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Top 10 Most Successful Football (Soccer) Clubs in the World

Updated on March 25, 2020
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Brief History of Football (Soccer)

A team game of rock ball was popular in ancient Mesoamerica culture however modern day football is traced to 19th century England. Another similar sport in 2nd century China is the Cuju including different ball games in ancient Greece.

In 16th century England a form of the game was player with huge numbers in a rough sometime violent way. This form sometime caused the death of any unfortunate player. Rugby was also a favorite sport with no clear distinction between football and rugby. Overtime the number of players drastically reduced including the length of pitch, playtime and rules.

Highly popular in British schools a meeting in Cambridge in 1848 changed the rules to accommodate some modern forms of the sport. Early clubs formed from 1824-1862 were Sheffield in 1855, Nott’s County 1862. However there was regular competition between Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England while the first FA Cup was in 1871.

Top 10 Most Successful Football Clubs

The question is how do we establish which club is the most successful in the world. Although funding is an integral part of the equation, actual success comes with how many trophies they win. The first thought would be EPL clubs however the reality is far from expected.

Football (Soccer) Players

Football (Soccer) Players
Football (Soccer) Players

Top 10 List

  1. Al Ahly Sports Club(Egypt)
  2. FC Barcelona(Spain)
  3. Real Madrid CF (Spain)
  4. Rangers FC (Scotland)
  5. JUVENTUS FC(Italy)
  6. Liverpool Fc(England)
  7. Manchester United FC(England)
  8. FC Bayern Munich(Germany)
  9. AC Milan(Spain)
  10. Manchester City FC(England)

1. Al Ahly Sports Club

Based in Cairo Egypt Al Ahly Sports Club is arguably the most successful clubs in terms of trophies. Founded in 24 April 1907 they currently play in Egyptian Premier League The red giants stadium ground is in Cairo with capacity of 30,000-75,000, chairman Mahmoud El Khatib, manager Rene Weiler, team colors red-home, black-away, others blue.

Highly decorated they were awarded club of the century in 2001 in Johannesburg South Africa. Haul of trophies are 1 Arab Cup Winners Cup title, 6 CAF Super Cup, 1 CAF Confederations Cup. Others are 2 Arab Super Cups, 1 Arab Club Champions Cup, 4 African Cup Winners Cup, 8 Champions league titles and 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship.


  1. 1 Arab Cup Winners Cup title
  2. 6 CAF Super Cup
  3. 1 CAF Confederations Cup
  4. 2 Arab Super Cups
  5. 1 Arab Club Champions Cup
  6. 4 African Cup Winners Cup
  7. 8 Champions league titles
  8. 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship

2 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona was founded in 1899 in Spain Barcelona. The club has occupied 5 different grounds in the club history. Club grounds are Carretera d’Horta grounds (1905–1909). Others include Carrer de Muntaner grounds (1901–1905) Camp del Carrer Indústria (1909–1922), Camp de Les Corts (1922–1957) and Camp Nou (1957–).

Main trophies are Copa del Rey 30 times, UEFA Cup Winners Cup 4 times. Others are La Liga 26, European cup/Champions League 5. Noitable players include Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez Diego Maradona, José Mari Bakero, Julio Salinas, Luis Enrique, Gary Lineker, Hristo Stoichkov

3 Real Madrid CF (Spain)

Home base of Real Madrid Club de Futbol is in Madrid Spain. A major club in the world with outstanding records and staler performance in the world stage. Founded in 1902 trophies include European Cup/Champions League: 13, UEFA Cup: 2, La Liga: 33 and Copa del Rey: 19

4 Rangers FC (Scotland)

When you mention Scottish football the first name that comes to mind is Rangers FC. Founded in 1872 in Glasgow Scotland their home ground is Ibrox park 1999-1997, Ibrox stadium 1997 till present. Rangers FC fierce rival is Celtic with huge number of trophies between the two. Main trophies won by Rangers FC are 1 European cup winners’ cup, 33 Scottish Cup, 54 Scottish premier league titles.

