The Greatest Iberian Clubs of All-Time

Iberian Peninsula is known as the South-Western Europe, consist of Spain and Portugal in which are Latin Europe. Iberian Cup was available in 1935, 1983, 1991, 2000 and 2005, it is a football game between the champions team of Spain and Portugal. Iberian team is one of a few nations was still available in league competition during the World War II.

Spanish La Liga was founded in 1929 when the Real Federación Española de Fútbol eventually agreed on the ten teams who would form the first. Between 1936 to 1939, The League was suspended due to Spanish Civil War. Copa Del Rey was available since 1902 suggested a football competition to celebrate the coronation of Alfonso XIII. Spanish club hold record most winners in European Cup title with 11.

Portuguese Liga was formed in 1934 after it was a knock-out competition since 1922, was called Campeonato De Portugal, until it was re-formed as the league system with only 8 founding members while Cup of Portugal was established since 1912.




21. Celta Vigo

Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1923
Stadium : Belaidos (32,500 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 49 from 85
Seasons in Segunda Division : 30
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 12nd
All-Time Segunda Division Ranking : 20th
Spanish La Liga : Winner (-), Runner-Up (-)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (-), Runner-Up (3), SF (6)
UEFA Cup : QF (3-B), R16 (1-B), European Cup : R16 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Hermidita (107 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Alexandr Mostovoi
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Victor Fernandez

“The Skyblues” Real Club Celta de Vigo was formed as a result of the ambition of Vigo's teams to achieve more at national level, where the Basque sides had been their bête noire in the Spanish Championship. The idea was to merge both teams to create a more powerful team at national level. The club played the first season in Spanish La Liga in 1939 and being the long period member until relegated to base on Segunda Division in the whole decade of the 1960s. Celta met their golden era in the late 1990s to early 2000s. In 2003, They won fourth place in La Liga as their best achievement ever, and finish in top five for three times including participation in UEFA Cup for six seasons during this period. Celta ever play in the third tier of Spanish League for two seasons in 1931 and 1981.



20. Academica

Nation : Portugal, Year of Establishment : 1921
Stadium :  Estadio Cidade (30,210 Seats)
Seasons in Portuguese Liga : 60 from 82
All-Time  Portuguese Liga Ranking : 9th
Portuguese Championship : Winners (-), RN (1), SF (1)
Portuguese Liga : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1)
Portuguese Cup : Winner (2), Runner-Up (3), SF (1)
European Competition : Cup Winners’ Cup QF (1)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Arthur George (72 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Arthur George
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Mario Wilson

“The Stouts One” Academica De Coimbra was founded by students of the University of Coimbra in 1876, when Clube Atlético de Coimbra and Academia Dramática merged together. In the beginning, Académica's footballers were all mostly university students, and very talented players were discovered in the pitch. This was the rule during many decades until the 1970s. Académica used to be a constant team in the Portuguese main division before 1974. After the 25 de Abril Revolution in Portugal, many changes took place in Portuguese society and the team experienced many changes. Académica was present as a period of uncertainty and several relegations to the Second Division in later era, the Académica's football team and staff, were gradually professionalized aiming to achieve a stronger position in the modern times of fierce professional competition. The club also finished 4th three times in 1965, 1968 and 1993.



19. Boavista

Nation : Portugal, Year of Establishment : 1903
Stadium : Estadio Do Bessa (30,000 Seats)
Seasons in Portuguese Liga : 52 from 82
All-Time  Portuguese Liga Ranking : 8th
Portuguese Liga : Winner (1), Runner-Up (3), 3rd (2)
Portuguese Cup : Winner (5), Runner-Up (1), SF (1)
UEFA Cup :  SF (1-B), QF (1-A)
European Cup : R16 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Richard Daddy Owubokiri (50 goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Erwin Sanchez
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Jaime Pacheco

“The Checkereds” Boavista Futebol Clube was founded in 1903, is one of the oldest clubs in Portugal. The club base on Porto city. Internally, Boavista grew from a minor team in the 1970s to a regular fixture in Europe. Their first "threat" to the league title domination by The Big Three was in 1975–76 under the guidance of José Maria Pedroto, when Boavista finished second, achieving the same position again in 1998–99. Finally, in 2000–01, Boavista won the Liga after beating Desportivo das Aves 3–0, on 18 May. The following season saw them finish second. This golden era is very influenced by performance of Erwin Sanchez, Bolivia’s greatest player ever, and managing of Jaime Pacheco who set the attractive style of play to the team. On the other hand, The club just met financial crisis and it effect them to relegate playing in the third tier for the first time in 2010.



