The most famous football clubs in Central Asia (part 2)

FC Istiklol, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

FC Istiklol is the modern football power club in Tajikistan. Since its November 2007 establishment, the club has won nine top division league titles, including the last seven in a row. Ustiklol is also the winner of AFC President’s Cup in 2012.

FC Ravshan, Kulob, Tajikistan

Founded in the mid-1960s in the Khatlon region of southern Tajikistan, FC Ravshan has a passionate and loyal following in the region.

Making their Asian Cup Winners’ Cup debut in 1994, Ravshan became one of the first Central Asian clubs to take part in continental competition. The club went on to win league titles in 2012 and 2013 and earned promotion back to the top level of football league in the country.

Altyn Asyr, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Altyn Asyr, meaning “golden age” in Turkmen language, has become the most dominant club in Turkmen modern football. The club has recently overtaken FC Kopetdag as the most successful club of the Yokary Liga.

Altyn Asyr is also the first Turkmenistan club to be able to participate in the AFC Cup Final in 2018. Featuring the bulk of the Turkmenistan national team, this year has seen Altyn Asyr seal the seventh successive league title.

FC Alay, Osh, Kyrgyz Republic

Founded in 1960, FC Alay quickly became the pride of Kyrgyz Republic’s south. The club has taken the city of Osh to intercontinental competition.

Although the club never reached the top levels of Soviet football, their most successful period came in the mid-2010s as they won four Kyrgyz Republic league titles and took part in five versions of the AFC Cup.

FC Nasaf, Qarshi, Uzbekistan

Hailing from the southern region of Uzbekistan, FC Nasaf has never won their domestic league. However, they still have a strong following and a proud history in Asian competitions.

In 2002, they reached the semi-finals of the Asian Club Championship. In 2011, they won the 2011 AFC Cup final against Kuwait SC, which made Nasaf to become the first and only Central Asian club to win the competition.

The most famous football clubs in Central Asia (part 1)

Central Asia spreads from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north and from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east. Football clubs in Central Asia had developed a proud and passionate football culture even before they took part in Asian competition.

Taking into consideration several factors such as on-field success and off-field interest, we have chosen 10 clubs from four nations to create this list of the most famous football clubs in Central Asia.

FC Bunyodkor, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Established in 2005, FC Bunyodkor have won five Uzbekistan Super League titles and made two AFC Champions League semi-final appearances, which are a testament to their success.

Famous players such as Shomurodov, Djeparov, and Kapadze have starred for the Bunyodkor, but the most famous football player to have ever worn the blue shirt is the Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo, who also won three consecutive titles for the club in the late 2000s.

FC Pakhtakor, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

FC Pakhtakor is a powerhouse of Uzbek football not only in the Soviet era but also in more modern times. There is no club in Central Asia that has managed to deliver success across generations such as Pakhtakor, who twice finished in the top six of the Soviet top flight, and was the region’s first club to reach the Soviet Cup final in 1968.

Tragedy came to the club in 1979 when a special generation of players was lost in an air disaster. However, Pakhtakor have remained a force in modern eras, having won a record 13 Uzbekistan Super League titles as well as twice reaching the semi-finals in Asia.

FC Dordoi, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Established in 1997, FC Dordoi initially represented Naryn. However, now they are the Bishkek-based powerhouse of the Kyrgyz Premier League and produce some of the best players of Kyrgyz and win trophy after trophy.

They are Kyrgyz’s only club to have won continental silverware, winning the AFC President’s Cup in both 2006 and 2007.

AC Milan Season 2020-21: the return of the king

AC Milan is the only side in Europe’s top five leagues at the time of writing to have lost a single point this season.

I Rossoneri are the Serie A Division leaders and have continued in the UEFA Europa League with their fine form. Indeed, they are not a side that many would like to win this season’s championship, but Stefano Pioli has shown that back in the summer, the club may have made a catastrophic decision.

Earlier in the year, AC Milan almost replaced Ralf Rangenick as boss, but Pioli managed to persuade the legend, Paolo Maldini, that he was the man for the San Siro role.

If it was not just about his incredible start to the season, then maybe the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic was able to handle it would have been considered a big positive thing to hold the manager around the club.

