The 20 “Most Important” Football Clubs In The World

Ian

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. Aimee says:

    Linfield FC are the second most successful club in the world just behind their ‘best friends’ in football Rangers FC so both should be in this list

  2. Ken Banham says:

    You must be joking none of these should be on list.

  3. Stevo says:

    Celtic FC

    – Won over 90 major honours in 125 year history
    – First British team to win the European Cup/ first non Latin team to win the European cup
    – Only Scottish team to win the European Cup
    – Only Scottish team to reach the European Cup final 1967/1970
    – Only team EVER to win the European Cup with all homegrown players

    Celtic FC should be on this list

  4. daviebhoy says:

    Sheffield is not the oldest club in the world they where founded 1857…… where as TSV 1860 munchen where founded 1848….. and celtic fc should be number 1 if not number 1 top 3 defiantly.

  5. Danny says:

    just because people dont like them doesnt mean they can over look the most succesful club in the world and that is the glasgow rangers simple as that

  6. mitchymi says:

    glasgow rangers are the most successful club in the world! no matter wot league ur in u”ve got to win it! and the champions league is a knock out compition! LOOK AT CHELSEA 5th in the domestic league

  7. Jason says:

    The worst top 20 I’ve ever seen.. I mean, really? Who dared you to publish this?

  8. Stuart says:

    I think it’s fair to say that without these teams the so called “big teams” which are being suggested wouldn’t even be where they are now. Oh and daviebhoy, I would possibly contemplate your theory on Sheffield more if you could correctly use the words, “where” and “defiantly” in context of your statement.

    All in all it’s a very good list.

  9. Dickie says:

    @daviebhoy – What planet are you on? TSV 1860 München (the football club), as the name suggests, were formed on 17 May 1860 not in 1848.

    Sheffield FC (aka The Club) are the oldest football team in the world, with Hallam FC recognised as the second.

  10. Josh Andrews says:

    The first team to pay one of their players was actually The Wednesday. JJ Lang was hired by a Wednesday director in the 1870s. His job involved no duties but coincidently he started playing for the club.

  11. Neal says:

    @ Daviebhoy. Get your facts right, son. 1860 Munchen may have been founded in 1848, but they didn’t play football until 1899.

    Sheffield FC is the world’s oldest football club – end of.

  12. Sean Rainey says:

    I don’t know why there is so much negativity, I think the list that you’ve compiled is a very good effort. A lot of good reasoning behind each choice. I understand why you have included teams like Darwen FC, because they did something which was revolutionary.

    It’s definitely not an easy list to narrow down to just 20 teams as I understand why others would want to see teams like Rangers, Celtic and Linfield included as they’ve each had incredible success but I’m happy with your selections. Maybe missing an Eastern European team, maybe someone like Honved or FC Start,

  13. David bilsborrow says:

    I can’t believe idiots on here think villa, Blackburn and Tottenham were the first to win the double. It was the mighty lillywhites PNE who will always be the best club in the Nothwest and Preston the best city. Elswick should be in this list withGRimsargh as the most successful clubs ever in summer

  14. Wee Rover says:

    The list is a thought provoking one. It’s a pity it provoked the numpties who support the Ugly Sisters (Rangers and Celtic) to embarrass themselves

  15. Dimitris says:

    I agree for most of them but I would have added, Arsenal, River Plate, Bayer Munich and Celtic.

  16. jane says:

    have you ever heard of aberdeen football club THE BEST they are the only club to hold both europeon cups at the same time , look man united you might be blown away , dont know where you get your in from but its wrong and full of bull , go clue up before you speak about the best mate

  17. sulagna says:

    Shouldn’t Real Madrid be higher up on the list? #halamadrid

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