Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Barcelona has second most socios in the world

Portuguese football finances website Futebol Finance has drawn up a list of football clubs that have the most members:

1. Benfica 171.000
2. FC Barcelona 163.000
3. Manchester United 151.000
4. Bayern Munich 146.000
5. Porto 115.000
6. Internacional Porto Alegre 100.000
7. Sporting Lisbon 96.000
8. Real Madrid 92.000
9. River Plate 82.000
10. Schalke 72.000

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Benfica? How is this possible?

Random Juve Fan said...

How does Benfica have the most members? Kind of surprising..To be honest I thought that clubs would have more members than 171 000, given popularity of football. Disappointing that Juventus isnt there however =(. FORZA JUVE!!!
ps i just started my own blog and would really appreciate some constructive criticism about format writing style etc. It is a football blog that would focus mostly on Juventus and Barcelona. Thankyou

Anonymous said...

It's not the number of registered fans... It's the number of registered SOCIOS. I started being a full-fledged Cule only very recently... to be precise after CL semi vs Man Utd :) So I might be wrong though

Anonymous said...

That list is kind of pointless since the "socios" in most of the clubs are not really the owners of the club at all, which Barcelona and Real Madrid are. Benfica has always been famous about having a lot of fans so that is not so suprising.

marko said...

I'm a socio and my number is 174K. This data is old...

Anonymous said...

on september 21 2006. Xavieras Cambra annonced that that Barcelona have 151 127 socios. on that moment that was most socios in the world.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't socio mean the one who has some kind of share in the club?

mariop said...

the socios is the number of persons who have the wright to vote for the president election, and they can dismiss him from his positon.
Furthermore they have some advantage in having match tickets with a lower prices and seats, and many other services

JR said...

socios are not just the ones that have the right to vote. In Manchester United for instance, there is no such thing as a president that is voted by the socios.

Socios are the club members, those that pay a yearly fee to get a membership card and get a number of advantages because of that. In a club where the president is voted for by fans, these members are the ones that can cast their vote.

Sandvik said...

I'm surprised that it's so many clubs form Portugal on the list.

mariop said...

it's true JR because the english team are owned by Businessmen and millioners.i provided info to cover all the services that a socio have even the voting is part of services offered to the socios

Adam said...

Could someone explain the difference between socios and members? If you belong to a penye are you a socio or just an official member?

Anonymous said...

did you noticed that it's Portuguese football finances website. so i think that's why so many portuguese teams

Anurag said...

any idea how to become a socio? a link or something? thanks

Anonymous said...

This is all relative anyway… does anyone know the fee to become a Benfica member? I know for Barcelona it’s about $200.00 USD per year… these numbers mean nothing is you can be a Benfica socio for $20…

crd said...

https://altes.fcbarcelona.com/en/default.asp

Sanur said...

Surely tgese stats are wrong. I cannot possibly imagine anyother club regardless of past history having more Socios than Barca. I have been a Socio for nrealy 5 years and way back then I heard we had about 140,000 Socios.

E said...

HAHAHAHAA!!!! Madrid socio's cant even fill our stadium...Wahhahahaha!!!

Anonymous said...

i dont think being a socio is going to the website and registering as a member and paying 200 USD, for example. there's gotta be some kind of ownership involved altho i'm not sure how its called (membership? shares?) cos barca is a non profit as far as i know so they wont have stocks like in companies..

xaviniesta

Areign said...

haha portugese website puts tons of portugese teams on the list. rofl.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that's exactly what it is... paying $200.00 USD annually gives me a share in the club with voting rights... Barcelona is a member owned club, as opposed to bank or corporation owned. My Número Soci is 151850... I am a Soci, and it's because I pay dues.

Tiago said...

Benfica sócios pay around 160 euros per year.

Anonymous said...

BENFICA HOW? SOME PEOPLE COMENTING ON HERE ARE REALLY FUNNY LOL!!!! BEFORE COMENTING ON SOMETHING DO SOME RESEARCH AND YOU WILL KNOW WHY BENFICA IS THE BIGGEST CLUB IN THE WORLD WITH PAID UP MEMBERS!! USING GOOGLE IS NOT VERY HARD!! BENFICA 4EVER!!!!

Pinto said...

Benfica has more than 210000 paying members!! Therefore the biggest club in the world!! 17 wins in a row!! unstopable!!

Pinto said...

Benfica has more than 210000 associates!!!Biggest Club in tHe World!!

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