Of course, the Swede has a tremendous personality and character, but in years gone by there was also an over-reliance on the enormous forward, but you know that’s no longer the case.

Simon Kjaer was also another bright spot for I Rossoneri this season, as with his performances at the back, he impressed many. So far, the 31-year-old has proven crucial for AC Milan and the Denmark international has added to their backline an element of composure and assertiveness.

Under the guidance of Pioli at the San Siro, Hakan Calhanoglu also benefited. In the past, the Turkish international undoubtedly lost his way a little. It sure took time than we would like to see Hakan Calhanoglu hit his trail, but the playmaker in Milan shows signs that he is the center of our future.

However, as the review of the top teams in Serie A by The Daily Mail so far shows, there are some negatives that I Rossoneri need to fix and can not leave too long to proceed.

FC Barcelona – One of the Greatest Football Club in the World

Full Name: Football Club Barcelona

Nicknames: Barça (club), Culers (fans)

Website: www.fcbarcelona.com

Ground: Camp Nou, Barcelona

Capacity: 99,786

Domestic Titles: 28 Copas del Rey, 24 la Ligas, 11 Supercopas de España, 3 Copas Eva Duarte, and 2 Copas de la Liga

European Titles: 5 UEFA Super Cups, 5 European Cups/UEFA Champions Leagues, 4 European Cup Winners’ Cups, and 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups

International Titles: 3 FIFA Club World Cups

Fixtures and Results

As one of the most famous and successful football clubs in the world, FC Barcelona is a Symbol of Catalonia and also a major tourism attraction of the city of Barcelona.

Founded in 1899, thanks to its social and political dimensions, Barça is considered More Than A Club. A visit to the magnificent Camp Nou stadium either to see a game or just to go on the stadium and museum tour – is a must for any visitor to Barcelona.

The blue and claret football jersey is as emblematic a symbol as the Catalan flag, and can be purchased easily online, at the airport, or at sports shops around the city.

The FC Barcelona is going through a brilliant period, and a Barça experience must be a priority for the football fans visiting to the city.

Camp Nou Stadium and Barça Museum Tour

The Camp Nou Stadium and Barça Museum Tour welcome 1.2 million visitors each year. This is an inspiring experience for all the family.

The empty stadium is an impressive sight. It is great to walk round the stand and the players’ dressing rooms, see the view from the president’s box, and visit the press area.

With more than a century of history, the club museum’s extraordinary array of trophies on show will take your breath away. The collections of football programs and posters, old shirts, and boots.

Top Three Successful Asian Football Clubs

The Asian Football world features incredible teams with amazing records and statistics. In this article, you have compiled a list of top three successful Asian football club, based on their trophies, prestige, and success in the continent.

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club, The Chinese Super League, China

Founded in June 1954, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C. is a dominant club which plays good football in the Chinese Super League. Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C. lifted the Chinese Super League title for 7 consecutive seasons, from 2011 to 2017, and then lost it to Shanghai SIPG F.C. in 2018.

More importantly, the club is the first and only Chinese team to have lifted the AFC Champions League multiple times (in 2013 and in 2015). Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C. is also the first Chinese club to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup (in 2013).

Pohang Steelers, K League 1, South Korea

Founded in 1973, Pohang Steelers, now playing in the K League 1, South Korea, is considered as one of the most successful Asian football clubs. Pohang Steelers has won more than 30 trophies since inception, including AFC Champions League, Korean League 1 Cup, and Korean F.A. Cup.

Located in Pohang, North Gyeongsang, the football club is presently coached by their former player Kim Gi-Dong.

Kashima Antlers F.C., J League, Japan

Founded in 1947, Kashima Antlers, financially supported by the Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal company, is another successful football club in Asia. It is also one of the best football clubs in Japan thanks to its eight distinctive J.League titles, six J.League Cup, five Emperor’s Cup, as well as other major trophies.

It is also worthy mentioning that Kashima Antlers rarely finishes below the first five positions ever since the J League was established. Moreover, it has also won more titles than most of its counterparts taking part in the J League.

