TOP 5 Most Successful Football Clubs of The 21 Century

Most Successful Football Clubs of The 21 Century: Club football has been around for over 150 years with all the major European clubs established in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The FA Cup is the oldest club competition since it dates back to 1871.

Other European countries also presented national cups and leagues, and finally, in 1955, the main tournament in European football called the European Champions Cup was organized, in which the most prestigious clubs in Europe participated.

Real Madrid was named the best football club of the 20th century by FIFA in December 2000. The club has won a record 7 European Cups and 27 National League titles in the 20th century.

Most Successful Football Clubs of The 21 Century

The 21st century has seen a power shift at the club level. Many clubs have risen greatly, and other clubs that were once considered European giants have become irrelevant nationally and continually. Let’s take a look at 5 clubs that have impressed us so far in this millennium.

5. Juventus (Italy)

 
 
 
 
 
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The Turin club was founded in 1897 by a group of students from Torino and is currently the most renowned club in Italy. Old Lady has won 7 consecutive Serie A titles since 2012 and has twice been a UEFA Champions League finalist in the past 4 seasons.

Juventus survived the Calciopoli corruption scandal in 2006 and were stripped of two Scudettos won in 2005 and 2006. The club was promoted to Serie B in the 2006-07 season. However, they quickly recovered and returned to the elite of Italian football.

On 10 July 2018, Juventus signed a € 100m deal with Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, setting a new transfer record for the Italian club. The arrival of Ronaldo should add to the attacking prowess and Juventus will look forward to being back in the center of Europe.

Statistics in the  21st century

Awards

Serie A:
2001/02, 2002/03, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18
Serie B:
2006-07
Coppa Italia:
2014- 15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Supercoppa Italiana:
2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2015
Total Trophies:
19
Best XI:
Buffon; Chiellini, Bonucci, Cannavaro, Thuram, Zambrotta; Nedved, Dybala, Pirlo; Del Piero, Trezeguet
Best coach:
Massimiliano Allegri (2014 – present)

4. Manchester United (England)

 
 
 
 
 
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The club was founded in 1878 under the name “Newton Heath (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railroad)”, in 1902 changed its name to “Manchester United”. The Red Devils have been the dominant party in England and Europe throughout history.

United reached their pinnacle under Sir Alex Ferguson as they became the first English team ever to win a Treble (UEFA Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup) in the 1998-99 season. The club entered the new millennium as a formidable force and continued to dominate the Premier League.

Sir Alex Ferguson decided to step down in 2013 and the situation has looked shaky for United since then, as they have had no Premier League win for five years and have changed head coach three times.

Statistics in the  21st  century

Awards:

Premier League: 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2012/13
FA Cup: 2003-04, 2015-16
League Cup: 2005 -06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2016-17
FA Community Shield: 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
UEFA Champions League: 2007-08
UEFA Europa League: 2016-17
FIFA Club World Cup: 2008
Total Trophies: 24
Best XI: Edwin Van der Sar; Gary Neville, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Giggs, Scholes, Keane; Beckham, Ronaldo; Rooney
Best Coach: Sir Alex Ferguson (1986 – 2013)

3. “Bayern Munich” (Germany)

 
 
 
 
 
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“Bavaria” was founded in 1900 in the German city of Munich. The club has been very successful in Germany and Europe as it won a record 28 national league titles and 18 national cups along with 5 UEFA Champions League titles.

The club had a golden era in the mid-1970s with captain Franz Beckenbauer when they won three European Cups from 1974 to 1976. The Bavarian club entered the 21st century as a dominant force as they won the 2000/01 UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga title.

Bayern Munich looked very formidable in the Bundesliga and won it for the sixth time in a row in the 2017-18 season. The club achieved their greatest 21st-century success in 2013 when they completed the treble (UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, and DFB-Pokal) after a losing streak the previous season when they lost the league and German Cup to rivals Borussia Dortmund “, and lost to Chelsea in their home UEFA Champions League final.

Statistics in the 21st century

Awards

Bundesliga Awards  1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 , 2017-18
DFB-Pokal:  1999-2000, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2015-16
DFL Super Cup:  2010, 2012 , 2016, 2017, 2018
DFL Ligapokal:
2000, 2004, 2007
UEFA Champions League:
2000-01, 2012-13
UEFA Super Cup:
2013
Intercontinental Cup: 
2001
FIFA Club World Cup:
2013
Total Trophies:
35
Best XI:
Neuer; Lam, Boateng, Martinez, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Thiago Alcantara, Ribery;Robben, Lewandowski, Müller
Best coach:
Jupp Heynckes (1987-91, 2009, 2011-13, 2017-18)

2. Real Madrid (Spain)

 
 
 
 
 
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Real Madrid was founded on 6 March 1902 when the brothers Padros and Julian Palacios open a club called Madrid Football Club. On June 29, 1920, King Alphonse XIII of Spain awarded the club the title of Royal, which in Spanish sounds like Real. Since its inception, the club has been a major European and Spanish power, and currently holds the record for the most Champions League victories (13 times, the only team to win this tournament – then the European Cup – 5 times in a row).

Los Blancos won their first five European Cups (1956-60) and became the first holder of the most coveted title in Europe in the 21st century when they won it in 1999/2000. After a record ninth title in 2002, the club went into a 12-year drought that ended in 2014. Then they beat their Madrid neighbors Atlético Madrid and got a desima.

Real Madrid is currently a three-time UEFA Champions League winner and will try to defend its title again this season.

Statistics in the 21st century

Awards

La Liga
Awards : 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2016-17
Copa del Rey:
2010-11, 2013-14
Supercopa de Espana:
2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2017
UEFA Champions League:
1999-2000, 2001-02, 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
UEFA Super Cup:
2002, 2014, 2016, 2017
Intercontinental Cup : 2002
FIFA Club World Cup:
2014, 2016 2017
Total Trophies:
27
Best XI:
Casillas; Salgado, Ramos, Hierro, Marcelo; Modric, Zidane, Guti, K. Ronaldo; Raul, Ronaldo
Best coach (s):
Zinedine Zidane (2016-18) / Carlo Ancelotti (2013-15)

1. Barcelona (Spain)

 
 
 
 
 
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It was founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English, and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper. The club for a certain period of time became a symbol of Catalan culture and therefore adopted the motto “Mes Que un club” (More than a club).

The Blue Garnet were overshadowed by their rival Real Madrid for much of the 20th century, but that changed in the new millennium as Barcelona became a major European and Spanish power.

The Catalan club has become one of the most consistent clubs in Europe. The team, led by Pep Guardiola, demonstrated the dominance of the club and the importance of La Masia, as most of the players during this period went through the youth academy. The alumni of this academy have instilled a special football culture at all levels, thanks to which Barcelona has achieved tremendous success over the past 15-20 years.

Guardiola won the historic treble in his first season, and six years later his compatriot Luis Enrique repeated a similar feat, making Barcelona the first European club to win a treble twice.

Statistics in the 21st century

Awards

La Liga
Awards : 2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18
Copa del Rey:
2008-09, 2011-12 , 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Supercopa de Espana:
2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018
UEFA Champions League:
2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11 2014-15
UEFA Super Cup:
2009, 2011, 2015
FIFA Club World Cup:
2009, 2011, 2015
Total Trophies:
33
Best XI:
Valdez; Dani Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Ronaldinho
Best coach:
Pep Guardiola (2008-12)

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