The Greatest Eastern European Clubs of All-Time

Definition of Eastern Europe in this group covers these zone;

1. Central Europe Part : Hungary, Former Czechoslovakia, Poland
2. Balkans Peninsula :  Former Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey
3. Former Soviet Union

In overall, Clubs from Eastern European ever won two European Cup and three Runner-Ups. The first famous league is belonged to Hungary as they had got a strong league in the earliest era since 1900s before having gotten fail in standard in the late era. Most of Eastern European clubs were established as professional club since the post-war era. Communist regime saved many great players to stay playing in their homeland. In the late era, The main obstacle to effect clubs in this zone rather being in the dark era is the revolution or the internal war in many countries and top-class players have been moving to play in the big clubs in Western European.

Hungarian National Championship (Nemzeti Bajnoksag I) has been available since 1901 and it was suspended between 1914- 1916 due to World War I include 1956 which was effected by Hungary revolution. It was turned professional in 1926.

USSR League and USSR Cup was founded as professional status in 1936 and was suspened between 1941 to 1944. The league was ended in 1991 after the seperation of Soviet Union. Then, Russian and Ukrainian Premier league were established as the main successor.

Yugoslav League was founded in 1923 as the amatuer tournament championship until 1940. The professional league was created in 1945 and Yugoslav Cup was followed two yars later. Its were finally ended due to separation of the Yugoslavia. Serbian&Montenegrin and Croatian league were organized as the main successor.

Czechoslovakian First League was created in 1925. The league was occupied by Germany during the World War II known as Bohemia-Moravia for Czech clubs while Slovak clubs played in Slovak State. It was banned in 1944 - 1945 season before back to the old status and Czechoslovak Cup was followed in 1960. Both were continued the competition until 1993 when Czechoslovakia was separated. Czech top league "Grambinus Liga" and Slovak Superliga were a successor.

Romania Divizia A was founded in 1909 and it was banned in two period due to World War I and II between 1916 - 1919 and 1941 - 1946 , respectively. Cup of Romania was created in 1933 and was suspended between 1943 and 1947.

Bulgarian A was established in 1925 and it was competed every season before turn professional status in 1948. Bulgarian Cup was started in 1938 as Tsar's Cup until 1942. It was continued as Cup of Soviet Army between 1946 and 1982. Since 1983, It was called Bulgarian Cup.

Polish Ekstraklasa was began in 1921 and it was abandoned in 1924 and also the war-time between 1939 - 1945. Polish cup was first competed in 1926 but it was cancelled until the re-establishment in 1951 but it was abandoned again in 1953 and 1958 - 1961.

Greece Super League was founded in 1928 as amateur Panhellenic Championship and it was not held in 1929, 1935, and the war-time 1941 -1945, 1950 and 1952 before the professional league was founded in 1959. Greek Cup has been contested since 1931 to the present in the exception of the war-time 1941- 1946.

Turkish league was held in 1904 as Istanbul Football League but it is supposed that all of best clubs in Turkey were from Istanbul. The professional national league was formed in 1959 and Turkish cup was started three years later.



51. Trabzonspor

Name : Turkey, Year of Establishment :  1967
Stadium : Huseyin Avni Aker  (24,170 Seats)
Season In Turkish League : 42  from 58
All-Time Turkish League Ranking : 4th
Turkish  League :  Winner (6) Runner-Up (7)
Turkish Cup :  Winner (8), Runner-Up (6)
Turkish Double Champion : 1
European Cup : R-16 (1-A)
UEFA Cup : R16 (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Hami Mandirali  (275 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Abdullah Ercan
The Greatest Manager Ever  : Ahmet Suat Ozyazici

"Blavck Sea Strom" Trabzonspor is one of the latest established clubs in Europe, was a merger between four clubs in Trabzon, most notably the rivalry between Idmamgucu and Idmanocagi. The club spent 6 seasons in second division to get promotion and spent only twice seasons to win its first ever Turkish national league title and the next season even achieve its only Turkish double champion. It dominated Turkish football during the second half 1970s to very early 1980s, winning five league title within six seasons. However, the club was beaten since the first round in five times of participation. It holds the record longest unbeaten in Turkish League home Games with 90 between 1975 and 1981. Trabzonspor met its lowest point in the 2001 - 2002 when the club finished in the bottom zone at 14th of league.


50. Universitatea Craiova

Nation : Romania, Year of Establishment :  1948
Stadium : Ion Oblemenco (25,054 Seats)
Season In Romania Liga I : 47 from 69
All-Time League Ranking : 4th
Romanian League :  Winner (4) Runner-Up (5)
Romanian Cup : Winner (6), Runner-Up (5)
Romanian Double Champion : 2
UEFA Cup  :  SF (1-A), R16 (2-A)
European Cup : QF (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Rodion Camataru  (122 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Ilie Balaci
The Greatest Manager Ever  : Ion Oblemenco

The football history in the city of Craiova began in the year 1921, when the first teams were founded; "Craiovan Craiova" and "Rovine Grivita Craiova". In 1940, the two teams from Craiova merged, resulting in one of the most successful Romanian football teams in the Interwar period. Finally in 1948 “Universitatea Craiova” took life at the initiative of a group of students and professors. The 1982/1983 season has been, without doubt, the best in the history of "The Champion of a Great Love" a nickname used for Universitatea by the media, because of the tremendous love and immense passion that always surrounded the team. That magnificent side stayed fresh for long time in the memory of Romanian fans. In 1991 Universitatea Craiova won for the last time the Championship and the Romanian Cup. In the last years Craiova became a middle-table team, with rather poor performances. At the end of the 2004-2005 season they had been relegated to the second football division for the first time in the club's history. However, Craiova was promoted back to Liga I the season after.



49. Slavia Sofia

Nation : Bulgaria, Year of Establishment :  1913
Stadium : Ovcha Kupel (32,000 Seats)
Season In Bulgarian League : 72 (All)
All-Time League Ranking : 3rd
Bulgarian League :  Winner (6-A,1-P) Runner-Up (10)
Bulgarian Cup : Winner (8), Runner-Up (6)
Bulgarian Double Champion : 1
Cup Winners’ Cup : SF (1), QF (1)
All-Time Top Scorer : Andrey Zhelyazkov (136 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Aleksandar Shalamanov
The Greatest Manager Ever : -

In 1913, a group of young people living near a Russian Monument in Sofia and representatives of the local capital clubs Botev and Razvitie,in Sofia, decided to establish an incorporated sport club – the fist organized sport club in Sofia and in Bulgaria. The new incorporated club has named Slavia. Dimitar Blagoev, was elected as the first president of the club. A few days later, was elected the first football team of the club. Since 1924 the team plays with white shirts and white shorts and up to present days it is popular as the "White pride".After the first world war, Slavia began to become more successful.Its most important achievements in Europe during 1966–67 Cup Winners' Cup campaign. Until now Slavia has played in all championships of Bulgaria , starting from 1924 to 2003–2004. In its 90-year history Slavia has achieved the “double” once – winning in 1996 the championship and the cup of Bulgaria, as well.



48. Rapid Bucharest

Nation : Romania, Year of Establishment :  1948
Stadium : Giulesti Valentin Stanescu (19,100 Seats)
Season In Romania Liga I : 68 from 69
All-Time League Ranking : 3rd
Romanian League :  Winner (3) Runner-Up (14)
Romanian Cup : Winner (13), Runner-Up (6)
UEFA Cup : QF (1-B), R16 (1-B) Cup Winners’ Cup : QF (1)
Mitropa Cup : Finalist (1)
All-Time Top Scorer : Alexandru Neagu  (110 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Alexandru Apolzan
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Valentin Stanescu

In June 1923, Jewish Romanian railroad workers agreed the fusion of two amateur clubs, "CFR" (ex-"Rampa Militari") and "Excelsior". After a few years, the team started competing in the first league in 1931. The club holds the European record most consecutive cup winners with 6 achieved during 1937 - 1942. During the pre-war years, Rapid was one of Romania's top teams, regularly winning the cup but never the championship although they came close. In 1940 Rapid was the first football team in Romania who managed the European cup final qualification, the Central European Cup, undisputed because of the Second World War. The middle of the 1960s is Rapid’s greatest era. In the 1970s and 1980s Rapid reached their great years before getting worse and worse, becoming confined in the second league for 6 years in a row. However, Rapid came back to be the top Romanian club again in 1990s to 2000s.


47Dnipropetrovsk
Nation : Ukraine, Year of Establishment : 1918
Stadium : Dnipro Stadium (31,003 Seats)
Season in Soviet League : 19 from 55
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 17th
All-Time Ukrainian League Ranking : 4th
Soviet League : Winner (2), Runner-Up (2), 3rd (2)
Ukrainian League : Winner (-), Runner-Up (2)
Soviet Cup : Winner (1), Runner-Up (-)
Ukrainian Cup : Winner (-), Runner-Up (3)
European Cup : QF (2-A), UEFA Cup : RN (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Oleg Protasov (106 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Oleg Protasov
The Greatest Manager Ever : Yevhen Kuchereskyi

FC Dnipro club's franchise traces its history all the way back when the first team that was formed in 1918 by the Petrovsky factory and was called as BRIT (Brianskyi Robitnychyi Industrialnyi Tekhnikum). Due to the World War I BRIT was disbanded, but on May 9, 1925 a new team was formed. The team entered the first Soviet competition under the name of Stal in 1936 in one of the lower divisions. They got promoted to the Soviet Top League as the first time in 1971. Even Dnipro was not a regular member in history of Soviet top tier, Their golden generation was available during the 1980s with being one of the best Soviet Union clubs in that era. Afterwards, The club move to play in Ukraine top division and have sustained their position as the top Ukrainian clubs for most seasons since then.



46. Zeljeznicar Sarajevo

Nation :  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Year of Establishment :  1921
Stadium : Asim Ferhatovic Hase (20,841 Seats)
Season In Yugoslvian League  : 34 from 46
All-Time Yugoslavian League Ranking : 8th
All-Time Bosnian League Ranking : 1st
Yugoslavian League :  Winner (1) Runner-Up (-), 3rd (2)
Bosnian League : Winner (6), Runner-Up (5)
Yugoslavian Cup : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1)
Bosnian Cup : Winner (5), Runner-Up (3)
Bosnian Double Champion : 2
UEFA Cup :  SF (1-A), QF (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Josip Bukal, Dželaludin Muharemović (127)
Greatest Player Ever : Ivica Osim
The Greatest Manager Ever  : Milan Ribar

Željezničar, alias 'Željo', is historically one of the most prominent and successful football teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina. the name Željezničar means "railway worker", given because it was established by a group of railway workers. After the word war II, Željo was formed again, That secured them a place in the final tournament with champions of other Yugoslav republics. Soon after, Sarajevo citizens formed a new club FK Sarajevo, club that become an eyesore to željezničar fans The Maniacs all to this days. That had a devastating influence on the club, so it needed several years to come back to first division. Biggest success came in 1971/1972 season when it won a championship title, the only title in Yugoslav period. After the collapse of Yugoslavia, another war, Grbavica stadium was occupied and football was off again. Somehow, club managed to rise again until today.





