22 World Soccer Clubs That Don't Lose on Their Home Pitch
With a combined home record of 215-41-31 (wins-losses-draws) in their most recent seasons of play, the following teams make it very hard, if not impossible, to go into their stadiums and come away with three points. Here are my top 22 teams in world soccer that you certainly don’t want to pay a visit to...
No. 20 FC Twente
No. 19 Ajax
Another entry from the Netherlands, Ajax is always tough in Amsterdam and is 7-4-1 this season with 34 goals scored and 13 against at Amsterdam Arena.
No. 18 Paris St. Germain
One of two entries from Ligue 1 on my list, Paris-St. Germain is 10-2-2 (28-13 goals) at Parc de Princes in Paris this season and is making a run at the league crown.
No. 17 Tigres U.A.N.L
The lone side from Mexico on my list, the Tigres U.A.N.L. went 6-1-1 (16-4 goals) in Clausura 2011 at Estadio Universitano in San Nicola de la Garza near Monterrey.
No. 16 FC Schalke 04
Bundesliga club F.C. Schalke 04 is an impressive 10-1-2 at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen with 37 goals for and 12 against so far this season.
No. 15 A.C. Milan
Maybe the best team in Serie A, A.C. Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are 8-4-1 at home at Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza with 27 goals scored and just six allowed.
No. 14 Udinese
Another Serie A side, Udinese is outscoring its opponents by a healthy 23-7 at Stadio Friuli in Udine and has an impressive 10-3-1 record on home soil.
No. 13 PSV Eindhoven
Another Dutch side, PSV Eindhoven is a respectable 10-1-1 at Phillips Stadion in Eindhoven with 40 goals scored and 16 allowed up to this point in the Eredivisie season.
No. 12 Montpellier
It’s been a great season for Montpellier so far. The home team has gone 12-1-1 at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier with 30 goals for and only eight against.
No. 11 Boca Juniors
My lone squad from South America, Boca Juniors went 7-3-0 last season with an impressive 15-2 goal difference at Estadio Alberto J. Armando in Buenos Aires.
No. 10 Borussia Monchengladbach
Possibly the longest name in all of team sports, Borussia Monchengladbach is having one of its best seasons. The club is 8-5-0 at Borussia-Park with a 25-8 goal advantage there in Bundesliga.
No. 9 (Tie) Benfica, FC Porto, Braga
These three clubs are tearing it up in Portugal's La Liga and have to be on the list thanks to an astute Bleacher Report reader.
Benfica, who drew Chelsea in the UEFA CL quarterfinals on Friday, is 11-0-1 at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz outscoring foes 37-13.
Another "Big Three" entrant is FC Porto (10-0-2), who has outscored opponents an impressive 33-7 at Estadio do Drago in Porto in league play so far.
Also having a pretty nice year on home soil is Braga (29-7 goals), who has just one loss (10-0-1) at Estadio Municipal in Braga.
No. 8 Juventus
No. 7 AZ Alkmaar
The fourth entrant from Eredivise, AZ Alkmaar is undefeated (10-2-0) at Afas Stadion in Alkmaar, and The Cheese Farmers (32-7 goals) look like the team to beat in the league right now.
No. 6 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich is 11-0-2 at home (43-4 goals) and may make some noise in the UEFA Champions League. Bayern calls Allianz Arena in Munich home.
No. 5 Borussia Dortmund
Another Bundesliga beast, Borussia Dortmund has allowed just eight goals at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund while scoring 32 en route to a 10-1-1 record up to now.
No. 4 Manchester City
About time for an English Premier League side on the list. Joe Hart has helped Manchester City go an unblemished 14-0-0 at Etihad Stadium in Manchester while outscoring opponents by a crazy 42-6 margin. Manchester City is 27-4-2 at home over the last two seasons.
No. 3 Real Madrid
My No. 2 team in the world, Real Madrid is 12-0-1 and has done a rain dance on the opposition in Madrid to the tune of 54-15, thanks to scoring the most goals by any big-time team and the goalkeeping of Iker Casillas.
Los Blancos are 28-1-3 on their own pitch in Spanish Primera League play over the last two seasons.
No. 2 Manchester United
The Red Devils are close to being the best at home, but two losses at Old Trafford in Manchester keep them from the top spot. Manchester United is 11-1-2 and 29-2-2 since last season and has routed the visiting team by a 39-15 margin.
The only game Alex Ferguson’s boys didn’t win on home soil last season was against West Bromwich-Albion (2-2).
No. 1 Barcelona
The team with the best player, the best midfield and the best roster should have home-field advantage, right? You bet.
FC Barcelona is 12-1-0 this campaign and 28-3-1 the last two seasons so they take the top spot. Behind Lionel Messi and Victor Valdes, the Catalans have now outscored foes by an unreal 53-5 margin at Camp Nou in Barcelona.
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