18. Real Betis

Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1907
Stadium : Manuel Ruiz De Lopera (52,745 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 50 from 85
Seasons in Segunda Division : 27
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 10th
Spanish La Liga : Winner (1), Runner-Up (-), 3rd (2)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (2), Runner-Up (2), SF (6)
UEFA Cup : R16 (1-A,2-B), Cup Winners’ Cup : QF (2)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Manuel Dominguez (94 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Rafael Gordillo
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Patrick O’Connell


Real Betis Balompie is the Spanish club from Seville City. The name is derived from Betis, the Roman name for the Guadalquivir river. Real was added in 1914 after the club received patronage from King Alfonso XIII. Balompié was founded by students from the local Polytechnic Academy, and were in operation for two years before being officially recognized. Betis marked their 25th anniversary year in style winning their first Segunda División title in 1932, thus becoming the first Andalucian club to join the Spanish First Division. In the First a great squad was formed under the guidance of Patrick O'Connell which in 1935 won La Liga, to date Betis one and only top division title. This win made Betis only the forth of nine different teams to lift the trophy. The darkest era was visited in 1947 when Betis relegated to the Tercera division for consecutive seven years until return to Spanish La Liga and being the only club in Spain to have won the First, Second and Third division titles.




17. Sporting Braga

Nation : Portugal, Year of Establishment : 1921
Stadium :  Estadio AXA (30,154 Seats)
Seasons in Portuguese Liga : 60 from 82
All-Time  Portuguese Liga Ranking : 7th
Portuguese Liga : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1), 3rd (1)
Portuguese Cup : Winner (1), Runner-Up (4), SF (10)
European Competition : UEFA Cup RN (1-B), R16 (2-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Wenderson Arruda Said
The Greatest Player Ever :  Perrichon
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Jesualdo Ferreira


“The Minho Warriors” Sporting Clube De Braga was founded in 1921. In the 2000s, the club gradually became one of Portugal's most successful clubs after the Big Three, and they have also competed with relative success in European competitions, winning the last ever UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2008. After finishing 2nd in 2009-10 Portuguese Liga that is the best aheivement in their history, Sporting Braga achieved a place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Braga began to climb up the league ladder and eventually participated in the UEFA Competitions. In overall, Braga ever won fourth place of Portuguese Liga for eight times. Their dark era was during the early 1970s, played in Second tier for consecutive five seasons.




16. Victoria Guimaraes

Nation : Portugal, Year of Establishment : 1922
Stadium : Estadio De Alfonso (30,165 Seats)
Seasons in Portuguese Liga : 71 from 82
All-Time  Portuguese Liga Ranking : 5th
Portuguese Liga : Winner (-), Runner-Up (-), 3rd (4)
Portuguese Cup : Winner (1), Runner-Up (5), SF (6)
European Competition : UEFA Cup QF (1-A), R16 (1-A)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Paulinho Cascavel (47 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Pedro Barbosa
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Mario Wilson

Vitória Sport Clube is one of the most respected club in Portugal even they have never won any trophy. Guimaraes won their best place in history of Portuguese Liga at third for four times in different period in 1969, 1987, 1998 and recently 2008. In all 65 seasons at Portuguese Liga, The club finish in top ten for 55 seasons. They first played in Portugal top tier in 1941 and ever relegated playing in the second tier for four seasons, it is consecutive 3 seasons during 1955 – 1958. As being the second grade club in Portugal, Guimaraes participated in UEFA Cup so often with 12 times. The club’s golden era is considered as the 1980s as they finish top four in the league for four times and got to their best achievement ever in European competition in UEFA Cup and won their only Portuguese Super Cup.



