Coming off a season that ended at the Western Conference Semifinals, the Los Angeles Galaxy was gearing up to make another legitimate run at the MLS Cup trophy. Unfortunately the season needed to be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. In the 2020 MLS season, the Galaxy only played two games in which they lost one and tied one. It seems like every year the LA Galaxy make a solid push towards the playoffs due to the dominating and winning culture that was instilled once David Beckham came to Los Angeles. David Beckham, a former British professional soccer player and former player on the LA Galaxy, made himself the face of the MLS and exceeded the level of play for the LA Galaxy. During Beckhams’ six year tenure, the Galaxy won two MLS cup championships. The Galaxy have won five MLS cubs in a span of twenty five years, making them the team with the most championships in the league. In addition to this franchise being one of the most prominent in the MLS, they also have unique fans that live and die for the LA Galaxy.
MLS has been a growing sensation in the US ever since it first arrived. While soccer (futbol in other countries), is not the most popular sport in the US, it continues to see a rise in viewership and support season after season. More specifically, the Houston Dynamo has seen an enormous rise in their fanbase. Through the team’s constant usage of social media, 316K Facebook followers, 134K Instagram followers, and 425K Twitter followers, fans are able to stay updated on team news, rumors, and game-time updates that all fans want to know about.
If you know names like Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Luka Modric, then you know LaLiga. LaLiga (La Liga) runs the Spanish soccer league, and they are bringing the excitement of the world’s best football clubs to America with the help of FanWide.
FanWide is LaLiga’s Official Bar Network, bringing exclusive events and watch parties to the United States, starting in March, 2020. We will be starting in eight cities, including New York (NYC), Los Angeles (LA), Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, Boston, and Washington DC / Baltimore, with more cities planned!
Visit http://fanwi.de/joinlaliga to sign up as a LaLiga fan or visit FanWide.com and use referral code “LALIGA”. Once you register you will automatically get notified about any LaLiga events happening in your area! FanWide shows you which bars in your area have beIN Sports so that you can watch LaLiga wherever you live or travel.
Paris Saint-Germain F.C. may have been established in 1970, but it is already one of the winningest fútbol clubs in France. With eight Ligue I championships and a series of other trophies, PSG is definitely a European powerhouse in regards to soccer. With famed players Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, the strength of PSG should continue to grow. This strength is not only seen on the pitch, but also on social media as Paris Saint-Germain has become a worldwide brand. With 26.7 million Instagram followers, 7.51 million Twitter followers, and 39.41 million Facebook followers, PSG have developed a social media portfolio that informs and engages with fans around the world.
Football Club Internazionale Milano, also known as Inter Milan is the only Serie A team that has not been relegated to the secondary league. Founded in 1908, it did not take long for Inter to establish itself as an Italian super team, winning its first league title in 1910. Since its conception, Internazionale has acquired thirty Italian trophies, including eighteen Serie A league titles, five Supercoppa Italiana titles and seven Coppa Italia titles. Internationally, the team has won three Champions League titles, proving its dominance in Europe as a whole. FanWide is a great tool for remote Inter fans to immerse themselves in the team community through its ability to locate watch parties and fan clubs.
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.