Trivia on Winning Domestic Championships

  • Consecutive National Championships
  • Total Number of Championships
  • Unbeaten Champions (link to other file)
  • English Energy and Nordic Nonsense (link to other file)
  • Negative Champions
  • New Names on the Trophy

  • Please note that actual numbers of championships may be disputed, due to controversies over what consitituted a national league or whether a club remained the same under name changes or mergers. In the notes, several remarks are made; these may not be exhaustive for all countries or clubs. Clubs which won titles in more than one country (e.g. due to occupation or dissolution) have those added together in the overviews.

    Consecutive National Championships

    NB: running series in italics.
    
    Tafea FC             [Vanuatu]      15  (1994-07,09)  [22]
    
    Skonto Riga          [Latvia]       14  (1991-04)
    
    Al-Faysali           [Jordan]       13  (1959-66,70-74)
    Rosenborg BK         [Norway]       13  (1992-04)
    
    Lincoln              [Gibraltar]    12* (2003-14..)
    
    Al-Ansar             [Lebanon]      11  (1988,90-99)
    Loto Ha'apai FC      [Tonga]        11  (1998-08)
    Nauti                [Tuvalu]       11  (1980-90)
    
    BFC Dynamo           [East Germany] 10  (1979-88)
    Dinamo Tbilisi       [Georgia]      10  (1990-99)
    MTK                  [Hungary]      10  (1914,17-25)
    Pyunik Yerevan       [Armenia]      10  (2001-10)
    Sheriff Tiraspol     [Moldova]      10  (2001-10)
    Taipower             [Taiwan]       10  (1995-04)
    
    Al-Ahly              [Egypt]         9  (1949-51,53-54,56-59)
    BATE Barysau         [Belarus]       9* (2006-14..)
    CDNA Sofia           [Bulgaria]      9  (1954-62)    [now known as CSKA Sofia]
    Celtic               [Scotland]      9  (1966-74)
    Club Franciscain     [Martinique]    9  (1999-07)
    Dinamo Kyiv          [Ukraine]       9  (1993-01)
    Dinamo Zagreb        [Croatia]       9* (2006-14..)
    Hafia FC             [Guinea]        9  (1971-79)
    Rangers              [Scotland]      9  (1989-97)
    Saint Louis          [Seychelles]    9  (1985-92,94)
    Titikaveka FC        [Cook Islands]  9  (1971-79)
    
    Al-Ahly              [Egypt]         8* (2005-11,14..)
    Central Sport        [Tahiti]        8  (1972-79)
    CD Elá Nguema        [Eq. Guinea]    8  (1984-91)
    Hekari United        [Papua N.Guin.] 8* (2006-14..)
    Muharraq             [Bahrain]       8  (1960-67)
    Nauti                [Tuvalu]        8* (2007-14..)
    Real Estelí          [Nicaragua]     8* (2007-14..)
    SS Saint-Louisienne  [Réunion]       8  (1963-70)
    Wales                [Barbados]      8  (1969-76)
    
    Al-Ahly              [Egypt]         7  (1994-00)
    ASEC Abidjan         [Ivory Coast]   7  (2000-06)
    Bohemian Club        [Philippines]   7  (1915-18,20-22)
    Bullets              [Malawi]        7  (1999-05)
    Centro Barber        [D. Antilles]   7  (2002-08)
    Defence Force        [Trinidad/T.]   7  (1972-78)
    Espérance ST         [Tunisia]       7  (1998-04)
    Olympique Lyon       [France]        7  (2002-08)
    Maribor Branik       [Slovenia]      7  (1997-03)
    Olympiakos           [Greece]        7  (1997-03)
    Robinhood            [Surinam]       7  (1983-89)
    Royal Thai Air Force [Thailand]      7  (1957-63)
    Seiko                [Hong Kong]     7  (1979-85)
    Silures              [Burkina Faso]  7  (1974-80)
    Újpesti Dózsa        [Hungary]       7  (1969-75)
    SC Villa             [Uganda]        7  (1998-04)
    
    ASEC Abidjan         [Ivory Coast]   6  (1990-95)
    Ba                   [Fiji]          6  (2001-06)
    Belfast Celtic       [N. Ireland]    6  (1936-40,48)
    Celtic               [Scotland]      6  (1905-10)
    Central Sport        [Tahiti]        6  (1962-67)
    Chinezul Timisoara   [Romania]       6  (1922-27)
    Cotonsport de Garoua [Cameroon]      6  (2003-08)
    Deportivo Saprissa   [Costa Rica]    6  (1972-77)
    Diriangén            [Nicaragua]     6  (1940-45)
    Dordoy-Dinamo Naryn  [Kyrgyzstan]    6  (2004-09)
    Empire (Gray's Farm) [Antigua/Bar.]  6  (1969-74)
    FNS (1999: FNP)      [Djibouti]      6  (1994-99)
    Fram Reykjavík       [Iceland]       6  (1913-18)
    Geylang Intern'l     [Singapore]     6  (1988-93)
    Hearts of Oak        [Ghana]         6  (1997-02)
    HJK                  [Finland]       6* (2009-14..)
    Al-Ittihad (Tripoli) [Libya]         6  (2005-10)
    FBK Kaunas           [Lithuania]     6  (1999-04)
    Linfield             [N. Ireland]    6  (1982-87)
    Olimpia Asunción     [Paraguay]      6  (1978-83)
    Olympiakos           [Greece]        6  (1954-59)
    Omonoia Nicosia      [Cyprus]        6  (1974-79)
    Pakhtakor Toshkent   [Uzbekistan]    6  (2002-07)
    Partizan Beograd     [Serbia]        6  (2008-13)
    Quequeisque          [El Salvador]   6  (1941-46)
    Racing Club          [Argentina]     6  (1913-18)
    Raja Casablanca      [Morocco]       6  (1996-01)
    Slavia Praha         [Bohemia]       6  (1897-01)      [2 championships 1897]
    South China          [Hong Kong]     6  (1957-62)
    Spartak Moskva       [Russia]        6  (1996-01)
    Stade Dudelange      [Luxembourg]    6  (1939-40,45-48)
    Steaua Bucuresti     [Romania]       6  (1993-98)
    Transvaal            [Surinam]       6  (1965-70)
    
