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Football is the national sports in United Kingdom. Popularity of football was flourished from here throughout the globe and the modern set of rules for football was established here, back in 1863. England has more football clubs, smaller to larger, than any other countries of the world. Over 40,000 football clubs are playing in England over many years. Historically, world’s first football club, Sheffield FC was established in English soil in 1857. The FA Cup (Football Association Challenge Cup), the oldest association football competition in the world was first held in 1871-72. England is a football loving country, where the game is played throughout the year and all over the country. And English people are crazy about their teams.
English Premier League is the most prestigious football tournament in England. We have made a list of English football teams, who attained most success in EPL. Just scroll down to find the most successful club in England. So, here is the list of Top 10 most successful English football clubs.
10 Most Successful English Football Clubs:
10. Nottingham Forest FC
Nottingham Forest is currently playing in the Football League championship. The City Ground has been their home since 1898. After founding in 1865, the English club have won FA Cup in 1898 and 1959. The club’s most successful period came under Brain Clough between 1975-1993, when the won the UEFA Champions League titles, back to back in 1978 and 1979. They also won the Football League Cup 4 times and European Super cup in 1979.
The club is passing through some hard times as they have been outside the English Premier league since 1999. The two-time Champions League winner, Nottingham Forest FC remain at No. 10 spot in top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.
9. Newcastle United
Newcastle United is one of the best English Football clubs, which is based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle United was founded in 1892, being one of the oldest English clubs. The club is owned by Mike Ashley since 2007. With four League Championships titles, six FA Cups, one FA Community shield cup, two FA Youth Cups, Newcastle United have become one of the most successful English football clubs. They had too a golden period between 1904-1910, when they won an FA Cup and three First Division titles.
Though the club have passed some successful time in the premier league in the 1990s and early 2000s, they have been struggling in EPL since 2006/07 season. Newcastle United have a fierce local rivalry with Sunderland, and the fans still go crazy when the one meet another. Newcastle United is the no. 9 best English club in our list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.
8. Manchester City
Manchester City is a Premier League football club, which is located in Manchester, England. The City of Manchester Stadium has been their home since 2003. The most successful period for Manchester City is considered to be in the late 1960s and the early 70s, when they won FA Cup, League Cup , League Championship and European Cup winners’ Cup. After purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, Manchester United have become one of the richest clubs in English Premier League.
In 2011 they qualified for the UEFA Champions League and won the FA Cup for the fifth time. In 2011-12 season of Premier League, they won the title for the 3rd time, which was their first major English title for 44 years. The following year, The Citizens again won the Premier League title for the 4th time and also won the league cup. Manchester City only managed to win the UEFA Champions League trophy one in the 1969-70 season. Considering all these achievements, Manchester City is at no. 8 in the list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.
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7. Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur, commonly known as Spurs, is one of the most successful premier league teams in England. Their home is White Hart Lane and training ground is in Bulls Cross. Hotspurs are at no. 7 in the list of top 10 most successful English football clubs. They have won the first FA Cup title in 1901. Since then, Tottenham Hotspur have won a total 8 FA Cups, last one in 1990-91 season. In 1960-61 of English league, they achieved the League and FA Cup Double.
The following year, after successfully defending the FA Cup title, Spurs became the first English club to win a UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963. The English club also won premier league twice, football league 2nd division twice, and League Cup four times, and the prestigious UEFA Cup twice. The team have a long-standing rivalry with Arsenal and their head-to-head fixture is known as ‘North London Derby’.
6. Aston Villa
Aston Villa is an English Premier League club, which is based in Witton, Birmingham. After the foundation in 1874, Aston Villa have become one of the most successful English football clubs in the history of EPL. Their biggest achievement came in 1981-82, when they won the European Cup and became one of the five English Clubs to win what is now the UEFA Champions league.