45. Spartak Trnava

Nation : Slovakia, Year of Establishment :  1923
Stadium : Anton Malatinský  (18,448 Seats)
Season In Czechoslovakian League : 37 from 67
All-Time Czechoslovakian League Ranking : 8th
All-Time Slovakian League Ranking : 3rd
Czechoslovakian League :  Winner (5) Runner-Up (1)
Slovakian League : Winner (-), Runner-Up (2)
Czechoslovak Cup : Winner (5)
Slovak Cup  :  Winner (3), Runner-Up (1)
Double Champion : Czechoslovakia 1
UEFA Cup :  R-16 (1-A)
European Cup : SF (1-A), QF  (2-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Jozef Adamec (139 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Jozef Adamec
The Greatest Manager Ever : Anton Malatinský


Historically it is one of the most successful clubs in Slovakia. The club was founded on May 30, 1923 by the merging of Šk Čechie and ČšŠk into TSS Trnava. The Golden era of Spartak began in the season of 1966/67, Great success was achieved in the Mitropa Cup. Until the middle of 1970s, Spartak Trnava got their prime of achievement in European Competition. The fifth and the last league title in 1972/73 beckoned the end of Spartak's golden era.     The latter half of the 90s can be considered the renaissance of football in Trnava.  However, The club cannot save their past famous, not a top team in Slovakian League after they was separated from Czechoslovakia.





44. Lokomotive Moscow

Nation : Russia, Year of Establishment :  1923
Stadium : Lokomotive (28,800 Seats)
Seasons in Soviet League : 38 from 55
Seasons in Russian League : 23 (All)
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 11th
All-Time Russian League Ranking : 2nd
Soviet League : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1)
Russian League : Winner (2), Runner-Up (4)
Soviet Cup : Winner (2), Runner-Up (1)
Russian Cup :  Winner (6), Runner-Up (1), CIS Cup : Winner (1)
Cup Winners’ Cup  : SF (2)
European Cup : R16 (1-B), R24 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Dmitry Loskov  (108 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Dimitry Loskov
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Yuri Semin

Lokomotive Moscow was originally founded as Club of the October Revolution in1923, and it united the strongest football players of several roads of the Moscow railway junction. When the Lokomotiv Voluntary Sports Society was created in 1936, its football team featured the best players of Kazanka. Performances after World War II suffered and actually in the space of five year Lokomotiv were relegated to the Soviet First League twice .The important trademark for Lokomotiv was the authorization of playing friendly matches against foreign opposition. This because up to the late fifties, international sports contacts of the Soviet teams were extremely rare. In the beginning of 1990s Lokomotiv was considered the "weakest link" among top Moscow clubs. It lacked both results on the pitch and fans support in the stands



43. Dinamo Minsk

Nation : Belarus, Year of Establishment :  1927
Stadium : Dynamo Stadium (41,040 Seats)
Seasons in Soviet League : 39 from 55
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 9th
All-Time Belarus League Ranking : 1st
Soviet League : Winner (1), Runner-Up (-), 3rd (3)
Belarus League : Winner (7), Runner-Up (7)
Soviet Cup : Winner (-), Runner-Up (2)
Belarus Cup :  Winner (3), Runner-Up (2)
Belarus Double Champion : 2
UEFA Cup : QF (1-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup : QF (1)
All-Time European Cup Performance : : QF (1-A)
All-Time Top-Scorer :  Pyotr Kachura (68 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Eduard Malofeev
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Eduard Malofeev

Dinamo Minsk is the greatest Belarus club of all-time. In 1927 Dinamo put in his piggy bank and the first trophy, winning the championship of the BSSR.  It is interesting that initially participated in this competition, took command of cities.  Among them was the team of Minsk, who won a ticket to the finals, where the metropolitan players resisted guards Gomel and Vitebsk.  Unwillingness to act under the flag of the city caused an uproar from the public.  Footballers accused of behavior, unworthy of Soviet citizens in the susceptibility to the influence of bourgeois sport associations.  But everybody loves a winner.  Dynamo in brilliant style finished with rivals and won the title of the BSSR. The main event of football life of the Soviet Union in 1928, became an All-Union sports days in Moscow, which was attended by national team BSSR, finished fifth.  The best scorer of the Belarusian team was the "Dynamo" Tikhomirov, who scored 4 goals. That year was notable for the fact that the sports society "Dynamo" started to build a new sports stadium on the site of a former racecourse



42. OFK Belgrade

Nation :  Serbia, Year of Establishment :  1911
Stadium : Karadorde (20,000 Seats)
Season In Yugoslvian League  : 34 from 46
All-Time Yugoslavian League Ranking : 9th
All-Time Serbian League Ranking : 5th
Yugoslavian League :  Winner (5-A) Runner-Up (4-A, 2-P)
Serbian League : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1)
Yugoslavian Cup : Winner (4), Runner-Up (-)
Serbian Cup : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1)
UEFA Cup : SF  (1-A), QF  (2-A), R-16 (1-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup :  SF (1)
Mitropa Cup : SF (2)
All-Time Top Scorer :    Blagoje Marjanović
Greatest Player Ever : Blagoje Marjanović
The Greatest Manager Ever : Antal Nemes

OFK Beograd was founded in 1911. In its rich history, the club has also been named Metalac between 1945 and 1950. How it all started is just as how the club is living today: never on top but always among the best. Usually, it is in the shadow of the bigger Belgrade clubs. A two decade long "Golden Era" had begun. The 1960s and the first half of the 1970s were years of European glory. OFK Beograd had participated eight times in European competitions. The Romantičari were not able to take advantage of their success on the domestic and European scene. After several successful season, a sudden fall occurred. OFK Beograd was slowly losing its brilliance. During the 1980s, the club has often been changing leagues, from the First Division to the Second. The "Silent Fall" lasted as long as the Golden Era. Still, the tradition could not be forgotten and the club comes back to its old habits in the 1990s. Fourth position in 1992 and 1994 announced a bright future for OFK in the 21st century.





41. FK Sarejevo

Nation :  Bosnia and Herzegovina , Year of Establishment :  1946
Stadium : Asim Ferhatovic Hase (37,500 Seats)
Season In Yugoslvian League  : 43 from 46
All-Time Yugoslavian League Ranking : 6th
All-Time Bosnian League Ranking : 2nd
Yugoslavian League :  Winner (2) Runner-Up (2)
Bosnian League : Winner (3), Runner-Up (1)
Yugoslavian Cup : Winner (-), Runner-Up (2)
Bosnian Cup : Winner (4), Runner-Up (1)
UEFA Cup :  R16 (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer :   Asim Ferhatović (198 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Asim Ferhatović
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Miroslav Brozović

FK Sarajevo, is a professional football club based in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia-Herzegovina and is one of the most popular clubs in the country. FK Sarajevo was established The result of a merger between football teams Udarnik (Vanguard) and Sloboda (Liberty), the club first appeared on the Yugoslav sports scene in 1946 under the name SD Torpedo. the club was the most successful club from SR Bosnia and Herzegovina in former Yugoslavia. The Bosnian War and siege of Sarajevo in the early 90s stopped almost all cultural life in the capital. Many of FK Sarajevo's supporters, including the infamous Horde Zla (Hordes of Evil) joined the Bosnian army and fought in the war. Since the end of the war, FK Sarajevo have been in the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There they have been one of the most successful and dominant clubs in the league's short history.  





40. Torpedo Moscow

Nation : Russia, Year of Establishment :  1924
Stadium : Torpedow (13,400 Seats)
Seasons in Soviet League : 51 from 55
Seasons in Russian League : 16 from 23
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 5th
All-Time Russian League Ranking : 7th
Soviet League : Winner (3), Runner-Up (3), 3rd (5)
Russian League : Winner (-), Runner-Up (-)
Soviet Cup : Winner (6), Runner-Up (9)
Russian Cup :  Winner (1), Runner-Up (-)
Soviet Double Champion 1
UEFA Cup : QF (1-A), R16 (1-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup : QF (2)
All-Time Top-Scorer :  Valentin Ivanov (124 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Eduard Streltsov
The Greatest Manager Ever : Viktor Maslov

Nickname “the Black-Whites”, Originally known as Proletarian Forge before changing their name to Torpedo in 1936. The club used to belong to the ZIL automobile plant until a fallout in the mid-1990s that resulted in Torpedo leaving their historic ground and moving across town to Luzhniki, as they became property of the Luzhniki corporation. In 1957 Torpedo Moscow, as well as other Soviet sport clubs named "Torpedo", became a part of the republican VSS Trud of the Russian SFSR. It was denied membership of the Professional Football League (the organization that conducts competition in the Russian First Division and Russian Second Division) and did not play in the professional competitions in 2009.



39. Vojvodina

Nation :  Serbia, Year of Establishment :  1914
Stadium : Karadorde (17,204 Seats)
Season In Yugoslvian League  : 42 from 46
All-Time Yugoslavian League Ranking : 5th
All-Time Serbain League Ranking : 3rd
Yugoslavian League :  Winner (2) Runner-Up (3), 3rd (2)
Serbian League : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1)
Yugoslavian Cup : Winner (-), Runner-Up (2)
Serbian Cup : Winner (-), Runner-Up (3)
UEFA Cup : QF  (2-A), European Cup : QF  (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer :   Todor Veselinovic (123 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Todor Veselinovic
The Greatest Manager Ever : Branko Stanković

FK Vojvodina is the third greatest Serbia club of all-time, FK Vojvodina is the second oldest football club in Serbia's elite league, since FK Javor was founded in 1912.was founded on the eve of World War I in secrecy as Austro-Hungarian authorities instituted and closely administered a ban on organized gathering in southern parts of the kingdom populated by Slavs, especially Serbs. The club's biggest successes on the national level came during the 1960s. In 2006, the club reconstructed the whole club complex SC Vujadin Boškov along with the stadium. The club's training complex is one of the most modern training camps in the region. In light of the Universiade 2009, the club will install new reflectors.