    Africa Sports        [Ivory Coast]   5  (1985-89)
    Alpha United         [Guyana]        5* (2010-14..)
    América Cali         [Colombia]      5  (1982-86)
    Anderlecht           [Belgium]       5  (1964-68)
    APOEL Nicosia        [Cyprus]        5  (1936-40)
    ASFA-Yennenga        [Burkina Faso]  5  (2009-13)
    FC Basel             [Switzerland]   5* (2010-14..)
    Bears                [Bahamas]       5  (2009-13)
    Club Colonial        [Martinique]    5  (1920-24)
    Dinamo Minsk         [Belarus]       5  (1992-95/2)
    Dinamo Zagreb        [Croatia]       5  (1996-00)
    Djoliba AC           [Mali]          5  (1973-76,79)
    Ekranas Panevezys    [Lithuania]     5* (2008-12..)
    Estonia Tallinn      [Estonia]       5  (1934-36,38-39)
    Etoile Filante       [Burkina Faso]  5  (1990-94)
    F91 Dudelange        [Luxembourg]    5  (2005-0)
    Al-Faisaly           [Jordan]        5  (1999-01,03-04)
    Ferencváros          [Hungary]       5  (1909-13)
    Finance and Revenue  [Myanmar]       5  (2002-06
    Górnik Zabrze        [Poland]        5  (1963-67)
    Guam Shipyard        [Guam]          5  (1999-03)
    Hapoel Petah Tiqva   [Israel]        5  (1959-63)
    Al-Hilal (Omdurman)  [Sudan]         5  (2003-07)
    US Hollerich         [Luxembourg]    5  (1912,14-17)
    Horoya AC            [Guinea]        5  (1988-92)
    Horsed FC            [Somalia]       5  (1976-80)
    Internazionale       [Italy]         5  (2006-10)
    Invincible Eleven    [Liberia]       5  (1980-81,83-85)
    Islanders            [Br. Virgin I.] 5* (2010-14..)
    Jeunesse d'Esch      [Luxembourg]    5  (1973-77)
    Jeunesse d'Esch      [Luxembourg]    5  (1995-99)
    Juventus             [Italy]         5  (1931-35)
    KÍ                   [Faroe Isl.]    5  (1966-70)
    Locomotive           [North Korea]   5  (1996-00)
    Municipal            [Guatemala]     5  (2004-06)  [Apertura 2004/05-Apertura 2006/07]
    Nacional             [Uruguay]       5  (1939-43)
    Nakivubo Villa SC    [Uganda]        5  (1986-90)
    Olimpia Asunción     [Paraguay]      5  (1956-60)
    Olympiakos           [Greece]        5  (1933-34,36-38)
    Olympiakos           [Greece]        5  (2005-09)
    Omonoia Nicosia      [Cyprus]        5  (1981-85)
    Al-Oruba             [Qatar]         5  (1967-71)
    Peńarol              [Uruguay]       5  (1958-62)
    Peńarol              [Uruguay]       5  (1993-97)
    Petro Atlético       [Angola]        5  (1986-90)
    AS Police            [Mauritania]    5  (1986-88,90-91)
    FC Porto             [Portugal]      5  (1995-99)
    Rangers              [Scotland]      5  (1927-31)
    R.C.A.               [Aruba]         5  (1938-42)
    Real Madrid          [Spain]         5  (1961-65)
    Real Madrid          [Spain]         5  (1986-90)
    Dep. San Francisco   [Cuba]          5  (1951-55)
    Deportivo Saprissa   [Costa Rica]    5  (2006-08)  [2005/06-Apertura 2008/09]
    Secteur 6            [Niger]         5  (1966-70)
    Shahtar Donetsk      [Ukraine]       5* (2010-14..)
    SC Simba             [Tanzania]      5  (1976-80)
    Sobou                [Pap.N.Guinea]  5  (2001-05)
    Sparta Praha         [CSSR/CSFR]     5  (1987-91)
    Sparta Praha         [Czech Rep.]    5  (1997-01)
    Steaua Bucuresti     [Romania]       5  (1985-89)
    Torino               [Italy]         5  (1943,46-49)
    US Stade Tamponnaise [Réunion]       5  (2003-07)
    Young Africans       [Tanzania]      5  (1968-72)
    Zimbru Chisinau      [Moldova]       5  (1992-96)
    
    NB: many teams won 4 domestic championships in a row; below we only
        list ongoing series:
    
    Ajax                 [Netherlands]   4* (2011-14..)
    Black Africa         [Namibia]       4* (2011-14..)
    Comunicaciones       [Guatemala]     4* (2012 Ap.-14 Cl...)
    Dynamos              [Zimbabwe]      4* (2011-14..)
    Guangzhou Evergrande [China]         4* (2011-14..)
    Maribor              [Slovenia]      4* (2011-14..)
    Olympiakos           [Greece]        4* (2011-14..)
    Skënderbeu Korçë     [Albania]       4* (2011-14..)
    TP Mazembe           [Congo-Kinsh.]  4* (2011-14..)
    
    

    Total Number of Championships

    NB: teams in bold face are record champions for their country;
    teams in italics share the record number of championships in their country.
    
