Borussia Monchengladbach is a Bundesliga football team located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Currently 3rd in the league, Monchengladbach has made serious strides as a global superpower and has recently rebranded themselves. With a newly updated website and Instagram, Monchengladbach is continually connecting and expanding their fan base around the world. FanWide is a great way for remote Borussia sports fans to join fan clubs and attend watch parties. Similar to FanWide, there is even a tab on the website that displays the information of fans around the world, allowing them to contact and create bonds with each other through the team.
We are well into the English Premier League (EPL) season and the championship nearing the horizon. With Liverpool taking an early lead, we should see a close end to the season as we did last season with Manchester City. From now until May, FanWide can help find the most exciting places to watch the English Premier League in Philly, West Chester and beyond.
FanWide, the World’s Largest Sports Fan Club Network, locates the nearest venue showing your team and your game with sound. Their fan reward program featuring FanChain Tokens (FANZ) has also been recently launched so that fans can earn rewards for simply watching their own team. Soon fans will be able redeem their FANZ for free drinks, merchandise, and even game tickets.
West Ham football club is an English premier league team, famous for their fast pace and attacking style. Based out of Stratford, East London, the team has many derbies that transcend the pitch to the fans. West Ham fans truly create a strong sense of family within their community as demonstrated through their official website. It contains a multitude of Hammer’s fan clubs in the United Kingdom and across the globe. FanWide is essential to West Ham fans that want to join a club or attend a watch party. With over thirty recognized fan clubs, every West Ham fan is guaranteed the opportunity to participate within the community at a game or social event.
LaLiga, one of the premier leagues of European “football,” is quickly becoming a mainstay sport in the United States. As Boris Gartner, CEO of LaLiga North America stated, “We want to help grow LaLiga in the U.S.” (Digiday). With many of the top players in the world featured among Spanish football clubs, Americans could not be more excited about this development. So, what does this partnership between two of the strongest countries in the world (Spain and the United States) entail?
Tottenham Hotspur have been a dominant club on the pitch. With Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Dele Alli leading the way, the Hotspur have become a force to be reckoned with. They have also constructed a strong social media presence that allows their fans all around the world to connect with the premier club. The Spurs have the sixth-highest number of Twitter followers among English Premier League teams with about 3.82 million. With 6.1 million Instagram followers, Tottenham Hotspur regularly posts engaging and informative fan content. The Spurs also have a significant Facebook following, with nearly 12.15 million followers, giving them a total of 22.07 million followers across the three social media platforms. Tottenham has developed a substantial social media presence that allows fans around the world to stay up to date with the Spurs.
Based in Rome, Italy, AS Roma is a professional football club in the Serie A. Being a top team, Roma fans are spread all over the world, allowing for the creation of fan clubs and other forms of fan engagement. With fans all over the world, Roma is challenged with creating a cohesive fan community; however, by maintaining thirteen Twitter accounts in different languages, Chinese chat rooms and loyal fan clubs across the world, fans stay engaged with the team and more importantly, with each other. Although these fan clubs are small and spread out, FanWide allows you to discover, join or create your very own local club. The website and app are extraordinarily simple to navigate, allowing users to explore new communities and build friendships through sports.
Europe is home to some spectacular football stadiums, from the largest of their kind to those with incredible facilities and a great atmosphere from the working class stands in German stadiums, to having a classic pie at a British game while having someone shout out betting tips at halftime. But with so many to choose from, which one takes the crown for the best stadium in Europe for fans?
Real Madrid is the top team in FanWide’s European soccer rankings. From their 33 domestic league titles to 207 million aggregate social media followers to 13 Champions League titles and beyond- Real Madrid’s numbers speak for themselves. Few teams have the ammunition to form meaningful rivalries with Real Madrid. Barcelona, FanWide’s #3 team, is one of those teams. Games played between Real Madrid and Barcelona, nicknamed “El Clásico,” are consistently some of the most viewed sporting events in the world. While Barcelona currently leads the all-time rivalry (the overall record is 115-99-61), games between the two giants in La Liga are much closer. The all-time El Clásico record in La Liga games is 72-72-34. The rivalry goes beyond soccer- Real Madrid is said to represent Spanish pride while Barcelona is said to represent Catalonian pride. Cristiano Ronaldo, who is tied as the second leading all-time El Clásico goal scorer with Alfredo di Stefano (behind Lionel Messi), was a major part of the rivalry. Now that Ronaldo has moved to Juventus, it will be interesting to see how the rivalry sways. Ballon d’Or winner Luca Modric will have to continue stepping up big for Real Madrid for reasons that go beyond just their rivalry with Barcelona. Real Madrid has begun a new era. Time will tell if Real Madrid flourishes post-Ronaldo, but if history repeats itself, they’ll do just fine. There’s a reason Real Madrid is FanWide’s #1 European soccer team.
With 28 domestic titles, Bayern Munich is the most decorated football club in Germany. While there are contenders every year, there is no match for Bayern Munich in their home country. They compete in the Bundesliga, Germany’s first division league, and in this league, they have won 4 times as many titles as the second most decorated club, 1. FC Nürnberg. Both of these clubs are located in Bavaria, the largest state in Germany. Currently, the team that most challenges Bayern Munich is Borussia Dortmund which is located in a different German state- North Rhine-Westphalia. The geographic and cultural differences between the homes of the current top Bundesliga competitors heightens an already natural rivalry. Each Bundesliga title is more than a trophy- teams compete for the pride of their hometown, and currently, citizens of Bavaria have the right to feel pretty proud. While their success on the international stage does not quite match their success within Germany (nobody’s does), they are not far off. Bayern Munich is consistently one of the most feared football clubs in the world, having won the Champions League 5 times. The club ranks within the top 5 across each and every one of FanWide’s ranking metrics. From fan attendance to team value to star power and beyond-it is hard to find a weakness in Bayern Munich’s resumé. Bayern Munich is the runner up in FanWide’s European soccer team rankings, coming in at #2.
Since its inception, La Liga has been dominated by two football clubs: Barcelona and Real Madrid. Lionel Messi’s brilliance has kept Barcelona relevant for years, but he doesn’t do it alone. Aside from a star-studded supporting cast, Barcelona boasts one of the largest fan bases in the world, across all sports. While FC Barcelona’s claim to have 1 billion fans might be inflated (generally attributed to double counting fans on social media, visits to their website, etc.), they are not far off. A history of elite talent has lead to perennial Spanish football dominance, but where do they stand on the global stage? FanWide has collected data that measures both popularity and on-field success. The result? Barcelona ranks #3 among European soccer teams.