Arguably the sporting capital of the world, London has been ranked No. 1 on the list of the best football cities in the world for 2019, according to a new study out by the CEOWORLD magazine, Sao Paulo placed second on the list, followed by Buenos Aires at No. 3. What are the best cities in the world for football fans?

You can’t have a rundown of the world’s greatest football cities without mentioning Britain’s capital city – London. The city has a ridiculous population that ranges past 8 million in the Greater London area, and all these people love one thing: their football.

Six of England’s 20 Premier League clubs are located in the city, and you can tour their stadiums, including the homes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

Bill Shankly, one of the football’s greatest managers, once said: “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.” If you think that’s a far-fetched statement, then you’ve never visited these soccer-mad cities. From the iconic clubs of Madrid and London to the wild derbies of Buenos Aires and Istanbul, here’s where every football (or soccer) fan needs to visit.

Well, the folks at the CEOWORLD magazine looked at data, crunched the numbers, and came up with the definitive list of best football cities around the world for Football lovers.

The 2019 rankings placed Madrid in fourth ahead of Rio de Janeiro into fifth; while Milan ranked sixth, and Porto Alegre seventh.

Overall, among the top 10 cities from across the world that are perfect for football fans, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by Mexico City, Liverpool, and Montevideo.

Barcelona took the No. 11 spot, followed by Manchester (No.12) and Munich (No.13). To identify the best football cities in the world, CEOWORLD magazine reviewed numerous national and international media reports. The report determines the best cities based on 18 metrics, including the number of professional football teams and city size, the division, popularity of the team, and more. More than 312 cities were compared.

Meanwhile, Rome ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best football cities in the world for 2019. Paris came in fifteenth place, followed by Turin (sixteenth), Athens (seventeenth), Dortmund (eighteenth), and Naples, ranked nineteenth.

Out of the 20 best football cities in the world, Istanbul ranked twentieth.

The Best Football Cities In The World For 2019


Rank City Country
1 London UK
2 Sao Paulo Brazil
3 Buenos Aires Argentina
4 Madrid Spain
5 Rio de Janeiro Brazil
6 Milan Italy
7 Porto Alegre Brazil
8 Mexico City Mexico
9 Liverpool UK
10 Montevideo Uruguay
11 Barcelona Spain
12 Manchester UK
13 Munich Germany
14 Rome Italy
15 Paris France
16 Turin Italy
17 Athens Greece
18 Dortmund Germany
19 Naples Italy
20 Istanbul Turkey
21 Lima Peru
22 Guadalajara Mexico
23 Newcastle UK
24 Gelsenkirchen Germany
25 Johannesburg South Africa
26 Moscow Russia
27 Lisbon Portugal
28 Berlin Germany
29 La Paz Bolivia
30 Zagreb Croatia
31 Kolkata India
32 Santiago Chile
33 Rosario Argentina
34 Dublin Ireland
35 Hamburg Germany
36 Amsterdam Netherlands
37 Seville Spain
38 Goa India
39 Donetsk Ukraine
40 Bilbao Spain
41 Leipzig Germany
42 Porto Portugal
43 Eindhoven Netherlands
44 Belgrade Serbia
45 Salzburg Austria
46 Lyon France
47 Kyiv Ukraine
48 Frankfurt Germany
49 St. Petersburg Russia
50 Tallinn Estonia
51 Nicosia Cyprus
52 Prague Czech Republic
53 Split Croatia
54 Bruges Belgium
55 Sofia Bulgaria
56 Thessaloniki Greece
57 Tiraspol Moldova
58 Barysaw Belarus
59 Cairo Egypt
60 Tel Aviv Israel
61 Bologna Italy
62 Astana Kazakhstan
63 Bratislava Slovakia