38. First Vienna

Nation : Austria, Year of Establishment : 1894
Stadium :  Hohe Warte (5,000 Seats)
Seasons in Austria Championship : 69 from 105
All-Time Austria Championship Ranking : 6th
Austria Championship : Winners (6-P), Runner-Up (1-A, 5-P)
DFB-Pokal : Winner (1)
Austrian Cup : Winners (3) ,Runner-Up (6)
Mitropa Cup : WN (1), SF (2)
All-Time Top-Scorer :  Karl Decker (255 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Karl Koller
The Greatest Manager Ever : Kurt Schmied

First Vienna FC is one of the most traditional Austrian clubs of all-time. The club was founded in 1894 when English and Austrian gardeners working for Nathaniel Anselm von Rothschild want to play football in their own estate. They won their first title in the 1899 Central European Challenge cup, and won the first Austrian Championship in 1931 and also won Mitropa Cup in the same year with a record of the competition of all wins in single tournament. This year is regarded as the best in history of the club. Due to the WWII, First Vienna had to play in German championship and they played in Gauliga ostmark. In that period, They are the greatest Austrian club and could win a title in Germany finally in the 1943 German Cup. Through the late 40s and on into the early 50s the club's performance was uneven as they generally earned only mid-table results but thy still won their last Austrian league title in 1955. Since the 1970s until now, First Vienna has mostly fallen from the top flight.




37. Banik Ostrava

Nation : Czech Republic, Year of Establishment :  1922
Stadium : Bazaly  (17,400 Seats)
Season In Czechoslovakian League : 57 from 67
All-Time Czechoslovakian League Ranking : 3rd
All-Time Czech League Ranking : 5th
Czechoslovakian League :  Winner (3) Runner-Up (6)
Czech Republic League : Winner (1), Runner-Up (-)
Czechoslovak Cup : Winner (3)
Czech Republic Cup :  Winner (1), Runner-Up (2)
UEFA Cup : QF (1-A), Cup Winners’ Cup :  SF  (1-A)
All-Time European Cup :  QF (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Miroslav Wiecek (174 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Marek Jankulovski
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Evzen Hadanczik

Banik Ostrava is another great clubs from Czech republic. The club was founded in 1922 as SK Slezská Ostrava, when 20 activists signed the establishment treaty in the U Dubu restaurant. SK Slezská Ostrava began to compete with other teams in the league system in spring of 1923. It started in the lowest division and was promoted to higher division the same year. It took however some time for the club the appeared in the highest divisions of football in Czechoslovakia. The true golden era in history of the club was in the period of the late 1970s to the early 1980s, reached the deepest round in all three European competitions and won their all league titles in their history. Since 1991 the club constantly underachieved. Financial problems soon joined as major sponsors were undergoing restructuralization following the collapse of communism in the country. Since then, Baník appears regularly in the upper part of the league table



36. Wisla Krakow
Nation : Poland, Year of Establishment : 1948
Stadium : Miejski  (34,000 Seats)
Season In Polish Professional League : 77 from 83
All-Time League Ranking :  2nd
Polish League :  Winner (13) Runner-Up (12)
Polish Cup : Winner (4), Runner-Up (6)
Polish Double Champion : 1
European Cup : QF(1-A), UEFA Cup : R16 (1-B)
All-Time Top Scorer : Kazimierz Kimiecik (153 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Antoni Szymanowski
The Greatest Manager Ever  : Orest Lenczyk

Wisla Krakow is one of the most successful clubs in history of Polish league. The ancestor of today’s club was a football team formed in 1906 by the students of Practical School. In the first historic season, Wisla immediately became the powerful teams in the league. In 1949 the club was renamed to Gwardia Kraków and renamed over again until the late 1990s the football section of the club was incorporated and was finally renamed Wisła Kraków SSA. The club has had its ups and downs, winning national championships and gaining European qualification. It was also relegated to the second division on three occasions. In recent era, the team has been far and away the most successful club in Poland, winning 7 national championships and placing second 3 times within 12 years. The clubs greatest success came in the 1978/79 season, when Wisla was able to reach the quarter-finals of the European Cup. Wisla holds the record longest undefeated run in home Polish league games with 73 between 2001 and 2006 and holds the record most consecutive wins in Polish league with 38 between 2003 and 2005. It holds the record most wins ratio in history of Polish League with 0.8 (24 wins in 30 games) achieved in the 2007 - 2008 season in which is also the greatest seasonal Polish League result ever (24-5-1).






35. Budapest Vasas

Nation : Hungary, Year of Establishment :  1909
Stadium :  Rudolf Illovszky (18,000 Seats)
Seasons In Hungarian League :   85 from 114
All-Time League Ranking : 5th
Hungarian League :  Winner (6) Runner-Up (2)
Hungarian Cup : Winner (4), Runner-Up (5)
European Cup : SF (1-A), QF  (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Janos Farkas (169 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever :  Gyorgi Orth
The Greatest Manager Ever  :  Imre Komora    

SC Vasas is another long-period of history club in Hungary football. Members of the Hungarian Union of Iron Workers founded the club as Vas-és Fémmunkások Sport Clubja, the "Sport Club of Iron and Steel Workers", in 1911. The club renames five occasions until settle the name as SC Budapesti Vasas in 1959. Vasas' football team belongs to the highest Hungarian football league and was the dominating force in Hungarian football during the early 1960s. Vasas is the most winners in history of Mitropa cup with 7. In 2006 the club would have been relegated as penultimate, but could retain its place as rivals Ferencvarosi TC were ousted instead due to financial irregularities. This would have been Vasas' second relegation in this decade. The club’s best highlight in Europe is reaching Semi-final round of 1958 European Cup.






34. Ruch Chorzow

Nation : Poland, Year of Establishment : 1920
Stadium :  Ruchu  (10,000 Seats)
Season In Polish Professional League : 81 from 83
All-Time League Ranking :  3rd
Polish League :  Winner (14) Runner-Up (6)
Polish Cup : Winner (3), Runner-Up (6)
Polish Double Champion : 2
UEFA Cup : QF  (1-A)
European Cup  : QF  (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Gerad Ciesilk (177 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Ernest Wilimowski
The Greatest Manager Ever : Michel Vican


Ruch Chorzow is one of the most successful football teams in Poland. The club was founded in 1920 in Hajduki Wielkie. It was known as Ruch Hajduki Wielkie until 1938, with Ruch being sometimes interpreted by Polish patriots as a cover reference to the Silesian Uprisings. The club's first match, was played in1920. In early 1939, the municipality of Hajduki Wielkie merged with Chorzów, which led to the club taking on its current name Ruch Chorzów. After the German occupation of Poland in 1939, the club was renamed Bismarckhütter SV 99 and joined the Gauliga Oberschlesien in 1941, however, it reverted to its old name in 1945. In 1948, under communist pressure, the club was renamed Unia Chorzów, in 1955 it became Unia-Ruch, and finally in 1956 returned to the name Ruch. The golden era was during the 1930s, Early 1950s and the middle of 1970s. It holds the record most goals ratio and goals difference ratio in history of Polish league with 4.1 (90 goals in 22 games) and 2.77 (61 in 22 games) both archived in 1934 season.




33. Gornik Zabrze

Nation : Poland, Year of Establishment : 1948
Stadium : Ernest Pohl  (17,000 Seats)
Season In Polish Professional League :  62 from 83
All-Time League Ranking :  4th
Polish League :  Winner (14) Runner-Up (4)
Polish Cup : Winner (6), Runner-Up (7)
Polish Double Champion : 3
Cup Winners’ Cup : RN (1), QF (1)
European Cup  : QF (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Ernest Pohl (186 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Wlodzimierz Lubanski
The Greatest Manager Ever  :  Geza Kalocsay

Gornik Zabreze was founded in 1948, three years after borders of Poland had switched westwards and the city of Zabrze became part of the Polish Republic. In 1950 Górnik joined the Opole Silesia regional league. The club was promoted to the top division in 1955. In 1957, just a year after promotion, Górnik won its first championship of Poland with star, Ernest Pohl. Golden years marked the beginning of a streak of five consecutive league (1963 - 1967) and cup titles (1968 - 1972) which is a Polish record. Górnik's biggest success in European football took place in 1970 in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. During the mid-1970s Górnik form deteriorated and in late spring of 1978, the team was relegated to the Second Division. Between 1985 and 1988 Górnik again marked a magnificent streak, with four consecutive championships. However, The club cannot sustain the status as the top club of Poland after the 1980s and relegated to second division for some seasons. It holds the record lowest conceding goal ratio in a Polish league season with 0.53 (16 goals in 30 games) achieved in the 1984 -1985 season.



32. Dukla Prague
Nation : Czech Republic, Year of Establishment :  1948
Stadium : Na Julisce (28,000 Seats)
Season In Czechoslovakian League :  48 from 67
All-Time Czechoslovakian League Ranking : 4th
All-Time Czech League Ranking :  12nd
Czechoslovakian League :  Winner (11) Runner-Up (7)
Czechoslovak Cup : Winner (8)
Czech Republic League : (-), Czech Republic Cup :  (-)
Double Champion : Czechoslovakia 2
UEFA Cup : QF (1- A), Cup Winners’ Cup : SF (1)
European Cup : SF (1- A), QF (3- A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Zdenek Nehoda (124 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Josef Masopust, The Greatest Manager Ever : Jaroslav Vejvoda

Dukla Prague is a famous football team in the 1960s in which was their golden era. The club that ultimately became Dukla Prague was originally formed by the Czechoslovak army in 1948 and was initially known as ATK. Glorious late 1950s and 1960s, Josef Masopust was an icon player of the club’s successful, led the team dominating Czechoslovakian league and reached 1967 European cup semi-final. The top players of this era were produced to Czechoslovakia national team that won runner-up in 1962 FIFA World Cup. Their great era gradually declined until the crisis in the 1990s after the dissolution of Czecholovakia. The club had fallen on increasingly hard times and finally was relegated to third division due to directly financial reasons and still cannot back to the top league in nowadays.




31. Slovan Bratislava

Nation : Slovakia, Year of Establishment :  1919
Stadium : Tehelne Pole (30,085 Seats)
Season In Czechoslovakian League : 43 from 67
All-Time Czechoslovakian League Ranking : 6th
All-Time Slovakian League Ranking : 2nd
Czechoslovakian League :  Winner (8) Runner-Up (9)
                 Slovakian League : Winner (8), Runner-Up (1)
Cup :  Czechoslovak Cup : Winner (5)
           Slovak Cup :  Winner (6), Runner-Up (2)
Double Champion : Czechoslovakia 1, Slovakia 4
Cup Winners’ Cup : WN (1), QF  (2)
European Cup : R16 (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Jan Arpas  (151 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Jan Popluhar
The Greatest Manager Ever : Michel Vican



Slovan Bratislava is known as the greatest Slovakian clubs of all-time. Slovan's roots date back to the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire where it was founded as I.ČsŠK Bratislava in 1919. After Munich dictate occurred in the year 1939 to the dissolution of Czechoslovakia and also the emergence of independent Slovakia. This historical fact had a great influence to change the name became ŠK Bratislava. In a separate Slovakian league footballers get ŠK Bratislava in the period from 1939 to 1945 the title four times. Slovan was the first Slovak club, which is the highest power in the Czechoslovak competition, met with success in 1949, which became the first master of the country. 1969 is the most famous year in the history of the club. The Blues are the first and so far the only team from former Czechoslovakia to win a European trophy. In a separate Slovakian competition sought Slovan difficult competition, has not dominated the league since the middle of the 1990s to the present.It holds the record fewest goal conceding ratio in a Czechoslovakian single season with 0.5 (15 goals in 30 games).





