Top 10 Soccer Teams of South America

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Are you a soccer fan? Do you intend to know the Top 10 Soccer Teams in South America? Well, then you are at the right place.

Soccer, simply referred to as football, is a ball game played almost everywhere in the world.

Since, this game is so popular, almost every country has its soccer team. However, the South American continent has been comparatively more popular in this sport.

Top 10 Soccer Teams of South America
Top 10 Soccer Teams of South America (Source:

The likes of legendary soccer player like Pele and Diego Maradona has further added to the popularity.

Currently, Lionel Messi, an Argentine soccer player is regarded as one of the best players in the world.

There are tons of soccer teams alone in South America. Based on various statistics, let us discuss the Top 10 Soccer Teams in South America at present.

Quick Overview

So, let’s take a quick overview of the Top 10 Soccer Teams of South America without further ado.

Name of the Club Country-Based
10. Santos Futebol Clube Brazil
9. Sport Club Corinthians Paulista Brazil
8. Sport Club Internacional Brazil
7. Club Nacional de Football Uruguay
6. Gremio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense Brazil
5. Sao Paulo Futebol Clube Brazil
4. Club Atletico Boca Juniors Argentina
3. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo Brazil
2. Club Atletico River Plate Argentina
1. Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras Brazil

Soccer Teams of South America 

# Santos Futebol Clube

Founded on 14 April 1912, Santos Futebol Clube is a Brazilian club, commonly known as Santos or Santos FC for which the soccer legend Pele played.

Currently, the head coach for the club is Fabio Carille while Carlos Sanchez is the captain.

Santos has become one of the best teams because it has won 8 national championships, 22 Paulistaos, and 3 Copa Libertadores.

The Santos FC team that won its first Copa Libertadores in 1962
The Santos FC Team That Won its First Copa Libertadores in 1962 (Source: Wikipedia)

Similarly, the club has 2 Intercontinental cups, and 1 Supercopa de Compeones Intercontenentales to its name. They are also the winner of 1 Copa CONMEBOL, 1 Copa do Brasil, and 1 Recopa Sudamericana.

According to FIFA,  Santos FC is one of the most successful clubs of the 20th century. Since it was the first team to reach the milestone of 10,000 goals in the history of soccer.

# Sport Club Corinthians Paulista

Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, which is simply famous as Corinthians is a Brazilian club founded on 1 September 1910.

Cassio Ramos is the captain of the club while the head coach is Sylvinho.

According to Forbes in 2017, Corinthians was listed as the most valuable soccer club in America with a total $576.9 million valuation.

The club has won the national title 7 times.

FIFA Club World Cup 2012 winner, Corinthians
FIFA Club World Cup 2012 winner, Corinthians (Source:

Likewise, Paulista is also the winner of 3 Copa do Brasil, 1 Supercopa do Brasil, 1 Campeonato Brasileiro, 30 Campeonato Paulista, and 5 Torneio Rio-Sao Paulo.

Moreover, the club has 1 Copa Libertadores, 1 Recopa Sudamericana, 1 Copa do Atlantica, and 1 Peqena Copa del Mundo de Clubes.

In addition to this, the club is also 2 time FIFA Club World Cup winner.

# Sport Club Internacional

Sport Club Internacional is the Brazilian club simply known as Internacional or Inter. It was founded by the Poppe brothers on 4 April 1909.

The head coach of the club is Diego Aguirre. At the same time, the Brazilian player Taison is the captain.

Sport Club Internacional
Sport Club Internacional Squad (Source: Twitter)

It is the third club in Brazil with 7 international trophies.

Internacional won the FIFA Club World cup in 2006. In addition to that, the club has won 2 Copa Libertadores, 1 Copa Sudamericana, 2 Recopa Sudamericana, 45 Campeonato Gaucho, 2 Copa FGF, 2 Copa Governador do Estado, and 2 Recopa Gaucho.

# Club Nacional de Football

Founded on 14 May 1899, the Uruguayan soccer club, Club Nacional Football commonly known as Nacional is one of the oldest soccer clubs in South America.

Initially, the club was divided into Uruguay Athletic Club and Montevideo Futbol Club. Later the fusion of both clubs led to the establishment of Club Nacional de Football.

Currently, the manager of the club is Martin Liguera while the captain is Argentine player Gonzalo Bergessio.

Nacional has won 48 Primera Division titles, 8 Copa de Competencia, and 7 Copa de Honor. The club has won 22 international titles which include 3 Copa Libertadores.

Club Nacional de Football
Club Nacional de Football (Source: Instagram)

In addition, Nacional is the only Uruguayan team winning 2 Copa Interamericana and 1 Recopa Sudamericana.

Aside from that, the club has won 4 Copa de Honor Cousenier, 3 Copa Aldao, 2 Tie cups, and 1 Copa Escobar-Gerona.

Nacional is considered the 7th best team in South America while CONMEBOL also declared that the club had the best international performance in 2007-2012.

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# Gremio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense

It is the Brazilian club founded on 15 September 1903, which is commonly known as Gremio.

Luiz Felipe Scolari is currently the manager of the club.

