50 Greatest European Football Clubs Ever

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentNovember 29, 2011

50 Greatest European Football Clubs Ever

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    You probably have a rough of idea of the top three or five greatest European Clubs ever, but have you ever wondered who 42nd greatest European or 13th greatest European club is?

    This list will be based on objectivity instead of subjectivity.

    You might wonder why La Liga, Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga have a 2.5 advantage over all other European leagues. The aforementioned four leagues are the only leagues to have been statistically ranked the best league by UEFA. 

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup 10p*
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup  5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup  4p
    Tier I League Titles (La Liga, Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga) 3.5p
    Tier II League Titles    1p
    Other Titles 0.5p

    p* = points/point

Werder Bremen

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    Werder Bremen's four Bundesliga titles have been won in four different decades. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 17.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Bundesliga/German Championship Titles 4x3.5p 14p
    Other Titles 7x0.5p 3.5p

Rosenborg

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    Rosenborg have struggled in Europe, but they have been a force in the Norwegian Tippeligaen. 

    I've seen bits and pieces of Markus Henriksen, and I'm surprised he's still at Rosenborg. He's one to watch. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 27

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Norwegian Tippeligaen Titles 22x1p 22p
    Other Titles 10x0.5p 5p

Saint-Étienne

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    Saint-Étienne has won the most Ligue 1s. Though you wouldn't know it judging by their results in recent decades.

    TOTAL POINTS: 27

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Ligue 1 Titles 10x1p 10p
    Other Titles 19x0.5p 9.5p

Bologna

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    Prior to Roberto Baggio's solitary 1997-98 season for Bologna, he had requested to join Parma, only for sophomore manager Carlo Ancelotti to not guarantee Baggio a position.

    Baggio scored 23 goals in 33 games before leaving for Inter Milan. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 27.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Serie A Titles 7x3.5p 24.5p
    Other Titles 6x0.5p 3p

Spartak Moscow

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    Spartak Moscow are currently managed by Valery Karpin, former Spartak Moscow star, and one of the most underappreciated midfielders of the past decade.  

    For a while, there was a Brazilian called Mozart, who was Mozart-esque on the field, orchestrating and sending in some beautiful passes. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 29.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Greek Championship Titles 21x1p 21p
    Other Titles 17x0.5p 8.5p

Torino

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    The Superga air disaster killed the entire Torino squad, nicknamed Il Grande Torino, because of their greatness. 

    They had won five consecutive Serie A titles. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 29.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Serie A Titles 7x3.5p 24.5p
    Other Titles 10x0.5p 5p

Nottingham Forest

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    Brian Clough lasted 44 days at Elland Road before being sacked. 

    He left for Nottingham Forest where his two consecutive European Cups reminded Leeds United who he was. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 31

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              2x10p 20p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Premier League/First Division Titles 1x3.5p 3.5p
    Other Titles 15x0.5p 7.5p

Sporting Lisbon

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    The Sporting Lisbon academy has been producing some quality players in recent decades: Luís Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Futre, Ricardo Quaresma and João Moutinho.

    TOTAL POINTS: 31.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Primeira Liga Titles 18x1p 18p
    Other Titles 27x0.5p 13.5p

Leeds United

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    Leeds United have been stuck in limbo for years after financial distress led them to yo-yo from the Premier League to the Championship to League One and back into the Championship. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 31.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 2x5p 10p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Premier League/First Division Titles 3x3.5p 10.5p
    Other Titles 7x0.5p 3.5p

Chelsea

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    I grew up idolising Gianfranco Zola hence my support for Chelsea. 

    José Mourinho provided more entertainment in his press conference than the way Chelsea played on the field. 

    Yet it was tactical, effective, pragmatic and it gave Chelsea success which it hadn't experienced in decades. 

    His clashes with Roman Abramovich are simple—he wanted to play defensive football whereas Abramovich wanted to play attacking football. 

    Mourinho humiliated Andriy Shevchenko whereas Abramovich wanted his star forward to play. 