30. AEK Athens

Nation : Greece, Year of Establishment :  1925
Stadium : Olympic Stadium Athens  (71,030 Seats)
Seasons In Greek League : 74 From 80
All-Time League Ranking : 3rd
Greek League :  Winner (2-A,9-P) Runner-Up (3-A,16-P)
Greek Cup : Winner (14), Runner-Up (7)
Greek Double Champion : 2
UEFA Cup  : SF (1-A), R16 (1-A,3-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : QF (2)
European Cup  : QF(1-A), R16(2-A), R24 (1-B)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Mimis Papaioannou (234 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Thomas Mavros
The Greatest Manager Ever : Branko Stanković

AEK Athens is the third greatest club in history of Greece football, was established in Athens in 1924 by Greek refugees from Constantinople in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War. AEK’s football team grew rapidly in popularity during the 1920s and The club’s mixed success during the 1930s was highlighted by the first Greek Championship-Cup double in 1939. However, The club could not win any league titles for later two decades until Mimis Papaiiannou was signed for the club and being very influence to help them back to win the league title again and reaching 1969 European Cup Quarter-final. Continuously, Thomas Mavros was the next hero in the late 1970s. The club reach semi-final UEFA Cup in 1977. AEK finally could dominate Greece League in the early 1990s which is their best era.





29. Legia Warzaw

Nation : Poland, Year of Establishment : 1916
Stadium : Wojska Polskiego  (31,800 Seats)
Season In Polish Professional League :  80 from 83
All-Time League Ranking : 1st
Polish League :  Winner (11) Runner-Up (11)
Polish Cup : Winner (17), Runner-Up (6)
Polish Triple Champion : 1, Polish Double Champion : 6
UEFA Cup : R-16  (2-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup  : SF (1), QF (1)
European Cup : SF (1-A), QF (1-A, 1-B)
All-Time Top Scorer : Lucjan Brychczy (182 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Kazimierz Deyna
The Greatest Manager Ever: Edmund Zientara

Legia Warzaw is the greatest Polish club of all-time. It was founded in 1916 (during the military operations of the World War I on the eastern front) in the neighborhood of Maniewicze in Volhynia as the football club of the Polish Legions. The club started playing in the Polish league in 1927 but the competition was interrupted for many years due to the WWII. The 1970s were known as Poland's golden age of football. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Legia's roster included powerful football players such as Jan Tomaszewski, Kazimierz Deyna, and Robert Gadocha. In the European Cup 1969-70 Legia achieved a successful campaign by reaching the semi finals. After then, The club could not win any league title for 14 years until won two consecutive titles. Legia has never dominated Polish league in any era like other teams because there are many equal level teams in competition history. 




28. Besiktas

Nation : Turkey, Year of Establishment :  1903
Stadium : BJK Inonu Stadium (32,145 Seats)
Season In Turkish Professional League : 58 (All)
All-Time League Ranking : 3rd
Turkish League :  Winner (13-A,11-P) Runner-Up (20)
Turkish Cup : Winner (9), Runner-Up (6)
Turkish Double Champion : 2
UEFA Cup  : QF (1-B), R16 (2-B)
European Cup : QF (1-A), R16 (1-B), R24 (3-B)
All-Time Top Scorer : Feyyaz Ucar (169 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Riza Calimbay
The Greatest Manager Ever : Gordon Milne


Besiktas is well-known as the third greatest club to come from Turkey., has been overshadowed by Fenerbahce and Galatasalaay, was established in 1903 during the late Ottoman period and the football team was available in 1911. Besiktas began playing in Istanbul football league until 1937 the amateur Turkish national league was formed and professional league was followed in 1959. During the 1940s, Besiktas was a very strong team, known as “The Legend of Black Eagles”. They had great years since then until Beşiktaş' performance declined greatly during silent era in 1970s. The golden era came true again in the early 1990s as they won three consecutive championships. Reaching 1987 European Cup quarter-final is their most successful ever in European competition. The club holds the record the longest unbeaten in history of Turkish league with 48 between 1991 and 1992 which Besiktas is the only club in history to be unbeaten in a Turkish league season and also holds the record most consecutive wins in Turkish league with 13 in the 1959 - 1960 season.






27. Dinamo Tbilsi

Nation : Georgia, Year of Establishment :  1925
Stadium :  Boris Paichadze  (55,000 Seats)
Seasons in Soviet League : 51 from 55
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 4th
All-Time Georgian League Ranking : 1st
Soviet League : Winner (2), Runner-Up (2-A,3-P), 3rd (1-A,12-P)
Georgian League : Winner (15), Runner-Up (4)
Soviet Cup : Winner (2), Runner-Up (6)
Georgian Cup :  Winner (12), Runner-Up (1)
Georgian Double Champion : 8
UEFA Cup : R16 (3-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup : WN (1), SF (1)
All-Time Top-Scorer :  Ramaz Shengelia (151 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  David Kipiani
The Greatest Manager Ever : Nodar Akhalkatsi


Dinamo Tblisi is one of the most prominent clubs in Soviet league. The history began in autumn 1925 when the Dinamo sports society set out to form a football club. The club was then a part of one of the leading sport societies in Soviet Union, the All-Union Dynamo sports society which had several other divisions beside football and was sponsored by the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs. Throughout its history, FC Dinamo Tbilisi produced many famous Georgian legends especially Mikhail Meskhi and David Kipiani. was one of a handful of teams in the Soviet Top League (along with FC Dynamo Moscow and Dynamo Kyiv) that were never relegated. Dinamo Tblisi change participation from Soviet league to Georgian league after Soviet internal war and it won 13 Georgian league in row as the World record most consecutive domestic league winners.





26. CSKA Moscow

Nation : Russia, Year of Establishment :  1911
Stadium : Luzhniki Stadium (78,360 Seats)
Seasons in Soviet League : 48 from 55
Seasons in Russian League : 23 (All)
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 6th
All-Time Russian League Ranking : 3rd
Soviet League : Winner (8-P), RN (1-A, 3-P), 3rd (1-A,4-P)
Russian League : Winner (4), Runner-Up (6)
Soviet Cup : Winner (6), Runner-Up (3)
Russian Cup : Winner (5), Runner-Up (3)
Double Champion : Soviet 1, Russia 4
UEFA Cup :  WN (1-B), R16 (2-B)     
European Cup : QF(1-A,1-B), R16(1-B), R24(1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Grigory Fedotov (133 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Albert Shesternev
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Boris Arkadyev


CSKA Moscow CSKA is officially not a section of the military CSKA sports club, but the Russian Ministry of Defense is one of shareholders of PFC CSKA, while the central club claims them as their own.The Moscow Army men won their 10th national title back in 2006 and they are one of the most successful clubs in the Russian football, having an extensive legacy in the Soviet football as well. Their golden era was available after the WWII during the late 1940s and produced many top-class players to Soviet national team. Later, CSKA move to play in Russian league after the internal war and very failed down in the 1990s before came back to be the top team of the league in 2000s. CSKA is one of four clubs to win triple champion base on UEFA Cup, was sucessfully done in 2005.





25. Zenit Saint Petersburg

Nation : Russia, Year of Establishment :  1925
Stadium : Petrovsky (21,570 Seats)
Seasons in Soviet League : 49 from 55
Seasons in Russian League : 18 from 22
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 7th
All-Time Russian League Ranking : 5th
Soviet League : Winner (1), Runner-Up (-), 3rd (1)
Russian League : Winner (3), Runner-Up (3)
Soviet Cup : Winner (1), Runner-Up (2)
Russian Cup :  Winner (1), Runner-Up (1)
Russian Double Champion : 1, UEFA Double Champion 1
UEFA Cup : WN (1), QF (2-B), R16 (2-B)
European Cup :  R16 (2-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer :  Aleksandr Kerzhakov (131 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Andrei Arshavin
The Greatest Manager Ever   : Dick Advocate


Zenit Saint Petersburg is the famous team both in former Soviet top league and Russian premier league. Zenit's history is tightly connected with the turbulent political history of Saint Petersburg, Russia (also called "Petrograd" and "Leningrad" at times in its history). The original team Zenit stemmed from several football teams, which changed names and owners many times during the Soviet era after the Revolution of 1917. Powerful political forces manipulated the careers of individual players as well as the fate of the whole team. The club was renamed several times, and its owners and leaders were under political pressure for many decades. The origins of Zenit date back to the beginning of the 20th century, to several predecessor teams in Saint Petersburg that were playing locally. The oldest documented predecessor of Zenit was team "Murzinka", founded in 1914. In overall history, Zenit won Soviet league and Russian league one time only.





24Shakhtar Donetsk

Nation : Ukraine, Year of Establishment : 1936
Stadium : Donbass Arena (51,504 Seats)
Season in Soviet League : 44 from 55
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 8th
All-Time Ukrainian League Ranking : 2nd
Soviet League : Winner (-), Runner-Up (2), 3rd (8)
Ukrainian League : Winner (8), Runner-Up (11)
Soviet Cup : Winner (5), Runner-Up (5)
Ukrainian Cup : Winner (6), Runner-Up (4)
Ukrainian Double Champion : 5
UEFA Cup : WN (1-B), R-16 (1-A,2-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : QF  (1)
European Cup : QF(1-B), R16(2-B), R24(4-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Oleg Mateev (80 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, The Greatest Manager Ever  : Mircea Lucescu


Shaktar Donetsk is one of the top Eastern Europe clubs in the modern era, is the second greatest Ukrainian club of all-time. The club was originally formed in 1936 and was initially named Stakhanovets which was the name of a miners' labor society. In the history in Soviet league, Shaktar never won any championships. Their greatest era was 1970 in which won runner-up of the Soviet league two times but the club was just a middle level team in overall history of competition. But still, Shaktar was always dangerous in Soviet cup with reaching 8 times of final round. In the newly independent Ukraine, Shakhtar along with Dynamo Kyiv became perennial first place competitors. In 2009, they became only the second Ukrainian team to win a European competition, and the first to win the UEFA Cup. The club holds the record the longest unbeaten in history of Ukrainian league with 55 between 2000 and 2002 and additionally holds the record most consecutive wins with 24 between 2011 and 2013.




