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The 10 most successful clubs in the modern era of Premier League

The Premier League is 28 years old with only Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Everton having remained part of the furniture.

In total, there are 49 different clubs having competed in the top flight since its rebrand in 1992. We have ranked all 49 of those clubs based on total points accumulated, seasons spent in the league, and average points per game to figure out the 10 most successful clubs in the modern era of the league.

Total points 1992-2020

In spite of going seven seasons without winning the tittles, Manchester United retains a 223-point lead at the top of the Premier League table of all time. Arsenal is the only other team to have passed 2000 points and Chelsea and Liverpool complete the top four.

Here is the list of top ten:

10. West Ham – 1,137 points

9. Aston Villa – 1,258 points

8. Newcastle – 1,316 points

7. Manchester City – 1,450 points

6. Everton – 1,476 points

5. Tottenham – 1,654 points

4. Liverpool – 1,948 points

3. Chelsea – 1,997 points

2. Arsenal – 2,011 points

1. Manchester United – 2,234 points

Seasons spent in Premier League

Only six clubs have been able to take part in all of the 28 Premier League editions. Beyond that six, Newcastle United and Aston Villa have only spent three years outside of the top flight.

Of the rest, nine clubs, including Southampton, Fulham, Blackburn, West Brom, Leicester, Leeds, Bolton, Sunderland, and Stoke, have all endured spells in League One or below.

Average points per game

In terms of average points per game, the top 10 clubs in the league are below.

10. Everton – 1.37 points

9. Newcastle – 1.37 points

8. Blackburn – 1.39 points

7. Leeds – 1.48 points

6. Tottenham – 1.54 points

5. Man City – 1.63 points

4. Liverpool – 1.81 points

3. Chelsea – 1.86 points

2. Arsenal – 1.87 points

1. Man Utd – 2.08 points.

Football clubs that have won most trophies in the world (part 8)

Boca Juniors

In terms of the number of trophies, the most successful football team in Argentina is Boca Juniors. The club was also awarded an honorary title for their successful tour of Europe in 1925 by the Argentine Football Association. In fact, in terms of the number of complete international titles, the Argentinian team ranks third in the world, only after Real Madrid and Al Ahly.

They also have earned several international titles, including six Copa Libertadores, four Recopa Sudamericana, three Intercontinental Cups, and two Copa Sudamericana. In February 2011, Boca was named as the top South American club of the first decade of the 21st century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

Deportivo Colo-Colo (Chile, 54 trophies)

Deportivo Colo-Colo is the most successful football club in Chile. They have won more league titles (42) and more Copa Chile titles (11) than any other team in the country.

With the most number of supporters in Chile, Colo-Colo is the first Chilean football team to have won a continental tournament (the 1991 Copa Libertadores). In 2009, the IFFHS named them as the 20th century’s top club in Chile.

Zamalek (Egypt, 52 trophies)

Zamalek is a professional Egyptian football club that was the first team to win the 1921Sultan Hussein Cup in, the 1922 Egypt Cup, and the 1922-23 season of Cairo League. That has never relegated from the Premier League of Egypt. When it comes to continental trophies, the club has won five CAF Cham Cup Winners’ Cup.

Zamalek is also considered as one of the most successful football clubs in Africa. They are the first Egyptian team to win the Afro Asian Cup (in 1987) as well as to ever qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup (in 2000).

The Dirtiest Premier League Clubs Rankings

English football clubs are often criticized for playing dirty” football, being dangerous and not in the spirit of the match.

Controversy was definitely created last weekend when Ashley Cole tackled Javier Hernandez, but what do the numbers suggest on which parties are the worst behaving?

I’ve taken into account a lot of fouls and even the fair play and disciplinary table (figures from the Premier League website) and the general feeling that you get from watching any team play. The Football League website offers statistics for teams formerly active in the Championship.

5. Norwich City

The Norwich Premier League has a bad, but not catastrophic record, after back-to-back promotions.

They were placed on their 495 fouls in the midtable and were placed in the lower half this season with their six yellows and two reds. Norwich regularly depends on force to deal with other sides, a strategy that is likely to lead to low fair-play rankings.

4. Stoke City

Stoke City is commonly regarded as one of the dirtiest sides in the league. They may have finished at the bottom of last season’s fair play table, but they remain among the best behaved sides in the league in terms of fouls, yellows and reds.

Although the occasional really bad challenge (Ryan Shawcross on Ramsey) arises, they often play a strong, difficult, yet decent, extremely successful defensive game.

This does not substitute for the fairly routine crimes they perform, or their poor handling of opposition actors and arbitrators, but it does suggest that they are not as bad as anyone would say.

