South American Football v Europe the numbers:
We began this blog as a group of Argentineans who wanted to inform non- Argentineans on our league. Football world-wide seems to centered around Europe, but don’t be fooled that has much more to do with money and marketing than quality of football. However, people have the idea that the only large clubs and teams are in Europe. And so we would like to point out the numbers, because in comparison there is nothing that says Europe should be the center of attention anymore than South America.
Champions League v Copa Libertadores:
Most won Champions: Real Madrid 10
Most won Copa Libertadores: Independiente 7
Intercontinental Cups: 21-21 (What is now the Club World Cup)
Most Titles: Peñarol (URU), Nacional (URU), Milan (ITA), Real Madrid (ESP), Boca Juniors (ARG)
Most successful clubes in local tournaments:
Paraguay- Olimpia 40
Argentina- River Plate 35
España- Real Madrid 32
Italy- Juventus 31
Chile- Colo colo 30
Germany- Bayern Munich 24
Colombia- Atletico Nacional 15
France- Saint-Étienne 13
England- Manchester United 13
Brasil- Palmeiras 8
Club with the most international trophies (Europe and South America):
España- FC Barcelona: 20
Argentina- Boca Juniors : 18
Italy- AC Milan: 18
España- Real Madrid: 18
Argentina- Independiente: 17
World League Ranking:
South America has never not had a team in the top ten (Since there has been a ranking 1991-2016)
Best positions: 1998, Brasil 2nd Best League in the World. 2008, Argentina 3rd Best League in the World. 2011, Brasil 3rd Best League in the World.
Average: Brasil & Argentina in mid table.
Currently: Argentina 4th, Brasil 6th.
Players: A very important point, South America has only South American Players for the most part. How about Europe?
Top Ten European Teams: 67 South American players
Barcelona: 9 South Americans
Real Madrid: 6 South Americans
Bayern Munich: 3 South Americans
Manchester United: 5 South Americans
Chelsea: 5 South Americans
Arsenal: 4 South Americans
Porto: 7 South Americans (Plus 4 Mexicans)
Juventus: 8 South Americans
Benfica: 13 South Americans
Atletico de Madrid: 7 South Americans
Top Ten Teams in South America: 0 Europeans
River Plate: 0 Europeans (All South American)
Peñarol: 0 Europeans (All South American)
Boca Juniors: 0 Europeans (All South American)
Emelec: 0 Europeans (All South American)
Barcelona (Ecu): 0 Europeans (All South American)
Indepenidente del Valle: 0 Europeans (All South American)
Nacional: 0 Europeans (All South American)
San Pablo: 0 Europeans (All South American)
Bolivar: 0 Europeans (All South American)
Caracas FC: 0 Europeans (All South American)
The Best Players of All Time can be debated, however there are some that undoubtably are the biggest names in the sports history:
Diego Armando Maradona
Edson Arantes do Nascimento “Pele”
Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano
Leonel Andres Messi
Garrincha, Cafu, Kempes, Enzo Francescoli ect.
What would the sport be like without these players? What would the sport be like without the clubes who form them? Or more importantly what would European clubes be like if they couldn’t import so many players?
Next time you hear, or say yourself, that South American clubes cannot compare to say Barcelona or Real Madrid, remember the numbers. There is more to say about our football, like the unforgettable matches and moments, the incomparable fans and support, and so on but lets just leave it at the tangible and comparable.