 293,900 (Arabic), 204,000 (North America)

The most popular German team got out of the top 5 by the impressive improvement of Juventus. FC Bayern is incredibly successful on Facebook, where it comes at fourth place although Instagram and Twitter are not enough for the top. In a national comparison with Borussia Dortmund, however, Bayern is the winner as the BVB has a total of over 26.7 million social followers and places eleventh in the worldwide club ranking.

Europe’s Most Popular Football Clubs on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (Part 1)

The 2019/20 European Cup season is about to begin with the best clubs in Europe competing in the Champions League and Europa League. The are clubs with numerous sporting success, titles and attract millions of fans. However, they don’t compete only on the pitch but even off the field there is fierce competition. In the social media, they fight for fans engagement, popularity to increase merchandising and sponsoring revenues.

This post will take a look at the number of followers of the top European clubs on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and create a ranking of the teams with the most social media fans. 

Real Madrid
Total: 241.4 million
Instagram: 77.8 million fan
Facebook: 110 million fan
Twitter: 32.9 million (Spanish), 10.8 million (English), 8.7 million (Arabic), 813,400 (French), 383,400 (Japanese)
Real is on the top despite the departure of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2018. Real stays in the throne due to having a clear strategy over archrival FC Barcelona among the Spanish-speaking followers. Even more surprising is Reals’ popularity on Twitter among Arabic-speaking fans, which is ultimately one of the crucial factors for the leading position of the Madrileneans.

FC Barcelona
Total: 235.4 million
Instagram: 76.6 million fan
Facebook: 103 million fan
Twitter: 30.7 million (English), 14.5 million (Spanish), 5.9 million (Catalan), 2.1 million (Arabic), 941,500 (French), 805,000 (Portuguese), 402,900 (Indonesian), 276,700 (Japanese), 215,300 (Turkish)
The 30.7 million followers on the English-language Twitter account are surprisingly good which can not even achieved by any English clubs. The 5.9 million followers of the Catalan Twitter account is the proof of how important Barca is for the Catalans -due to the fact that there’s only” 7.6 million Catalans worldwide.

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