    Rangers FC           [Scotland]     54
    
    Linfield FC          [N. Ireland]   51
    
    Peńarol              [Uruguay]      49  [1]
    
    Celtic FC            [Scotland]     45
    
    Nacional             [Uruguay]      44  [1]   
    
    Olympiakos           [Greece]       41
    South China          [Hong Kong]    41  [13]
    
    Olimpia (Asunción)   [Paraguay]     39
    
    Al-Ahly              [Egypt]        37
    
    Ajax                 [Netherlands]  33
    Anderlecht           [Belgium]      33
    SL Benfica           [Portugal]     33  [12]
    SK Rapid (Wien)      [Austria/Ger.] 33  [3]
    AC Sparta Praha      [CSSR/CSFR/CR] 33  [2]
    
    Al-Faysali           [Jordan]       32
    Muharraq             [Bahrain]      32
    Real Madrid          [Spain]        32
    
    CSKA Sofia           [Bulgaria]     31 
    River Plate          [Argentina]    31  [4]  
    
    Cerro Porteńo        [Paraguay]     30
    Colo Colo            [Chile]        30
    Juventus             [Italy]        30
    Deportivo Saprissa   [Costa Rica]   30
    
    LD Alajuelense       [Costa Rica]   29
    Municipal            [Guatemala]    29
    R.C.A.               [Aruba]        29
    
    Comunicaciones       [Guatemala]    28
    Ferencváros          [Hungary]      28
    Al-Hilal             [Sudan]        28
    Jeunesse d'Esch      [Luxembourg]   28
    Olimpia              [Honduras]     28
    
    Boca Juniors         [Argentina]    27  [4]
    HJK                  [Finland]      27
    FC Porto             [Portugal]     27  [12]
    
    Crvena zvezda        [Yugosl/Serb]  26
    Dinamo Kyiv          [SU/Ukraine]   26  [6]
    Grasshopper Club     [Switzerland]  26
    KR                   [Iceland]      26
    Levski Sofia         [Bulgaria]     26  [5]
    Saint George         [Ethiopia]     26  [includes Brewery]
    Sliema Wanderers     [Malta]        26
    Universitario        [Peru]         26
    
    Diriangén            [Nicaragua]    25
    Espérance Tunis      [Tunisia]      25
    Floriana             [Malta]        25
    Partizan Beograd     [Yugosl./SM]   25
    Steaua Bucuresti     [Romania]      25
    
    Asante Kotoko        [Ghana]        24
    ASEC Abidjan         [Ivory Coast]  24
    FK Austria (Wien)    [Austria]      24
    Bayern München       [(W) Germany]  24
    SK Tiranë            [Albania]      24
    
    APOEL Nicosia        [Cyprus]       23
    Glentoran            [N. Ireland]   23
    CS Herediano         [Costa Rica]   23
    MTK                  [Hungary]      23
    Robinhood            [Surinam]      23
    
    Alianza Lima         [Peru]         22  [8]
    FC Barcelona         [Spain]        22
    Defence Force        [Trinidad/T.]  22
    Djoliba AC           [Mali]         22
    HB                   [Faroe Isl.]   22
    Rosenborg BK         [Norway]       22
    Valletta             [Malta]        22
    
    Bolívar              [Bolivia]      21
    Dynamos              [Zimbabwe]     21  [includes Rhodesia]
    PSV                  [Netherlands]  21
    Spartak Moskva       [SU/Russia]    21
    
    Central Sport        [Tahiti]       20
    Dinamo Zagreb        [Yug./Croatia] 20  [14]
    Maccabi Tel-Aviv     [Israel]       20
    Manchester United    [England]      20
    Mohammedan SC        [Bangladesh]   20  [7]
    Nauti                [Tuvalu]       20
    Omonoia Nicosia      [Cyprus]       20
    Panathinaďkos        [Greece]       20
    Slovan Bratislava    [CSSR/CSFR/SR] 20  [2]
    Újpesti TE           [Hungary]      20
    Valur                [Iceland]      20
    
    Ba                   [Fiji]         19
    Club Colonial        [Martinique]   19
    Fenerbahçe           [Turkey]       19
    Galatasaray          [Turkey]       19
    Harlem United        [Dominica]     19
    Hearts of Oak        [Ghana]        19
    Loto Ha'apai FC      [Tonga]        19
    Al-Merreikh          [Sudan]        19
    S.U.B.T.             [Curaçao]      19
    Transvaal            [Surinam]      19
    Victory              [Maldives]     19
    Young Africans       [Tanzania]     19
    
    Dinamo Bucuresti     [Romania]      18
    Dinamo Tiranë        [Albania]      18
    Fram                 [Iceland]      18
    ÍA (Akranes)         [Iceland]      18
    IFK Göteborg         [Sweden]       18
    Internazionale       [Italy]        18
    Libertad             [Paraguay]     18
    Liverpool            [England]      18
    Malmö FF             [Sweden]       18
    Milan                [Italy]        18
    SC Simba             [Tanzania]     18  [17]
    Sporting CP          [Portugal]     18  [12]
    Stade Malien         [Mali]         18
    Taipower             [Taiwan]       18
    Vital'ô              [Burundi]      18
    
    Africa Sports        [Ivory Coast]  17
    FC Basel             [Switzerland]  17
    Deportivo FAS        [El Salvador]  17
    Dinamo Tbilisi       [SU/Georgia]   17
    KÍ                   [Faroe Isl.]   17
    Racing Club          [Argentina]    17  [4]
    Scholars Int'l       [Cayman Isl.]  17
    Servette             [Switzerland]  17
    Shamrock Rovers      [Ireland]      17
    Universidad de Chile [Chile]        17
    
    América              [Mexico]       16  [10]
    Al-Arabi             [Kuwait]       16
    Club Franciscain     [Martinique]   16
    Golden Star          [Martinique]   16
    Hafia FC             [Guinea]       16
    Al-Ittihad (Tripoli) [Libya]        16
    Newtown United FC    [St.Kitts/N.]  16
    Al-Qadisiya          [Kuwait]       16
    JS Saint-Pierroise   [Réunion]      16
    Slavia Praha         [CSSR/CSFR/CR] 16  [2]
    SS Saint-Louisienne  [Réunion]      16
    Sporting Cristal     [Peru]         16
    SC Villa             [Uganda]       16  [includes Nakivubo Villa SC]
    Wallidan             [Gambia]       16  
    
