Besides an impressive spectrum of domestic leagues, the world of football excites with some really extraordinary cup competitions that please football fans with their unique claim to fame and of course, good football. Below, are some of the greatest knockout confederations in world football.
- FIFA World Cup
Undeniably, one of the most popular and esteemed competition in football. Despite the fact that the two most loved competitions are the Champions League and the European Championship, with the first providing better football and the second coming strong with a wider array of winners, nothing can compare to the feeling of lifting the FIFA World Cup, knowing that your country is crowned the best in the planet!
- UEFA Champions League
We can safely say that the UEFA Champions League is THE most glamorous tournament in global football, with the greatest teams in the world being brought together in a chivalry rivalry distinguished by exceptional quality of play on the field and international reputation.
- UEFA European Championship & Europa League
A thrilling football competition that has been winning football fans across the globe since 1958, when France hosted the first European international tournament. With a highly (and somewhat unusually) competitive character and 24 competing teams, the overall 15 tournaments to date have produced 10 different winners, with Spain and Germany leading the field with 3 triumphs each.
While still in Europe, it should be wise to mention what is perceived as the successor to the UEFA Cup – The UEFA Europa League. Despite the criticism it has received due to the many dead-rubber ties and its enormous fixture list, it is still considered a good competition, with many European major football clubs taking it seriously.
- Copa America & Copa Liberadores
In the land of Columbus, the Copa America competition is a big deal. In fact, it is the oldest continental football competition, which involves the teams of the South American Football Confederation, along with two other nations (frequently USA, Costa Rica, or Mexico). Copa America made its debut in 1916 in Argentina and its most successful team to date is Uruguay with a total of 15 wins.
The Copa Libertadores is another South American tournament being held since 1960 that is pretty much an equivalent of the Champions League. The finals are broadcasted in more than 130 countries while the Libertadores trophy is regarded as the most desired prize in S. American football – a prize already held 7 times by Argentine club Independiente.
- Africa Cup of Nations
The tournament usually takes place in January and pits the best international sides of Africa against each other in a nail-biting battle for football mastery. Egypt is the front runner with 7 wins in the tournament up to the moment of this writing. Unfortunately, this continental success has not yet been transferred to the international stage. Plus, the tournament leaves some of Africa’s major stars out of the competition as it is not in line with the European calendar.
Other football confederations worth mentioning include the Copa del Rey, Confederations Cup, and FA Cup.