I believe no one will argue against the fact that football (or soccer as North Americans call it) is perhaps the most popular sport in the world. Besides being one of the oldest sports, football is the only sport played in almost all countries in the world. It draws a lot of attention from the media and generates revenues only a few others in the business are capable of.
Football is loved from the continental to club level. When it comes to popularity, it is undeniable that the most popular football sports clubs are from Europe. It is possible that their popularity stems from media coverage, the enormous wealth the clubs possess and the kind of players they attract. If you are a football enthusiast who wants to know more about his or her favorite sports club, then here are top 10 most popular football sport clubs in the world 2014.
10. MANCHESTER UNITED, ENGLAND
No one can deny that Manchester United (also known as Man-U or Red Devils) is the most popular football club in the world. It was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878 but later changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to Old Trafford where they have been to this date.
A recent study carried out by a research company known as Kantar, commissioned by the club; found that the club has a global following of 695 million. The well-known footballer in Manchester United is Wynne Rooney but there are many of other big names.
9. REAL MADRID C.F , SPAIN
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol commonly known simply as Real Madrid is another most popular football sports club in the world 2014. The club was founded in 1902 and was bestowed royal by King Alfonso XIII in 1920. Real Madrid is the richest football club in the world in terms of revenue and the most valuable sports team.
This club domestically has managed to win 32 La Liga titles, 9 Supercopas de España, one Copa Eva Duarte and one Copa de la Liga. The club has also won a record 9 UEFA Champion’s League titles, joint record 3 intercontinental cups, 2 UEFA Cups as well as UEFA Super Cups. Real Madrid has a fun base of 450 million. The well-known footballer for this club is Christiano Ronaldo.
8. FC BARCELONA , SPAIN
Futbol Club Barcelona, commonly referred to simply as Barcelona and familiarly as Barça, is a Spanish professional football that has been in existence for 114 years. The club is owned and operated by supporters making it unique. It is based in Catalonia with their official field being Camp Nou.
Internationally, Barcelona has managed to win four UEFA Champions League titles, a record four UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup titles, four UEFA Super Cup titles , a record three Inter-Cities Fairs Cup titles as well as a record two FIFA Club World Cup trophies. The well-known footballer in Barcelona is Lionel Messi.
7. CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB, ENGLAND
Chelsea (The Blues) is another football club that deserves to be mentioned in the top 10 most popular football sports clubs in the world in 2014. It was founded in 1905 in Fulham London and most of their history they have spent in the front tier of the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea has played in Stamford Bridge since it was established. When it comes to continental competitions, Chelsea has won 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, a single UEFA Super Cup, a single UEFA Europa League and a single UEFA Champions League trophy. Chelsea are the only London club to win the UEFA Champions League title, and just one of four clubs, as well as the only British club, to have won all three main UEFA club competitions. Chelsea’s well known footballer is Eden Hazard.
6. ARSENAL, ENGLAND
Despite the shaky performance the Gunners have depicted lately, Arsenal is still one of the most popular football clubs in the planet. The club is based in Holloway, London and was founded in 128 years ago as Dial Square. Arsenal has won as many as 13 First Division and Premier League as well as 10 FA cup trophies. The Gunners hold the record for the longest uninterrupted period in the English top race and would be placed top in an aggregated league of the entire twentieth century. The current trending footballer in the team is Mesut �zil.
5. BAYERN MUNICH, GERMANY
Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. commonly known as Bayern Munich is known to be top professional football team in the German Bundesliga. This club is successful in not only Germany and Europe but in the world. The club was founded in 1900 and has managed to win record 24 national titles and 16 national cups. The well-known footballer for this popular German football club is Franck Ribery. Bayern Munich also the third richest clubs in the world.
4. MANCHESTER CITY, ENGLAND
This football club was founded in 1888 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton) and later adopted the name Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 before becoming Manchester City FC in 1894, a name they have managed to maintain to this day. Most of the fame this club currently enjoyed by this football club is largely attributable to input injected into the club by Abu Dhabi United Group. This happened in 2008 and the Manchester City managed to climb to the top of national and intercontinental football championships. The best-known footballer for the team is Sergio Aguero.
3. JUVENTUS FC, ITALY
Another popular football club that deserves to be included in our top 10 most popular football sports clubs in the world in 2014 is Juventus Football Club, also known simply as Juve. The club has a rich history having been founded in 1897 as Sport Club Juventus. The club’s fan base is wider than any other Italian football club as well as being one of the largest worldwide. It is also the richest football club in Italy. Overall, they have managed to win fifty-five official titles on the national and international arena, more than any other Italian club. The current trending player is Carlos Tevez.
2. AC MILAN, ITALY
AC Milan is another Italian football club that joins Juventus in worldwide popularity. It was founded as Associazione Calcio Milan in the year 1899 and its entire history has been punctuated with stories of success. Along with Boca Juniors, the successful football sports club boasts of a whopping 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA titles. Milan has managed to win three Intercontinental Cups as well as one of its successors, the FIFA Club World Cup. The well-known footballer fir this club is Mario Balotelli.
1. PARIS SAINT GERMAIN (PSG), FRANCE
Closing our list of the top 10 most popular football sports clubs in the world in 2014 is Paris Saint Germain commonly known as PSG. It is a professional association football club based in the great French city of Paris. PSG is the youngest club in this list having been founded in 1970 through the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. This club is one of only two French clubs (together with Olympique de Marseille) to win a major European club competition. The best player for the team is Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Now you have it. If your favorite football sports club did not manage to appear in the list, do not worry, as this is subjective. Most of these clubs draw a lot of media interest because of the huge support base they have globally. Given their current performance, they are likely to maintain or even grow better in popularity.