    CD Águila            [El Salvador]  15
    Çetinkaya TSK        [North Cyprus] 15  [18]
    Dakota               [Aruba]        15
    CD Elá Nguema        [Eq. Guinea]   15
    Espańa               [Mexico]       15
    Hajduk Split         [Yug./Croatia] 15  [14]
    KB                   [Denmark]      15
    Partizani Tiranë     [Albania]      15
    Petro Atlético (L)   [Angola]       15
    Tafea FC             [Vanuatu]      15  [21]
    Wales                [Barbados]     15
    
    APR                  [Rwanda]       14
    Atlético Nacional    [Colombia]     14
    Barcelona            [Ecuador]      14
    Belfast Celtic       [N. Ireland]   14
    Feyenoord            [Netherlands]  14
    GOR Mahia            [Kenya]        14
    Górnik Zabrze        [Poland]       14
    JS Kabylie           [Algeria]      14
    Millonarios          [Colombia]     14
    örgryte IS           [Sweden]       14
    Ruch Chorzów         [Poland]       14  [9]
    Skonto Riga          [Latvia]       14
    Titikaveka FC        [Cook Islands] 14
    TP Mazembe           [Congo-Kinsh.] 14
    
    América (Cali)       [Colombia]     13
    Anorthosis Famagusta [Cyprus]       13
    Al-Ansar             [Lebanon]      13
    Arsenal              [England]      13
    ASFA-Yennenga        [Burkina Faso] 13
    FC Brugge            [Belgium]      13 
    Cotonsport de Garoua [Cameroon]     13
    FC Dodo              [Mauritius]    13
    El Nacional          [Ecuador]      13
    Empire (Gray's Farm) [Antigua/Bar.] 13
    Etoile Filante       [Burkina Faso] 13
    Fire Brigade SC      [Mauritius]    13
    Al-Hilal             [Saudi Arabia] 13
    Independiente        [Argentina]    13  [4]
    Invincible XI        [Liberia]      13
    Jong Holland         [Curaçao]      13
    Kispest-Honvéd       [Hungary]      13
    Maple                [Trinidad/T.]  13
    Mighty Barolle       [Liberia]      13
    Real Estelí          [Nicaragua]    13
    Royal Thai Air Force [Thailand]     13  [20]
    Al-Sadd              [Qatar]        13
    Sahel SC             [Niger]        13  [16]
    Saint Louis          [Seychelles]   13
    Shelbourne           [Ireland]      13
    Sheriff Tiraspol     [Moldova]      13
    Sporting CB          [Guin.-Bissau] 13
    The Strongest        [Bolivia]      13
    Villa Clara          [Cuba]         13
    Al-Wahdat            [Jordan]       13
    Wisla Kraków         [Poland]       13
    
    AFC Leopards         [Kenya]        12
    Bangkok Bank         [Thailand]     12
    Dragons de l'Ouémé   [Benin]        12
    CSKA Moskva          [SU/Russia]    12
    Estrella             [Aruba]        12
    FAR Rabat            [Morocco]      12
    Horoya AC            [Guinea]       12
    Al-Jaish             [Syria]        12
    Junior Stars         [Saint-Martin] 12
    AS Kaloum Star       [Guinea]       12
    Maccabi Haifa        [Israel]       12
    Maribor              [Slovenia]     12
    Mbabane Highlanders  [Swaziland]    12
    Motagua              [Honduras]     12
    DC Motema Pembe      [Congo-Kinsh.] 12
    Nkana FC             [Zambia]       12
    IFK Norrköping       [Sweden]       12
    Olympic FC           [Niger]        12  [16]
    Real de Banjul       [Gambia]       12 
    Saint Michel United  [Seychelles]   12
    Saunders SC          [Sri Lanka]    12
    Tauro                [Panama]       12
    Township Rollers     [Botswana]     12
    AS Vita Club         [Congo-Kinsh.] 12
    WAC Casablanca       [Morocco]      12
    Al-Zawraa            [Iraq]         12
    FC Zürich            [Switzerland]  12
    
    Al-Ain               [UAE]          11
    Abahani KC           [Bangladesh]   11  [7]
    AEK                  [Greece]       11
    Al-Ahly (Tripoli)    [Libya]        11
    AIK                  [Sweden]       11
    BATE Barysau         [Belarus]      11
    Besiktas             [Turkey]       11
    Bohemians            [Ireland]      11
    Bullets              [Malawi]       11
    Caracas FC           [Venezuela]    11
    Casual               [Trinidad/T.]  11
    Diaraf               [Senegal]      11
    Dinamo Moskva        [SU]           11
    Djurgĺrdens IF       [Sweden]       11
    Dukla Praha          [CSSR]         11      
    East End Lions       [Sierra Leone] 11  
    Emelec               [Ecuador]      11
    Etoile du Congo      [Congo]        11
    F91 Dudelange        [Luxembourg]   11
    Geylang United       [Singapore]    11  [includes Geylang International]
    Guadalajara          [Mexico]       11
    Hapoel Tel-Aviv      [Israel]       11
    Jong Colombia        [D. Antilles]  11
    Jong Colombia        [Curaçao]      11
    Jorge Wilstermann    [Bolivia]      11
    Kaizer Chiefs        [South Africa] 11  [19]
    Al-Kuwait SC         [Kuwait]       11
    Mechal               [Ethiopia]     11  [includes Army]
    Racing Club Haďtien  [Haiti]        11 [15]
    Raja Casablanca      [Morocco]      11
    Real Espańa          [Honduras]     11
    Riffa                [Bahrain]      11
    SAFFC                [Singapore]    11
    San Lorenzo          [Argentina]    11  [4]
    Spora Luxembourg     [Luxembourg]   11  [11]
    Tupapa Maraerenga    [Cook Islands] 11
    Union Luxembourg     [Luxembourg]   11  [includes US Hollerich]
    Union St. Gilles     [Belgium]      11
    Young Boys           [Switzerland]  11
    Zamalek              [Egypt]        11
    