Alongside, Sau Paulo and Santos FC, Gremio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense is the club winning the highest number of Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores de America.

Gremio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
Gremio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense (Source:

The club has won 1 Intercontinental cup, 3 Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores de America.

Likewise, Gremio is also the winner of 2 CONMEBOL Recopa Sudamericana, 2 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, 5 Copa do Brasil, 1 Supercopa do Brasil, 1 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B, 1 Copa Sul, 40 Campeonato Gaucho, 1 Copa FGF, and 2 Recopa Gaucho.

# Sao Paulo Futebol Clube

The club, Sao Paulo Futebol Clube, was founded on 25 January 1930, which is a Brazilian club generally known as Sao Paulo.

The head coach for the club is Hernan Crespo.

Sao Paulo has over 16 million supporters. Therefore, it is the third best-supported club in Brazil.

Sao Paulo logo
Sao Paulo Logo (Source:

It won the trophy for the FIFA Club World cup in 2005 and 2 Intercontinental cups in 1992 and 1993.

The club is also the winner of 3 Copa Libertadores, 1 Copa Sudamericana, 1 Copa CONMEBOL,1 Supercopa Libertadores, 2 Recopa Sudamericana, 1 Copa Masters CONMEBOL, and 1 Supercampeonato Paulista.

# Club Atletico Boca Juniors

The club simply famous as Boca Juniors is an Argentine club founded on 3 April 1905.

Sebastian Battaglia is the manager of the club.

It is one of the most successful clubs in Argentina which has won 70 titles to date. Boca Juniors is the club winning 22 international titles which include 18 titles organized by CONMEBOL.

Boca Juniors Logo
Boca Juniors Logo ( Source:

The club holds 3rd position after Real Madrid and Al Ahly for winning the most international titles.

The club is known for winning 34 Primera Division, 1 Supercopa Argentina, 1 Copa Diego Armando Maradona, 3 Copa Argentina, 2 Copa de Competencia Jockey Club, 5 Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren, and 2 Copa de Confraternidad Escobar-Gerona.

# Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

Founded on 15 November 1895, Clube de Regatas Flamengo commonly known as Flamengo is a Brazilian club. 

The head coach of the club is Renato Gaucho.

The club played its first official match in the year 1912. The club was the most successful sports club in Brazil in the 20th century.

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo Logo (Source: Wikipedia)

It is the richest, most valuable, and a most popular soccer club in Brazil with over 40.2 million supporters.

The club has 7 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, 1987 Copa Uniao Green Module, 3 Copa do Brasil, 1 Intercontinental cup, 2 Copa Libertadores, 1 Copa Mercosur, 1 Copa de Oro, 1 Recopa Sudamericana, 2 Supercopa do Brasil, 1 Copa dos Campeoes, 1 Torneio Rio-Sao Paulo and 37 Campeonato Carioca titles to its name.

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# Club Atletico River Plate

Club Atletico River Plate which is commonly referred to as River Plate, is an Argentine club founded on 25 May 1901.

Marcelo Gallardo is the coach of the club.

It is the only club to win 4 major international trophies simultaneously. As a result, it is the 9th best club of the century.

A survey conducted by the Argentina Football Association within the year 2016 published that 6 out of 11 players of the all-time Argentina national team had played for this club.

River Plate logo
River Plate Logo (Source:

The club has won 36 Primera Division, 1 Segunda Division, 1 Primera B Nacional, 3 Copa Argentina, 2 Supercopa Argentina, 1 Copa Campeonato, 1 Copa de Competencia Jockey Club, 1 Copa de Competencia, and 4 Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren.

Similarly, it has 1 Copa Adrian C. Escobar, 1 Intercontinental cup, 4 Copa Libertadores, 1 Copa Interamericana, 1 Supercopa Sudamericana, 1 Copa Sudamericana, 3 Recopa Sudamericana1 Suruga Bank Championship, 1 Tie cup, and 5 Copa Dr. Ricardo Aldao titles to its name.

The club lies in 1st position in the All-time Argentine Primera Division table.

# Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras

Founded on 26 August 1914, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras commonly known as Palmeiras is a Brazilian club.

The head coach of the club is Abel Ferreira. Initially, the name of the club was Palesira Italia.

Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras Logo (Source: Wikipedia)

It is the most successful club in Brazil.

Palmeiras is the winner of 10 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, 4 Copa do Brasil,1 Copa dos Campeoes, 2 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B, 5 Torneio Rio-Sao Paulo, 25 Campeonato Paulista, 1 Copa Rio, 2 Copa Libertadores, and 1 Copa Mereosul.

The club won fourth place in the FIFA Club World cup 2020.

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Honorable Mention

Apart from the above-mentioned clubs, there are other clubs that have made massive progress since their establishment.

Here are some honorable mentions:

Club Country
Club Atletico Independiente Argentina
Club Olimpia Paraguay
Club Social y Deportivo Colo-Colo Chile
Club Atletico Penarol  Uruguay
Racing Club de Avelleneda Argentina
Red Bull Bragantino Brazil


Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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