The following is a guest post written by Kandace Heller.
When it comes to picking out the five most popular teams in the world, it would be hard to bet against teams in England and Spain. These are the only two countries you need to look at while you are searching for the teams on this list, and the passion behind these club teams is found to be at the same level as some of the most followed national teams in the world. These teams were chosen based on the ever-increasing popularity. Often, their fans are loyal and make sure to show this loyalty at games with body paint, jerseys or footy scarves.
Founded in 1886, Arsenal is one of the top clubs in England, and their current fan base is somewhere around 115 million people. The team's jerseys are made by Nike and the team is sponsored by The Emirates Group. The kit colors are white and red. Although they play their club matches in London, Arsenal is one of the few clubs that is able to garner a lot of attention from different parts of the world. In fact, Arsenal has routinely been referred to as the favorite club of American fans of the sport.
Arsenal has won 13 First Division and Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups. While the team has not won a major tournament since 2005, it does hold the record for the longest uninterrupted period in the English top flight. Arsenal received its following from its years of success. People especially love Arsenal because the team members act like normal people, instead of like the celebrities they are.
Another club from England, Chelsea is the current champion of Europe. The team has been spending big money over the past decade, and that money has propelled them to the top of the soccer world. Some people look down upon the fact that Chelsea is willing to "buy trophies", but the team is not actually breaking any rules by doing so. Chelsea was founded in 1905 and enjoyed many successes in the latter half of the twentieth century as well as in recent years. The kit colors are blue and yellow.
One of the main reasons for Chelsea's popularity is the team's association with controversy. The team's fans often get rowdy, leading to problems with other teams. Since a campaign to decrease fan violence, altercations have decreased. However, fans still remember famous events, most notably the Chelsea Headhunters from the 1970s and 1980s.
3. Real Madrid
Founded in 1902, Real Madrid was already one of the most followed teams in the world. Real Madris's kit color is white. The team is sponsored by Fly Emirates and wears jerseys made by Adidas. Real Madrid's club is owned and operated by Real Madrid members. This team has the highest amount of revenue when compared with other soccer teams around the world. Real Madrid made a name for itself in the 1950s when it won the European Cup five times.
The already famous team became even more popular when they signed Christiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. Ronaldo is the 2nd most popular player in the world, and he is one of the main reasons millions of people around the world watch Real Madrid on a weekly basis. The team is supported primarily by its members, a number close to 70,000 fans. The team has a number of rivalries, most notably FC Barcelona. These rivalries help add to the team's popularity.
Barcelona's team was founded in 1899. The team's kit is blue and red. Barcelona is basically a dream team in the world of soccer. The Spanish National Team is mostly made of players who play at Barcelona Football Club. Although Leonardi Messi, the number one player in the world of soccer, usually gets all the team's glory, half of the World Team could probably be made of players from this Spanish side.
The team has a large fan base, like all of the teams on this list, primarily because of its successes. It's trophies are too numerous to mention, but some of the most notable ones include two FIFA World Cups and the sextuple trophy (winning six out of six competitions in a single year). Another main reason Barcelona has so many fans is because of its roots to Catalonia. The team has become a symbol of Catalan culture, creating a loyal fan base.
1. Manchester United
Founded in 1878, Manchester United is one of the oldest soccer teams. The team holds a variety of titles including 20 league titles, four League Cups and one FIFA World Cup. The team is one of the wealthiest teams in the world, valued at approximately $3 billion. The team also has gone public with its IPO to the New York Stock Exchange in 2012.
Like the Yankees and baseball, Manchester United is the most well known soccer team throughout England and the rest of the world. Although their legendary manager is now leaving the game forever, they are still in great hands with Everton's former manager, David Moyes, taking over for Sir Alex Ferguson. The team has vowed to honor Ferguson, the team has also vowed to respect Moyes as the new manager. The team's popularity stems from its history, its players and above all its amazing playing record.
Kandace Heller is a freelance writer writing on behalf of Trend Corporate. For those looking to buy a footy scarf, Kandace suggests visiting http://www.trendcorporate.com.au/scarves/footy-scarves.