15. Victoria Setubal

Nation : Portugal, Year of Establishment : 1910
Stadium : Estadio De Bonfim (21,530 Seats)
Seasons in Portuguese Liga : 68 from 82
All-Time  Portuguese Liga Ranking : 6th
Portuguese Championship : Winners (-), RN (1), SF (5)
Portuguese Liga : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1), 3rd (4)
Portuguese Cup : Winner (3), Runner-Up (8), SF (9)
European Competition : UEFA Cup QF (4-A), R16 (2-A)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Jacinto Jao (66 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Jacinto Jao
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Jose Maria Pedroto

“The Old Sir” Vitória Futebol Clube was established on 20 November 1910. Setubal started playing in Portugal top tier as the first member since it was established in 1934. However, The club had a hard time in the second tier during the late 1930s to early 1940s. The years from 1964 to 1974 is considered Vitória's golden decade. In 1964–65 and 1966–67, Vitória won the Cup of Portugal, and all their successful seasons in UEFA Cup was happened during this period. Vitória also had three times third place finishes and a remarkable second place in the 1971–72 National Championship, finish the league as top five for nine seasons. Since the 1990s to present, Setubal has not been a top club of Portugal anymore and playing in the second league for five seasons in that era.



14. Belenenses

Nation : Portugal, Year of Establishment : 1919
Stadium : Estadio De Rostelo (25,000 Seats)
Seasons in Portuguese Liga : 75 from 82
All-Time  Portuguese Liga Ranking : 4th
Portuguese Championship : Winners (3), Runner-Up (4)
Portuguese Liga : Winner (1), Runner-Up (3), 3rd (16)
Portuguese Cup : Winner (6), Runner-Up (8), SF (12)
European Competition Achievement : None
All-Time Top-Scorer : Matateu (218 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Matateu
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Augusto Silva

“Belém's Pastrys” Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses was one of Portugal's "Big Four" from the advent of the Portuguese Liga, is one of the three famous clubs from Lisbon.  In the years since, the club fame and glory has tarnished as it consistently sank in the league table. Belenenses ever finished third place for fourteen times in Portuguese Liga. Most of this achievement including theier only league title in 1946 was happened during the 1940s and 1950s as it is the golden era of the club. Consequently, The club has played in European competition during the era of their average performance and unsuccessful in their appearance eight times in UEFA Cup, They mostly failed since the first round. The club played in the second tier for five seasons in overall history.



13. Deportivo La Coruna
Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1906
Stadium : Riazor (34,600 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 44 from 85
Seasons in Segunda Division : 39
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 11th
All-Time Segunda Division Ranking : 8th
Spanish La Liga : Winner (1), Runner-Up (5), 3rd (4)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (2), Runner-Up (-), SF (7)
UEFA Cup : R16 (1-A), Cup Winners’ Cup : SF (1)
European Cup : SF (1-B), QF (2-B), R16 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Bebeto (118 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Bebeto
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Javier Irureta

“SuperDepor” Real Club Deportivo La Coruna is a professional football club based in the city of A Coruña, Galicia; was formed in 1906 by members of Sala Calvet gymnasium. In 1941, The club achieve promotion to La Liga for the first time in their history after came close in the previous seasons. In 1950, Depor finished the league as runner-up during their remarkable era during the early 1950s. In 1973, were condemned to the Tercera Division for the first time in their history. During the priod between 1973 to 1988, the club was heavily influenced by financial difficulties and bad programmed seasons with managers being sacked almost every year. However, New board took over the club and influence to their performance as the top Spanish club during the 1990s to early 2000s, became a regular member and very successful in UEFA Champion league. The club holds the record lowest goal conceding ratio in La Liga with 0.48 (18 goals in 38 games) and most clean sheets ratio in La Liga with 0.68 (26 clean sheets in 38 games), achieved in 1993 - 1994 season. 