The Villa are holding the no. 6 position in our list of top 10 most successful English football clubs as they won the First Division Championship 7 times, the FA Cup 7 times, the Football League cup 5 times, and the UEFA Super Cup once in 1982. Aston Villa is a very reputed English club, having producing a record 73 players for the England National Team. Aston villa have a local rivalry with the Birmingham City and their famous Derby has been played since 1879.
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Everton FC, the Liverpool based football club is one of the best English football clubs in the Premier League. The Toffeemen topped the English Division for a record 112 seasons and won the League Championship title nine times. Everton won the FA Cup 5 times, while became runners-up 8 times. Their most recent period of sustained success came in the mid-80s, while they won two League Championships, an FA Cup, and the major European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985.
They are also the 1995 FA Cup and FA Charity Shield winners. The Everton supporters are known as Evertonians. Everton have a local neighboring rivalry with Liverpool FC and the two sides meeting is known as ‘Merseyside derby’. Everton is the no. 5 selection in the list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.
Chelsea FC is one of the strongest side in the English Premier League. The club is based in Fulham, London. They have a long glorious history to spend most of their time in the top tier of English football. The Stamford Bridge stadium has been the home for Chelsea since their establishment in 1905. Chelsea, one of the best English football club, had their first major success in 1955, winning the League Championship. They have passed a very successful period during 1965-1990 and their greatest successes came in last two decades as they won a total of 17 trophies since 1997.
The Blues have won five league titles, five league cups, seven FA Cups and four FA Community Shields. They also proved to be very successful in the continental competitions, winning one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Super Cup and two UEFA Cup winners’ cup. Chelsea is now one of the richest clubs in the world which worth of $1.37 billion. In our list of top 10 most successful English football clubs, Chelsea stands at no. 4.
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Arsenal are a professional English professional football club, based in Holloway, London, who are the most decorated club in English premier league. Arsenal FC are one of the most lucrative and valuable English football clubs in the world. After established in 1886, Arsenal have won 40 domestic and 2 European trophies, which include 13 First Division Premier League titles and a record 12 FA Cups. Arsenal hold the record of longest unbeaten streak of 49 matches in the EPL.
Under the management of George Graham and Arsène Wenger, the Gunners have won 5 League titles, 7 FA Cups, 2 Doubles, a UEFA Champions League and an unbeaten season. Arsenal have a fierce rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur and their meeting is popularly known as ‘North London Derby’. Arsenal FC is the 3rd most successful club in England.
Liverpool FC have won more European trophies than any other English Premier League clubs. They stand at no. 2 in our list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs. The Reds have won a total of 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, and 3 UEFA Super Cups. They are also very successful at English soil, winning 18 League titles, a record 8 League Cups and 7 FA Cups. But, Liverpool is yet to win the Premier League title since its inception in 1992. The club was founded in 1892 and the Anfield has been their home since then.
The most successful period of Liverpool is considered was the 1970s and ‘80s. Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly led Liverpool to win 11 League titles and 7 European trophies during that period. They have a long-standing rivalry with Everton and Manchester United. “You’ll never walk alone”-the anthem of Liverpool inspires the supporters in tough time.
1. Manchester United
Manchester United, the most successful club in England is based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. The club is one of the best teams at English Premier League. Manchester United was established in 1878 and Old Trafford has been their home since 1910. Manchester United are at no. 1 in our list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs. So far, they have won 20 league titles, which is more than any other English teams, 4 League cups, 11 FA Cups, and a record 20 FA Community Shields.
In the continental competition, Manchester United won three European Cups, one UEFA Super Cup, one UEFA Cup winners’ cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. The football season of 1998-99 was a memorable one for them, as they won a Treble of FA Cup, the Premier League and UEFA Champions League title. Manchester United is one of the most widely supported football teams in the world.
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The legacy of football has been carried down for several decades in England. There is a huge difference always between English Premier League and the football leagues in other countries. The contest is a true competition here, with no minors and majors. Every single English club have their own legacy and have potential to win the premier league title. England is truly the Home of Football.