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10 most successful football clubs in Europe

Harsh Gupta
FEATURED WRITER
Modified 20 Mar 2019

The center of attention and attraction of world football has slowly shifted to club football in England and Spain with teams like Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Arsenal etc. grabbing most of the headlines in sports pages across the planet. The English and Spanish leagues are the most popular leagues among football fans with Italy and Germany falling well behind over the years. Barcelona and United, with their recent success rate, might be considered the top teams in the world right now, but they are not actually the most successful clubs around.

Before I am bombarded with hate and demeaning mails and comments by passionate supporters, I might need to clarify- Success here implies the total no. of trophies won by a club since it was founded and only major domestic, European and international titles are being considered.Β  And I do understand that the standard of the leagues and level of competition might differ from country to country, but we are only talking about clubs with the most amount of silverware in their trophy cabinets.

1)Β Rangers (Scotland)- 115 trophies

Domestic honours

Scottish League Championships: 54
Scottish Cup: 33
Scottish League Cup: 27

European honours

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: One

2)Β Celtic (Scotland)- Β 92 trophies

Domestic honours

Scottish League Championships: 42
Scottish Cup: 35
Scottish League Cup: 14

European honours

European Cup: One

3)Β Real Madrid (Spain)- 74 trophies

Domestic honours:

La Liga – 31
Copa del Rey – 18
League Cup – One
Spanish Super Cup – Nine

European honours

European Cup/Champions League – Nine
UEFA Cup/Europa League – Two
UEFA Super Cup – One

International honours

Intercontinental Cup – Three

4)Β Barcelona (Spain)- 74 trophies

Domestic honours:

La Liga – 21
Copa Del Rey – 25
League Cup – Two
Spanish Super Cup – 13

European honours:

European Cup/Champions League – Four
Cup Winners’ Cup – Four
UEFA Super Cup – Four

International honours:

FIFA Club World Cup – One

5)Β Porto (Portugal)- 70 trophies

Domestic honours

Portuguese League – 25
Portuguese Cup – 20
Portuguese Super Cup – 18

European honours

European Cup/Champions League – Two
UEFA Cup/Europa League – Two
UEFA Super Cup – One

International honours

Intercontinental Cup – Two

6)Β Benfica (Portugal)-Β  68 trophies

Domestic honours

Primeira Liga- 32
Portuguese Cup- 27
League Cup- Three
Portuguese Super Cup- Four

European honours

European Cup/Champions League- Two

7)Β Ajax (Holland)- 65 trophies

Domestic Honours

Eredivise – 30
Dutch Cup – 18
Johan Cruyff Shield – Seven

European honours

European Cup/Champions League – Four
Cup Winners’ Cup – One
UEFA Cup/Europa League – One
UEFA Super Cup – Two

International honours

Intercontinental Cup – Two

8)Β Manchester United (England)- 60 trophies

Domestic honours

First Division/Premier League – 19
FA Cup – 11
League Cup – Four
Community Shield – 19

European honours

European Cup/Champions League – Three
Cup Winners’ Cup – One
UEFA Super Cup – One

International honours

Intercontinental Cup – One
Club World Cup – One

9)Β Liverpool (England)- 58 trophies

Domestic honours

First Division/Premier League – 18
FA Cup – Seven
League Cup – Seven
Charity/Comunity Shield – 15

European honours

European Cup/Champions League – Five
UEFA Cup/Europa League – Three
UEFA Super Cup – Three

10)Β Bayern Munich (German)- 55 trophies

Domestic honours

Bundesliga – 22
German Cup – 15
League Cup – Six
German Super Cup – Four

European honours

European Cup/Champions League – Four
Cup Winners’ Cup – One
UEFA Cup/Europa League – One

International honours

Intercontinental Cup – Two

Conspicuous by their absence- Juventus (50), AC Milan (47 trophies), PSV Eindhoven (39), Arsenal (38), Manchester City (13)

Other surprise names- Levski Sofia (55), Steaua Bucharest (52), Red Star Belgrade (50)

Published 09 Nov 2011
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