12. Espanyol
Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1900
Stadium : Estadi Cornella (40,500 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 81 from 85
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 6th
Spanish La Liga : Winner (-), Runner-Up (-), 3rd (4)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (4), Runner-Up (5), SF (14)
UEFA Cup :  RN (1-A, 1-B), QF (2-A), R16 (1-A)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Raul Tamudo (138 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Ricardo Zamora
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Jose Santamaria


“The Parakeets” Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona  is one of the longest members in history of Spanish Liga, were founded on 28 October 1900 by Ángel Rodríguez, an engineering student at the University of Barcelona. The club's original home was in the well-off district of Sarrià and was initially known as the Sociedad Española de Football. In 1906, the club folded due to financial reasons and most of the players joined the X Sporting Club. This club won the Campionat de Catalunya three times between 1906 and 1908. In 1928, Espanyol became a founding member of La Liga, and in 1929, the team won their first Copa del Rey. Even Espanyol is six place in all-time Spanish La Liga all-time table and being one of the very big clubs in Spain, They have never won any league title and any European Trophy. Their best place is just third



11. Real Sociedad

Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1905
Stadium : Ramon Sanchez Pizijuan (32,076 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 69 from 85
Seasons in Segunda Division : 15
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 8th
Spanish La Liga : Winner (2), Runner-Up (3), 3rd (2)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (2), Runner-Up (5), SF (13)
UEFA Cup :  QF (1-A)
European Cup : SF (1-A), R16 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Jose Maria Satrustegui (162 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Luis Arconada
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Alberto Ormaetxea

Real Sociedad de Fútbol is a Basque football club based in the city of San Sebastián, founded in 1909 by students and workers returning from Britain. Real Sociedad were founder members of La Liga in 1928. The club’s darkest era was during the five years in Segunda Division between 1962 to 1967. The best period of the team's history must be the early 1980s where they won the Primera two seasons running. For many years, Real Sociedad followed the practice of their Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao of signing only Basque players. They abandoned the policy in 1989 when they signed Irish international John Aldridge from Liverpool. In 2008, The club relegated to Segunda division at the first time in last 40 years despite they just won runner-up of the league in previous five seasons. Real Sociedad holds the record Longest unbeaten in La Liga with 38 games between 1979 and 1980.



10. Real Zaragoza

Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1932
Stadium : La Romareda (34,596 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 58 from 85
Seasons in Segunda Division : 17
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 9th
Spanish La Liga : Winner (-), Runner-Up (1), 3rd (4)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (6), Runner-Up (5), SF (6)
UEFA Cup : WN(1-A), RN(1-A), R-16(3-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup :  WN (1), SF(2), QF(1)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Marcelino (117 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Victor Munoz
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Victor Fernandez

Real Zaragoza was originally formed out of two rival teams: Iberia SC and Real Zaragoza CD. By the 1930s, the team was making headway in La Liga, but the Civil War put a brake on a lot of the progress made. Zaragoza first played in Spanish Liga in 1939. Beginning in 1960/61 season, Zaragoza entered a period of great prosperity, showcasing some of the greatest players playing Spain during that time, and earning their 1960's title of Los Magníficos. While they failed to capture the league title, they did succeed in finishing in the top 5 every year from the 1960/61 season up until the 1968/69 season. In 1975, Zaragoza won victory runner-up of the Spanish Top tier under management of Carriega. In all-time European competition performance, Zaragoza is considered as one of the top five best Spanish clubs.



9. Sevilla

Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1905
Stadium : Ramon Sanchez Pizijuan (40,500 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 72 from 85
Seasons in Segunda Division : 13
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 7th
Spanish La Liga : Winner (1), Runner-Up (5), 3rd (4)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (4), Runner-Up (2), SF (11)
UEFA Cup  :  WN (4-B), R16 (1-B)
European Cup : QF (1-A), R16 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer :  Guillermo Gonzalez del Rio (214 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Juan Arza Inigo
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Juande Ramos

Sevilla Fútbol Club is an all-time greatest club from Seville City, is the famous Spanish club in the recent era after they built the victory as one of the two clubs in history to win UEFA Cup for two consecutive seasons in which happened between 2005 to 2007. In 1905, the Civil Governor of Seville officially announced the creation of Sevilla FC. After a transitional year in 1945–46, Sevilla won its first and only La Liga title despite they just promote to play in the top flight in a few previous seasons. In the 60s, Sevilla started a decline to mid-table and after the 1967–68 season, Sevilla was sent down to the Spanish second division. After another brief drop and return in the early seventies, Sevilla remained firmly in the middle of the table until the 1996–97 season, when the club was sent down again before return and achieve their glory years again in Spanish la Liga.