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5. FC Bayern Munich: Bundesliga – Germany

When thinking of German football, it is not completed without mentioning FC Bayern Munich. The well-recognized club which dates its founding date as far back as 119 years ago, February 1900, is just days away from its 120th anniversary. Throughout those years, the club has featured some of the best German football players, most of whom go on to play in the National football team of Germany. Bayern Munich is also the most successful club in the history of German football.

Bayern Munich holds the record for the most Bundesliga title with 29 titles and also also holds the record for the most DFB-Pokal, DFL-Ligapokal, and DFB/DFL-Supercup titles with 19, 6, and 7 titles, respectively. In the continental UEFA Championship league tournament, the club is equally successful since they have won the tournament on five occasions. Bayern Munich has also won the UEFA Super and European Cups once.

4. Juventus: Serie A – Italy

It is undoubted that Juventus is a primary franchise in European football. Known as The Old lady, since the club was founded in 1897, it has grown to become one of the best football clubs to come out of Italy. Famous for their enamouring black and white striped home jersey, Juventus currently boasts of one of the world’s best players – Cristiano Ronaldo. He has claimed the Ballon d’Or on five occasions, together with Lionel Messi, one of two football players that have achieved the feat. The Italian club also holds some records for the number of trophies they have won. Juve has the most Serie A title wins with 35 tittles, 13 Coppa Italia titles, and 8 Supercoppa Italiana titles. Moreover, the club has also won two UEFA Champions League and 2 UEFA Super Cup.

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8. Manchester City: Premier League – England

Often called The Citizens, Manchester City is no doubt one of the most prominent and dominant football clubs in the English Premier League (EPL). Founded in 1880, the club recently emerged as a top side in the EPL, following the infusion of finances in the club by the Abu Dhabi United Group, which enabled the EPL side to lure several big names to the club, which no doubt, helped boost its performance.

Manchester City recently has been on a fiery spree was involved in an intense race for the EPL title with Liverpool in the 2018/19 season, which it won. The club also claimed all domestic league titles in the EPL that season. Manchester City has won six EPL titles, the FA Cup six times, and the FA Community Shield six times. In Europe, the club’s success has not been as good as its success in the EPL.

7. Paris Saint-Germain: Ligue 1 – France

The Parisians – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) – is the top football club in France. The club whose squads boasts of some of the most talented and skilful players in the world, in the person of wonder boy Kylian Mbappé, Brazilian superstar, Neymar Jr., and other top football stars, has won 40 trophies, making them the most successful French football club in the history. The club has won 12 Coupe de France, 8 Coupe de la Ligue, 9 Trophée des Champions titles, and 8 Ligue 1 titles.

6. Manchester United: Premier League – England

The Red Devils – Manchester United – is currently nowhere near their past records. Founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club, Manchester United acquired its current name in 1902. Over the years, it has had some of the world’s best players featured in its squad, notably, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Red Devils are also the only EPL side that has produced a World’s best player. Manchester United has the most trophies for any EPL club. It has claimed the FA Cups 12 times, the English domestic league 20 times, and the FA Community Shield 21 times.

The Best Football Clubs In The World 2020 (part 1)

The reputation of the football clubs that play in the domestic leagues over the years has led to fans choosing for themselves clubs which they swear loyalty to, in spite of their current performance. Even at the face of bitter defeat, although fans are disappointed, they still support such clubs. In this article, we bring to you the best football clubs in the world, based on a long record of top performance as well as their performances in recent years.

Here are the best football clubs in the world in the present.

10. Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga, Germany

Founded in 1909, Dortmund is the second-largest German football club in the world based on membership. The club boasting of about 145,000 members is also one of the best clubs in the Bundesliga. Often called The Black and Yellows, the club has a reputation for spotting and developing young talents. One of its top talent, Jadon Sancho, although not developed by the club, was given a chance to showcase his unique talents to the world, as other clubs were not willing to open their doors to the teenager. Sancho has since continued to create a wonderful reputation for his excellent assists, which earned him the nickname “Assist King”.

Dortmund has emerged Bundesliga Champions on eight occasions and have also won the DFB-Pokal four times and the UEFA Champions League once.