23. Fenerbahce

Nation : Turkey, Year of Establishment :  1907
Stadium : Sukru Saracoglu (53,586 Seats)
Season In Turkish Professional League : 58 (All)
All-Time League Ranking : 1st
Turkish League :  Winner (15-A, 19-P) Runner-Up (4-A,18-P)
Turkish Cup : Winner (6), Runner-Up (8)
Turkish Double Champion : 3
UEFA Cup  : SF (1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : QF (1)
European Cup : QF(1-A), R16(1-A), R24(1-B)
All-Time Top Scorer : Ziki Riza Sporel (470 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Lefter Küçükandonyadis
The Greatest Manager Ever : Didi

Fenerbahce is all-time greatest club in Turkish league. The founders were Nurizade Ziya Bey. Their first superstar is a famous striker name “Zeki Riza Spereal” who possesses record most high average goal per game in history of Turkish football. They played in amateur era until The professional era come true when Turkish Football Federation founded a national league in 1959. After then, Fenerbahce dominated Turkish league for several eras. Their only failure era is the 1990s that was the golden era of Galatasalaay club that is the best rival and well-known as “Derby Match of Turkey” when they meet together in the league. In 2000s, Fenerbahce back to dominate the league again and achieve their best performance ever in European Cup with reaching 2008 UEFA Champion league quarter-final round. It holds the record highest most wins ratio, goals ratio, goal difference ratio and fewest goal conceding ratio in a Turkish league season with 0.8 (29 wins in 36 games), 2.86 (103 goals in 36 games), 2.11 (76 diffs in 36 games) and 0.2 (6 goals in 30 gmes) in the 1988 - 1989 (first three) and the 1969 - 1970, respectively. Accordingly, the 1988 - 1989 Fenerbahce is the greatest Turkish seasonal result ever.





22. Slavia Prague

Nation : Czech Republic, Year of Establishment :  1896
Stadium : Generali Erena (21,000 Seats)
Season In Czechoslovakian League :  62 from 67
All-Time Czechoslovakian League Ranking : 2nd
All-Time Czech League Ranking : 2nd
Czechoslovakian League :  Winner (13) Runner-Up (11)
Czech Republic League : Winner (3), Runner-Up (9)
Cup :  Czechoslovak Cup : None
Czech Republic Cup :  Winner (3), Runner-Up (-)
Mitropa Cup All-Time Table : 4th Place
UEFA Cup : SF (1-A), QF (1-A), R16 (2-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : QF (1)
European Cup : R24 (1-B)
Mitropa Cup :  WN (1), RN (2), SF (2)
All-Time Top Scorer : Josef Bican (534 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Frantisek Planicka
The Greatest Manager Ever   : Jan Reichert


Slavia Prague is one of the greatest clubs in the pre-war era. Slavia were founded in 1892 in Vinohrady, Prague as a sport club, where cycling dominated. In 1896, a new sport came to the club – football. The rivals were AC Sparta Prague. The great era for Slavia started in 1905, when Scottish manager and former Celtic player John William Madden brought new tactics and views on football from his home country. He managed to set up an early golden age for the club that lasted 25 years and is the only club to have participated all Mitropa Cup tournaments. The second gold period during the wartime - early 1940s came when Slavia bought Josef Bican. Poor results continued during nineteen-fifties and sixties when Slavia were relegated twice. They were promoted back in 1965. A new age and comeback to the top began in 1990 in Grambinus liga or Czech top league but they have repeated failure for years until back to have great performance in recent seasons. The club holds the record most goals ratio and goal differences ratio in a single season of Czecholosvakian league with 5.09 (112 goals in 22 games) and 3.95 (87 diffs in 22 games) both achieved in the first ever 1925 - 1926 season. It is one of the four European clubs won every game in the whole domestic league season achieved in 1929 - 1930 season (14 games).




21. Levski Sofia

Nation : Bulgaria, Year of Establishment :  1914
Stadium : Georgi Asparuhov (29,200 Seats)
Season In Bulgarian League : 73 (All)
All-Time League Ranking : 2nd
Bulgarian League :  Winner (5-A,21-P) Runner-Up (3-A,27-P)
Bulgarian Cup : Winner (27), Runner-Up (15)
Bulgarian Triple Champion : 1
Bulgarian Double Champion : 13
UEFA Cup  : QF (1-A), (1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup  : QF (3)
European Cup : R16 (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Nasko Sirakov (206 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Georgi Asparuhov
The Greatest Manager Ever : Ivan Vutsov


Levski Sofia is number one club in history of Bulgarian football in total number of won trophies, was founded on May 24, 1914, and is named after Vasil Levski, a Bulgarian revolutionary renowned as the national hero of Bulgaria. Levski is the only Bulgarian club that has spent its entire history playing in the first division, from 1924 to 1944 in the State Championship, from 1945 to 1948 in the Republic Championship and from 1948 to date in the A PFG. Internationally, Levski has reached the quarter-finals five times - three Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals and two UEFA Cup quarter-finals. In 2006, it became the first and so far the only Bulgarian club to make it to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. The club holds the record longest streak without conceding a goal in Bulgarian league with 1190 minutes achieved between 1998 and 1999. To date, the club's biggest rivals are CSKA Sofia, and matches between the two capital sides are commonly referred to as The Eternal Derby in Bulgaria. The first Bulgarian professional league 1948 1949- season saw the greatest result ever by Levski with 15-3-0 from total 18 games. It holds the record highest goals ratio and goal differences ratio in Bulgarian league's single season with 3.2 (96 goals in 30 games) and 2.67 (83 diffs in 30 games) respectively both achieved in the 2006 - 2007 season.





20. Dynamo Moscow

Nation : Russia, Year of Establishment :  1923
Stadium : Dynamo Stadium (36,540 Seats)
Seasons in Soviet League : 54 from 55
Seasons in Russian League : 23 (All)
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 3rd
All-Time Russian League Ranking : 4th
Soviet League : Winner (3-A,8-P), RN (2-A,9-P), 3rd (5-P)
Russian League : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1)
Soviet Cup : Winner (6), Runner-Up (3)
Russian Cup :  Winner (1), Runner-Up (2)
Soviet Double Champion : 1
UEFA Cup :   R16 (2-A,1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : RN (1), SF (2), QF  (2)
All-Time European Cup Performance : -
All-Time Top-Scorer :  Sergei Solovyov (164 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Lev Yashin
The Greatest Manager Ever : Aleksandr Sevidov

Dynamo Moscow is the oldest Russian football club and the only one which has always played in the top tiers of the Soviet (for the Soviet era - sharing this achievement jointly with Dynamo Kyiv) and the Russian football competitions never being relegated to the lower divisions. Despite this, it has never won today's Russian Premier League title. Dynamo Moscow has its roots in the club Morozovtsi Orekhovo-Zuevo Moskva founded as a factory team in 1887. After the Russian revolution of 1917 the club eventually found itself under the authority of the Interior Ministry and its head Felix Dzerzhinsky chief of the Soviet Union's first secret police force, the notorious Cheka. The club was re-named Dinamo Moskva in 1923 and developed some infamy for its intimidating association with the Interior Ministry, often being referred to as Garbage, a Russian criminal slang term for police, by the supporters of other clubs. It possesses the greatest Soviet League seasonal result with 19-2-1 achieved in 1945 in which is also a record highest goals ratio and goal differences ratio with 3.32 (73 goals) and 2.73 (60 diffs) in total 22 games.




19. Budapest Honved

Nation : Hungary, Year of Establishment :  1909
Stadium : Bozsik (10,000 Seats)
Seasons In Hungarian League :  99 from 114
All-Time League Ranking : 4th
Hungarian League :  Winner (13) Runner-Up (12)
Hungarian Cup : Winner (7), Runner-Up (10)
Hungarian Double Champion : 2
UEFA Cup : QF (1-A), R-16 (2-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup : QF  (1)
All-Time Top Scorer : Ferenc Puskas (352 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever :  Ferenc Puskas
The Greatest Manager Ever : Jeno Kalmar


Budapest Honved was the famous football club with legendary Hungarian superstar during early 1950s. The club was founded in 1908 as Kispesti Atlétikai Club - Athletic Club of Kispest by Dr. Bálint Varga, a teacher. During the first three decades of its existence, the club was little more than a village team and enjoyed only moderate success. Originally formed as Kispest AC, they became Kispest FC in 1926 before reverting to their original name in 1944. The team enjoyed a golden age during the 1950s when it was renamed Budapest Honvéd SE and became the Hungarian Army team, achieved unbeaten domestic league season in 1952 The club’s top players from this era, Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik and Zoltán Czibor, formed the nucleus of the legendary Hungarian team known as the Mighty Magyars. During the 1980s and early 1990s the club enjoyed another successful period. In 1991 the club was renamed Kispest Honvéd FC and adopted its current name in 2003.





18. Dinamo Bucharest

Nation : Romania, Year of Establishment :  1948
Stadium : Dinamo (15,032 Seats)
Season In Romania Liga I : 66 from 69
All-Time League Ranking : 2nd
Romanian League :  Winner (18) Runner-Up (20)
Romanian Cup : Winner (13), Runner-Up (8)
Romanian Double Champion : 6
UEFA Cup  : R16 (1-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup : SF (1), QF (1)
European Cup : SF (1-A), R16 (1-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Dudu Georgescu (207 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Cornel Dinu
The Greatest Manager Ever : Nicolae Nicosur Dumitru




Dinamo Bucharest is one of the two most successful football teams in Romania together with Steua Bucharest, was formed under the umbrella of the Communist regime's Internal Affairs Ministry — merged with "Ciocanul Bucureşti" The club's biggest rivals are Steaua Bucureşti, and matches between the two capital sides are commonly referred to as "The Eternal Derby". Dinamo Bucharest’s golden era is early 1960s and 1980s that they reach semi-final in European cup 1983-1984. Following of the era of Late 80s to early 90s, They won the record most consecutive winning and unbeaten in Romanian league and reached semi-final round of 1990 UEFA Cup’Winners’Cup. On the other hand, its best superstars as the likes of Georgescu and Dinu were appeared in the 1970s. The club was successfully unbeaten in the 1991 - 1992 Romania divizia A. It holds the record most goals ratio and goal differences ratio in a Romanian Divizia A season with 3.82 (130 goals in 34 games) and 2.94 (100 goals in 34 games), respectively which is both achieved in the 1988 - 1989 season.





