Top Football Tournaments In The World
Football is a popular game which has a great fan following all over the world. There are numerous football tournaments which outwit each other in popularity either because of the teams which participate in it or due to the fact that these have been played since long. Below are listed some of the football tournaments which are undoubtedly the top football tournaments in the world.
5. Copa Libertadores
This football tournament is considered to be equivalent to UEFA Champions League. 47 teams from 11 South American Nations and Mexico participate in Copa Libertadores which is one of the most famous football tournaments in the world. During its 2009 edition close to 1 billion people watched the tournament on television which is another indicator of its popularity.
4. Copa America
This is the oldest continental football tournament in the world. The first edition of Copa America was played in the year 1916 which was to commemorate the independence of Argentina. Chile has noticeably won the last two editions of Copa America. Its 2016 edition was broadcast in over 160 nations and was seen by over 1.5 billion people.
3. UEFA European Championship
This is one of the most followed and admired football tournaments in the world. This tournament is played after a gap of 4 years and is played simultaneously with the FIFA World Cups. The 2016 edition of UEFA European Championship was won by Portugal and broke all the viewership records. Over 400 million people watched this football tournament worldwide making it another immensely popular football tournament.
2. UEFA Champions League
This football tournament was introduced in the year 1992 and has become immensely popular ever since. Incidentally, UEFA Champions League is the most popular football tournament in terms of revenue it generates from television rights and other advertising mediums.
Real Madrid has emerged to be the most popular team in this tournament since it has won it 11 times. Real Madrid has also won the tournament in the year 2016.
1. FIFA World Cup
FIFA world cup is undoubtedly the most popular football tournament in the world. It is not secret that it is most popular since over 32 nations fight off to win the title. 211 countries from all over the world fight to be eligible for being a part of FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and Germany was viewed by over 1.13 billion people worldwide making it the leader in the league of most popular football tournaments across the world.