A tournament is a competition involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a sport or game.
Football tournaments are put in place to determine the best clubs, whichever club wins after playing series of matches gets to go home with the tournament trophy, fame, and cash price.
Read on to know the best football tournament of all time:
10.Copa del Rey –
The Spanish domestic Cup is also known as the King’s Cup and is one of the most prestigious competitions in Europe. The competition was founded in 1903, making it the oldest Spanish football competition. It is played by 126 teams and the Copa del Rey winner qualifies for the following season’s UEFA Europa League.
La Liga champions Barcelona are the most successful club so far in the competition, they have won the title 30 times four of which they won consecutively. Athletic Bilbao has the second-most titles in the competition.
The current holders of the title are Valencia after they defeated Barcelona in 2019 final held at Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla.
9.FIFA Confederation Cup –
The FIFA confederation cup was an international football tournament for men’s national teams, held every four years by FIFA. It was contested by the holders of each of the six (AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC, and UEFA) continental championships, along with the current FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation, to bring the number of teams up to eight. The cup was subsequently a vital part of the preparation for global football’s most celebrated tournament and was abolished 2019 after FIFA, the International Federation of Association Football confirmed that the tournament would no longer be active, owing to an enlargement of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2021.
Brazil are the highest holders of the title and the latest FIFA confederation cup is Germany, they defeated Chile 1-0 in the final of the competition.
8.Emirates FA Cup –
The FA Cup is one of the most popular domestic competition in the world. It is organized by and named after The Football Association (The FA) but ever since 2015, it had been known as The Emirates FA Cup after its headline sponsor. It was founded and first played in 1871 making it the oldest national football competition, the FA cup has generated some of the English football’s most memorable moments and to some degree, it is responsible for the current status of Wembley stadium as “The Home Of Football”.
The FA cup has been duplicated having two designs, the winner receives the FA Cup trophy of which there are five actual cups. The winners of the FA Cup have direct entry to participate in the following year Europa league and the FA community shield which is played between the Premier League winners and the FA Cup winners. The current holders of the FA Cup trophy are Manchester City having beaten Watford 6-0 in the 2019 final rounding up their total FA title to six.
The most successful club of the tournaments is Arsenal after winning the trophy on 13 different bases with their former coach Arsene Wenger being the most successful manager of the tournament having won the finals seven times.
7.Africa Cup of Nations –
The Africa Cup Of Nations is authorized by the Confederation Of African Football (CAF) and was founded in 1957. It has been held every two years ever since 1968 and the tournament puts all Africa’s greatest international teams against each other in an irresistible contest for supremacy. The winner of the AFCON at the time of the FIFA confederation cup has the right to participate in the competition in preparation for the FIFA world cup.
In order to expand the total number of participants from 16 to 24, the Africa Cup Of Nations was moved from January to June on the 20th of July 2017.
The most successful side in the AFCON is Egypt with a record of seven title wins although they have been unable to transfer this continental success to the Global stage. Egypt set a new record in the 2010 tournament that was hosted by Angola by winning their third consecutive title in an unprecedented achievement on the African level after defeating Ghana 1–0 in the final, retaining the gold-plated cup indefinitely and extending their record to 7 continental titles.
Algeria became the current holders of the title in the 2019 edition where they defeated Senegal 1-0 in the finals.
6.UEFA Europa League –
Ever since the 2009-10 season, the UEFA Cup was rebranded to be known as the UEFA Europa League. The winners of the trophy would play the UEFA champions league the following season and also the UEFA Super Cup which is between the champions league winner and the Europa League winner.
In 2003, Porto was Europa League Champions. A year later, they lifted the Champions League. This competition is no joke at all.
The UEFA Europa League has been won by 28 different clubs during the years, 13 of which won the title more than once. The most decorated and successful Europa league winners are Sevilla with a record of five titles.
Chelsea became the current Champions of the Europa League after they defeated their rivals Arsenal 4-1 in the final to earn their second title.
5.Copa Libertadores –
Copa Libertadores is an annual international club football competition organized by CONMEBOL since 1960. It is the highest level of competition in South American club football. The competition is equivalent to the UEFA champions league and the trophy is the most coveted prize in South American football club
The Copa Libertadores has been won by 24 different clubs, 13 of them more than once, and six clubs have won two years in a row and the winner of the Copa Libertadores becomes eligible to play in the FIFA Club World Cup and the Recopa Sudamericana.
The most successful clubs of the tournament is the Independiente of Argentina having won the tournament seven times, Flamengo became the latest winners of the Cup when they defeated River Plate in the final of the 2019 edition.
4.Copa America –
Copa America is the oldest existing continental football competition which was founded in 1916 and first held in Argentina to honor the memory of the first century of Argentina’s independence. Ever since 1993, the competition has generally featured 12 teams ten of which are CONMEBOL teams with additional two teams from other confederations. The competition determines the champion of South America.
The most successful country in this tournament is Uruguay with a record of 15 titles and the current Champions of the Copa America is Brazil making it their 9th title.
3.UEFA European Championship –
The UEFA European Championship is the primary association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), determining the continental champion of Europe. It was founded and held in 1958 in France and ever since then has established itself as one of the world’s most exciting competitions.
Ten National teams have won the 15 European championship tournament and are Germany and Spain who has three titles each, France with two titles, and Soviet Union, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, and Portugal who have only one title each.
The latest edition in 2016 hosted by France was won by Portugal who beat the host 1-0 in the final after extra time at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
2.UEFA Champions League –
This is the most glamorous club competition in the world of football and also the most prestigious club competition in European football. It was founded in 1955 with the name European Cup and was rebranded in 1992 to the UEFA Champions League. This competition is where the biggest European clubs compete for supremacy and there is no club competition to match the Champions League. It is played by a total of 79 European teams and the winner of this competition has a spot in the UEFA Super Cup and also the FIFA Club World Cup.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are the most successful clubs in the tournament having won it 13 times including its first five seasons. The Reigning Champions is Liverpool after eliminating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final of the 2019 edition. England has the largest number of winning teams with five clubs having won the trophy.
1.FIFA World Cup –
In the World of Football, there is no greater and prestigious competition than the World Cup.
The World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of the global football governing body (FIFA). The competition is played every four years ever since the foundation in 1930 expect In 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War.
The 21 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight national teams. Brazil has won five times making them the most successful country in the history of the world cup. The Reigning and current Champions of the world cup in France, they defeated Croatia in the final in order to get their second world cup trophy.