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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.

interesting facts about Arsenal F.C

Arsenal Football Club is always a magnet for the public,  being the most successful and beloved clubs in England with  winning 28 major domestic trophies. Arsenal also hold the records for longest unbeaten streak and run in top level flight of English football.

In this post, we provides some interesting facts about the Gunners.

1 – Arsenal is the only existence team that has never been relegated from the top flight of English football since the 1919/20 campaign.

2 – They were given a gold version of the Premier League trophy to celebrate the achievement of going unbeaten to win the title during the 2003/04 season.

3 – Arsenal’s game competed against Sheffield United on January 1927 at Highbury was the first ever match in English league to be broadcast on the radio.

4 – Ten years later, a match between Arsenal and their opponent was the first ever game to be televised live, on 16th September 1937.

5 – In 1993, Arsenal was the first club to ever achieve the League Cup and FA Cup in the same year.

6 – Arsene Wenger, the current Arsenal owner, was the first foreign manager to lift the Premier League cup as the Gunners got it in 1997/98.

7 – On 31st January 2010, Arsenal’s game competed against Manchester United was the first game to be broadcast in 3D.

8 – They are given the name Arsenal, and the nickname ‘The Gunners’, since they were found by a group of cannon makers at the Woolwich Arsenal in 1886.

9 – Arsenal got the record for consecutive empty handed in the Champions League even though back in 2006, they reached the final, managed ten games, and 995 minutes, without having a goal.

10 – Arsenal hold the record for the most number of players from a single club in an England team. Seven Gunners competed against Italy in a friendly match in 1934

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]

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. 

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