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.