    I still hold out hope that Mourinho will return to Chelsea...though that's unlikely. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 32

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Premier League/First Division Titles 4x3.5p 14p
    Other Titles 21x0.5p 10.5p

Fenerbahçe

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    When Fenerbahçe fans pack into the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu, it becomes one of the loudest crowds in Europe. 

    POINTS: 32.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Süper Lig Titles 18x1p 18p
    Other Titles 29x0.5p 14.5p

Galatasaray

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    During the 1999-2000 season, Galatasaray won the quadruple. 

    POINTS: 35

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Süper Lig Titles 17x1p 17p
    Other Titles 26x0.5p 13p

Borussia Dortmund

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    Borussia Dortmund play at Signal Iduna Park which is one of the best atmospheric stadiums in Europe. 

    Currently Jürgen Klopp has revolutionised this Dortmund side with youngsters, but their problem is holding onto them.

    They've already lost Nuri Şahin, so when will Mario Götze and Mats Hummels leave?

    TOTAL POINTS: 35

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              1x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            1x4p 4p
    Bundesliga/German Championship Titles 7x3.5p 17.5p
    Other Titles 7x0.5p 3.5p

Marseille

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    Abedi Pele, Alen Bokšić, Basile Boli, Didier Deschamps, Marcel Desailly and Rudi Völler. 

    My goodness that Marseille team in the early 1990s had some world-class footballers. 

    The actions of the Marseille board and specifically player Jean-Jacques Eydelie in trying to fix matches have forever sullied the reputation of that Marseille team. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 36

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              1x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Ligue 1 Titles 9x1p 9p
    Other Titles 19x0.5p 9.5p

Genoa

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    Did you know Genoa haven't won a Serie A title in over 87 years? 

    TOTAL POINTS: 37

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Serie A Titles 9x3.5p 31.5p
    Other Titles 11x0.5p 5.5p

Partizan

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    During the 1960s, Partizan decided to go young, perhaps influenced by the Busby Babes.

    Partizan's youngsters were affectionately called Partizanove bebe, and the group managed to reach the 1966 European Cup final. 

    POINTS: 37

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia Division 1 Titles 23x1p 23p
    Other Titles 13x0.5p 6.5p

Borussia Mönchengladbach

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    With Berti Vogts, Günter Netzer and Jupp Heynckes, Borussia Mönchengladbach dominated the 1970s.

    TOTAL POINTS: 39

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 2x5p 10p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Bundesliga/German Championship Titles 5x3.5p 17.5p
    Other Titles 8x0.5p 4p

Everton

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    Everton's history pales in comparison to Merseyside rivals Liverpool. 

    During the 1980s, Everton had built up a formidable side, however, it was redundant in Europe due to the ban on English sides after Heysel. 

    Talk about bad luck. 

    Though one record Liverpool cannot claim is Dixie Dean scoring 60 goals for Everton during the 1927-28 season. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 39.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Premier League/First Division Titles 9x3.5p 31.5p
    Other Titles 16x0.5p 8p

Austria Vienna

19 of 51

    In the past decade, Austria Vienna have only won two championships, a far cry from when they won four titles in a span of a decade during the 1960s. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 41.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Austrian Championship Titles 23x1p 23p
    Other Titles 37x0.5p 18.5p

Stade Reims

20 of 51

    Stade Reims provided six members of the third-place French at the 1958 FIFA World Cup. 

    One of those members was Just Fontaine, who scored 13 goals during that one tournament. 

    The other was Raymond Kopa, who later played on that magnificent Real Madrid team and who the Ballon d'Or.