    Alumni               [Argentina]    10  [4]
    Árabe Unido          [Panama]       10
    Atlético de Madrid   [Spain]        10
    B36                  [Faroe Isl.]   10
    B-67                 [Greenland]    10
    B 93                 [Denmark]      10
    Bohemian Club        [Philippines]  10
    Brřndby IF           [Denmark]      10
    Canon de Yaoundé     [Cameroon]     10
    Club Africain        [Tunisia]      10
    Dundalk              [Ireland]      10
    BFC Dynamo           [East Germany] 10
    FC 105               [Gabon]        10
    ASC Le Geldar        [Fr. Guyana]   10
    Guaraní              [Paraguay]     10
    Hibernians           [Malta]        10
    Jeanne d'Arc         [Senegal]      10
    Kampala City Council [Uganda]       10
    FC Křbenhavn         [Denmark]      10
    LDU de Quito         [Ecuador]      10
    Legia Warszawa       [Poland]       10
    Luis Ángel Firpo     [El Salvador]  10
    Mighty Blackpool     [Sierra Leone] 10
    CS Mindelense        [Cape Verde]   10
    Nagdlúnguaq          [Greenland]    10
    Pakhtakor Tashkent   [Uzbekistan]   10
    Pyunik Yerevan       [Armenia]      10
    AS Saint Etienne     [France]       10 
    Sčmassi de Sokodé    [Togo]         10 
    Stade Dudelange      [Luxembourg]   10
    US Stade Tamponnaise [Réunion]      10
    Standard (Ličge)     [Belgium]      10
    FC Tirol Innsbruck   [Austria]      10  [includes Wacker]
    Toluca               [Mexico]       10
    Tusker FC            [Kenya]        10  [includes Kenya Breweries]
    Universidad Católica [Chile]        10
    
    

    Notes

    
     [1] In 1986, Nacional won the league one point ahead of Peńarol.  Because
         of a conflict with the Uruguayan FA, Peńarol had lost two points in the
         beginning of the championship; Nacional and Peńarol thereupon played a
         deciding match for the championship, won by Peńarol on penalties.  That
         championship is here counted for Peńarol.  Around the introduction of
         professionalism, Uruguayan football was split into two federations, the
         AUF and FUF, for two seasons before the two were unified.  As in similar
         cases for Argentina (see [4]) we include all relevant championships.  The
         total for Peńarol includes titles won by C.U.R.C.C..
         For more detailed info, check the file on Uruguayan champions.
    
     [2] These totals include Czechoslovak, Czech and Slovak titles since 1925. 
         Sparta won 19 Czechoslovak and 14 Czech titles; Slavia won 9 Czechoslovak
         and 7 Czech titles; Slovan won 8 Czechoslovak and 12 Slovak titles.
    
     [3] This includes Rapid's German title of 1941, along with their 32 Austrian
         titles.
    
     [4] Does not include titles from the Campeonato Nacional 1967-1985.
         Argentine football went through several schisms.  From 1912 to 1914 teams
         were divided in the Asociación and the Federación; from 1919 to 1926 in the
         Asociación Argentina and the Asociación Amateur; and from 1931 to 1934
         in the Asociación and the Liga.  These are all included.  Alumni's total 
         includes the title won as English High School.
         For more detailed info, check the file on Argentine champions.
    
     [5] Includes the 1984/85 title originally awarded to Trakija (now Botev)
         Plovdiv but returned to Levski in 1990.
    
     [6] Dinamo Kyiv won 13 Soviet Union championships and 13 Ukrainian ones.
    
     [7] Bangladesh totals include Dhaka League wins (prior to the existence
         of a national championship).
    
     [8] This includes the two titles Alianza won in 1918 and 1919 under their
         former name of Sport Alianza in the Liga Peruana.
    
     [9] Includes the 1951 title, which was won by virtue of the win of the
         inaugural Polish Cup, and in spite of the fact that Wisla Kraków won
         the league, in which Ruch only finished sixth.
    
    [10] Includes Prode 85 title.
    
    [11] Spora is the result of a merger between Sporting Club and Racing Club;
         in addition to the 11 championships of the merger club, Sporting won 2
         and Racing 1.
    
    [12] Portuguese championship includes the experimental Campeonato de Liga 
         1934-1938 and the official Campeonato de Liga from 1938/39 onwards but not 
         the Campeonato de Portugal 1921-1938 which as a knock-out tournament can be
         considered a predecessor of the current Taça de Portugal (since 1938).
    
    [13] Note that the Hongkong FA only recognises the 32 titles South China won
         after the reconstruction of the FA in 1945; 'our' total includes the
         9 pre-war titles, including that of 1938 won by South China 'B'. 
    
    [14] Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split now are in the Croatian league after 
         Yugoslavia broke up.  Dinamo Zagreb won 4 Yugoslav and 16 Croatian 
         championships; the championships of Gradjanski Zagreb (5 in Yugoslavia 
         before World War II and 1 in Croatia during the war) and HASK Zagreb
         (1 in Yugoslavia before World War II) are not added to their record
         as the actual connection of either club to the current one (officially
         formed in 1945, when both Gradjanski and HASK had already been dissolved)
         is debatable. Hajduk Split won 9 Yugoslav and 6 Croatian championships
         (not including 2 Croatian championships in 1941 and 1946, which were  
         won in a regional league serving to qualify clubs for the Yugoslav
         championship, which eventually did not take place in either season).
    
    [15] Includes Clôture 2002 as apparently no play-off took place.
    
    [16] Olympic's record includes Secteur 6, Sahel's includes Secteur 7.
    
    [17] Simba's record includes Dar Sunderland; the 18 titles include 13 won in
         Tanzania's Union League (between Mainland and Island leagues) and 5 in
         the Mainland League since 2003 (as no Union League champions have been
         crowned after 2002).
    
    [18] Çetinkaya's record includes one title won in Cyprus before split.
    
    [19] South African records include the NPSL 1971-1984 and the NSL/PSL 
        since the 1985 season.
    
    [20] This includes their title shared with Bangkok Bank in 1967.
    
