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. 

In Competitions:

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. 


“The [Champions League], make no mistake, is perhaps the finest exhibition of football on the planet. From Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo it plays host to the best players in the world, assembled by teams boasting budgets as large as that of many small nations. But that injection of funds, the disparity that afflicts the game, makes it a little more predictable with every year that passes. […] In a world where money dominates the sport and, more often than not, dictates results, the Libertadores keeps its romance alive long after the Champions League became a private party for Europe’s elites. The likes of Red Star, Steaua Bucharest, Ajax and Celtic can no longer dream of taking down the big boys, but for their counterparts across the Atlantic, nothing is impossible. x

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Diego Maradona, Attacking Midfielder, the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then world record £5 million, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9 million. He played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys during his club career, and is most famous for his time at Napoli, where he won numerous accolades. In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Many in the sport, including football writers, players, and fans, regard Maradona as the greatest football player of all time. He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé.


Carlos Tévez, Forward, 


Boca Juniors

  • Primera División: 2003 Apertura, 2015
  • Copa Libertadores: 2003
  • Copa Sudamericana: 2004
  • Intercontinental Cup: 2003
  • Copa Argentina: 2014–15


  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 2005

Manchester United

  • Premier League: 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Football League Cup: 2008–09
  • FA Community Shield: 2008
  • UEFA Champions League: 2007–08
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2008

Manchester City

  • Premier League: 2011–12
  • FA Cup: 2010–11
  • FA Community Shield: 2012


  • Serie A: 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2013
  • Coppa Italia: 2014–15



  • South American U-20 Championship: 2003
  • CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament: 2004
  • Summer Olympics: 2004


  • South American Footballer of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2005
  • South American Team of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Copa Libertadores MVP Award: 2003
  • Player of the Year of Argentina: 2003, 2004
  • Argentine Sportsperson of the Year: 2004
  • Summer Olympics Golden Boot: 2004
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Player: 2005
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Championship Squad: 2005
  • Bola de Ouro: 2005
  • Bola de Prata: 2005
  • Hammer of the Year: 2007
  • Manchester City Official Supporter’s Player of the Year: 2009–10
  • Manchester City Player’s Player of the Year: 2009–10
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2010–11*
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2010–11
  • Premier League Player of the Month: December 2009
  • PFA Player of the Month: March 2010
  • Guerin d'Oro: 2014, 2015
  • Juventus Player of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Serie A team of the Year: 2013–14, 2014–15
  • UEFA Europa League Team of the Season: 2013–14
  • Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2014–15

La besó como nadie.

La cuidó como pocos.

La amó de una manera inmejorable.

Como sólo quien realmente ama puede amar.

La acarició como mi abuelo acariciaba la mano de mi abuela.

Y la mimó como si fuese su eterna amante.

La abrazó para darle calor.

Y le pegó cuando hizo falta, pero siempre con ternura.

La miró de la misma forma que papá mira a mamá.

Y le dio todo su cariño hasta quedarse vacío.

La agasajó frente a miles de personas y la piropeó ante todos ellos.

Su sonrisa al verla, siempre fue la sonrisa sincera de cualquier hombre enamorado que se reencuentra con su mujer después de un tiempo separados.

Sus ojos brillosos, los de un individuo seducido.



Es que ella lo atraía.

Lo conquistaba.

Sin saber que él ya la había conquistado a ella desde antes de nacer.

La quiso de día y la quiso de noche.

Es que la quiso siempre.

Y anheló morir junto a ella.

Pero el tiempo pasa.

Y la vida los separa.

Se acaban de divorciar.

Y aún no llegaron a un acuerdo.

Pero seguramente no será algo definitivo.

Porque hay cosas que ni el tiempo puede separar.

Y volveremos a verlos juntos.

Quizá de una manera diferente.

Quizá desde otra perspectiva.

Quizá un poco más lejanos uno del otro.

Quizá con terceros de por medio.

Pero juntos al fin.

Porque Riquelme no puede vivir sin la pelota.

Y la pelota, sin Riquelme.