    TOTAL POINTS: 41.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  2x7.5p 15p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Ligue 1 Titles 6x1p 6p
    Other Titles 11x0.5p 5.5p

Rapid Vienna

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    Rapid Vienna is Austria's most successful club to date, however, they have failed to keep up with the financially stronger Red Bull Salzburg in recent seasons. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 42

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Austrian Championship Titles 32x1p 32p
    Other Titles 20x0.5p 10p

Dynamo Kiev

22 of 51

    Andriy Shevchenko and Serhiy Rebrov partnership at Dynamo Kiev was one of the most prolific and matching attacking combinations in recent memory. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 42.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Ukrainian Premier League/Soviet Top LeagueTitles 26x1p 26p
    Other Titles 33x0.5p 16.5p

Aston Villa

23 of 51

    Using Ron Saunders' team, Tony Barton would manage Aston Villa to European Cup glory having only been in charge for a little over four months. 

    Decades later, Avram Grant almost accomplished the same feat with Chelsea. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 44

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              1x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Premier League/First Division Titles 7x3.5p 24.5p
    Other Titles 19x0.5p 9.5p

PSV Eindhoven

24 of 51

    In the late 1980s, Guus Hiddink made his name at PSV Eindhoven winning eight trophies including the European Cup. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 44

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              1x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Eredivisie Titles 21x1p 21p
    Other Titles 16x0.5p 8p

Feyenoord

25 of 51

    In recent years, Feyenoord have struggled to surge ahead of Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.

    TOTAL POINTS: 45

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              1x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 2x5p 10p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            1x4p 4p
    Eredivisie Titles 14x1p 14p
    Other Titles 14x0.5p 7p

Sparta Prague

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    The large majority of Czech Republic's best footballers have at one point or another played for Sparta Prague. 

    You look at the alumni list, and it's a who's who of Czech football. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 46

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Gambrinus Liga/Czechoslovak First League Titles 35x1p 35p
    Other Titles 22x0.5p 11p

Ferencváros

27 of 51

    During the late 1940s, Ferencváros had Ferenc Deák, László Kubala and Zoltán Czibor.

    Deák was one of the most prolific goal scorers ever—once he scored 66 goals in one season.

    Kubala would defect to Catalonia and become a Barcelona legend. 

    Czibor was an integral member of the Magical Magyars who dominated international football for the best of a six-year period.

    TOTAL POINTS: 46

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Hungarian First Division Titles 28x1p 28p
    Other Titles 26x0.5p 13p

Panathinaikos

28 of 51

    Did you know of the last 13 Panathinaikos managers, 12 have been foreigners, and Panathinaikos haven't managed to dominate the Greek League as Olympiacos?

    TOTAL POINTS: 47.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Greek Championship Titles 20x1p 20p
    Other Titles 40x0.5p 20p

Anderlecht

29 of 51

    As the years progressed, Anderlecht's performances in Europe deteriorated. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 48.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Belgian First Division Titles 30x1p 30p
    Other Titles 27x0.5p 13.5p

Athletic Bilbao

30 of 51

    Marcelo Bielsa is currently working wonders with Athletic Bilbao. 

    Once the Stoke City of La Liga, Bilbao are now conforming to traditional Spanish football. 

    Though will it bring trophies? Probably not. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 49.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    La Liga Titles 8x3.5p 28p
    Other Titles 43x0.5p 21.5p

Hamburg

31 of 51

    Hamburg haven't won the Bundesliga in over 28 years. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 51

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              1x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Bundesliga/German Championship Titles 6x3.5p 21p
    Other Titles 25x0.5p 12.5p

Red Star Belgrade

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    Here's a list of notable players of the 1990-91 Red Star Belgrade team:

    • Miodrag Belodedici: A solid Romanian sweeper. 
    • Darko Pančev: One of the most lethal forwards in Europe. He scored 40 goals in 41 games that season. 
    • Siniša Mihajlović: One of the greatest free-kick takers in the history of the game and an underrated defender. 
    • Dejan Savićević: Later scored a peach of a goal against Barcelona in the 1994 UEFA Champions League final for A.C. Milan. 
    • Robert Prosinečki: Technically one of the best players of the Yugoslavian golden generation. Played an integral part in Croatia shock FIFA 1998 World Cup semifinals run. Played for Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    It was a great team and no surprise it won the 1991 European Cup. 