    [21] Tafea FC's titles were all won in the Port Vila Lik; in 2008 a
        'national' competition called VFF Bred Cup Tournament was introduced to
        determine Vanuatu's participants in the OFC Champions Cup but most
        teams entering in that competition appear to be regional selections
        set up on an ad hoc basis rather than traditional club teams.
    
    

    Negative Champions

    In the Swedish Championship of 1998, the champions, AIK scored fewer goals than all other 13 teams: 25 in 26 matches (average 0.962).

    While this was, as far as is known, unique up to the 2009/10 season (see the story on Aduana Stars below), it is not the lowest number of goals per game for a championship winning side. In Europe, that 'honour' probably goes to Trabzonspor K, who won the 1979/80 Turkish championship by scoring a mere 25 goals in 30 matches (an average of 0.833; only 3 of the other 16 clubs did worse).

    While Trabzonspor may hold the European record, the world record was probably set by Aduana Stars, who won the 2009/10 Ghanaian league by scoring only 19 goals in 30 matches, an average of 0.633 - by far the worst scoring record of any side in the 16-team league (the next lowest scoring club were Bechem Chelsea with 26; relegated side Eleven Wise scored twice as many as the champions). Another curiosity of Aduana's title was that they were a newly promoted club, making their debut season; they were the first such club to win the championship in Ghana.

    Trabzonspor's record was marginally worse than that of 2000/01 Senegal champions Jeanne d'Arc, who scored 22 goals in 26 matches (an average of 0.846). However, unlike AIK, Trabzonspor and Aduana Stars, they were among the most prolific sides in the league; only ASC Ndiambour scored one more goal (and ASC Diaraf also had 22) in a league in which all clubs scored less than one goal a match and all clubs conceded less than one goal per match (the worst defence being that of relegated Casa Sport who conceded 25 goals in their 26 outings). With only 221 goals scored in 182 matches, an average of 1.214 goals per match, presumed to be a world record low for a truly national league, the 2000/01 edition of the Senegalese championship set rather unenviable standards in negative football, although the 1991/92 season (in which 301 goals were scored in 240 matches, an average of 1.254) saw a champion, ASC Ndiambour, with an even lower number of goals (20, and that in 30 matches, an average of 0.667 (presumably the world record low for a championship winning team until Aduana Stars came along) - 6 from the 15 other clubs scored more, but only Diaraf (31 goals) managed an average above one).
    However, it should be mentioned that the 1991 Calcutta League, with 107 goals in 90 matches (an average of 1.189 goals per match) did even better defensively (seventy percent of the clubs scored less than half a goal per match and the top-2 teams together conceded only 1 goal in their 36 matches); as there was no national league championship in India at the time and the Calcutta league traditionally was considered to be the strongest of the country, one might discharge the West Africans.

    Due to the rather irrational format of the competition, Coritiba FC won the Brazilian championship of 1985 by scoring 25 goals in 29 matches, and conceding 27 - one of only six known cases of a national champion with a negative goal difference. They did win more matches than they lost (12 wins, 7 draws, 10 losses) but the number of goals they scored per match (0.862) was worse than that of all but 5 of the 43 other participating clubs.

    Al-Rayyan is another known team to win its national championship with a negative goal difference: in the 1983/84 Qatar league, they managed to win 7 (and draw 2) of their 12 matches by scoring 15 goals - and conceding 18, most of those undoubtedly in their 3 defeats.

    Walter Ferreti won the 2000/01 Nicaraguan championship, which was played in three stages. The first was a double round robin between 10 teams, of which the top-5 qualified for the second stage. Walter Ferreti finished 5th with 7 wins, 5 draws, 6 losses and a goal record of 30 scored and 27 conceded. The top-5 then played another double round robin, in which Walter Ferreti only managed 2 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, scoring 7 goals and conceding 17. However, that gave them 4th place (FC San Marcos doing even worse), which was enough to enter the knock-out semi-finals - in spite of their overall record (by then) of 9 wins, 7 draws, 10 losses, 37 goals scored and 44 conceded. There they eliminated second stage winners Jalapa with a 3-1 home win after drawing 0-0 away, and in the final they managed two 0-0 draws against first stage winners (and second stage runners-up) Diriangén before winning the necessary penalty shoot-out 5-3 and crowning themselves national champions - with a total record of 10 wins, 10 draws, 10 losses, 40 goals scored and 45 conceded!

    However, the worst ever national league champions must be POSCO Atoms, champions of South Korea 1986. After winning the first stage with 3 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss from 10 matches (9 goals scored, 5 conceded), they finished 5th from 6 in the second stage with 2 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses (9 goals scored, 18 conceded). They nevertheless had qualified for the championship play-off against second stage winners Lucky Goldstar Hwangso (who had been close runners-up in the first stage), won the first leg 1-0 and drew the second 1-1 to claim the league title with an overall record of 22 matches, 6 wins, 9 draws, 7 losses, 20 goals scored and 24 conceded!

    But POSCO were run close by CD Plaza Amador in Panama 2005, where they won the Torneo ANAPROF with an overall season record of 13 wins, 11 draws and 14 losses, 51 goals scored and 55 conceded. Plaza Amador had won the Apertura after finishing fourth in its regular stage (8 wins, 6 draws, 4 losses, 28-19 goals) and then winning their semifinal against Tauro (1-0 on aggregate) and the final against Árabe Unido 3-1. In the Clausura they completely lost the plot, finishing 9th and last with 2 wins, 4 draws and 10 losses (17-35 goals). But Clausura champions San Francisco, who had also been the best team overall, succumbed 0-2 in the Superfinal... (To illustrate their 'negative' season, Plaza Amador received 9 yellow cards (two players receiving two and so a red) and 1 direct red card during the championship final.)

    Finally, Taipower won the championship of Taiwan 2007 conceding 11 goals and scoring only 9 in their six matches: they lost only once, but then heavily, 0-5 to Fubon, while all their three wins were by a single goal.