8. Athletic Bilbao
 
Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1898
Stadium : San Mames (39,750 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 85 (All)
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 4th
Spanish La Liga : Winner (8), Runner-Up (7), 3rd (10)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (23), Runner-Up (13), SF (15)
Spanish Double Champion : 5
UEFA Cup : RN (1-A,1-B), QF (3-A), R16 (3-A)
European Champion's Cup : QF (1-A), R24 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Telmo Zarra (333 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Telmo Zarra
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Javier Clemente

“The Lions” Athletic Bilbao is a Basque football club. Football was introduced to Bilbao by two distinct groups of players, both with British connections. In 1902 the two Bilbao clubs formed a combined team. Bilbao was one of the founding members of La Liga in 1928. The club immediately achieved Golden era in the 1930s, and won four league titles. In the history, They are one of only three clubs which have never been relegated from La Liga. The 2006–2007 season has been the worst in the club's history, top-flight survival was ensured on the last match day. Bilbao is the second most Copa Del Rey winners only to Barcelona. The club is known for its cantera policy of bringing young Basque players through the ranks, as well as recruiting top Basque players from other clubs, This policy is one of the reasons the club cannot achieve higher place in history of both Spanish Liga and European competition even it is relaxed in the recent era. Bilba holds the record longest unbeaten in Spanish Liga with 30 in 1930



7. Sporting Portugal

Nation : Portugal, Year of Establishment : 1906
Stadium : Estadio Jose Alvalade (50,076 Seats)
Seasons in Portuguese Liga : 82 (All)
All-Time  Portuguese Liga Ranking : 3rd
Portuguese Championship : Winners (4), Runner-Up (7)
Portuguese Liga : Winner (18), Runner-Up (20)
Portuguese Cup : Winner (20), Runner-Up (16)
Portuguese Double Champion : 6
UEFA Cup : RN(1-B), SF(1-A,1-B), QF(1-A,1-B), R16(2-A,1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup  : WN (1), SF (1), QF (1)
European Cup  : QF (1-A), R16 (1-B), R24 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Fernando Peyroteo : (529 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Fernando Peyroteo
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Candido De Oliviera

Sporting Clube de Portugal is a famous Portuguese club from Lisbon. Júlio de Araújo, who would later become the president of Sporting and is a keen historian of the founding process of Sporting. During the 1920s, Sporting won its first Campeonato de Portugal (1922/23), a competition regarded as the National title although it was contested as a knockout competition and the club is the greatest achiever in history of the tournament. The '40s and '50s were fabulous years for Sporting. They won 10 out of 18 National Football Championships during these decades, with 4 out of 13 Portuguese cups also on the club's roll of honour. From the 1946 to 1954, Sporting won seven of the eight championships contested.  This was the age of the famous Cinco Violinos ("Five Violins") that became famous on both the national and international levels. It is unfortunate for Sporting that UEFA did not launch the European competition earlier, otherwise Sporting could almost certainly successful. Sporting Portugal honorably played the first ever European Cup match in 1955.  It holds the record most goals in a Portuguese Liga season with 123 in the 1946 - 1947 season.


6. Valencia

Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1919
Stadium : Mestalla (55,000 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 81 from 85
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 3rd
Spanish La Liga : Winner (6), Runner-Up (6), 3rd (10)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (7), Runner-Up (10), SF (15)
UEFA Double Champion 1
UEFA Cup : WN(2-A, 1-B), RN(1-A), SF(2-B), QF(3-A,1-B), R16(3-A,1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : WN (1), QF (1)
European Cup : RN (2-B), QF (2-B), R16 (2-B), R24 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Mundo (260 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Mario Kempes
The Greatest Manager Ever : Rafael Benitez

“The Orange” Valencia Club de Fútbol were founded in 1919 in the centre of the Turia River capital. In 1923, Valencia became regional champions and took part in the Copa del Rey for the first time ever. It was necessary to wait for three years before they could form part of the First Division. After The Civil War, The culmination was when the Mestalla club won the League championship for the first time in its history in 1942. The club dominated Spanish football during the middle of 1940s. During the early 1960s, Valencia makes a mark on the European stage and won record most appearances in UEFA Cup final matches in row with 3. In 1986, Valencia’s relegation was the saddest day in the history, put an end to 55 consecutive seasons in the elite of the Spanish football. In the 2000s: Valencia returns to the top of Spanish and European football with the highlight of reaching two consecutive UEFA Champion league finals.