    POINTS: 51.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              1x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            1x4p 4p
    Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia Division 1 Titles 25x1p 25p
    Other Titles 25x0.5p 12.5p

Olympiacos

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    When Rivaldo was playing for Olympiacos, I watched quite a bit of Greek football, and this was during a period where Olympiacos had a monopoly over Greek football—nine league championships during the 2000s. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 53

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Greek Championship Titles 38x1p 38p
    Other Titles 30x0.5p 15p

Atlético Madrid

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    Larbi Benbarek's presence coupled with Helenio Herrera's managerial genius saw Atlético Madrid win back-to-back La Liga titles from 1949-1951.

    As of 2011, they have yet to replicate that feat and don't look like they'll be doing it anytime soon. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 57

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            1x4p 4p
    La Liga Titles 9x3.5p 31.5p
    Other Titles 18x0.5p 9p

Valencia

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    Prior to Rafael Benítez arriving at the Mestalla, Valencia had gone three decades without tasting league success. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 58.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  2x7.5p 15p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 3x5p 15p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    La Liga Titles 6x3.5p 21p
    Other Titles 15x0.5p 7.5p

Steaua București

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    I can only imagine what it would have been like to have watched Helmuth Duckadam pull off four consecutive saves in the 1986 European Cup Final against Barcelona. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 58.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              1x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            1x4p 4p
    Romanian Liga I Titles 23x1p 23p
    Other Titles 28x0.5p 14p

Arsenal

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    When Arsène Wenger arrived at Arsenal from Nagoya Grampus Eight, people were like Arsène who?

    The Frenchman would give chances to Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, who were discarded by Inter Milan, Juventus and A.C. Milan, respectively. 

    The aforementioned three would lead Arsenal to an unbeaten season, a feat that hadn't been accomplished by an English club since Preston North End in 1889, hence earning Arsenal the nickname of The Invincibles.

    In recent years, Wenger's stringent economic policy coupled by his youth policy have backfired. 

    If he was in the Serie A, he would have been fired years ago. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 70.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Premier League/First Division Titles 13x3.5p 45.5p
    Other Titles 25x0.5p 12.5p

Porto

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    If Tim Howard didn't parry Benni McCarthy's free kick to which Costinha scored of, José Mourinho wouldn't be the special one. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 82.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              2x10p 20p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 2x5p 10p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            2x4p 8p
    Primeira Liga Titles 25x1p 25p
    Other Titles 39x0.5p 19.5p

Celtic

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    As of 2011, Celtic are the only Scottish team to have won a European Cup, which is now known as the UEFA Champions League. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 84

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              1x10p 10p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  1x7.5p 7.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Scottish League Championships Titles 42x1p 42p
    Other Titles 49x0.5p 24.5p

Rangers

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    Rangers' nine consecutive Scottish League Championships from 1989-1997 was an astonishing achievement. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 84.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              0x10p 0p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  0x7.5p 0p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Scottish League Championships Titles 54x1p 54p
    Other Titles 61x0.5p 30.5p

Benfica

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    During the 1960s, Benfica contested five European Cup Finals, mainly due to the influence of Eusébio.

    TOTAL POINTS: 111.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              2x10p 20p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  5x7.5p 37.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Primeira Liga Titles 32x1p 32p
    Other Titles 34x0.5p 17p

Ajax

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    Did you know Ajax's first manager was an Irishman called Jack Kirwan?

    The Ajax of the 1970s was a sight to behold, and total football was shown on an international stage with the Dutch national team during the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

    Alas, the only game they lost was in the final against the Germans. 

    In the 1995 UEFA Champions League Final, Louis van Gaal's starting lineup contained seven players who were promoted from the Ajax youth team. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 112.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              4x10p 40p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  2x7.5p 15p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            2x4p 8p
    Eredivisie Titles 30x1p 30p
    Other Titles 29x0.5p 14.5p

Manchester United

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    The Munich air disaster robbed Manchester United of a generation and leaves football aficionados wondering what kind of player Duncan Edwards would have become. 