    To summarise the 6 'negative' champions:

    Outscored Champions
    
    Country     Season   Champions      Pd  W  D  L  F-A Pts
    
    Qatar       1983/84  Al-Rayyan      12  7  2  3 15-18 16
    Brazil      1985     Coritiba       29 12  7 10 25-27 31
    South Korea 1986     POSCO Atoms    22  6  9  7 20-24 21
    Nicaragua   2000/01  Walter Ferreti 30 10 10 10 40-45 40
    Panama      2005     Plaza Amador   38 13 11 14 51-55 50
    Taiwan      2007     Taipower        6  3  2  1  9-11 11
    
    Outmatched Champions
    
    Country     Season   Champions      Pd  W  D  L  F-A Pts
    
    South Korea 1986     POSCO Atoms    22  6  9  7 20-24 21
    Panama      2005     Plaza Amador   38 13 11 14 51-55 50
    

    At the other end of the table, Manchester City managed something remarkably dual to AIK's and Aduana's achievement: while scoring most goals (80) of all 22 teams in the 1937/38 English Championship, they finished 21st and were relegated with a positive goal difference (80-77). What made this even more striking was that they were defending champions when relegated.

    See for the best defensive performances in European leagues.


    New Names on the Trophy

    In many countries, the same old teams keep winning championships, often several on a string, as documented above.

    It is less often that every year another team wins the title. The longest series of seasons in which no club won the title twice are listed below. Series with the seasons indicated in italics involved no two teams from the same town; series with the country in italics are running.

    
    11 Indonesia    1991/92-2003     (1991/92 Arseto, 1992/93 Arema, 1993/94 Pelita 
                                      Jaya, 1994/95 Persib, 1995/96 Mastrans Bandung
                                      Raya, 1996/97 Persebaya, 1997/98 not awarded,
                                      1998/99 PSIS, 1999/00 PSM, 2001 Persija, 2002
                                      Petrokimia Putra, 2003 Persik)
     
    11 Netherlands  1942/43-1953/54  (1942/43 ADO, 1943/44 De Volewijckers, 1944/45
                                      not held, 1945/46 Haarlem, 1946/47 Ajax,
                                      1947/48 BVV, 1948/49 SVV, 1949/50 Limburgia,
                                      1950/51 PSV, 1951/52 Willem II, 1952/53 RCH,
                                      1953/54 Eindhoven)
    
     9 Ethiopia     1973-   1981     (1973 Asmara, 1974 Embassoyra, 1975 St. George,
                                      1976 Mechal, 1977 Medr Babur, 1978 Ogaden
                                      Anbassa, 1979 Omedla, 1980 Tegl Fre, 1981
                                      Ermejachen)
    
     9 Netherlands  1918/19-1926/27  (1918/19 Ajax, 1919/20 Be Quick (Groningen),
                                      1920/21 NAC, 1921/22 Go Ahead, 1922/23 RCH,
                                      1923/24 Feijenoord, 1924/25 HBS, 1925/26
                                      SC Enschede, 1926/27 Heracles)
    
     9 Switzerland  1912/13-1920/21  (1912/13 Montriond Lausanne, 1913/14 FC Aarau,
                                      1914/15 Brühl Sankt Gallen, 1915/16 Cantonal
                                      Neuchâtel, 1916/17 FC Winterthur, 1917/18
                                      Servette FC, 1918/19 Etoile La Chaux-de-Fonds,
                                      1919/20 BSC Young Boys, 1920/21 Grasshoppers)
    
     8 Algeria      1992/93-1999/00  (1992/93 MC Oran, 1993/94 US Chaouia, 1994/95
                                      JS Kabylie, 1995/96 USM Alger, 1996/97 CS
                                      Constantine, 1997/98 USM El Harrach, 1998/99
                                      MC Alger, 1999/00 CR Belouizdad)
    
     8 Argentina    2006 Ap-2010 Cl  (2006 Ap Estudiantes, 2007 Cl San Lorenzo, 2007 Ap
                                      Lanús, 2008 Cl River Plate, 2008 Ap Boca Juniors,
                                      2009 Cl Vélez Sarsfield, 2009 Ap Banfield, 2010 Cl
                                      Argentinos Juniors)
                                    
     8 Argentina    2007 Cl-2010 Ap  (2007 Cl San Lorenzo, 2007 Ap Lanús, 2008 Cl River
                                      Plate, 2008 Ap Boca Juniors, 2009 Cl Vélez Sarsfield,
                                      2009 Ap Banfield, 2010 Cl Argentinos Juniors, 
                                      2010 Ap Estudiantes)
                                    
     8 Brazil       1983   -1990     (1983 Flamengo, 1984 Fluminense, 1985 Coritiba,
                                      1986 São Paulo, 1987 Sport Recife [1], 1988
                                      Bahia, 1989 Vasco da Gama, 1990 Corinthians)
    
     8 Colombia     2003 Ap-2006 Fi  (2003 Ap Once Caldas, 2003 Fi Tolima, 2004 Ap
                                      Medellín, 2004 Fi Junior, 2005 Ap Nacional,
                                      2005 Fi Cali, 2006 Ap Pasto, 2006 Fi Cúcuta)
    
     8 Laos         2006   -2014     (2006 Vientiane FC, 2007 Lao-American College FC,
                                      2008 Lao Army FC, 2009 not hled, 2010 Banks,
                                      2011 Ministry of Public Works and Transport,
                                      2012 Lao Police FC, 2013 SHB Champasak FC,
                                      2014 Hoang Anh Attapeu FC)
    
     8 Mexico       2010 Cl-2013 Ap  (2010 Cl Toluca, 2010 Ap Monterrey, 2011 Cl Pumas,
                                      2011 Ap Tigres, 2012 Cl Santos, 2012 Ap Tijuana,
                                      2013 Cl América, 2013 Ap León)
    
