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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. 

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.

The biggest football teams in the World (part 2)

Borussia Dortmund
Social Following
Facebook 15 million
Instagram 7 million
Twitter 3.2 million
Worldwide fans: 22 million
Revenue: £290 million
Club value: £651 million

Borussia Dortmund is the second biggest team in Germany with league glory in 2010–11, 2011–12, however since then they have struggled to keep up with the Munich giants dud to a serious of shopping runs, as wealthier and bigger clubs have lured their talents away from the Westfalenstadion. Dortmund is well-known for its one of the best youth system in the world, producing famous players such as Christian Pulisic, Mario Götze and Marco Reus.
Currently, the club is valued at £651 million pounds; however, it is expected to increase drastically according to the rumours of big foreign investment come to pass.

Manchester City

Social Following
Facebook 37 million
Instagram 11 million
Twitter 6,7 million
Worldwide fans: 110 million
Revenue: £461 million
Club value: £1.870 billion
Thanks to its recent success and financial power, Man City is growing their fanbase and influence world wide. While Man City’s fanbase grew 523%, their rivals Man United saw a 19% drop according to a survey by Spanish newspaper Sport. Should their current success continues, it is only a matter of time until Manchester City claims their position on the top 3 spot on the global stage.

Paris Saint-Germain

Social Following
Facebook 36 million
Instagram 19.6 million
Twitter 6.8 million
Worldwide fans: 35 million
Revenue: £425 million
Club value: £990 million
The only French team to make the list, PSG was only founded in 1970. The club has a rich history stretching back to the start of the century. Since then, they have been receiving big attention from both the public and investment. The most recent Qatar sports investment help raise the club to a new stage with attracting signings with Zlatan Ibrahimović which help PSG successfully attain four league titles, three Coupe de France, four Coupe de la Ligue and five Trophée des Champions titles.
The current force of the club appears to be a fierce front with 3 talents, the Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, the Brazilian Neymar and the young Frenchman Kylian Mbappé. Of three, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé alone cost of £406 million, which have drawn lots of doubts from the international football community with regards to sustainability. But as it turns out, there is no denying that PSG’s goals of becoming a world superpower has become real with the recent world cup championship title. At a value of £990 million and 35 million fans worldwide, many believe that the club is far undervalued in comparison to its potential. Should PSG continues on this path, a Champions League Title might soon head towards France in the near future.

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.

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