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There are so many iconic football teams in the world. So, to reveal the world’s most searched teams, the TV and broadband experts at Uswitch analysed Google search data to discover which football teams people are Googling the most in (almost) every country around the world.
The iconic Spanish team, Real Madrid CF, is revealed as the most popular football team in the world when each country’s local teams aren’t included. Our research shows it is the most searched foreign football team in an impressive 75 countries, the most of any football team, including the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Sweden and Austria.
Real Madrid CF is the most successful European football franchise of the 20th Century, following its creation by a group of football fans in Madrid in 1902. Originally called the Madrid Football Club, the club is now so successful that it has won 35 top-tier national league titles and 14 European Cups, as of May 2022.
The second most searched team is Liverpool FC, being the most popular foreign team in 34 countries around the globe. Among the 34 countries showing support for the England-based team are Ukraine, Cyprus, Namibia, Malta and New Zealand.
Nicknamed “the Reds” by fans, Liverpool Football Club is England’s most successful team, winning 15 Community Shields, eight League Cups, seven FA Cups and 19 first-league titles, as well as making it to the most recent Champions League Final.
Third on the list is a major rival of Liverpool FC, Manchester United, which is the most popular foreign football team in 27 countries. As a club, it has signed and produced some of the most iconic footballers in the world, including David Beckham, George Best, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. Also known as “the Red Devils,” Manchester United FC is the number one foreign club in countries including Japan, Greece, Cambodia, Norway, and Australia.
Manchester City is fourth and is revealed as the number one club for 20 countries altogether, including The Netherlands and Portugal. And Arsenal FC rounds off the top five most Googled clubs, as they are the most searched team in 13 countries, including Scotland, Uganda and Kuwait.
Four of the top five in the global ranking are England-based football clubs, with first-place Real Madrid CF being the only non-UK team in the top five. But only one other UK club features in the top 10. Chelsea FC is joint eighth (with FC Porto) claiming the crown in two countries: Saint Lucia and Kenya.
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Europe’s top team is also Real Madrid CF, coming out as the most searched club in 15 European countries, including France, Croatia, England and Austria, to name a few.
The big support from France may have a connection to the many French players at Real Madrid, such as Karim Benzema, who is regularly dubbed as one of the best forwards of his generation. The same goes for Croatian supporters who may be cheering on Luka Modrić who also plays for Real Madrid.
In Europe, Man City beats Man United. Manchester City FC comes top in 12 European countries, and Manchester United is in third place with nine countries; such as Greece, Norway and Italy.
Liverpool is fourth with seven countries, including Wales, Iceland, Ukraine and Ireland. Arsenal and FC Barcelona are the joint fifth as they come out on top for two countries each, followed by the German-based Bayern München, Scottish team Rangers FC and FC Porto are all revealed as the most searched clubs in one country each.
Once again, Real Madrid CF tops the table, being the most searched team in 23 African countries. The countries most interested in the Spanish club are Madagascar, Senegal, Morocco and Mozambique.
Unlike the previous lists, the second-most searched team goes to Liverpool FC, thanks to 11 countries searching to watch their games more than any other club. Among the countries supporting “the Reds” are Seychelles, Namibia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Interestingly, Zimbabwe’s interest in the club may have recently piqued since the half-Zimbabwean prodigy, Isaac Mabaya, signed his first professional contract for them in September 2021.
Arsenal takes bronze when it comes to the most Googled football teams in Africa, thanks to Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Eritrea all searching for them more than any other club. The London-based club is closely followed by Manchester United, which is revealed as the favoured team in five African countries, including South Africa and Mauritius.
The rest of the list is made up of clubs that are most loved in just one country only. FC Barcelona is Equatorial Guinea’s favourite foreign football team, Manchester City is most favoured by Guinea-Bissau, and Sao Tome and Principe’s most popular club is S.L. Benfica. Meanwhile, Chelsea FC is the most Googled team in Kenya, and Cabo Verde’s number one team is FC Porto.
Real Madrid CF is the most Googled football team in 19 countries around Asia, including Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and Oman. Many football fans in Asia may have a particular interest in Real Madrid following the news that right-winger Gareth Bale may be transferring to Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League.
Liverpool FC is the next most popular club in Asia, coming out as the most searched club in six countries: Mongolia, Bhutan, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Qatar and Bangladesh. Interestingly, support for the team has become so strong that the franchise has opened up six stores across the continent over the last five years.
Manchester United is the most searched club in Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia. It may come as no surprise that the club is among the most popular in Asia, as “the Red Devils” have had some great moments in recent times and even won two FIFA tournaments in Japan, attracting the attention of the many fans in Asia.
Juventus, an Italian-based club that competes in the Serie A, is joint fourth with Arsenal FC, both coming out as the most popular teams in three countries each. FC Barcelona is the most searched team in the Philippines and Yemen making it fifth on the list, followed by AC Milan which is the most searched team in Indonesia.
Real Madrid CF also dominates in North America. It’s the most Googled club in nine countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Barbados, Panama and Belize. Many Mexican players have played for Real Madrid since it was founded, such as José Borbolla who played in 1944/45, Hugo Sánchez who was at the club for seven years, and more recently, Chicharito who was there in 2014/15.
Manchester United is the second-most searched football team in the continent, being the number one team in Canada, the USA and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Head of PR for Manchester USA United Supporters Club, David Herman, has addressed the fact that, because the club can afford to showcase the most famous players of any given generation, people either love them or they hate them.
Joint second is Liverpool FC which takes the crown in Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda. Notably, John Barnes, who is half-Jamaican was one of the first men of colour to ever sign for Liverpool FC, which gained a lot of lifelong supporters for the club in the late 1980s.
FC Barcelona and Manchester City are next on the list as they are the most Googled team in two North American countries; FC Barcelona is number one in Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada, while Manchester City is the number one team in El Salvador and Honduras.
Dominica searches for Arsenal FC more than any other club, while Chelsea FC is the number one club for Saint Lucia.
Uruguay, Suriname, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Peru and Brazil are the countries showing Real Madrid the most attention, once again, making it the most popular foreign football team in yet another continent.
Manchester City is the most searched team in four South American countries - Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia - making it the second-most searched club on the continent. Felipe Caicedo is one of the most famous Ecuadorians to play for Manchester City, scoring seven goals in 34 games, which could be the reason for this country’s increased interest in the team.
The other team to feature in the most popular football teams list in South America is Liverpool FC, which is the top team in Guyana.
Oceania is the only continent where Real Madrid CF isn’t the top team (although it is the favoured team of Papua New Guinea) as Liverpool FC beats them to the top spot instead.
“The Reds” are the number one team in Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati and New Zealand. New Zealand’s support for the team is so great that the Official Liverpool Supporters Club of NZ was founded over 20 years ago in 2001. It was given Official Status in 2002, where fans from all over the country can come together and share their love for the Liverpool squad.
The only other team to feature in Oceania’s most Googled football teams list is Manchester United, which is the most searched for in Samoa, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Australia.
Catherine Hiley, Broadband Expert at Uswitch, commented:
“The world of sport has always been a way for people to come together and share their love for their team, and indeed, the game itself.
“We love that through the power of a great broadband deal, somebody in Australia can be cheering on Liverpool FC, while fans in England gear up to watch Real Madrid.
“If you regularly rely on your broadband to stream live football, make sure you have the best broadband deal for you that offers fast speeds at an affordable price. There’s nothing worse than sitting down to stream a big game with your friends and having to deal with endless buffering or your Wi-Fi signal cutting out.”