3. Newcastle United

With an impressive 75, Newcastle secured more yellow cards than any other team last season, but had only two players sent off. The Tyneside club, courtesy of a lack of regard for rivals and referees, wound up at the bottom of the fair play table.

Although weak discipline is not to be commended, in their first season back in the Premiership, a combative style helped Newcastle to achieve a decent 12th place finish.

2. Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn has long been seen as a dirty hand, and that evaluation is balanced by their disciplinary record. In the fair play league they finished 15th, and four reds and 64 yellows meant that in the punitive league they fared no better.

Tough, scrappy play will scare opponents and deliver results, as it did last weekend against Arsenal. If that comes at the expense of the place of a bad fair play league, so be it.

  1. Bolton Wanderers

For several years, Bolton have established the prestige of mentally psychic opponents well before the first ball.

The undisputed King of Fouling is Kevin Davies. He committed 115 offences last season, 40 more than the second worst offender. Davies has committed the most fouls of any player in the league in all but two seasons since 2003-04. He came in second in the other 2 years.

It takes more than one player’s acts, apparently, to make Bolton the dirtiest team in the league. Fortunately, he is ably assisted by his colleagues, who last season allowed the club to commit a total of 513 offences. They have tallied up 68 yellows and five reds to rate high among the league’s worst behaving sides.

They would probably have been one of the less well-behaved sides, even without Davies’ 10 Yellows.

Football clubs that have won most trophies in the world (part 7)

Liverpool (England, 59 trophies)

It is not enough to list the English football giants without mentioning Liverpool, in addition to other big names such as Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool is the Premier League leaders after 29 years.

The club has won 6 European Cups, 4 UEFA Super Cups, and 3 UEFA Cups, which is a record that has not been broken by any English club. They have also 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 18 Premier League championships, 15 FA Community Shields, 8 League Cups, 7 FA Cups, and 1 Football League Super Cup in the bag.

Liverpool has been home to great football players like Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerard, Luis Suarez, John Barnes, Xabi Alonso, and Steve McManaman. They are also the record holders in terms of finishing position in the league: the highest average league finishing position for the past five decades.

FCSB (Romania, 58 trophies)

FCSB (Fotbal Club Steaua București) originally belonged to the Romanian Army until 1998 when the club along with its facilities was separated from the armed forces. FCSB has never relegated from the Liga I – the topflight Romanian league. It has won 26 Liga 1 titles, 22 Cupa României, 6 Supercupa României, and 2 Cupa Ligii.

FCSB is a great record holder in its home country, with none of their records having been broken by any other club. In 1986, they won both the European Cup and European Super Cup.

Club Olimpia (Paraguay, 57 trophies)

Club Olimpia (internationally referred to as Olimpia Asunción), is the only club from Paraguay to have won a CONMEBOL title. In addition, they have also won 3 Copa Libertadores, 2 Recopa Sudamericanas, 1  Copa Interamericana, 1 Intercontinental Cup, and 1  Supercopa Sudamericana.

When it comes to domestic trophies, Club Olimpia has won 43 Primera División titles. This is a record that has not been broken by any other football club in the Paraguayan professional league.

Football clubs that have won most trophies in the world (part 6)

Juventus (Italy, 63 trophies)             

Juventus has won 35 Serie A titles, 13 Coppa Italias, and 8 Supercoppa Italianas. No other football team in Italy have ever broken their records up to now. Therefore, Juventus may be the most decorated and also the most successful football club in Italy.

In the continental and intercontinental competitions, Juventus have won two Intercontinental Cups, three UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners’ Cup, and one UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Juventus ranks first as the most successful Italian club, according to the Italian Football Fedration (FIGC) ranking. In terms of the titles and trophies they have won, Juventus ranks 5th in Europe and 11th in the whole world. Legends such as Roberto Baggio and Michel Platini and stars such as Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo played some time in Juventus during their careers.

Galatasaray (Turkey, 61 trophies)

Galatasaray is the most successful club in Turkey. In addition to a number of domestic trophies (22 Super Lig titles, 18 Turkish Cups, and 16 Turkish Super Cups), they have also won UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2000, which helped them become the first Turkish club to have won a big UEFA competition.

Galatasaray is also one of the three Turkish teams to have taken part in all seasons of the Super Lig since 1959. The four stars above their club crest is a symbol of their 20th championship in the Super Lig of Turkey with each star representing five championships.

Anderlecht (Belgium, 60 trophies)

Anderlecht is the most successful club in Belgium. They have won 34 Belgian First Division A and 5 European titles and also won the Belgian Cup nine times. Anderlecht is the only club in Belgium to have won the most consecutive Belgian league titles.

They have also won several European titles, such as 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups, and 1 UEFA Cup.

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