5. Atletico Madrid

Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1903
Stadium : Vicente Calderon (54,851 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 79 from 85
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 5th
Spanish La Liga : Winner (10), Runner-Up (8), 3rd (14)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (10), Runner-Up (8), SF (11)
Spanish Double Champion : 1
UEFA Cup : WN (2-B), SF (1-A, 2-B), R16 (1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : WN (1),RN (2), SF (2), QF (2)
European Champion's Cup  : RN (1-A,1-B), SF (2-A), QF (2-A,1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Luis Aragones (172 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Larbi Benbarek
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Luis Aragones

“The Mattress Makers” Club Atlético de Madrid was originally founded on 26 April 1903. by three Basque students living in Madrid. And in 1921, Athletic Madrid became independent of parent-club Athletic Bilbao. They were invited to join the Primera División of the inaugural La Liga in 1928 after showing of great performance in Copa Del Rey. However, They played in segunda division for four seasons in the pre-war era. By 1939, when La Liga had resumed, Athletic had merged with Aviación Nacional of Zaragoza to become Athletic Aviación de Madrid. Under Helenio Herrera and with the help of Larbi Benbarek, The club was very successful in the early 1950s. During the 1960s and 1970s, Atlético Madrid seriously challenged Barcelona for the position of second team. In 2000, They first relegated to Segunda Divison in last 60 years. It holds the record most La Liga games without conceding a goal with 1275 minutes and 13 games achieved in the 1990 - 1991 season. The club's greatest season ever is the 2013 - 2014 when it came close to win European Double Champion. Atletico Madrid is one of the four Spanish clubs to ever reach final matches in all three major European competition.




4. Porto

Nation : Portugal, Year of Establishment : 1913
Stadium : Estadio Do Dragao (50,399 Seats)
Seasons in Portuguese Liga : 82 (All)
All-Time  Portuguese Liga Ranking : 2nd
Portuguese Championship : Winners (4), Runner-Up (2)
Portuguese Liga : Winner (27), Runner-Up (25)
Portuguese Cup : Winner (20), Runner-Up (16), SF (13)
Portuguese Double Champion : 7
UEFA Double Champion : 2 , European Double Champion : 1
UEFA Cup  : WN (2-B), QF (2-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : RN (1), QF (3)
European Cup : WN (1-A,1-B), SF(1-A), QF(3-A,2-B), R16(1-A,4-B), R24(4-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Fernando Gomes (288 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Pinga
The Greatest Manager Ever : Jose Mourinho

“The Dragons” Futebol Clube do Porto was founded in 1893 by Monteiro da Costa. Porto won the Portuguese champion as soon as they first participate in 1935. In the 1940s, It is the most failure era of the club, didn’t won any trophy and mostly finish below third place in the league. In 1970, Porto finish their lowest place in history at ninth. They had never dominated Portuguese football until the second half of the 1980s. Between 1994 to 1999, The club completely dominate the Portuguese liga, won five titles in row and it is a best record. In 2003, FC Porto became one of a few teams in the World to hold in possession three major international titles simultaneously as the only one in Portugal, won league title, cup and UEFA Cup. Since 1976 until the present for more than 45 years, Porto has never finished below third place in the league since then. FC Porto holds the record most consecutive unbeaten home games in Portuguese Liga with 81 between 2008 and 2014, was totally unbeaten twice seasons in 2010 - 2011 and 2012 - 2013. was consecutively unbeaten more than 50 Portuguese Liga games in three times. It holds the record fewest goal conceding ratio in a Portuguese Liga season with 0.3 (9 goals in 30 games) with most clean sheets ratio (0.73, 22 games) achieved in twice seasons (1979 - 1980 and 1983 - 1984) and the record longest steak without conceding a goal in Portuguse Liga with 1191 minutes. Porto is also the only club from Portugal to ever participate in all final matches of the three major European competitions. The club's greatest season ever is the 2003 - 2004 when it just missed the major Treble with losing in Portuguese Cup final.


