Top 3 countries where Football is the most popular sport
Football is a beautiful game and a global sport. The fan following for football keeps on growing by the day. In this article we explore the top 3 countries where football is the most popular sport.
Football is the most popular sport in England. It is the country where the first modern set of rules for the code were established in 1863. This had a major influence on the development of the modern Laws of the Game.
With over 40,000 association football clubs, England has more clubs involved than any other country. The world’s first club is Sheffield FC. The oldest national governing body is the Football Association (FA). The FA Cup is the oldest national knockout competition and has a very rich history and heritage. In addition, the oldest national league is the English Football League (Tier-2).
Today England’s top domestic league, the Premier League is one of the most popular and richest sports leagues in the world. It also has six of the ten richest football clubs in the world as of 2019.
The England national team is one of only eight teams to win the FIFA World Cup in 1966. A total of five English club teams have won the UEFA Champions League (European Cup).
There is a football culture in England, where passionate fans travel to watch their clubs play. It is also a great way to know people, both on and off the pitch due to the obligatory after-game meet-up in the pub!
Football is a widespread passion among the people of Spain. Moreover, it is the sport with the most registered players and clubs among all Spanish sport federations.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation is the national governing body. It organizes two Cup competitions: Copa del Rey and Supercopa. It also takes care of Spanish national football team.
The characteristic football style of play developed by the national team during its most successful time was Tiki-taka. Above all, this football style is characterised by possessing the ball for large portions of the game. Moreover the ball is moved quickly, with short and quick passes to score a goal.
The biggest success achieved by the national team was the historic treble winning of tournaments in a row. The tournaments won:
1. UEFA European Championship in 2008
2. FIFA World Cup in 2010
3. UEFA European Championship in 2012
The premier competition in Spain played with 20 top flight teams is La Liga BBVA. A survey confirmed that most of Spain’s people are supporters of Real Madrid (32.4%)/ FC Barcelona (24.7%).
In Germany, Bundesliga is the premier competition. The winner of the Bundesliga is crowned the German football champion. Additionally, there are national cup competitions, the DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup.
The Germany national team has won four FIFA World Cups in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014. They are also the joint-second most successful nation in the tournament.
The greatest success for German team in the new millennium has been winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They also finished in second place to Brazil at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan and second place at the 2008 European Championship. Germany also finished third place at the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.
Having a youth academy is not something German clubs merely pay lip-service to. It is a prerequisite to gaining their license each year and as such they take it very seriously. In conclusion, Bundesliga clubs are not shy about throwing teenagers in at the deep end, giving them the chance to test themselves against the best.