     8 West Germany 1962/63-1969/70  (1962/63 Borussia Dortmund, 1963/64 1.FC Köln,
                                      1964/65 Werder Bremen, 1965/66 1860 München,
                                      1966/67 Eintracht Braunschweig, 1967/68 1.FC
                                      Nürnberg, 1968/69 Bayern München, 1969/70
                                      Borussia Mönchengladbach)
    
     7 Bolivia      2005 Ap-2008 Cl  (2005 Ap Blooming, 2006 Ap Bolívar,
                                      2006 Cl Jorge Wilstermann, 2007 Ap Real Potosí,
                                      2007 Cl San José, 2008 Ap Universitario Sucre,
                                      2008 Cl Aurora)
    
     7 Botswana     2003   -2008/09  (2003 Mogoditshane Fighters, 2003/04 BDF XI,
                                      2004/05 Township Rollers, 2005/06 Police XI,
                                      2006/07 ECCO City Greens, 2007/08 Mochudi Centre
                                      Chiefs, 2008/09 Gaborone United)
    
     7 Brazil       1987   -1993     (1987 Sport Recife [1], 1988 Bahia, 1989 Vasco 
                                      da Gama, 1990 Corinthians, 1991 São Paulo,
                                      1992 Flamengo, 1993 Palmeiras)
    
     7 Comoros      2008   -2014     (2008 Etoile d'Or, 2009 Apaches Club,
                                      2010 Elan Club, 2011 Coin Nord, 2012 Djabal FC,
                                      2013 Komorozine, 2014 Fomboni Club)
    
     7 Denmark      1973   -1979     (1973 Hvidovre IF, 1974 KB, 1975 Køge Boldklub,
                                      1976 B 1903, 1977 OB, 1978 Vejle B, 1979
                                      Esbjerg fB)
    
     7 England      1958/59-1964/65  (1958/59 Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1959/60
                                      Burnley, 1960/61 Tottenham Hotspur, 1961/62
                                      Ipswich Town, 1962/63 Everton, 1963/64
                                      Liverpool, 1964/65 Manchester United)
    
     7 England      1966/67-1972/73  (1966/67 Manchester United, 1967/68 Manchester
                                      City, 1968/69 Leeds United, 1969/70 Everton,
                                      1970/71 Arsenal, 1971/72 Derby County, 
                                      1972/73 Liverpool)
    
     7 France       1991/92-1998/99  (1991/92 Olympique Marseille, 1992/93 not
                                      awarded, 1993/94 Paris SG, 1994/95 Nantes,
                                      1995/96 Auxerre, 1996/97 Monaco, 1997/98 Lens,
                                      1998/99 Girondins de Bordeaux)
    
     7 Guadeloupe   2002/03-2008/09  (2002/03 Phare, 2003/04 Racing Club, 2004/05
                                      AS Gosier, 2005/06 JSVH, 2006/07 Etoile,
                                      2007/08 Evolucas, 2008/09 CS Moulien)
    
     7 Indonesia    1998/99-2005     (1998/99 PSIS, 1999/00 PSM, 2001 Persija,
                                      2002 Petrokimia Putra, 2003 Persik,
                                      2004 Persebaya, 2005 Persipura)
    
     7 Jamaica      1994/95-2000/01  (1994/95 Reno, 1995/96 Violet Kickers, 
                                      1996/97 Seba United, 1997/98 Waterhouse,
                                      1998/99 Tivoli Gardens, 1999/00 Harbour View,
                                      2000/01 Arnett Gardens)
    
     7 Mexico       1988/89-1994/95  (1988/89 América, 1989/90 Puebla, 1990/91 UNAM,
                                      1991/92 León, 1992/93 Atlante, 1993/94 UAG,
                                      1994/95 Necaxa)
    
     7 Morocco      1968/69-1974/75  (1968/69 WAC Casablanca, 1969/70 FAR Rabat,
                                      1970/71 RS Settat, 1971/72 ASM Casablanca,
                                      1972/73 KAC Kénitra, 1973/74 Raja Béni Mellal,
                                      1974/75 MC Oujda)
    
     7 Namibia      1987   -1993     (1987 Benfica, 1988 Blue Waters, 1989 Black
                                      Africans, 1990 Orlando Pirates, 1991 Eleven
                                      Arrows, 1992 Ramblers, 1993 Chief Santos)
    
     7 Nigeria      1991   -1997     (1991 Julius Berger, 1992 Stationery Stores,
                                      1993 Iwuanyanwu, 1994 BCC Lions, 1995 Shooting
                                      Stars, 1996 Udoji United, 1997 Eagle Cement)
    
     7 Senegal      2008   -2013/14  (2008 AS Douanes, 2009 ASC La Lingučre,
                                      2010 ASC Jaraaf, 2011 US Ouakam, 2011/12 Casa
                                      Sports, 2012/13 Diambars, 2013/14 AS Pikine)
    
     7 Sweden       2005   -2011     (2005 Djurgĺrdens IF, 2006 IF Elfsborg, 
                                      2007 IFK Göteborg, 2008 Kalmar FF, 2009 AIK,
                                      2010 Malmö FF, 2011 Helsingborgs IF)
    
     7 Turks/Caicos 2005/06-2011/12  (2005/06 Cost Right FC, 2006/07 Beaches FC,
                                      2007/08 PWC Athletic, 2008/09 Digi FC, 2009/10
                                      AFC Academy, 2010/11 Provopool FC, 2011/12
                                      Cheshire Hall) [PWC Athletic won 2004/05 under
                                      their former name KPMG United]
    
     7 Vietnam      1985   -1992     (1985 Cong Nghiep Ham Nam Ninh, 1986 Cang
                                      Saigon, 1987 Cau Lac Bo Quan Doi, 1988 Cong
                                      An Hanoi, 1989 Dong Thap, 1990 not awarded,
                                      1991 Hai Quan Than Po Ho Chi Minh, 1992 Quang
                                      Nam Danang)
    
    [1] Sport Recife were officially declared champions in 1987, though most
        Brazilian publications consider Flamengo to be the "actual" champions;
        see the file on Brazilian champions.
    

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