3. Benfica

Nation : Portugal, Year of Establishment : 1904
Stadium : Estadio Da Luz (65,647 Seats)
Seasons in Portuguese Liga : 82 (All)
All-Time Portuguese Liga Ranking : 1st
Portuguese Championship : Winners (3), Runner-Up (1)
Portuguese Liga : Winner (34), Runner-Up (27)
Portuguese Cup : Winner (25), Runner-Up (11), SF (16)
Portuguese Double Champion 9
European Double Champion : 1
UEFA Cup : RN (1-A,1-B), SF(2-B), QF(1-A, 2-B), R16 (1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup : SF (2), QF (3)
European Champion's Cup : WN (2-A), RN (5-A), SF (1-A), 
QF (7-A, 2-B), R16 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Eusebio (440 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Eusebio
The Greatest Manager Ever : Bela Guttmann

“The Eagles of Lisbon” Sport Lisboa e Benfica is the greatest Portuguese club of all-time with the most number of League titles, Cup trophies, the first place in Portuguese all-time table and the most successful Portuguese club in European competition. The club was found during a meeting in the southwest part of Lisbon involving 24 young men, led by Cosme Damião. Benfica was one of the founding members of the Portuguese Liga in 1933. Benfica became a top club in Portugal in the 1940s to the 1950s before the era of Eusebio was created. In the 1960s, Benfica was one of the best clubs in the World, reaching European Cup final for five times, and won seven Portuguese champions in that decade and went on domination until the middle 1970s. In 1972–73, Benfica won the Portuguese Liga without any defeat (28 wins and 2 draws) and was secondly seasonal unbeaten in its history achieved the 1977 - 1978. The darkest era of 8 seasons between 1996 to 2003, is the longest period the club cannot win any title with its lowest place ever is 6th in 2001. In overall history, Benfica has ever finished below third place just 7 times and holds the Portuguese record longest unbeaten with 56 between 1976 and 1978 and holds the European record most consecutive wins in domestic league with 29 games between 1971 - 1973 and holds the record most goal difference in a Portuguese Liga season with 88 in the 1972 - 1973 season. Benfica's the greatest season ever is the 1964 - 1965 which it appeared in all major treble finalists and finally won just a league title. The club incredibly lost in all consecutive 8 European competition finalists since Guttmann's era.

2. Barcelona

Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1899
Stadium : Camp Nou (98,772 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 85 (All)
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 2nd
Spanish La Liga : Winner (23), Runner-Up (24),3rd (13)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (27), Runner-Up (10), SF (21)
Spanish Double Champion : 6, European Double Champion 5
Latin European Triple Champion : 1952
European Triple Champion : 2011, 2015
UEFA Cup : WN (3-A), RN (1-A), SF(3-A), QF(4-A), R16 (1-B)
Cup Winners’ Cup  : WN (4), RN (2)
European Champion's Cup : WN (1-A,4- B), RN (3-A), SF (2-A,6-B), 
QF (1-A,2-B), R16 (1-A,1-B), R24 (1-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Lionel Messi (356 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Lionel Messi
The Greatest Manager Ever : Joseph Guardiola

