Outside of Europe, one would be hard pressed to find as football crazy a continent as South America, which hosts an impressive array of big-name clubs.
COLOMBIA: ATLETICO NACIONAL
Based out of Medellin, Atletico Nacional is far and away the Colombia’s number-one sporting draw. It has won a record 16 titles playing in the Categoria Primera A (aka Liga Águila).
Chasing Atletico Nacional both in terms of followers and championships, are the Millonarios (14 Liga Águila titles) and America de Cali (13).
Based out of Santiago, Club Social y Deportivo Colo-Colo is easily Chile’s most successful football club. Colo-Colo has won more Primera Division de Chile (31) than any other Chilean club in addition to their record eleven Copa Chile titles.
Distantly trailing Colo-Colo in Primera Division titles are Universidad de Chile (18) and Universidad Catolica (12).
ARGENTINA: RIVER PLATE
Club Atlético River Plate, based out of the Belgrano neighborhood of Buenos Aires, has won the most domestic competitions in Argentina with 36 league titles in the top division, 2 second division championships and 9 national cups.
While rival Boca Juniors have more Instagram followers, River Plate outpaces the Genoese on both Facebook and Twitter.
With an incredible 48 championships, Montevideo’s Club Atlético Penarol is the the all-time leader in Uruguay’s Primera Division titles, but Nacional — the city’s other famous football club — isn’t far behind with 46 championships of their own.
Penarol trails Nacional by a few thousand followers on Instagram, but outpaces their rivals on Facebook and twitter. The Aurinegros hope to pad their title lead playing in their new stadium, Campeón del Siglo, which opened in March 2016.
Flamengo, based out of Rio de Janeiro, is the most popular team in Brazil, with over 39.1 million supporters as of 2010. The Rubro-Negro were voted by FIFA as one of the most successful football clubs of the 20th century. Strong campaigns in the Copa Libertadores and a national championship title in 2009 brought crowds averaging 40,000 per season.
While Flamengo trails Sao Paulo’s Corinthians in Twitter and Instagram followers, it narrowly leads in Facebook likes.
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