England most successful clubs of the past 10 years: Chelsea boast best trophy record, Liverpool only fifth, while Man City surpass United
There have been numerous memorable events in English football during the past 10 years, making it an enjoyable decade.
Some notable examples are Chelsea becoming the first London team to win the Champions League and Man City’s legendary last-second title triumph in May 2012 (Aguerrooooo).
The 2015–16 Premier League championship win by Leicester City, however, eclipses both of those honours because the odds were 5000 to 1 against the Foxes.
One team dominates the list of English teams in terms of the number of trophies won during the past ten years, despite having fired six managers in that period.
Based on key awards earned, SportEarly has listed the top 10 England most successful clubs of the past decade below:
Note: Domestic and major European trophies only, not including Super Cups or Club World Cups, Most successful club in Europe in the last decade
9. Swansea and Birmingham – 1 Major trophy
Swansea won the first major trophy in their 101-year history when they defeated League Two team Bradford City 5-0 in the League Cup final at Wembley in February 2013, however Birmingham’s League Cup triumph in the 2010/11 season was bittersweet because it led to their May relegation to the Championship.
The Blues’ hero, Obafemi Martins, capitalised on a disastrous Arsenal defensive blunder two minutes from time to win 2-1 at Wembley and win the team’s first major trophy since 1963.
7. Wigan Athletic – 1 significant trophy
Wigan had a similar outcome to Birmingham two years prior, winning a trophy before being demoted the following season.
Ben Watson scored in the dying moments of the FA Cup final to give the Latics their first major title in their 81-year existence. Roberto Martinez’s team pulled off a stunning upset by defeating Manchester City.
6. Leicester City: 1 significant trophy (The unattainable dream)
In the 2015–16 season, the Foxes were 5000/1 long bets to win the Premier League, yet against all odds, they delivered the largest football fairytale ever.
Their accomplishments alone considerably outweigh those of the other teams who have also won a single trophy in this decade for that reason.
5. Liverpool: 3 major tropies
The Reds made their way into the top five of this list after defeating Premier League rivals Tottenham 2-0 to win their sixth European championship back in June.
A Mohamed Salah penalty and a late goal from replacement Divock Origi gave the Reds a well-deserved trophy for a tremendously successful 2018–19 season, giving Jurgen Klopp his first trophy as manager.
They came with two only other trophy from the previous ten years came during the 2011–12 campaign, when they defeated a Championship team on penalties (3-2) after the score remained 2-2 after extra time.
Given the structure of the competition, the FIFA Club World Cup regrettably does not qualify as a significant award.
Also in 2019 making their way to the top of the Premier league campaign and winning the title cone the end of season. What a remarkable season.
4. Arsenal – 3 major trophies
Over the past ten years, the Arsenal hasn’t had much to celebrate, but they have three FA Cup victories to their credit (2014, 2015 and 2017).
Arsenal has won the competition’s trophy on 13 occasions, making them the most successful English team ever.
3. Manchester United – 6 Major Trophies
Unquestionably, the Red Devils are the most successful English football team in the world. However, over the past ten years, they have not produced as much silverware.
They now hold one Europa League (2016–17) victory, three Premier League crowns (2010–11, 2012–13), one FA Cup (2015–16), and three League Cup victories (2010, 2017).
2. Chelsea – 11 major trophies
The Blues owe a lot of their recent success, which has made them the most successful English team in terms of titles won, to Roman Abramovich.
Since buying the West London club in 2003, the Russian billionaire has invested hundreds of millions of dollars, and their collection of silverware is, to put it mildly, remarkable.
Under Abrahmovich’s leadership, Chelsea has won 19 trophies, 11 of which have been won in the previous 10 years.
The Blues have won the Premier League three times, four FA Cups, and one League Cup. They are the only London team to have ever won the Champions League.
Additionally, Chelsea has won the UEFA Europa League thrice, most recently in May. Chelsea trophies in the last 10 years
1. Manchester City – 12 major trophies
The Citizens have seen great success over the past ten years. Since being acquired by the Abu Dhabi United Group, they have benefited greatly from financial backing, which has allowed them to acquire a number of elite players, coaches, and ultimately awards.
In one of the most memorable moments of the Premier League history, City defeated United with two goals in stoppage time in 2012 to win their first Premier League championship.
They won the prestigious trophy once more in 2014 before capturing back-to-back championships in 2018 and 2019. They also became the first side in the Premier League to accumulate 100 points in a calendar year.
City has also won the League Cup four times (in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019) and the FA Cup twice in the past ten years (2011 and 2019).
Due to Liverpool’s 11-point lead over their competitors for the league championship entering December and Pep Guardiola’s domestic treble-winning performance in 2018–19, Guardiola will have his work cut out for him in the 2019–20 season.
They continue their runs after Liverpool leapfrog the league title away from them and won it in 2020 – 2021 and 2021 – 2022.
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