17. Hajduk Split

Nation :  Croatia, Year of Establishment :  1911
Stadium :  Gradski (35,000 Seats)
Season In Yugoslvian League  :  45 from 46
All-Time Yugoslavian League Ranking : 4th
All-Time Croatian League Ranking : 2nd
Yugoslavian League :  WN (2-A,7-P), RN (5-A, 6-P), 3rd (8-P)
Croatian League : Winner (8), Runner-Up (10)
Yugoslavian Cup : Winner (9), Runner-Up (5)
Croatian Cup : Winner (5), Runner-Up (4)
Double Champion : Yugoslav 1, Croatia 1
UEFA Cup : SF (1-A), QF (1-A), R16 (1-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup  : SF (1), QF (1)
European Cup : QF (2-A,1-B)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Bernard Vukas (300 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever :  Bernard Vukas
The Greatest Manager Ever : Tomislav Ivic


Hajduk Split is regarded as the greatest Croatia club of all-time. The club was founded in the famous, centuries-old pub U Fleků in Prague (then also part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) by a group of students from Split, was officially registered with the authorities in 1911. The temporary ban on work during the early 1940s was happened after the adjective Croatian refuse to be forcibly replaced by the adjective "Yugoslav". After the World War II, They came back to play in the league again and It is the only club in history of Yugoslavian league to win the unbeaten record in the 1950 season until the golden generation was created during the 1970s. Hajduk reach semi-final round of European club two times in 1976 and 1980 and won their half numbers of Yugoslav league champions history with 4. Hajduk was transferred to Croatia league after the country is independent in early 1990s but have become to be overshadowed by Dinamo Zagreb until nowadays. The club holds the Yugoslav record most consecutive cup winners with 6 achieved during 1972 to 1977.



16. Galatasalaay

                                                                        Nation : Turkey, Year of Establishment :  1905
Stadium : Ali Sami Yen (26,750 Seats)
Season In Turkish Professional League : 58 (All)
All-Time League Ranking : 2nd
Turkish League :  Winner (15-A,20-P) Runner-Up (23)
Turkish Cup : Winner (16), Runner-Up (15)
Turkish Double Champion : 6, UEFA Triple Champion 1
UEFA Cup :  WN (1- B), R16 (1-A,1-B), Cup Winners’ Cup  : QF (1)
European Champion's Cup : SF(1-A), QF(2-A,3-B), R16(1-A,3-B), R24 (3-B)
All-Time Top Scorer : Metin Oktay (325 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Metin Oktay
The Greatest Manager Ever : Fatih Terim

Galatasalaay is famous as the dangerous team in UEFA Champion league during the 1990s. The club is the second most successful in history of Turkish football. Their results in European trophy has been very high profile. The history was began since 1905 The seed for the foundation of the Galatasaray Sports Club was planted inside the Galatasaray Lisesi by its own pupils. At the pre-professional era during the 1920s, Ali Sami Yen found and developed the club until he is regarded as the most important personality in history of the club. Approaching to professional era in since 1959, The competition became equal between Galatasalaay and Fenerbahce that has been known as The derby match of Turkey until the Turlish league has been developed to the very high standard in the recent era, Galatasalaay has become one of the most famous clubs to come from Eastern European. Galatasaray is one of four clubs to win triple champion base on UEFA Cup, was sucessfully done in 2000.






15. MTK Budapest

Nation : Hungary, Year of Establishment :  1888
Stadium : Hidegkuti Nandor (12,700 Seats)
Seasons In Hungarian League : 104 from 114
All-Time League Ranking : 3rd
Hungarian League :  Winner (12-A,11-P) Runner-Up (20)
Hungarian Cup : Winner (12), Runner-Up (3)
Hungarian Double Champion : 4
UEFA Cup : SF (1-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup : RN (1), QF (1)
European Cup : QF  (1-A)
Mitropa Cup : SF (1)
All-Time Top Scorer : Bella Illes (141 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Nandor Hidegkuti
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Marton Bukovi

MTK Hungary is the best Hungarian clubs between the1910s to 1920s. About a dozen sport loving citizens decided in 1888 in a cafe in Budapest to form the Magyar Circle of Hungarian Fitness Activists. Before the introduction of professional football MTK was the most successful Hungarian team. Prior to the Second World War the team managed to win 15 Hungarian League titles and gained 7 Hungarian Cup victories. During the professional era the team could not repeat the same performance. Due to the participation of many Jewish figures in the club, it had the reputation of being a "Jewish" team and suffered from antisemitism beginning in the 1930s and 1940s, a phenomenon that continues to the present. In 1949 when Hungary became a communist state, MTK were taken over by the secret police, the ÁVH, and subsequently the club became known as Textiles SE. They then became Bástya SE, then Vörös Lobogó SE, which means Red Banner or Red Flag, and then finally back to MTK. Despite this turmoil, the 1950s proved a successful era for the club. It holds the World amateur record most goals ratio and goal differences ratio in a domestic single season with 6.68 (147 goals in 22 games) and 6.23 (137 diffs in 22 games) in the 1917 - 1918 season. The club holds the record most consecutive title winners of Hungarian league with 9 achieved during 1917 - 1925 and holds the record most unbeaten professional domestic league seasons in Europe with four.





14. Partizan Belgrade

Nation :  Serbia, Year of Establishment :  1945
Stadium : Partizana (32,710 Seats)
Season In Yugoslvian League  : 46 (All)
All-Time Yugoslavian League Ranking : 2nd
All-Time Serbain League Ranking : 1st
Yugoslavian League :  Winner (11) Runner-Up (9), 3rd (8)
Serbian League : Winner (14), Runner-Up (7)
Yugoslavian Cup : Winner (5), Runner-Up (4)
Serbian Cup : Winner (7), Runner-Up (4)
Double Champion : Yugoslav 1, Serbia&Montenegro 1, Serbia 3
UEFA Cup : R16 (3-A,1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : QF (1)
European Cup : RN (1), QF (2-A)
All-Time Top Scorer :   Stjepan Bobek ( 403 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Stjepan Bobek
The Greatest Manager Ever : Stjepan Bobek


Partizan Belgrade was founded in the middle of 1940s from the communist military formation, and overshadowed by Redstar Belgrade for a long period of eras in Yugoslavian first league before they have been able to win the opportunity to dominate Serbian league when Redstar have faced the hard time after the league was separately established. The duel is regarded as one of the greatest football rivalries in the world. Partizan was founded in 1945, as part of the Yugoslav Sports Association, and was named after the Partisans, the communist military formation during the World War II in Yugoslavia. Partizan’s greatest era was the early 1960s that is the only period they could dominate the league. Partizan also became the first club from Eastern Europe to have played in a European Cup final that they could reach as the end of mentioned great era. It holds the record most wins ratio and highest goal differences ratio in history of Yugoslav first league with 0.88 (23 wins in 26 games) and 2.31 (60 diffs in 26 games) respectively both achieved in the 1946 - 1947 season in which is also the greatest Yugoslav league seasonal result ever by Partizan with 23-1-2. Sporting Portugal honorably played the first ever European Cup match in 1955.The club also holds the record fewest goal conceding ratio with 0.56 (19 goals in 34 games) achieved in the 1977 - 1978 season.






13. Dinamo Zagreb

Nation :  Croatia, Year of Establishment :  1945
Stadium :  Maksimir (38,955 Seats)
Season In Yugoslvian League  :  46 From 47
All-Time Yugoslavian League Ranking : 3rd
All-Time Croatian League Ranking : 1st
Yugoslavian League :  Winner (4), Runner-Up (11), 3rd (8)
Croatian League : Winner (16), Runner-Up (3)
Yugoslavian Cup : Winner (7), Runner-Up (8)
Croatian Cup : Winner (13), Runner-Up (5)
Croatian Double Champion : 9
UEFA Cup : WN(1-A),  RN(1-A), R16 (1-A)                   
Cup Winners’ Cup : SF (1), QF (2)
European Cup : R16 (1-B)
Mitropa Cup : SF (1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Igor Cvitanovic (135 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever :  Zvonimir Boban
The Greatest Manager Ever : Milan Antolkovic

Dinamo Zagreb was found in 1945 in order to replace the three very popular Zagreb football clubs which were disbanded by the Yugoslav Communist Party following the end of WWII and Gradjanski HSK Zagreb is regarded as its major predecessor. Soon, Dinamo’s glory years was appeared during the late 1940s to the 1950s. In 1960s, Dinamo become the only Croatian football club that have ever won a European competition with winning Inter-Cities Fair Cup. Their final champion in Yugoslav league was 1982 before they left the Yugoslav league in 1991 due to the breakup of Yugoslavia and formation of the Croatian football league system. They have dominated the league until the present and holds the European record second most consecutive wins in domestic league with 28 between 2006 and 2008 in Croatian League only one game to the record winner Benfica. The club's biggest rivals are Hajduk Split, and matches between the two teams are referred to as "Eternal derby". It holds the record highest goals ratio in history of Yugoslav first league with 3.12 (81 goals in 26 games) achieved in the 1946 - 1947 season.






12. Steua Bucharest


Nation : Romania, Year of Establishment :  1947
Stadium : Steaua (27,557 Seats)
Season In Romania Liga I : 67 from 69
All-Time League Ranking : 1st
Romanian League :  Winner (26) Runner-Up (13)
Romanian Cup : Winner (22), Runner-Up (8)
Romanian Double Champion : 9, European Double Champion 1
UEFA Cup :  SF (1- B), R16 (2-B), Cup Winners’ Cup  : QF (2)
European Cup : WN (1-A) (1), RN (1-A), SF (1-A), R16 (4-A), R24 (1)
All-Time Top Scorer : Angel Iordanescu (155 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Gheorghe Hagi
The Greatest Manager Ever : Emerich Jenei



Steaua Bucharest is one of the most famous clubs from Eastern Europe zone, have been the proud of Romanian football fans as the representative team to win most valuable trophy in history of their country. Steaua was founded in 1947, at the The club's first name was ASA Bucureşti. During the 1950s, the so-called CCA Golden Team became nationally famous. At the end of 1961 CCA changed its name to CSA Steaua Bucureşti. A poor period was almost two decades during the 1960s to the 1970s. Instead, Steua's glory years in the late 1980s found the best result in history of Romanian league in the 1988 - 1989 season with 31 games win and draw 3 games. They also possessed the record Unbeaten League Run: 104 matches (June 1986 – September 1989) covers three full league seasons as European record and 119 games unbeaten run in all domestic games as World Record. Steua appeared in all major treble finalists in twice seasons (1986 and 1986), finally achieving Europe-League double and Domestic double, respectively. In 1998, the football club separated from CSA Steaua and changed their name for the final time to FC Steaua Bucureşti. It holds the record fewest goal conceding ratio in a Romanian league season with 0.5 (17 goals in 34 games). It owns the greatest result in a single season in history of Romanian league with 31-3-0 achieved in the 1988 - 1989 season.





