The 20 “Most Important” Football Clubs In The World


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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120 Responses

  1. Kyle T says:

    Linfield FC (Northern Ireland) should be on this list as they’ve won 49 leagues and over 50 cups easily the most successful team in Britain perhaps even Europe..

  2. Ahmed says:

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  3. Duncan Edwards says:

    How Aston Villa Football Club,are not included in this list is absolutely absurd.It was there associates/directors whom,were responsible for forming the football league in the motherland of football,so think on ! That fact and achievement,alone,is a more than adequate criteria to be named in the top twenty greatest football club’s in the world.Your failure to include the club,really is quite shocking.

  4. Duncan Edwards says:

    ‘Their’ not there,a far lesser crime/mistake than not including Aston Villa in the list.

  5. gjjkh says:

    And what about Liverpool????????!!!!!!!! They are the most successful f.c. in the history of England.

  6. robert says:

    Wheres Rangers fc?? they have won more trophies than any other team in the world!!

  7. Rich says:

    wheres Manchester Unied Fc they are a great team. i love real madrid the best Galacticos. WOOO|HOOO

  8. Scratch says:

    Cardiff City FC, the only club to take the FA Cup out of England.

  9. SHUBHAM M says:


  10. ThisIsAnfield says:

    Liverpool should be included… They played the best game in football history along side AC Milan.. 25th May 2005, at The Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey.. UEFA Champions League Final.. and they are the most decorated club in england..

  11. Andy says:

    It’s not about success, it’s about IMPORTANCE. I think they got this one right.

  12. Mark says:

    Glasgow Rangers should easily be on this list as they are THE most successful club in the world as they have won ’53’ scotish championships, ’33’ scottish cups and ’26’ scottish league cups with a uefa cup winners cup 1972.

  13. O Real Madrid de Espanha é sem sombras de dúvidas o melhor Clube do Mundo mais bem sucedido a seguir está o S.L.Benfica de Portugal… Os dados que levam-me a esta estatistica é o número de títulos ganhos a nível interno e Internacionais para os dois clubes e como se não bastasse, o número ded adeptos e sócios que têm…Ninguem conseque parar esses clubes!

  14. KOFI BEN says:

    I understand why BARCELONA FC skippid your mind because BARCA is more a team.Forget about the histories and talk about how BARCA is saving the lives of football lovers.

  15. Wigster says:

    Aston Villa founded (not just founder members but founded) the football league – the first of its kind in the world and the basis for all others.

    Their exclusion makes this list an absolute joke.

  16. Matthew Keenan says:

    its not about who is the most successful.therefore no need for boring lists that just have united and liverpool on top. (by the way, United are the most successful club in england now in terms of silverware and profile NOT liverpool) yes maybe aston villa should be in there as league founders but in that case so should clubs like everton. Maybe even nottingham forest for retaining the european cup. But i can see what this list is getting at and tend to agree with it

  17. oheneba says:

    why wasnt chelsea part it is the greatest club ever

  18. stephen says:

    what about Juventus!?

  19. Robert Maxwell says:

    What about Oxford united! Milk cup winners in 1986 legendery team!!

  20. Christy says:

    how the f**k are Liverpool FC not there! there the most succesful team in Braitan! 18 leagues and 5 UCL cups! WTF

  21. Sons says:

    Dumbarton FC should be on the list. Football was in it’s infancy and Dumbarton were Scotlands first champions and went on to beat Englands champions Blackburn. In 1988 Dumbarton beat WBA in a centenary challenge match to retain the first FIFA World Cup. Originally the World Cup was a club championship won by the Dunbartonshire side Renton.

  22. Tierney Talib says:

    You forgot Sporting CP
    With the best accademies in the world where were born players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Simão Sabrosa, Luis Figo, João Moutinho, Pedro Pauleta and so on.

  23. Gavin says:

    Maradons only played 40 games for Boca, Argentina Juniors “gave the world Maradona”

    id say Santos should be on the list, heard of Pele

  24. Matt Stevenson says:

    Man Utd and Aston Villa should be on this list. Villa for the reasons previously stated, but Man Utd are the most supported club in the world. Approximately 5% of the world’s population support Man Utd. 5% doesn’t sound like much, but think about how many clubs there are out there. I’d be extremely surprised if there is another club that has 2% of the world supporting them. Marseille get on the list just for being the biggest team in France, similar situation with NY Cosmos for America. Thats hardly something revolutionary. If Penarol can get on for being widely supported in Urugauy, then surly Man Utd should get on for being the most supported club, not just in football, but world sport.

  25. Les says:

    Clapton Football Club from Forest Gate, London E7 are acknowledged by the Football Association as being the first English club to play on the continent when they beat a Belgian XI at Antwerp 7 – 0 in 1892. Surely surpassing Exeter City at number 7.

  26. Jermain Defoe says:

    A lot of people are forgetting that this list is the 20 most important football clubs, not the ‘best’ or ‘most successful’. Besides, any list of this sort will be down to opinion.

    I think this is a pretty good selection anyway. Pro Vercelli are the best =D

  27. Teddybear says:


    I think the the list is pretty fair as it is but i do have to stress that Rangers FC Initated the CL as it is today, they held talks with UEFA officals of the structure and propossed a new Struture that would generate a wealthy flow of cash for competting teams regarding position, also i thinka mention should be given to Celtic FC they were the first British Team to win the CL and did it with all the players growing up within 30miles of each other a feat that has never nor will be achieved.

