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Worst Teams in Premier League History (Part 3)

Sunderland (2002/03)

Despair for Gavin McCann of Sunderland which also has been ugly for Sunderland fans as the 2002/03 season was nothing but a nightmare after just four victories all season.

With the club falling down towards the bottom of the table, manager Peter Reid was fired and replaced with Howard Wilkinson. However, he worked just five months before being relieved of his position, and successor Mick McCarthy also failed to make any progress for the team.

Sunderland finished the year with just 19 points, a shame of 25 points behind the 17th-placed  Bolton Wanderers. Kevin Phillips’ six goals was simply insufficient, and the Black Cats dropped back to the second tier.

 Portsmouth (2009/10)

Portsmouth officially finished the season  with 19 points, which is one of the lowest record in history, but this was no fault of the players.

In fact, the team managed seven wins and seven draws, which should have been counted with 28 points (still they will be played at bottom of the table), but financial problems araised the same year and Portsmouth were eventually deducted nine points after entering administration, dropping their tally down to 19 points.

Players and staff were unpaid for most parts of the year, and the club found themselves in debt to several clubs after they failed to finance their transfer dealings. With 19 points, they will be recorded as one of the worst performing teams in Premier League history.

Aston Villa (2015/16)

 The 2015/16 season was not so memorable for  Aston Villa fans, but they will remember it for all the wrong reasons as the Villains signed a total of 12 new footballers, including current  Everton player Idrissa Gueye and Wolverhampton Wanderers dribbling phenom Adama Traore, but they managed just three wins and 17 points all year, and they slumped to the Championship with little more than whimper.

Worst Teams in Premier League History

We have seen plenty of teams who looked out of their depth in the Premier League, but there have been some clubs who have gone down in flame as the worst ever as they tried their luck in the top flight.

In this post, you will find the worst performing teams in Premier League history.

Watford (1999/00)

In 1997,  Watford were member of the third tier of English football, but two successive promotions enable them to upgrade to the  Premier League. However, the top flight seemed to be a step too far.

Graham Taylor’s side managed to win over both  Liverpool and Chelsea early-season which led many people to believe they could survive in the division, but things didn’t turn out as expected. 

Watford had just six wins all season, ended up with a total of 24 points, which was the lowest points ever recorded by a Premier League at the time. Icelandic forward Heidar Helguson ended up as the team’s top scorer with just six goals, in a season which many fans would want to forget.

Sunderland (2016/17)

Matching Watford’s total of 24 points, Sunderland endured a difficult time during the 2016/17 season, and the Black Cats has yet to fully recovered.

Sunderland quickly found themselves drop to the bottom of the table, and they did not find their first victory until the match against  Bournemouth team in November. That win was one of six prestigious victories which the team managed all season, and they ended up a total of 16 points from survival.

 Jermain Defoe and  Jordan Pickford were two critical members of David Moyes’ side, but the expensive arrivals of Papy Djilobodji and Didier N’Dong did not bring much value to the club, who now find themselves in League One after suffering relegation from the  Championship for a long time

Most successful club in England (Part 2)

Liverpool Soccer Team (LFC)
Liverpool was established back in 1892, and ever since, the club has always been considered as one of the most successful clubs in England with the main rivalry is MUFC. Therefore, by the time Manchester United led World Cup match and won the striking prize, the number of awards achieved by that team became more than the total of foremost honors won by Liverpool soccer players.

Let’s take a look at the main titles awarded to Liverpool Reds:
League victories – 18 awards
League Cups – 8 awards
FA Cup – 7 awards
European awards – 5 victories

UEFA Cup – 3 victories
Total titles – 41 awards

To gain a comprehensive understanding of which England football club is the most successful one in history, it is better to list the top 5 teams that has won significant awards in the history of soccer:

Manchester United won 42 titles 

Liverpool won 41 titles

Arsenal won 30 titles

Chelsea won 22 titles

Aston Villa won 20 titlesFrom the list, we can see that the difference in only one winning title makes Manchester United FC the best club in England at the moment, but a small effort of Liverpool can completely change the picture, and two famous football clubs can switch places.

Still, both Manchester United and Liverpool are considered the two most successful England football clubs in the history of soccer, if not to take into consideration too precisely the difference in one winning title. They both have been remarkable for the last 10 years, and they might continue to retain their champion statuses for many more years in the future.

Still, no matter how many titles one club won. We believe you have your own reasons to love and support them. Which one of the two teams do you love the most?

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.

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.

Clubs won the most trophies in the world (part 1)

People usually refer the most successful clubs in the world with familiar names like Real Madrid , Juventus , Barcelona , Manchester United , Liverpool and Bayern Munich…

Those are well-known for their lucrative history of successes, dominating both a domestic and European level.

However, as taking into account the whole world and counting their total number of trophies won, none of them make into the top five.

In this post, we will list top successful clubs in the world based on all-time trophies won.

Celtic – Scotland – 105 trophies

Celtic has dominated Scottish football in recent years with over 100 trophies although they are not the most successful team in the country’s history.

Celtic have won an 50 Scottish League championships, and have won consecutively for the last eight years. Celtic also won the European Cup in 1966/67.

Atletico Penarol – Uruguay – 108 trophies

Penarol are the second most successful team in Uruguay who have never been pushed out from the top since joining in 1900. The club has got 50 Primera Division titles, five Copa Libertadores and nutured a stars – the former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid footballer Diego Forlan, considered as one of the greatest Uruguayan players of all time.

Club Nacional de Football – Uruguay – 113 trophies

The most successful team in Uruguay is Club Nacional with 46 times winning the Primera Division and three Copa Libertadores titles. Inter Milan defender Diego Godin used to ply at Nacional and is one of their most famous players.

Rangers – Scotland – 115 trophies

The most successful team in Scotland is Rangers with 54 Scottish League titles and one European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971/72.

Al Ahly – Egypt – 118 trophies

The most decorated club in the world, also known as “The Club of the Century” in African football, is Egypt’s Al Ahly.

Since the day it were founded in 1907, they have been perennial winners since day one with vast collection of trophies, including 41 Egyptian Premier League titles, 36 Egyptian Cups, 10 Egyptian Super Cups, eight CAF Champions Leagues, six CAF Super Cups, four CAF Cup Winners’ Cups and one CAF Confederations Cup.

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]

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