11. CSKA Sofia





Nation : Bulgaria, Year of Establishment :  1948
Stadium : Bulgarian Army (22,015 Seats)
Season In Bulgarian League : 70 from 72
All-Time League Ranking : 1st
Bulgarian League :  Winner (32-P) Runner-Up (20-P)
Bulgarian Cup : Winner (20), Runner-Up (13)
Bulgarian Triple Champion : 1
Bulgarian Double Champion : 4
Cup Winners’ Cup : SF (1)
European Cup : SF(2-A), QF(4-A)
All-Time Top Scorer : Petar Zhekov (144 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Dimitar Yakimov
The Greatest Manager Ever : Asparuh Nikodimov


CSKA Sofia has gotten the great history as all-time best club from Bulgaria. In 1923, Sofia football clubs Athletic Sofia and Slava Sofia merged into Athletic Slava. In the middle of 1940s, a unifying agreement was signed, merging AS-23, the then united team of Shipka-Podeda, and Spartak to form Chavdar Soia. Next a few years, an agreement was signed between FC Septemvri Sofia and CDV for uniting under the name of "Septemvri pri CDV" The club was started establishing of their greatness then, won the league almost every season in the 1950s. The golden era in the 1960s was available with appearances of many Bulgarian players, led them to win the best performance in European club in their history. The club holds the record most consecutive champions of Bulgarian league with 9 achieved during 1954 - 1962. The club’s performance was stability of a bit down until they lost number one of Bulgarian to Levski Sofia in 1990s to 2000s. The club holds the record the longest unbeaten in history of Bulgarian league with 33 between 2007 and 2008. It holds the record fewest goal conceding ratio in a Bulgarian league season with 0.32 (concede 7 goals in 22 games) achieved in 1951 season.





10. Spartak Moscow

Nation : Russia, Year of Establishment : 1922
Stadium : Luzhniki (78,360 Seats)
Seasons in Soviet League : 53 from 55
Seasons in Russian League : 23 (All)
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 1st
All-Time Russian League Ranking : 1st
Soviet League : Winner (3-A,9-P), RN (1-A,11-P), 3rd (2-A,8-P)
Russian League : Winner (9), Runner-Up (4)
Soviet Cup : Winner (10), Runner-Up (5)
Russian Cup : Winner (3), Runner-Up (2), CIS Cup : Winner (6)
Double Champion : Soviet 3, Russia 3
UEFA Cup : SF (1-A), QF (1-A, 1-B), R16 (5-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup  : SF (1), QF (1)
European Cup : SF (1-A), QF (3-A), R16 (1-A,1-B), R24 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer: Nikita Simonyan (162 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Igor Netto, 
The Greatest Manager Ever : Oleg Romantsev


Spartak Moscow is well-known as the all-time greatest club from Russia. In the early days of Soviet football many government agencies such as the police, army, and railroads created their own clubs. In 1921 the Moscow Sport Circle was formed. The team grew, building a stadium, supporting itself from ticket sales. In the middle of 1930s, The team changed its name, this time to Spartak Moscow. It took its name from the Roman slave rebel Spartacus, a gladiator. In 1936 the Soviet Top League was established. Spartak was only inferior to Dynamo Moscow before World War II. During 1950-s Spartak together with Dynamo Moscow dominated Soviet Top League but by mid-60s they was no more regarded as a leading Soviet club. The club was even less successful in the 1970s, was relegated into the lower league. In 1989 Spartak won the its last USSR Championship before the league came to the end. A new page in the club’s history began again after then. Problems began in the new century and they have had a hard time to get back their great status in the past.





9. Ujpest

Nation : Hungary, Year of Establishment :  1885
Stadium : Szusza Ferenc (13,501 Seats)
Seasons In Hungarian League :  109 from 114
All-Time League Ranking : 2nd
Hungarian League :  Winner (20-P) Runner-Up (21)
Hungarian Cup : Winner (9), Runner-Up (6)
Hungarian Double Champion : 3
UEFA Cup : RN (1-A),  QF (2-A),  R-16 (1-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup  :  SF (1),  QF (1)
European Cup : SF (1-A), QF (2-A)
Mitropa Cup : WN (2), SF (1), 1930 Coupe Des Nations
All-Time Top Scorer : Ferenc Szusza (392 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Gyula Zsengeller
The Greatest Manager Ever : Lajos Barosti

Ujpest is one of the oldest clubs in Eastern Europe. The club was founded by school teacher János Goll in Újpest under the name Újpesti Torna Egylet. Újpest were promoted to the first division in 1904 and they have managed to play on top flight ever since. The first golden era was began with The legendary "Fogl-gate" in the late 1920s, a massive defending formation of brothers Károly Fogl II and József Fogl III and continuously dominated the league in the 1930s. The first years after World War II saw the second golden era of Újpest, once even giving 9 players to the Hungarian national team. Many superstars were setting records of winning 30 consecutive games, or scoring 187 goals in one single season. The 1960s was still their great era with  The 'landmark' of the team - The famous Fazekas - Göröcs - Bene - Dunai II - Zámbó attacking formation scored dozens of goals, attracted thousands of football fans both in Hungary and outside the country. Ujpest reach their deepest round ever in European cup in 1974 at semi-final. However, Ujpest start decline since the 1980s to the present, won the championships just two times.




8. Panathinaikos

Nation : Greece, Year of Establishment :  1908
Stadium : Olympic Stadium Athens (71,030 Seats)
Season In Greek League : 78 from 80
All-Time League Ranking : 2nd
Greek League :  Winner (3-A, 17-P) Runner-Up (6-A,16-P)
Greek Cup : Winner (17), Runner-Up (10)
Greek Double Champion : 8
UEFA Cup : QF (1-A, 1- B), R16 (1-B)
European Cup : RN(1-A), SF(2-A), QF(1-A,2- B), R16(2-B), R24(3-B)
All-Time Top Scorer : Krzysztof Warzycha (288 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Mimis Domazos
The Greatest Manager Ever : Juan Ramon Rocha

Panathinaikos is one of the most ancient Greece clubs. They are just the second greatest club in Greek league. Oppositely, Their performance in European Competition with 2 times semi-finalists and one time finalist was impressive enough to be one of the top clubs in Eastern Europe. In late 1909, after a dispute between a number of board members and subsequent exodus of some, Kalafatis, unable to cement his control of the board, decided together with most of the players to pull out of the club and secure a new ground at Amerikis Square. They changed their name to P.P.O before changed its name two time to finally be P.A.O. - Panellinios Athlitikos  Omilos. Panathinaikos has always been overshadowed by Olympiakos in Greek league. The only era they completely dominate the league is the early 1960s. It holds the record longest streak without conceding a goal in Greek League with 1088 minutes achieved in 1965. It is the only club to be unbeaten in a season in history of Greek league achieved in the 1963 - 1964 season in which is also the greatest Greek seasonal result ever with profile of 24-6-0.




7. Austria Vienna

Nation : Austria, Year of Establishment : 1911
Stadium :  Gerhard Hanappi (11,800 Seats)
Seasons in Austria Championship : 105 (All)
All-Time Austria Championship Ranking : 2nd
Austria Championship : Winners (24-P), Runner-Up (17)
Austrian Cup : Winners (27) ,Runner-Up (7)
Austrian Double Champion : 8
All-Time Mitropa Cup Table : Third Place
UEFA Cup  : QF (1-A, 1-B), R16 (1-B), Cup Winners’ Cup : RN (1)
European Cup  : SF (1-A), QF (1-A), R16 (2-A), R24 (1-B)
Mitropa Cup : WN (2), SF (2)
All-Time Top-Scorer :  Ernest Stojaspal (220 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Matthias Sindelar
The Greatest Manager Ever : Hermann Stessl


“The Violets” Fußballklub Austria Wien is the greatest Austrian club in the second half of the 20th Century. The club was founded in Vienna in 1911 as the Wiener Amateur Sportvereinigung by players and officials of the Vienna Cricket- and Football- Club. The team claimed its first championship title in 1924. Amateure changed their name to Austria in 1926 as the former amateurs had become professionals. Even Matthias Sindelar appeared for them in the second half 1920s to 1930s, they could not win even league title since 1926. Oppositely, they could win two Mitropa Cup in that period. The club played in Gauliga Osmark in Germany during World War II and not successful. In the post-war era, they could establish themselves as the best Austrian club. They won 3 Austrian league in row during the early 60s and their real best period is the second half 1970s, won four league titles, finish as runner-up in European Cup Winners’ Cup and reach European Cup semi-final. Austria Vienna totally won eight Austrian double champions and holds the record most winners in Austrian Cup.





6. Olympiacos

Nation : Greece, Year of Establishment :  1925
Stadium : Karaiskakis  (33,334 Seats)
Season In Greek League : 80 (All)
All-Time League Ranking : 1st
Greek League :  Winner (14-A, 28-P) Runner-Up (2-A,15-P)
Greek Cup : Winner (27), Runner-Up (11)
Greek Double Champion : 17
UEFA Cup  : R16 (1-A,1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup  : QF (1)
European Cup : QF(1-B), R16(3-B), R24 (6-B)
All-Time Top Scorer : Nikos Anastopoulos (115 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Georgios Delikaris
The Greatest Manager Ever : Dusan Bajevic


Olympiacos has absolutely dominated Greek league in almost every eras and become the most successful club in their country. The club was founded in 1925 when the members of "Piraikos Podosfairikos Omilos FC" and the "Piraeus Fans Club FC" decided to dissolve the two clubs in order to establish a new unified one, and not spent a long time to successful in Greek League in 1930s. Across to 1950s, They celebrated the only third double in a row to have ever been won in Greek football history and contineously successful in the next eras until fall into the dark period not win any league champion for 9 years during 1988- 1996. Olympiacos incredibly return to win 12 champions in 14 seasons after then, participated in UEFA Champion League group stage so often, won the record most consecutive Greek league titles with 7 achieved in 1997 - 2003. Olympiacos is the most popular of the Greek clubs according to polls. But still, Their history in European competition is a lot inferior to their rival like Panathinaikos. The club holds the record the longest unbeaten in history of Greek league with 58 between 1972 and 1974 and for home games at 70 between 1997 and 2002. It holds the record most wins ratio, highest goals ratio, goal differences ratio and fewest goal conceding ratio in one Greek league season with 0.88 achieved in the 1999 - 2000 season, 3.0 (102 goals), 2.59  (88 goals) and 0.38 (13 goals) all in 34 games respectively achieved between 1972 and 1974.



5. Ferencvaros


Nation : Hungary, Year of Establishment :  1899
Stadium : Albert Florian (18,100 Seats)
Seasons In Hungarian League : 110 from 113
All-Time League Ranking : 1st
Hungarian League :  Winner (8-A,20-P) Runner-Up (20)
Hungarian Cup : Winner (21), Runner-Up (8)
Hungarian Double Champion : 6
Mitropa Cup All-Time Table : First Place
UEFA Cup : WN (1-A), RN (1-A), SF (2-A), R16 (1-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup : RN (1)
European Cup  : QF (1-A), R16 (1-A)
European Cup Appearances :  10 Tournaments, 36 Games
Mitropa Cup : WF (2), FN (1), RN (3), SF (2)
Mitropa Triple Champion : 1928
All-Time Top Scorer : Gyorgi Sarosi (380 Goals)
Greatest Player Ever : Gyorgi Sarosi
The Greatest Manager Ever : Jozsef Meszaros



Ferencvaros is the greatest Hungarian club of all-time,  stirs strong emotions among many fans in Hungary, backed by strong support but meeting some opposition. Its arch-rival is Újpest. Ferencváros participated in all the first division championships since the start of Hungarian Football Championships in 1901 until the 2006/07 season that the club relegated to second division due to financial problem. Ferenvaros is one of the most renowned clubs in Easter Europe in the early era of football, dominated Hungarian league in 1900s and 1960s. In It is the only Mitropa Triple Champion achieved in 1928. The club won the World record most wins all games in a single season with 22 games in the 1931 - 1932 Hungarian League season as a part of the record most consecutive wins in Hungarian league with 32 as World record. It dominated Mitropa Cup and is the greatest club in history of the competition. In July 2006, It is the first ever for the club to be removed from the national first division as punishment for continued financial troubles and return to the top league in three seasons later. They are the only football club in Hungary that hold a major European trophy, having won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1965. Ferencváros were the first Hungarian team to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group phase in 1995. The club holds the World record highest goal differences ratio in professional football with 3.95 achieved in the 1931 - 1932 season.