9. Atlético Madrid: La Liga, Spain

Founded in 1903, Atletico Madrid, nicknamed Los Colchoneros (or The Mattress Makers), has become one of the best clubs in the world. The club in its 116 years of existence is the third most successful football clubs of Spain. It has seen several top players defend its honor, such as Radamel Falcao and Antoine Griezmann. The club has won the La Liga on 10 occasions, the Europa League three times, and the UEFA Super Cup three times.

Arsenal: The history and Notable Information

Alternative Titles: Arsenal Football Club, Woolwich Arsenal, Royal Arsenal, the Gunners

Arsenal is an English professional football club based in London. It is one of the most successful squads in the history of English football, having played in England’s top division (Football League First Division to 1992 and Premier League thereafter) each season since 1919. During the process, Arsenal has captured 13 league titles.

Arsenal was founded in 1886 and took the name Royal Arsenal after its first match. In 1891, the name was changed to Woolwich Arsenal, and after the 1912–13 season, Woolwich was dropped from the name since the club moved its home stadium to the Highbury section of the London borough of Islington. The team played at Arsenal Stadium (popularly referred to as Highbury) until 2006 when it relocated to a new stadium in the Holloway district of Islington.

Arsenal has a long rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur, another North London club, against whom it plays the North London derby game nearly every year. When the Football League replays in 1919 after World War I, Arsenal – having finished fifth in the Second Division before the war – was promoted controversially to the First Division over higher-placing Tottenham Hotspur after Arsenal’s chairman argued that his team deserved promotion thanks to its long history, further spurring the rivalry between the two clubs.

Arsenal’s periods of great achievements have been dispersed widely while it has remained in the top division since its contentious promotion. The team won 5 league championships in the 1930s but only 3 total in the 50 seasons from 1938 to 1988. In 1996, Arsène Wenger became Arsenal’s manager and has served longer in that role than anyone else in the team’s history. Having been undefeated in the 38 matches of the 2003–04 season, Arsenal became the second top-division English football club to do so. In addition to its league championships, the club has also won the Football Association Cup 13 times, the League Cup twice, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. Among the standout football players who have played for Arsenal are goalkeeper Pat Jennings, defender Tony Adams, midfielder Liam Brady, forwards Cliff Bastin and Dennis Bergkamp, and arguably its greatest player, striker Thierry Henry, who netted 226 goals for the club between 1999 and 2007.

Liverpool’s six most prolific penalty takers

In this article, we have dug through the record books in order to rank Liverpool’s six most prolific penalty takers.

1. Steven Gerrard with 47 penalties scored

No player has netted more penalties for Liverpool than Steven Gerrard. The club’s midfielder scored his first against Birmingham City in 2003 and his last vs. Tottenham Hotspur 11 years later.

2. Jan Molby with 42 penalties scored

Jan Molby said that his tip was to wait for the goalkeeper to move one side, and then he stuck the ball the other one. It seemed so simple for the Great Dane. And the fact is that Molby missed only three penalties in his Liverpool shirt. He even netted a hat-trick in a single game at Coventry City during a League Cup tie in 1986.

3. Phil Neal with 38 penalties scored

Phil Neal is the first Liverpool player to have ever scored a penalty within the 90 minutes in a European Cup final. Neal is the club’s most decorated player and also a full-back by trade.

4. Billy Liddell with 34 penalties scored

Just two minutes after netting his first penalty for Liverpool against Middlesbrough, Billy Liddell took another but ended up missing. However, that was just a rarity through the striker’s goal-littered career.

5. Tommy Smith with 22 penalties scored

In spite of his status as a defender, Tommy Smith more than gladly took responsibility from the penalty spot.

6. Robbie Fowler with 20 penalties scored

Perhaps the most famous spot-kick of Robbie Fowler is the one that he didn’t want and had saved. In 1997, at a game with Arsenal, Liverpool was awarded a penalty as goalkeeper David Seaman was adjudged to have brought Fowler down inside the box. Sportingly, Fowler insisted to the referee that there was no foul and he would later be commanded by UEFA for such a gesture. With the decision made, Fowler stepped up. However, he witnessed his effort palmed away by Seaman. Luckily, Jason McAteer converted the rebound in a 2-1 win.