FC Barcelona is one of the most famous football clubs of all-time. In 1899, Joan Gamper placed an advertisement in Los Deportes declaring his wish to form a football club; a positive response resulted in a meeting at the Gimnasio Solé. in 1926 Barcelona was publicly declared a professional side for the first time, and first won Spanish La Liga in next three years. The Spanish Civil War negatively effect to the club and they return to dominate Spanish football in the late 1940s to the early 1950s. However the club could not win league title in 13 consecutive seasons between 1960 and 1973 and struggled again between 1998 and 2005 without any title.  Barcelona holds the record most winners in Copa Del Rey and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. They are the only European club to have played continental football every season since 1955. In 2009, Barcelona became the first club in Spain to win the treble consisting of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Champions League and holds the record most consecutive wins in history of La Liga with 16 in 2010 -2011 season. The 31-6-1 Barcelona profile in the 2009 - 2010 season is the greatest result ever in history of the league. The club holds the record most consecutive game wins in UEFA Champion league with 11 in 2003. Barca is also one of the four clubs to win all three major European competitions. It is also the only club in history to win two European Triple Champions. The club holds the record highest goal differences ratio in a La Liga single season with 3.2 (96 goals in 30 games) in the 1958 - 1959 season and and most wins ratio with 0.84 (32 wins) in 38 games in the 2012 - 2013 season. he club holds the record most wins in a single UEFA champion league tournament with 11 in the 2014 - 2015 season). Although the club won its only treble in 2009, the 2010 - 2011 is its greatest seasonal performance ever. 


1. Real Madrid

Nation : Spain, Year of Establishment : 1902
Stadium : Santiago Bernabeu (80,354 Seats)
Seasons in Spanish La Liga : 85 (All)
All-Time Spanish La Liga Ranking : 1st
Spanish La Liga : Winner (32), Runner-Up (21), 3rd (8)
Copa Del Rey : Winner (19), Runner-Up (20), SF (22)
Spanish Double Champion : 4, UEFA Double Champion 1
European Double Champion 2
UEFA Cup  : WN (2-A), SF (1-A), QF (2-A)
Cup Winners’ Cup  :  RN (2-A), QF (1)
European Cup : WN (7-A,3-B), RN(2-A), SF(7-A,6-B), QF(3-A,2-B)
All-Time Top-Scorer : Raul Gonzalez (323 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Alfredo Di Stefano
The Greatest Manager Ever : Miguel Munoz
The Greatest Player Ever : Alfredo Di Stefano
The Greatest Manager Ever : Miguel Munoz

‘The White Suit King” Real Madrid is the greatest Spanish clubs of all-time and the most successful club in history of European competition, was voted by FIFA as the most successful club of the 20th century. The academics and students of the Institución libre de enseñanza founded Football Club Sky in 1897 before resulting of forming Real Madrid in 1902. Three years after its foundation, in 1905, Madrid FC won its first title with being a winner of Spanish Cup. Real Madrid was one of the founders member in Spanish La liga in 1929, and won the first title in three year later. Santiago Bernabéu Yeste became president of Real Madrid in 1945. Under his presidency, the club, its stadium was named for his honor. Beginning in 1953, he embarked upon a strategy of signing world-class players from abroad, known as “Galacticos I”, and it is the origin of their tradition to date. Real Madrid is an all-time most Spanish La Liga and European Cup winners, and the most seasons won in a row with 5, for league during 1960–65 and 1985–90, and for European cup during 1955-1960 and holds the World record longest unbeaten home games in the league with 121 between 1957 and 1965. In the 2011 - 2012 season, It won the La Liga record most wins ratio with 0.84 (32 wins) in 38 games. The club never achieved the major treble and came closest in the 1957 - 1958 and the 1961 - 1962 when it won both league titles and reached all domestic cup and European cup finalists.
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Statistics By Nation

Spain : 21
Portugal : 9
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Honourable Mention

Maritimo (Portugal)
Tenerife (Spain)
Real Murcia (Spain)
Atletico Club De Portugal (Portugal)
Sabadell (Spain)

Honourable Mention In Performance

Deportivo Alaves (Spain) : UEFA Cup Runner-Up (1-B)
Tenerife (Spain) : UEFA Cup Semi-Final (1-A)
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The Greatest Iberian Clubs of Eras

Early 1930s : Athletic Bilbao
Late 1930s : FC Porto
Early 1940s : Benfica
Late 1940s : Sporting
Early 1950s : Barcelona
Late 1950s : Real Madrid
Early 1960s : Benfica
Late 1960s : Real Madrid
Early 1970s : Atletico Madrid
Late 1970s : Real Madrid
Early 1980s : Real Madrid
Late 1980s : Benfica
Early 1990s : Barcelona
Late 1990s : Real Madrid
Early 2000s : Real Madrid
Late 2000s : Barcelona

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