    Thanks for reading.

  28. Evertonian says:

    Everton FC:
    Built the world’s first purpose made football ground, and also created Anfield.
    They were the first to host international matches at two separate grounds.
    They introduced the goalnet.
    They have had more seasons in the top-flight than any other club.
    Founder member of the league.

  29. Evertonian says:

    Exeter were superseded by Everton and Spurs who toured South America in 1909, introducing Football in a big way to Argentina.

    A club named Everton is in Chile because of this impressive tour. They won their league as well.

  30. Matt Little says:

    Us Millwall fans are too humble to suggest we should be on it; but, along with Arsenal we did pioneer professional football in the south. As a Millwall fan I think we only deserve a sidenote, rather than a place. Good list.

  31. Fidel says:

    Bias speaking here, but how about Arsenal. Lol. Chapman basically pioneered the use of the center-back and laid the ground-work for the concept of counter-attacking. Chapman’s Arsenal were at the very least important tactically speaking.

    Very good list though, not faulting it one bit.

  32. Jamie says:

    Glasgow Rangers should really be on this list. The most succesful club in the world.

  33. Angus says:

    You’ve included Wolves for beating a few good teams in pre-season (which throws out your ‘most important’ argument by the way) but haven’t included the two most successful and most supported clubs in England. Astonishing.

  34. paulista says:


  35. jon snow says:

    Flamengo’s lack of sucess! and still are the team with most supporters in Brazil only because the main TV support then a lot.

  36. alzoon says:

    liverpool,sure they have a great team and they always had

  37. Arka-ic says:

    Love the list and agree with every last one. But I’d still like to add Chelsea to the list. First club to use numbers on their shirts and also the first to fly to an away game.

  38. Jacko says:

    Thanks for this. Lists are great for creating debate. Yet I’ve learnt stuff here – on that basis alone I like it. Some people make interesting cases for other important teams, not all.

    I could make case for own team, Tottenham (last amateur team to win FA Cup; as Evertonian says, toured Argentina, picking up original ‘sick parrot'; reintroduced ‘double winning’ in 1961; first established ‘home of Football’ in wider international game, becoming first British club to win a modern multi-national competition in 1963; equally, established international players as fixture of the English game, with Ardilles and Villa; re-introduced ‘big shorts’ to world game in 1991 even?). But, as Matt Little wisely says, perhaps still only amounts to side note?

  39. william says:

    i will base on the world’s richest team to nominate manchester united as the most successful club in the world

  40. hector says:

    the list is not complete,club like juventus should have a place in this order cos its the only club that has won all european organised club competition and also that of the world club competituion.

  41. Wes says:

    What about

  42. wES says:

    What about Birmingham City FC? we were the first ones to make our team eat shredded wheat in the morning!…but honestly, some people are delusional, some of the reasons why they “should” be one of the most important clubs in the world ever are just plain silly. Liverpool and United fans are just moaning because there’s a “Top 10 or 20″ list that they’re not in, because they quite obviously have a god given right to be on every one of these lists don’t they. And as for the Villa…you’re havin’ a laugh aren’t you? With that argument, half the clubs in England that existed before 1900 should be on the list. Notts Forest have a good argument about their lack of inclusion however…

  43. NELLY M says:

    forsure you are unfair to the sparkling clubs now in that you dont give them credit at all. not even manchester united?

  44. syed taha says:

    What about manchester united?

  45. jim brown says:

    what team could take 250,000 supporters to a football match .only glasgow rangers uefa cup final in manchester.god bless the rangers

  46. Richy says:

    Notts county are the oldest club in the world. not sheffield

  47. john hunter says:

    how can anyone take this website serious when it excludes a club like man utd the biggest most famous in the world the website must be run by a portsmouth fan haha

  48. Aeolian Buckethead says:

    People, people, just a couple of things.

    1. Liverpool are not the most successful club in English football history, where football is from, Manchester United FC now are as they have the most officially recognised trophies. As a side note, they also have the most top flight league titles, most FA cups and are the only team to do the treble.

    2. Rangers being words most successful club is kind of a fake comment!! Technically its true, but no one in World football pays any attention to it or holds it with real value but Rangers fans. I mean from about 100 years Rangers have 53, Celtic have 40+ and Aberdeen have about 6 titles. What does that tell you? In fact, even in the SPL, no team BUT Celtic or Rangers has won it since Sir Alex Ferguson was there in 1985/6 with Abderdeen. Says it all. If they were the most successful in the world then surely they’d have won at least 1 European cup by now, yet they haven’t and don’t get anywhere near it, not even out the group stage, that’s IF they actually qualify, those two teams. They are only significant in Scotland, which is widely regarded as a weak league. Sorry but that’s the way it is. Yet year upon year, its a given one of them or both will get silverware.

  49. jJamie says:

    the Scottish league wasn’t always like that and like it or not rangers have won the most trophies,one of witch was a European trophy and to say they never pass the group stage is wrong, Celtic twice and rangers once and Celtic wher not only the first British team but non Latin team to win the European cup and with all local players, a first and a last

  50. darren kent says:

    Where is man united weee should be at the top this page for DEFO!snfm

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