    If not for Mark Robins' winning goal against Nottingham Forest in 1990, Alex Ferguson would never have become Sir Alex Ferguson. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 138.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              3x10p 30p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  2x7.5p 15p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 0x5p 0p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            2x4p 8p
    Premier League/First Division Titles 19x3.5p 66.5p
    Other Titles 38x0.5p 19p

Inter Milan

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    Massimo Moratti's injection of cash has seen Inter Milan assert its dominance in Serie A, but European dominance has yet to materialise. 

    José Mourinho would change this for one superb season, yet it was short and sweet as he left for greener pastures in Madrid. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 141

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              3x10p 30p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  2x7.5p 15p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 3x5p 15p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            3x4p 12p
    Serie A Titles 18x3.5p 63p
    Other Titles 12x0.5p 6p

Liverpool

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    Liverpool's dominance in the 1970s earmarked a golden era for the club. 

    Yet as successful as they were, its history will always be linked to Heysel and Hillsborough. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 161.5

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              5x10p 50p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  2x7.5p 15p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 3x5p 15p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            0x4p 0p
    Premier League/First Division Titles 18x3.5p 63p
    Other Titles 37x0.5p 18.5p

Bayern Munich

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    Since 1968, Bayern Munich have won 21 Bundesliga titles. 

    They are without a doubt the most recognisable and successful German club in football history. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 173

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              4x10p 40p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  4x7.5p 30p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 1x5p 5p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            2x4p 8p
    Bundesliga/German Championship Titles 22x3.5p 77p
    Other Titles 26x0.5p 13p

Juventus

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    Giovanni Trapattoni's reign at Juventus from 1976-1986 produced 13 trophies.

    Calciopoli crippled this great club. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 184

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              2x10p 20p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  5x7.5p 37.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 3x5p 15p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            2x4p 8p
    Serie A Titles 27x3.5p 94.5p
    Other Titles 18x0.5p 9p

Barcelona

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    Then-Barcelona president Josep Sunyol's murder by Francoist troops coupled by Real Madrid's links with Franco only served to make El Clásico more than a game of football. 

    Only in recent decades have Barcelona made some grounds in emulating Real Madrid's European success. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 189

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              4x10p 40p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  3x7.5p 22.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 5x5p 25p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            1x4p 4p
    La Liga Titles 21x3.5p 73.5p
    Other Titles 48x0.5p 24p

A.C. Milan

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    During the 1991-92 season, A.C. Milan went on a 58-game unbeaten streak. 

    The mastermind behind this was Fabio Capello, and the achievement elevated him to world-class managerial material.

    TOTAL POINTS: 199

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              7x10p 70p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  4x7.5p 30p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 2x5p 10p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            4x4p 16p
    Serie A Titles 18x3.5p 63p
    Other Titles 20x0.5p 10p

Real Madrid

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    Ironically, Real Madrid were founded by Catalan born brothers. 

    I've always been fascinated by Santiago Bernabéu's relationship with Franco.

    If you don't know, Bernabéu was a solider under Franco, and when he became president of Real Madrid, he was more than happy for his club to embrace Franco.

    On a football-related note, the attacking combination of Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás and Francisco Gento may never be replicated in terms of completeness. 

    TOTAL POINTS: 267 

    UEFA Champions League/European Cup                                                              9x10p 90p
    UEFA Champions League/European Cup Finalist  3x7.5p 22.5p
    UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup/Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/Latin Cup 4x5p 20p
    FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup                                                            3x4p 12p
    La Liga Titles 31x3.5p 108.5p
    Other Titles 28x0.5p 14p

Your Opinion

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    If I've made a calculation error (it happens when you sift through statistics and calculate them for around 12 hours), please comment below with which slide and what the error is. 

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