Although not yet as well-loved as basketball, it can be said that football already has a special place in our country’s collective heart. Besides the fact that Filipinos now flock to social media to cheer and keep up with the national team, they also stay up until the wee hours of the morning to catch live matches featuring their favorite international football clubs, playing halfway across the globe. In fact, during hightimes in the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) season, it’s become normal to find people on the streets of Manila wearing shirts of their favorite clubs—and perhaps even eyebags, a souvenir from the morning’s game. If that’s not love, then it must be pretty close to it.
And now that 2015 is coming to a close, the UEFA has officially opened voting for the year’s best teams and players. To celebrate the successes and triumphs of some of the world’s (as well as the Filipinos’) most followed football clubs, let’s take a look at UEFA’s top 5 most consistent performers for the past 15 years.
Since being founded in 1899 football, FC Barcelona has grown to be the world’s most supported team, as seen in their social media following and rankings in various football lists. The club has a long list of local and international titles, including La Liga, Copa Del Rey, UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Real Madrid was founded in 1902 as Madrid Football Club, and has grown to be one of most widely supported teams in the world. The club has won too many matches to count since its formation: 32 La Liga titles, 10 European Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups, and a FIFA Club World Cup.
Founded in 1899, A.C. Milan holds 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA titles, including 3 Intercontinental Cups, 7 European Cup or Champions League Cups, 5 UEFA Super Cups, and 2 Cup Winners’ Cup. The club is owned by Italian Prime Minister and shareholder of Mediaset, Silvio Berlusconi.
FC Bayern München, also known as Bayern Munich, is Germany’s most successful football club. Since its founding in 1990, the team has won a total of 17 national championships and 24 national titles, including the European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup—not bad for a 25-year old club.
Arsenal FC, based in Holloway, London, stands among top ranked teams and is considered the fifth most valuable association football club. They have numerous national and global honors under their belt, 13 Premier League Cups, 11 FA Cups, and 13 FA Community Shield Cups.