Mon 27 March 2023 | 13:11

The most footy obsessed cities in the world

In this guide, we’re running through some of the cities in the world that are obsessed with football. Footy is undeniably the most watched sport in the world, and there are plenty of locations all over the world where football is more than just a game, it is a way of life.

The whole weekend may revolve around football, from meeting your friends before the game to

checking the latest football odds

and placing bets, through to visiting the stadium, watching the game and enjoying the highlights of other games afterwards. People can base a lot of their time around football, whether that involves playing or watching.


Milan has two huge clubs, in addition to a number of smaller clubs. AC and Inter Milan have over 30 Italian titles between them and there is a lot of competition between the two teams. Their rivalry is called the Derby della Madonnina and it is always a huge occasion when they play each other.

Interestingly, in a virtually unique scenario, the two biggest clubs in Milan share a stadium, San Siro, which has an 80,000 capacity and is quite a sight when packed out on a matchday.

The Italians are known for their passion and this fierce rivalry is a perfect example of how much they care about football. The city has given us stars like

Paolo Maldini

and some amazing teams throughout the history of the sport.


The Manchester football scene is an interesting one. Dominated by Manchester United for so many years, it is Manchester City who dominate the city these days. Their impressive team has become one of the most decorated teams in Premier League history with stars such as Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva becoming club legends.

Manchester City were once nicknamed the “noisy neighbors” by their Manchester United counterparts. Both stadiums regularly welcome capacity crowds and it is not unusual for hundreds of thousands of people in the area to spend their weekends watching football, especially when you consider the fact that in the nearby area there are other well-supported clubs such as Bolton, Oldham and Rochdale.

Manchester is one of the cities that the world associates with football thanks to some of the most iconic and successful teams, such as the “

Busby Babes

of the 1950s.

Rio De Janeiro

We couldn’t create this list without including a Brazilian city. Rio is undeniably the most popular place in the country to watch football and is home to five different big football clubs, all of which have their own rivalries. Those clubs include Vasco da Gama, Botafogo, Fluminense, Flamengo and América Football Club.

Between them, these clubs have created several footballing legends, such as Roberto Carlos, Romario, Garrincha, and many more. The fiery atmosphere at the stadiums is one of the main reasons this city makes it to our list.

The iconic Maracana stadium in the city officially had a crazy attendance of over 150,000 fans in 1984 as Flamengo and Santos played the league final.


Glasgow is another city that is hugely passionate about the sport. Rangers and Celtic have one of the most famous rivalries in the world and the two teams tend to battle it out for the Scottish title every single year.

Glaswegians come out in their thousands. In fact, over 50,000 fans can fit in each of the stadiums, making them two of the most amazing places to watch the sport.


Around Spain and neighboring Portugal, there are many different places that could easily be named as some of the most football obsessed cities in the world, but Madrid is the top one to make our list. In addition to being home to Real Madrid, one of the most famous teams in the world, it is also home to Atletico Madrid as well as Getafe and Leganés.

Football is a huge part of life in Madrid and its surrounding areas, and just walking around the city you will see flags, sports bars and merchandise. On matchday, the atmosphere is incredible.

Notable mentions

Football is loved all over the world, so there are many different places that could have made this list. London has several huge clubs, and Barcelona is one of the most iconic places when it comes to sports, including football. Istanbul, Cairo and Buenos Aires are all among the cities where football is about far more than just something to watch on the weekend, it is a great source of pride and sometimes even pain!

source: SportMob

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