9 of the Best Clubs in the World You've Probably Never Heard of...

Football fans are bombarded with information regarding the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and other huge European clubs on a daily basis.


They are the most popular clubs around and if something happens at the elite level in Europe, the whole world will soon know about.


That flow of information rarely works both ways though, with teams from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania rarely the subject of much interest from European fans.


But some sides from further afield are actually way more successful.


Here's a look at nine of the best clubs in the world you might never have heard of...

9. Auckland City (New Zealand)

Wellington Phoenix are arguably New Zealand's most famous team by virtue of playing their football in neighbouring Australia's more high profile A-League. But back home it is Auckland City who are the dominant force, as well as on a wider continental scale.


Since the New Zealand Football Championship began in 2004, Auckland have topped the regular season standings eight times in 13 seasons, as well as becoming champions in the Grand Final on six occasions.


Abroad, they have consistently crushed the competition in the OFC Champions League, lifting the trophy nine times since 2006. Bettering even Real Madrid's achievements in Europe in the late 1950s, Auckland have won the last seven on the spin.

8. Asante Kotoko (Ghana)

Ghana's Asante Kotoko draw comparisons with Italian elite Juventus after reaching the CAF Champions League final with relative regularity over the years, but winning just two of seven.


That is still an achievement in itself when they remain one of only two Ghanaian clubs to have lifted the trophy, with the competition so often won by sides from north Africa.


On a domestic front, the team nicknamed the Porcupine Warriors have won 24 national titles back home, a record in Ghana and accounting for nearly half of all seasons played.

7. Al-Faisaly (Jordan)

In 73 years of the Jordan League, Al-Faisaly have won 35 titles, finishing as national champions in more than half of all 65 full seasons that have been contested in the country.


The team from the city of Amman are the current Jordan League champions, They have actually only won the title in three of the last 13 seasons, but their stranglehold on the trophy was completely unbreakable between 1959 and 1974.


Al-Faisaly's 19 Jordan FA Cup wins is also a national record - they currently hold that trophy as well after managing a domestic double in 2016/17.

6. Al-Muharraq (Bahrain)

Hailing from Bahrain's third city, Al-Muharraq have been crowned champions of the Bahraini Football Premier League on as many as 33 occasions in the division's 60-year history.


The club won 10 of the first 11 titles after the league was founded in 1956 and have enjoyed consistent success ever since, with their most recent crown at the end of the 2014/15 season.


Al-Muharraq have also won a record 32 Bahraini King's Cups, the nation's premier cup, and have even tasted continental success in the AFC Cup - Asia's secondary club competition.

5. Peñarol (Uruguay)

Penarol from Uruguay hold the distinction of having played in more Copa Libertadores finals than any other club in South America after featuring in the continental equivalent of the Champions League final no fewer than 10 times.


The Uruguayan club have won five of them, having enjoyed two golden eras - one in the 1960s and one in the 1980s. Legendary forward Alberto Spencer, a three-time winner, is still the competition's all-time leading goalscorer with 54, 53 of them for Penarol.


Domestically, they have been champions of Uruguay on 48 occasions.

4. Al Ahly (Egypt)

Al Ahly's dominance in Egypt has been nothing short of incredible this century. The Cairo club have won the Egyptian Premier League in all but two seasons since lifting the trophy at the end of the 2004/05 campaign, completing domestic doubles in three of those seasons.


Their most recent title in 2016/17 was their 39th overall, while the Egypt Cup they also won last season was their 36th. Both tallies are national records, with city rivals Zamalek the next most successful club in each competition with 11 titles and 25 cups.


Al Ahly have also won Africa's Champions League eight times, more than any other club, appearing in 10 finals in total. Their last continental triumphs came in 2012 and 2013.

3. Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica)

Costa Rican national heroes Joel Campbell and Keylor Navas both left domestic giant Deportivo Saprissa behind to forge their careers in Europe, but the team from the capital has gone from strength to strength in recent seasons.


In the last three years, Saprissa have surpassed Alajuelense as Costa Rica's most successful club, winning the most recent of 33 national titles to their rival's 29 in during the Invierno portion of the 2016/17 season.


Saprissa are also Costa Rican leaders in the CONCACAF Champions League, winning three times in a competition traditionally dominated by Mexican clubs.

2. Olimpia (Paraguay)

Not only have Olimpia been crowned champions of Paraguay a staggering 40 times, just a handful of clubs anywhere in the world have enjoyed greater domestic dominance.


They are also the only Paraguayan club to have won a continental title, capturing three Copa Libertadores trophies over the years. Only four other clubs have won more, and none of those are from South American powerhouse Brazil.


Olimpia's most recent piece of silverware came in the Clausura half of the 2015 Paraguayan Primera Division.

1. Pohang Steelers (South Korea)

Taking into account the era that preceded South Korea's professional league system in 1983, now known as the K League, Pohang Steelers are the east Asian country's most successful club with eight titles to their name ahead of Seongnam (7) and Seoul (6).


They are equally the most successful club side in Asia as a whole, taking home three titles between the AFC Champions League and its predecessor, the Asian Club Championship.


No other club has won as many, with Pohang also enjoying a 100% record in the finals that they have played, the most recent being in 2009.

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