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Reddit's most popular football club is Arsenal while Spanish clubs continue to struggle with representation

English-speaking teams and countries dominate Reddit's 'most followed' football subreddits.

Arsenal are the kings of social media. We knew.

Let’s cut to the chase. Reddit is the new – and amongst the first - shortcuts on most people’s web browsers. It’s an aggregator where people can post external links regarding the topic – or subreddit – they’re currently browsing. And unlike Twitter and Facebook, every subreddit has moderators who ensure the quality of content posted is reliable and isn’t offensive to the people who’ve ‘subscribed’ to it. 

Amongst the thousands of subreddits the site boasts of, ‘soccer’ is the one with highest following ones for football fans across the world. Currently, r/soccer has 211,492 users from 213 countries subscribed to it who support some 2047 football clubs all over the world. 

And given how certain clubs have taken to social media as one of their preferred ways to reach out to fans, it’s no surprise to see some of the biggest English sides dominate even in Reddit – even though they can’t directly influence the content posted and spoken about on the site. 

It comes as no surprise then that English Premier League side Arsenal are the most ‘followed’ side in Reddit. They’re followed by fellow Premier League rivals Manchester United with Liverpool and Chelsea a distant third and fourth on the list. 

Given that two of football’s biggest names – in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – don the jerseys of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, it’s surprising to see that the two Spanish clubs have a very minimal representation on Reddit. But given that a majority of their fans are from a Spanish speaking community, it’s understandable given how particular the site are about all the communication being in English. 

This also reflects in the kind of following national teams have on Reddit. England’s national team has an incredible 92,003 followers and is the most followed national team on the site. The second most followed national team is a surprise for football fans – but not so much given it’s on an English-speaking site – with the United States of America which has around 26,998 followers. 

Most followed football clubs on Reddit: 

Team

Users

Arsenal16,207
Manchester United15,710
Liverpool13,603
Chelsea10,578
Tottenham Hotspurs6,516
Barcelona6,153
Bayern Munich4,942
Real Madrid4,773
Manchester City3,845
Borussia Dortmund2,741
Everton2,417
Newcastle United2,406
Juventus2,022
AC Milan1,768
Seattle Sounders1,576
West Ham United1,390
Celtic1,309
Aston Villa1,123
Benfica1,115
Ajax1,110

Most followed national football teams on Reddit: 

Team

Users

England92,003
United States of America26,998
Germany16,593
Spain13,100
Italy7,537
Netherlands4,936
Portugal4,211
Mexico3,718
France3,378
Scotland3,335
Brazil2,899
Australia2,200
Canada1,908
Argentina1,897
Sweden1,742
Belgium1,728
Ireland1,629
Wales1,479
Turkey1,284
Poland1,246
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