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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.

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.

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.

Oldest Football Clubs in the World (part 1)

Many football clubs dated back to the late 1850s and 1860s claim that their team is the oldest; however, there are no actual proofs of that claims. Furthermore, another adding factor to the difficulty of determining the origins of football clubs is that many early rugby clubs also call their teams football clubs. However, this list consists of the clubs that are believed to be the oldest which were established at the same time and are still playing today.

9. Hallam Football Club

Hallam Football Club claims that it is the second oldest football club in the world, after the Sheffield Football Club, but many evidence showed that the club was actually established on April 20, 1860 in Sheffield, England with the nickname as the  Countrymen.

Hallam has always played on the grounds of Sandygate Road, which is the oldest football ground according to Guinness World Records. In 1867, Hallam team won the world’s first football tournament – the Youdan Cup. The cup is still with Hallam Club today after a period of time being lost and bought back from a Scottish antique dealer in 1997.

8. Cray Wanderers Football Club

It is widely believed that the origins of the Cray Wanderers Football Club dates back to between 1858 to 1860 when the construction of London, Chatham and Dover Railway line began. The workers building the railway are actually the very first players of the club. They played with a ball during their breaks and eventually formed a club in the St Mary Cray village, Bromley, England with the well-known nickname – The Wands. In the late 1800s, Cray Wanderers Football Club performed really well among various other amateur football clubs and entered its first Football Association Amateur Cup competition in 1893 – 94. The club was one of the founding members of the Kent League in 1894 – 1895 and members of the Isthmian League South Division today.

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