Top 10 Most Popular Football Clubs
For the football fans, watching the match of their favorite team is as necessary as is sunlight for the plants to make their own food and survive. In a sense, we can say that football matches are vital for the very survival of football fans. Especially in the last minutes, when your favorite team takes charge of the ball for a counter-attack, one cannot help but find himself absorbed fully in each and every move of the match. There are various football clubs but some of them can be placed in the top ten list because of the popular support they have earned from their fans. Here is the list of top ten most popular football clubs.
10. Sheffield FC
This club is the oldest club which is currently playing. It was founded in 1857 which makes it 154 years old club. Two of the major countries in south-east Asia (Pakistan & India) are not old enough as this club is. They won Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup in the year 2007-08 and 2009-10 and apart from this they have also achieved numerous titles. The manager of the club is Mark Shaw and Chairman is Richard Tims.
9. Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
It is a Brazilian football team and is the only team to have won the domestic triple crown of Brazilian football. This club was founded in 1921 but is way too young as compared to Sheffield FC.
It is a top-class French football club which has secured numerous titles. It holds the honor to be the French champions nine times and also set a record by winning Coupe de France for ten times. It was founded in 1899 and is also called Les Phocéens, L’OM. The chairman of this club is Mr. Vincent Labrune and Mr. Didier Deschamps is the manager.
It was nicknamed The Pensioners until the year 1952 but at present, they are popularly known as The Blues. As we are moving up the ladder we can find big names such as Ashley Cole and Fernando Torres. It is an English football club which based in Fulham, London. Chelsea has won English champions four times and FA Cup six times.
It is a Portuguese multi-sports club but its main activity is in the field of football. It has got many nicknames such as Portistas, Dragões and Azuis e Brancos. The last two nicks in the list mean Dragons and Blues & Whites respectively. Have you guys seen the movie Hulk? Yeah that green monster movie. Hulk is the captain of this team. Oh no! not the green one but the name is same. It is at the top among all the other Portuguese football clubs as it has secured 70 titles in total.
5. AC Milan
I always love to start introducing any club with its nicknames because it is always exciting for the fans of that particular club. So, the nicknames of this club are Rossoneri(The Red and Blacks) and Diavol0(The Devil). It is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy. This club is at present the Italian football champions and has got 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA titles. Let us not touch the present era stories of this club and rather jump on to past. The first captain of A.C Milan was Herbert Kilpin.
4. Real Madrid
This club was founded way back in 1902 and is based in Madrid, Spain. There is a history behind the word Real. In Spanish, Real means Royal and this was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920. The nicknames of this club are Los Blancos, Los Merengues and Los Vikingos. Apart from being in the top ten list, it is also the second most valuable football club worth €1.4 billion. Two of the most renowned players in the world, Beckham and Zidane, were a part of this club.
They are the Gunners in the world of football. Trrrrr! Trrrr! and there goes the ball through the net. After Real Madrid, comes the name of Arsenal which is third most valuable club with a worth of $1.2 billion. Arsenal was founded in the year 1886 and it joined the football league in 1893. Robin van Persie is the captain of the team and Thomas Vermaelen is the vice-captain. It is based in Holloway, London.
It is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was founded 112 years ago in 1899. Lionel Messi, the three time consecutive winner of Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010 and 2011, is also in the team. Its nicknames are Barça or Blaugrana and Culés or Barcelonistas. Strictly speaking in the context of revenue, it is the second richest football club with annual revenue of €398 million. One more interesting fact about his team is that it has a long standing rivalry with Real Madrid, and matches between the two teams are referred to as “El Clásico“.
1. Manchester United
Here comes The Red Devils in the field! It is the most popular football club and has got lot of fans. It was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878 but in the year 1902, it changed its name to Manchester United. Bryan Robson is the player who remained the captain of this club for the longest period of 12 years. Manchester United won a record 19 league titles and FA Cups. It has won the most trophies in England football.