4. Red Star Belgrade


Nation :  Serbia, Year of Establishment :  1945
Stadium : Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (55,383 Seats)
Season In Yugoslvian League  : 46 (All)
All-Time Yugoslavian League Ranking : 1st
All-Time Serbain League Ranking : 2nd
Yugoslavian League :  Winner (19) Runner-Up (9), 3rd (7)
Serbian League : Winner (7), Runner-Up (13)
Yugoslavian Cup : Winner (12), Runner-Up (7)
Serbian Cup : Winner (11), Runner-Up (2)
Double Champion : Yugoslav 5, Serbia&Montenegro 4, Serbia 1
European Double Champion 1
UEFA Cup : RN (1-A), SF (1-A), QF (1-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup : SF (1), QF (2)
European Cup : WN (1-A), SF (3-A), QF (5-A)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Dragan Dzajic (292 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Dragan Dzajic
The Greatest Manager Ever : Miljan Miljaic

Redstar or Cverna Zvezda Belgrade is the greatest Balkan club of all-time. The club was esablished in 1945, during World War II, a members group of the Serbian United Antifascist Youth League, decided to form a Youth Physical Culture Society. Red Star was given a stadium of a prewar FC Yugoslavia. In a post-war, The club started their greatness since 1950s that they won Yugoslavian first league so often. However, The club was crisis in their performance in the early 1960s but the eras of dominance backed to them after then until the prime was happened in the late 1990s that was their really golden era. So many world-class Yugoslav players were available and successfully won European cup trophy in the 1990 - 1991 season as a part of the double with a league title and just missed the treble when losing in Yugoslav Cup final. Unfortunately, The dark era came visiting them again owing to the Yugoslavia internal War that influenced them mostly not appear in UEFA Champion league even group round. Even so, The club still won the record the longest unbeaten in Serbian league with 51 between 1998 and 2001 and longest unbeaten in Serbian league home games with 93 between 1998 and 2004.




3. Rapid Vienna

Nation : Austria, Year of Establishment : 1899
Stadium :  Gerhard Hanappi (18,500 Seats)
Seasons in Austria Championship : 105 (All)
All-Time Austria Championship Ranking : 1st
Austria Championship : Winners (8-A, 24-P), Runner-Up (27)
German Championship : WN (1), 3rd (1)
DFB-Pokal : Winner (1), SF (1)
Austrian Cup : Winners (19) ,Runner-Up (11)
Austrian Double Champion : 6
UEFA Cup : R16 (3-A), Cup Winners’ Cup : RN (2), QF (2)
European Cup : SF (1-A), QF (3-A), R16 (1-A)
Mitropa Cup : WN (1), RN (2), SF (1)
All-Time Top-Scorer :  Robert Dienst (307 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Gerhard Hanappi
The Greatest Manager Ever : Robert Korner



The Sportklub Rapid Wienna is the greatest Austrian club of all-time, is the most Austrian league champions, is the 1st place in all-time Austrian league table and the most successful Austrian Club in European football. SK Rapid Wien was founded in 1898 as a workers’ football club. The club dominated Austrian football in the 1910s to early 1920s and reached their prime in 1930 that they won Mitropa Cup and is regarded as one of the top clubs in Europe at that period, priding itself as the only team from the former Ostmark, part of the German Reich, to win the German war-time league in 1941. Since then, Rapid Vienna was overshadowed by Austria Vienna as dominator. They didn’t win any league title in the 1970s. Its best year in the second half of 20th Century is 1996 in which they won the league title and reach European Cup Winners’ Cup final match. Rapid Vienna totally won six Austrian double champions in its history. There are totally 77 seasons in history of Austrian football Rapid finishes in top 3 of the league. It holds the record highest goals and goal differences in an Austrian league season with 5.54 (133 goals) and 3.88 (93 diffs) in 24 games respectively both achieved in the 1950 - 1951 season. It achieved the greatest Austrian seasonal result ever in the 1934 - 1935 with 18-4-0.




2. Sparta Prague



Nation : Czech Republic, Year of Establishment :  1893
Stadium : Generali Erena (20,854 Seats)
Season In Czechoslovakian League : 65 from 68
All-Time Czechoslovakian League Ranking : 1st
All-Time Czech League Ranking : 1st
Czechoslovakian League :  Winner (21) Runner-Up (16)
Czech Republic League : Winner (12), Runner-Up (6)
Cup :  Czechoslovakian Cup : Winner (8), Runner-Up (7)
Czech Republic Cup :  Winner (6), Runner-Up (4)
Double Champion : Czechoslovakia 3, Czech Republic 3
Mitropa Cup All-Time Table : 2nd
UEFA Cup : QF (1-A), Cup Winners’ Cup : SF (1-A)
European Champion's Cup : QF(4-A), R16(1-A), R24(1-B)
Mitropa Cup :  WN (2), RN (2), SF (2)
All-Time Top Scorer : Oldrich Nejedly (162 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Oldrich Nejedly
The Greatest Manager Ever : Vaclav Jezek

Sparta Prague is the most successful club in history of Czechoslovakian football and continuously sustains their greatness in Czech Republic league. At the close of 1893, Athletic Club Sparta came up with its tricolour, in which blue symbolises Europe, red is the symbol of the royal city, and the reasons for the yellow are not known any more. Shortly after World War I, a team was put together that triggered off the famous period of the twenties and thirties referred to as "Iron Sparta", won the World record most consecutive amateur game wins with 60 between 1919 and 1923, won every games in those four championship titles. A football league in Czechoslovakia was established in the mid-twenties. Golden periods took turns with years when Sparta fans only nostalgically remembered the "good old times” during the sixties. In 1975, The club was down into the deepest point in the history with relegation to division 2 but it is the only season of period. Sparta appeared in UEFA Champion league group stage several times during the 1990s to 2000s. The club won five consecutive league titles in both Czechoslovakia (1987 - 1991) and Czech Republic (1997 - 2001) as the record. 


1. Dinamo Kiev



Nation : Ukraine, Year of Establishment : 1927
Stadium : Olympic Satdium Kiev (83,450 Seats)
Season in Soviet League : 54 from 55
All-Time Soviet league Ranking : 3rd
All-Time Ukrainian League Ranking : 1st
Soviet League : WN (1-A,12-P), RN (1-A,10-P), 3rd (1-A,2-P)
Ukrainian League : Winner (14), Runner-Up (7)
Soviet Cup : Winner (9), Runner-Up (1)
Ukrainian Cup : Winner (11), Runner-Up (3)
CIS Cup  : Winner (3), Runner Up (1)
Double Champion : Soviet 4, Ukraine 8 
Cup Winners'Cup Double Champion 2
UEFA Cup : SF(1-B), QF (1-B), R16(3-A,1-B), Cup Winners’ Cup : WN(2) QF(2)
European Cup : SF (2-A, 1-B), QF (4-A, 3-B), R16 (1-A), R24 (4-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Oleg Blokhin (266 Goals), 
The Greatest Player Ever : Oleg Blokhin
The Greatest Manager Ever : Valery Lobanovski



Dinamo Kiev is the greatest Ukrainian clubs of all-time. Even they have never won European Cup trophy . The club was found as an amateur team until the 1950s, Team players were even officially ranked as police or interior armed forces officers. The first recorded match Dynamo played in 1928. The club and football popularity in general in Soviet Ukraine was on the rise. During the Soviet era, the club was one of the main rivals, to the football clubs from Moscow. In 1936 the first Soviet Championship was played, and Dynamo Kiev was one of the pioneers of the newly formed league. They continuously dominated Soviet first league in several eras until the league was separated due to politically internal war. In the post Soveit era, Dinamo Kiev has still been the number one of Ukrainian league and well-known as one of the most dangerous teams to come from Eastern Europe in UEFA Champion league competition. Dinamo Kiev holds the European record logest unbeaten in domestic away games with 51 between 2006 and 2008 and holds the record longest streak without conceding a goal in Soviet Top League with 1127 minutes achieved between 1967 and 1968. In 1967 season, it won the record fewest conceding goal ratio in a Soviet single season with 0.31 (11 goals in 36 games)and won the European record most clean sheets ratio in top-flight domestic league with 0.77 (28 clean sheets in 36 games).
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Honorable Mention

APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus)
Bohemian Prague (Czech Republic)
Lech Poznan (Poland)
PAOK Salonika (Greece)
Lokomotive Sofia (Bulgaria)
Velez Mostar (Bosnia)
Vardar Skopje (Macedonia)

Zvojopka Brno (Czech Republic)


Honourable Mention In Performance

APOEL Nicosia : UEFA Champion League Quarter-Final (1-B)
Videoton (Hungary) : UEFA Cup Runner-Up (1-A)
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Statistics By Nations

Russia : 6
Hungary : 5
Czech Republic : 4
Poland : 4
Serbia : 4
Romania : 4
Turkey : 4
Austria : 3
Greece : 3
Ukraine : 3
Bulgaria : 3
Croatia : 2
Slovakia : 2
Bosnia : 2
Belarus : 1
Georgia : 1


Statistics By Group of Nations

Balkan :  22
Central Europe :  18
Soviet Union :  11
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The Greatest Eastern European Clubs of Eras

Early 1930s : Sparta Prague
Late 1930s :  Ferencvaros
Early 1940s : Suspend Due to WWII
Late 1940s :  Ujpest
Early 1950s : Budapest Honved
Late 1950s : Red Star Belgrade
Early 1960s : Dukla Prague
Late 1960s :  Partizan Belgrade
Early 1970s : Dinamo Kiev
Late 1970s :  Red Star Belgrade
Early 1980s : CSKA Sofia
Late 1980s : Steua Bucharest
Early 1990s : Red Star Belgrade
Late 1990s :  Dinamo Kiev
Early 2000s : Galatasaray
Late 2000s :  Shaktar Donetsk
Early 2010s : Shaktar Donetsk



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