Rangers FC Trophies

  1. 1 European cup winners’ cup
  2. 33 Scottish Cup
  3. 54 Scottish premier league titles

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Fans in Stadium
Fans in Stadium

5 Juventus Fc

Juventus FC is the favorite club of my nephew with good cause. They are the most dominant club in the history of Italian Football. Founded in 1897 in Torino Italy they have won about 55 main trophies. Known for their striking white with black stripe jersey is currently home to one of the greatest strikers ever Ronaldo.

They have had notable footballers some of which are Zinedine Zidane, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi Buffon, Alvaro Morata, Paul Pogba, Gonzalo Higuaín. Others are Roberto Bettega, Paolo Rossi, Boniek, Michel Platini. More include Michael Laudrup, Pietro Anastasi, Omar Sívori.

Club home grounds are Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino (1932-1990), Stadio delle Alpi(1990-2006. Others are Stadio Olimpico 2006-2011, Juventus Stadium 2011 till date. Main trophies are 14 Coppa Italia, 35 italian football seria A championship, 3 UEFA Cup,1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 2 European/ Cjampions League Cup.

Juventus FC Trophies

  1. 14 Coppa Italia
  2. 35 Italian football Seria A championship
  3. 3 UEFA Cup
  4. 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup
  5. 2 European/ Champions League Cup

6. Liverpool Fc

Liverpool Fc had a long list of prominent players like Fernando Torres, Mohammed Salah, Steven Gerrad and Michael Owens. Founded in 1892 in Liverpool England by then-president John Houlding their home ground is Afield Road. Main trophies are 3 UEFA Cup, 8 League Cups. Others are 7 FA Cups, 5 European Cup/ Champions League, 18 First division/Premier League titles.

7. Manchester United FC

Manchester united football club also known as the red devils was founded in 1878 as Newton Health LYR FC. By 1902 9it became Manchester united. One of the most funded clubs in the world with annual revenue of €676.3 million and valued at $4 billion dollars. Their playground is at old Trafford with capacity of 74,879.

Owner by the Manchester united plc. (NYSE:MANU) CHAIRMAN Joel and Avram Glazer, manager ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Trophies are 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 International Cup, 1 UEFA Europe league. Others are 1 UEFA Super Cup, 3 UEFA Champions league 21 FA Community Shield, 5 League Cups, 12 FA Cups, 20 league Titles.

Manchester United Trophies

  1. 1 FIFA Club World Cup
  2. 1 International Cup
  3. 1 UEFA Europe league
  4. 1 UEFA Super Cup
  5. 3 UEFA Champions league
  6. 21 FA Community Shield
  7. 5 League Cups
  8. 12 FA Cups
  9. 20 league Titles

UEFA Champions League Winners 1956 - 2018

8 FC Bayern Munich

Football-club Bayern Munich e.v was founded 27 February 1900. Their grounds is Allianz Arena with a capacity of 75,000 people. The club president is Herbert Hainer, Chairman Karl-Henz Rummenigger. FC Bayern is a top flight team in the German Bundesliga.trophies are European Cup/Champions League: 5, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1
UEFA Cup: 1. others include German Champions/Bundesliga: 29
DFB-Pokal: 18

9 AC Milan

AC Milan was founded on 13 December 1899 in Milan Italy. The club was founded by two English men Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin Expatriates. Their home grounds are Campo di Viale Lombardia 1920-1926 then San Siro 1926 till date. Many trophies include 2 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 5 Coppa Italia, 7 European Cup/Champions League and 18 Italian Football Champions/Serie A

10 Manchester City FC

Manchester City FC was founded in 1880 in England in the city of Manchester. The home grounds are Clowes Street (1880-1881)
Kirkmanshulme Cricket Ground (1881-1882)
Queens Road (1882-1884)
Pink Bank Lane (1884-1887). Others include Hyde Park (1887-1923)
Maine Road (1923-2003)
Etihad Stadium (2003-). Trophies won are League Cup: 6
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1First Division/Premier League: 6
FA Cup: 5


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