Top European Football Clubs Have Global Fan Base

Manchester United the World’s Most Popular Football Club Online

LONDON, U.K., MAY 15, 2007 – Comscore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released worldwide traffic figures for the top European football clubs’ Web sites. With both the FA Cup and European Champions League finals just days away, the study reveals that the FA Cup Final teams (Manchester United and Chelsea) together attract a far larger global online site audience than the two teams in the final of the Champions League (Liverpool and A.C. Milan).

Manchester United attracted 2.2 million unique visitors to its Web site during March 2007, making it the world’s most popular football club online. The study also shows that roughly 60 percent, or 1.3 million, of Manchester United’s 2.2 million monthly visitors do not reside in the U.K. – quantifying the global reach and appeal of the Manchester United brand franchise. Rounding out the top 7 most popular football teams online are Liverpool (1.5 million global unique visitors), Arsenal (1.4 million), Real Madrid (1.1 million) , Barcelona (1.05 million), Chelsea (1.0 million) and A.C. Milan (0.8 million).

“Football is the most popular sport in the world, so it should not be surprising that the top teams have fans across the globe,” said Bob Ivins, managing director of Comscore Europe. “Smart marketers realize that the true value of an endorsement relationship with a football club requires taking into consideration the size of the global fan base that the club attracts. In turn, that points to the value of Comscore data in providing a global perspective.”

Worldwide Traffic to Football Sites by Unique Visitors (000)*
March 2007
Source: Comscore World Metrix
Site Club Unique Visitors (000)

Percentage of Visitation

from Team’s Home Country

Worldwide Home Country Non-Home Country Manchester United 2,218 43% 57% Liverpool 1,497 53% 47% Arsenal 1,435 47% 53% Real Madrid 1,137 33% 67% Barcelona 1,053 26% 74% Chelsea 1,000 38% 62% AC Milan 825 34% 66% Inter Milan 824 49% 51% Juventus 619 31% 69% Marseille 531 82% 18% Paris St Germain 413 77% 23% Lyon 319 78% 22%

* Unique visitors worldwide aged 15+, excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes, or access from mobile phones or PDAs.

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